The role for the label, printing and converting industry in Smart Labels (Smart Labels USA 2005)

Mr Mike Fairley, Director, Strategic Development, Labels Group
Tarsus, United Kingdom


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Presentation Summary

  • The opportunity for the labeling industry
  • Needs and demands through the value chain
  • Emerging technologies
  • Why make labels smarter?
  • What are the options for adding intelligence?

Speaker CV

Michael Fairley is an internationally known writer, publisher and consultant in the printing, packaging, security and label industries - most notably as the founder and managing director of the Cowise International Publishing and Conference Group (now part of Tarsus Group plc, for which he is Director, Strategic Development).
Over the past 30 or so years he has written a number of books on printing topics, spoken at over 350 conferences and seminars worldwide, contributed to three international encylopaedias and held senior positions in education, training, industry, consultancy and publishing.
During that time he was responsible for launching - and editing - 'Labels & Labelling International', 'Package Print & Design' and 'Product & Image Security' magazines and has written label market research and strategy studies for Frost & Sullivan, the Economist Intelligence Unit and Pira, for many leading label industry suppliers, investment and finance groups, as well as for his own consultancy company. He has been writing and talking about all aspects of the worldwide label industry for more than 25 years.
More recently he has been involved in the development of Internet resources and in writing and talking about the issues of globalisation, global branding, brand protection, supply chain management, e-purchasing and e-production. He is also part of a European Commission funded project consortium creating a web-based data resource and intelligence system against counterfeiting.
Michael Fairley is Managing Director of Labels & Labelling Consultancy and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Printing and the Institute of Packaging and Chairman of the Product & Image Security Foundation.

Company Profile

Labels & Labeling With 27 years' experience, Labels & Labeling remains the leading international magazine for the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry. Regular content includes indepth features, technology articles, company and supplier profiles and news items on almost every conceivable are on labeling. Newly emerging technologies , such as RFID, EPC codes, digital printing and unsupported film (including sleeve and wrap-around labeling) also receive extensive coverage, as well as narrow web applications for extended text and promotional solutions.