The new format aims to focus on Inspiration, Education and Networking.
The Xeikon Café Exhibition and Conference, scheduled to take place 20-23 March 2018 in Belgium, will feature a range of newly introduced components that intend to make the event even more relevant, informative and interactive for participants.
The 2018 edition will mark the introduction of an educational Academy with technology-driven presentations and practical workshop sessions, and an informal social gathering to increase networking opportunities.
“Our goal with the Xeikon Café is to provide an industry educational venue that is as agnostic and neutral as possible as it explores the future of digital production. We want it to benefit the industry at large, helping people understand the new opportunities digital production can bring to their businesses, and inspiring them to achieve new heights,” explained Danny Mertens of Xeikon Café.
“This year’s focus is again on packaging innovations, and we hope to attract even more visitors than the 1,000 who attended last year. We have also moved this event to an annual schedule. This is in an effort to provide ongoing education, information about industry trends, and inspiration to packaging converters, printers, brands and designers alike.”
The newly introduced Academy will provide a technical, educational forum centered around innovative end-use applications and packaging decoration techniques.
The Academy will be a mix of workshops and presentations. The interactive workshops will be designed to help attendees acquire knowledge and make the right decisions for their businesses.
Going beyond product specifications, the workshops will cover topics related to Food Safety, Automation, Exploring the Creativity of Digital, Saving on Cost and Print Technologies.
The presentations in the Academy will focus on the main packaging decoration techniques available today, while covering all aspects of digital production – from workflow, print media and print engines to consumables and finishing equipment.
Attendees can choose from a range of topics, including self-adhesive, heat transfer, wet-glue, flexible packaging, among others, and attend the sessions most relevant for their business.
Each presentation is concluded with a technology demonstration in the exhibition area of the Xeikon Café, making it highly practical and hands-on.
Tickets are available as of now and can be reserved directly on the event’s website.