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Barcelona, Spain
23 - 25 November 2022

FINAT Technical Seminar 2022

Finding a Path through the Sustainability Jungle
InterContinental Barcelona, 23-25 November 2022

Where does the value chain stand today in terms of sustainable opportunities in the label industry? How can we achieve sustainability, go greener and benefit from it? Is it really possible to comply with all the requirements and demands of brand owners? An array of expert speakers will explain the various concepts, highlight what solutions are available to be more environmental friendly and reduce waste. Last but not least, they will outline current and future legislative aspects required to meet the targets for a circular economy which will ultimately create more value for our industry.

Registration Details

  • Delegate registration (is now closed). Costs Euro 750 for FINAT members and Euro 900 for non-members. If you wish to attend please send an email to info@finat.com, header: Registration for Technical Seminar.
  • Tabletop/sponsorship application is now closed Costs Euro 850
  • Hotel booking (at the InterContinental Barcelona.) Costs: Euro 195 (single), buffet breakfast and 10% VAT included, excluding tourist tax.  If you wish to book, please send an email to Annie Nicolau annie.nicolau@icbarcelona.com with your request.

Updated Programme

(Timing and order of presentations are subject to change. Click here for the PDF with full details on the presentations and speakers)

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

15.30 – 19.00 Arrival and registration participants

19.15 – 20.10 Welcome cocktail and start of the tabletop exhibition

20.10 - 20.30 FINAT Sustainability Awards Ceremony

20.30 – 22.30 Dinner at the hotel

Thursday, 24 November

08.50 – 08.55 Opening and short welcome – Philippe Voet

08.55 – 09.00 Introduction of the seminar – Alex Knott


Presentation by brandowner(s) & label converters highlighting what sustainability means for their companies,
how they have embraced the challenge and implemented various solutions to the benefit of their company and the

09.00 - 09.40 Sustainabality - the Brand lens
Keenan Thompson, Global Director Innovation, PMI, AB InBev, Colgate-Palmolive, and Kimberly-Clark (US)

09.40 - 10.10 Switching to sustainable labels: How brands can boost packaging recycling
Marika Knorr, Head of Sustainability and Communication at CCL (D)

10.10 - 10.40 Sustainability and track/trace as a business opportunity for a label converter
Aldo Franco, CEO of Eurolabel S.r.l. and  Vlad Sljapic, CCO of Graphimecc Group S.r.l. (I)

10.40 – 11.15 B&B Coffee break & visit tabletop

Different VIEWS of what sustainability means for different parts of our Industry

11.15 – 11.35 Celab Europe – opportunities to increase liner & matrix recycling
Ophélie Gourdou, Project Manager CELAB Europe (D)

Take-aways: Learn about the progress that CELAB-Europe is making in the liner and matrix recycling” 

11.35 - 11.50 Achieving an efficient and recycle ready label production with automated waste handling
Karsten Kejlhof, Chief Commercial Officer Lundberg Tech A/S (DK)

11.50 – 12.15 Circularity or Climate? Navigating the material maze
Flora D’Souza, Sustainability manager, UPM Raflatac (D)

Take-awaysAre circular and climate-mitigating material solutions at odds with each other? Do you feel like the decision cross-road is an “either-or”? Are renewable materials the Holy Grail of climate change mitigation? These are some of the key questions we explore in this session while also touching on how fact-based decision-making can help underpin these strategies and keep you out of danger of greenwashing. See also an article on the topic here

12.15 – 12.40 Sustainability Explained Recyclability / Compostability / Biorenewables
Pierre Dogliani, R&D Innovation Manager, EMEA & APAC Flint Group Narrow Web (SE)

12.40 – 14.10 Lunch

What are the current regulations related to sustainability, how do they affect the Label Industry and what is going to happen in the future

14.10 – 14.30 An overview of European legislation and outlook of upcoming directives
Pablo Englebienne, Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability Manager FINAT (NL)

14.30 – 14.55 Design for recycling and recyclability guidelines
Fabrizio di Gregorio, Technical Director of Plastics Recyclers Europe (I)

14.55 – 15.20 UVFoodSafe - Best practices and pitfalls: printing food packaging and labels with confidence
Jonathan Sexton, Marketing Manager Energy Curing Products at Sun Chemical (F)

15.20 – 15.45 Closing the loop: current and future waste legislation and the solutions developed along the paper value chain
Maria Georgiadou, Recycling Manager CEPI (B)

15.45 – 16.20 B&B Coffee break & visit tabletop

What activities are already ongoing or starting that are looking to resolve some/all of the sustainability challenges to the label market?

16.20 - 16.45 Calculation of the carbon footprint in the label industry: the Grupo Lappí experience
Beatriz Gainza Marín, Director of Certifications and Quality Assurance at the Lappi Group (E)

16.45 – 17.10 Development of self-adhesive labels to fit the world of recycling
Morice Hoogteijling, Associate Development Engineer Label and Graphic Materials Europe, Avery Dennison (NL)

17.10 – 17.35 Sustainable hot melt adhesives and their applications
Nicole Senn, Head of Research & development artimelt (CH)

20.00 Departure for dinner

20.30 – 23.00 Dinner at the Can Travi Nou

Friday, 25 November

What activities are already ongoing or starting that are looking to resolve some/all of the sustainability challenges to the label market?

09.00 – 09.25 The impact of metallized embellishments on recycling processes
Christophe Dujardin, Global Business Development Manager Sustainability & Cold Foils, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG (D)

09.25 – 09.50 Comparing the different Digital printing technologies on their sustainable characteristics
Phd dr Lode Deprez, VP consumable development Xeikon (B)

09.50 – 10.15 What is the size of the UV LED prize?
Robert Rae, Managing Director – Sales GEW (EC) Limited, UK

10.15 – 11.00 B&B Coffee break & visit tabletop

11.00 – 11.25 Have you looked at your waste bin lately? - Eye-opening information on label print waste and how print inspection will
help reach your CO
2e targets.
Guy Yogev, Senior Director Product Marketing for AVT product line of Esko (IL)

11.25 – 11.50 Fujifilm: leading the transition from analgue to digital
Karl Borsky, Category Manager Analogue Packaging EMEA Fujifilm Europe (D)

11.50 – 12.15 Yes, you can drive for more sustainability in label production
Patrick Graber, Strategic Product Marketing Manager for Labels at BOBST (E)

12.15 - 12.40  Wrap-up panel discussion and Q&A from audience
The five session chairmen will summarise the topics discussed in their session, provide their views and answer questions from the audience.

12.40 – 12.45 Closure of the seminar

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 16.30 Optional tour to the HP Experience Center


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