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It’s show time again

Exhibitions. Love them or hate them, you can’t ignore the vital part they play in providing a convenient showcase for the latest technological advances, a forum to discuss and evaluate them, and a meeting point to make new contacts and reinforce existing ones.

As if the abundance of drupa 2004, just a few months back, was not enough to satisfy, the coming months promise even more innovation, as the converting calendar counts down to the next events.

We start almost immediately this month with Labelexpo Americas, in Chicago. Then in October, still in the ‘windy city’ comes Graph Expo/Converting Expo 2004, closely followed by the number one plastics industry show – K 2004, back on this side of the Atlantic, in Düsseldorf.

In 2005, we can look forward to Etiketka Labelexpo, Moscow, and Flexo 2005, Birmingham, both in March, followed in April by CMM 2005, Chicago, then P – the new International Trade Fair for Process Oriented Packaging Production, Stuttgart, in June. Print 05/Converting 05, (Chicago) and Labelexpo Europe (Brussels) are both in September; then October sees Interplas (Birmingham) and Converflex Europe/Grafitalia (Milan), with November bringing ICE in the form of the Munich based International Converting Exhibition.

Continuing our close association with the industry’s major trade events, Converting Today is a Media Partner of CMM International, the world’s biggest dedicated converting show, which runs next on April 18-21, 2005, in Chicago. As the build-up to this key event accelerates, we will be giving extensive coverage to the US show’s exhibits, exhibitors and supporting conference programme. Make sure you have a comfortable pair of shoes – and enjoy the shows!