FINAT Technical Seminar
The FINAT Technical Seminar is a biennial event which is designed to give an update on the latest status with regards to legislation, materials science, converting technology as well as application requirements and is targeted at all levels of the technical community from R&D or production to technical directors & executives. Topics are all presented by expert speakers, who aim to offer delegates input which can be used in their own companies to create more efficient and profitable future business. The programme of the Technical Seminar is developed by the FINAT secretariat and the TC subcommittee Seminar and Communications.
URGENT: Postponement FINAT Technical Seminar 2020
The past few days, the FINAT Executive Board and organizing committee of the FINAT Technical Seminar have been monitoring the events evolving around the outbreak of the COVID19 (‘Corona’) virus in Europe. As you will have read, also a number cases of the virus have been popping up in Spain as well.
Although authorities in different countries are taking drastic measures by (self-)isolating persons who have been in the vicinity of infected persons, the virus has still not reached the status of a pandemic.
Having weighed the various options, the Executive Board of FINAT has taken the difficult decision to postpone the FINAT Technical Seminar and all meetings preceding the event next week. The reason for this decision, apart from the (limited) individual health risk, is the associated business risk for the participating members, their companies and the label industry at large, for instance in the case of an enforced 14 days’ quarantine period during the event, or a few weeks later if an infection caught up elsewhere emerges at home in the company.
The costs of such a lockdown for the industry in the long run could well exceed the cost of rescheduling in the short run. Several attendees and sponsors have already informed us that they have imposed a travel ban on their employees to manage this risk.
More than 60 years ago, FINAT was formed to act, maintain standards, well-being, safety, and above all the best interests of the self-adhesive label industry. It is in this spirit that this decision to postpone has been taken, given the current coronavirus global climate.
We sincerely regret that the efforts made by the Seminar Programme Committee to put together an excellent programme will not come to fruition in Barcelona next week, and that the engagement of various speakers to share their expertise have to be put on hold. However, we are looking for an alternative date and venue later in the year. More information will follow in due course.
We rely on your understanding for this difficult decision, and look forward to your continued support of our wonderful organisation.
On behalf of the FINAT Executive Board,
For proceedings and a report on the 2018 edition (members only), click here.
Seminar reports of previous editions will be made available upon request.