International Focus

International Focus

By Stephanie Cornwall

Despite heavy US tariffs, Asia’s aluminium industry is thriving, according to the organisers of Aluminium China 2018.
The event provided China’s aluminium industry with its first global platform since its announcement to expand business into other world markets, bringing together around 500 exhibitors and 24,000 visitors from more than 30 countries and regions
In March US President Donald Trump approved the ‘safeguard’ duties of 10% on certain aluminium products, which have huge implications for China’s aluminium industry.
This year’s Aluminium China put the spotlight on innovations and breakthroughs in green technologies as well as on the latest industry trends, technologies, emerging markets and major new applications.
With international attention on energy conservation and environmental protection, it supported the China Non-ferrous Metals Industry Association to launch the Forum on Energy Conservation, Environmental Protection and Technology Development of the Aluminium Processing Industry.
World demand for aluminium products is increasingly strong in sectors such as automotive, architecture, transportation, electric power, electronics, household appliances and machinery and equipment.

italy still a world leader
The Italian automatic packaging machinery industry continues to consolidate its world-leading position. According to data collected by the research department of Ucima, the sector closed 2017 with further year-on-year growth.
Total turnover exceeded €7 billion (€7.19 billion), 8.9% up on 2016. The sector continues to stand out for its strong international presence, with Italian companies competing head-to-head with their German counterparts in all world markets. One machine out of every five sold worldwide is made in Italy.
Exports grew by 7.5% to €5.7 billion.
The domestic market also continued its strong performance with 14.4% growth to more than €1.5 billion. The European Union remains its most important market, accounting for 37.4% of total turnover (€1.905 billion). Asia ranks second with a value of €1.112 billion and a 21.8% share of turnover.
Labelexpo Americas
This year’s Labelexpo Americas, the
region’s largest trade event for the label and package printing industry, will feature an Automation Arena, a 1:1 appointment program, and the return of the TLMI Ecovillage when it takes place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois, from September 25th-27th.
The Automation Arena will showcase two automated press lines for conventional (shrink sleeve) and digital (label) production, covering job creation right through to pre-press, printing, finishing and customer invoicing. There will be three 30-minute demonstrations on the first two days of the show and a
further two on the last day.
Shrink sleeve technology and workflow automation are also among the topics in focus at three Label Academy master classes, offered as part of the comprehensive educational program at the show.
Another key feature of Labelexpo Americas 2018 will be the TLMI Ecovillage, designed to raise awareness of environmental issues. Waste matrix collected from demonstrations over the course of the show will be brought to the TLMI Ecovillage and baled.
Spread across five exhibitions halls, well over 400 exhibitors will be taking part.

Stephanie Cornwall
Stephanie Cornwall
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