Announced as keynote speaker at this year’s FINAT European Label Forum is Joschka Fischer – ex-German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor, one of the founding fathers of Germany’s Green Party, and one of the most highly-respected statesmen of the past decades. Currently on the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and the Executive Board of the European Council on Foreign Relations, he is also a leading consultant in management strategy, based in Berlin. His name is today synonymous with reasoned and hard-hitting appraisal of the political and business landscape in Europe and beyond, and he will be addressing leaders in the label industry at this year’s ‘ELF’ in Berlin, 7-9 June, organised by the international label industry association, FINAT. ‘Much anticipation’

The event will bring together a broad spectrum of supply chain participants, from raw material suppliers to end users, to debate current major strategic business topics and gain in-depth wide-spectrum market knowledge from the formal speaker agenda. In an agenda that is strongly focussed on managing today’s evolutionary status and tomorrow’s possibilities, Joschka Fischer’s contribution will, says FINAT President Thomas Hagmaier, “enable our business leaders to benefit from an assessment of opportunities and challenges in Europe – and beyond – in a much broader context than just the label sector. The packaging industry as a whole is now the subject of extensive outside influences and legislation, including the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and technology innovation – so we are looking forward with much anticipation to Joschka Fischer’s thoughts and predictions for the future of world business.”

Lively agenda The European Label Forum’s agenda will also span industry-specific management topics for participants from across the complex value chain, workshops, and FINAT’s expert in-depth market data and RADAR analysis. FINAT ELF participants will also benefit from pre-conference workshops, extensive networking around a supplier tabletop exhibition, a lively social programme (including the annual FINAT/Nilpeter golf tournament), and the presentation of their awards to the winning companies in the prestigious FINAT Label Competition and Recycling Awards.

For more details, please see the full programme.