L9 meet in Tokyo

Focusing on the industry’s response to the challenge of environmental sustainability

The 6th meeting of the so-called L9 concluded in Tokyo, with focus on the industry’s response to the challenge of environmental sustainability. Founded in December 2009 at the occasion of Labelexpo Asia in Shanghai, the L9 is the informal global platform that brings together nine leading regional trade associations for the self-adhesive label and narrow web converting industry.

At the meeting (co-hosted by local manufacturer Lintec), the top management of two leading global players (Avery Dennison and UPM Raflatac) shared their companies’ perspective on the above subject. Suntory, a major local beverage company, completed the scope from an end-users’ perspective. The subsequent dialogue between label converters and their trade associations at this meeting produced recommendations to align efforts as an industry to stimulate environmental sustainability. Other topics on the agenda included the World Label Awards framework, benchmarking standards and a survey of regional trends and developments.

The meeting enjoyed the attendance of the leaders of seven associations. Besides the hosting association JFLP, delegations from FINAT (Europe), TLMI (North America), LATMA (Australia), LMAI (India), PEIAC (China) and Ametiq (Mexico) travelled to Japan. The L9 further consists of the associations from Brazil (ABIEA) and New Zealand (SALMA).

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