Enhancing Brand Value & Green Shrink Sleeve Labeling

2-4 November 2020 | Cincinnati, USA


Event Postponed to new dates: 2-4 November 2020

With concerns surrounding the coronavirus, COVID-19, the related travel restrictions many companies have implemented, and consultations with a number of parties, we have made the decision to postpone the AWA International Sleeve Label Conference scheduled to take place on 29 April to 1 May, to new dates: 2-4 November 2020
The health and safety of our sponsors, speakers, delegates, and staff are our top priority, and of course drove this decision, and the desire to provide clarity and minimize any disruptions to all related travel and other logistics was the impetus for making this decision sooner rather than later.
Thank you for your attention, understanding, and flexibility.  

We look forward to seeing you in November and wish you, your families, and your colleagues health and success.

The AWA Conferences & Events Team




The world's only Sleeve Label Conference - 14th edition

The AWA International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhibition – short ISLCE – is the only dedicated conference addressing this brand enhancing and fast growing method of labeling and product decoration. The conference brings together experts in their respective disciplines and addresses key issues and opportunities for the industry across the value chain and across the globe. 
The AWA International Sleeve Label Conference & Exhibition is your opportunity to network with the right partners and customers for your business. ISLCE 2020 will feature exciting keynote speakers, panel discussions, exhibition and networking sessions, and the presentation of the AWA ISLCE Sleeve Awards. The conference will also include the Steinhauser’s Facility Tour (Optional) and the special Facility Tour (return transport provided) at Verst Group Logistics!

Join the leading companies across the Sleeve Label value chain and sign up today

AWA Sleeve Label Market Overview Real-time Industry Survey

The International Sleeve Label Conference & Exhibition is a unique forum, bringing together key players across the industry. The International Sleeve Label Conference & Exhibition’s unique Real-Time Industry Survey provides a ‘live’ annual industry snapshot and useful insights into the state of the industry – in real time.

Sleeve Label Awards

AWA Alexander Watson’s annual International Sleeve Label Awards, now in their sixth year and a recognized feature of the sleeve label industry’s calendar, are now open for entries for the 2020 competition. Entries will be judged by an international panel of experts, and the winners will be announced and awards presented during the International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhibition in Cincinnati in November 2020. 


The conference program will also include three sessions:

  1. Market Trends and Technology
  2. Recycling and Sustainability
  3. Printing and Converting Shrink Sleeve

The program features presentations, panel discussions, interactive sessions, and offers excellent networking opportunities. In addition to the formal conference program, there will be an exhibition and networking program, providing the ideal setting to promote your company and its products to an international audience. The exhibition space will be situated adjacent to the conference room in the coffee break and networking area.

Cocktail Reception

We will end our first conference day with a cocktail reception.


2nd November - Shrink Sleeve Label Converter Visit


Pre-registration Opens


Steinhauser Facility Tour (Optional and based on availability) 
Travel to Steinhauser’s facility from Cincinnati Marriot at RiverCentre


Steinhauser Facility Tour 

Steinhauser, a fourth-generation, 100% woman-owned label printer for consumer-packaged goods, is inviting all AWA International Shrink Sleeve Conference & Exhibition participants to visit its world class facility in Northern Kentucky. Tara Halpin, CEO & Owner, will illustrate the company’s shrink sleeve capabilities. The visit will feature multiple production lines in action, including HP digital and UV flexo printing.


Tour Ends
Travel to the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter


Cocktail Reception and Table Top Exhibition

3rd November - Conference

Shrink Sleeve Labeling & Enhancing Brand Value


Registration, Welcome Coffee and Table Top Exhibition


Conference Welcome and Introduction followed by
Labeling and Product Decoration Market and Shrink Sleeve Overview & AWA Shrink Sleeve Real Time Industry Survey
Corey M Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates


Key note presentation – State of the Industry
Dr. Séamus Lafferty, President, Accraply, Inc. 


Sleeve Label Awards 2020


Millennials and Beyond: How to Attract and Retain the Next Generation of Workers
Dan Miller, Director, Direct Recruiters


M&A in the Sleeve Label Marketplace           
Jonathan White, Managing Director, Mazzone & Associates


Travel to Verst Logistics
Transport provided


Verst Logistics Facility Tour and Lunch

Verst is hosting an one-of-a-kind educational packaging tour for attendees of the AWA International Shrink Sleeve Conference & Exhibition. The tour of this world-class facility gives participants an up close look at shrink sleeve collaboration and how it enhances brand value. It also features multiple production stops along the way that showcase various stages of shrink sleeve labeling for a variety of package types and some of the world’s most recognized brands. Prior to the tour, everyone is treated to a catered lunch from popular local restaurants.



Travel Back to Conference Venue
Transport provided


Sustainability and Enhancing the Value of a Brand with Green Shrink Sleeves
Alison Keane, Esq., IOM, CAE,  President and CEO, Flexible Packaging Association


Panel Discussion – Enhancing Brand Value with Shrink Sleeve
Moderator: David Lukshus, President & CEO, COG
Panelists: Lucas Helferty, Production Specialist, Malibu/Kahlua, Americas, The Absolute Company – Pernod Ricard


Coffee and Networking Break

Shrink Film Development Showcase & Panel


Shrink Film Show Case & Panel Discussion
Companies Film Shrink showcase and Panel Discussion:

Moderator: Corey M Reardon – President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates
Justin Smith, Sales Account Manager, Bonset




Evening brewery event  – Optional (not included in the registration) everyone welcome 

4th November - Conference

Green shrink sleeve labeling - Sustainability and recycling


Registration, welcome coffee and table top exhibition


The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recycling – Guidance and Tests for Shrink Sleeve Labels on PET and HDPE Containers
John Standish, Technical Director, Association of Plastic Recyclers


Panel discussion – Green Shrink Sleeve Labeling
Moderator: Alison Keane, Esq., IOM, CAE,  President and CEO, Flexible Packaging Association
John Standish, Technical Director, Association of Plastic Recyclers  
Bonset: TBA



Coffee and networking break


Ink Solutions for Shrink Sleeve Recycling: De-inking and Washable Solutions
Tom Hammer, Head of Technical Marketing, Siegwerk


Coefficient of Friction – Friend or Foe
John Pogatschnik, Product Manager Narrow Web, Flint Group


Stephanie Beckler – Director of R&D/QC, Bonset


Conference close
Corey M Reardon, President & CEO,  AWA Alexander Watson Associates

The International Sleeve Label Conference & Exhibition is a unique forum, bringing together key players across the industry. The Real-Time Industry Survey provides a unique snapshot and useful insight into the state of the industry – live – in real time!


Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter,
10 West RiverCenter Boulevard,
Covington, KY,


AWA has arranged special room rates for delegates:
$169 per night

The special rate is for a limited number of rooms based on a first come, first served basis. After this time the hotel will accept reservations based on availability and best available rate. A link to book your accommodation will be provided with your registration confirmation.

More information provided upon registration for the event. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 12.36%) in effect at the time of check-in. 

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International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhibition 2020



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