FESPA Asia re-brands pan-Asian event to Asia Print Expo

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FESPA’s next pan-Asian event will take place, under its new name of  Asia Print Expo, from 21 to 23 February 2019 at the BITEC exhibition centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Asia Print Expo is the region’s leading exhibition for screen, textile and digital wide format print.

Roz Guarnori, exhibitions director at FESPA said, “We decided to change the name of the event from FESPA Asia to Asia Print Expo to bring the show’s proposition into the title, so visitors who have no prior knowledge of FESPA instantly know the event’s focus. In Europe and Latin America our events have cemented themselves as market-leading events for speciality print and people know what to expect from the FESPA name. However, in Asia, FESPA is a relative newcomer, so it’s not immediately obvious what the FESPA name represents. The Asia Print Expo brand makes the proposition very clear for exhibitors and visitors.”

Over the course of three days, Asia Print Expo 2019 will give print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers a valuable opportunity to discover the latest products and technologies from leading players in the speciality print market. Exhibitors confirmed so far include Hexis, Siser, Stahls Asia and Poli-Tape Klebefolien GmbH, as well as local companies such as SVOA-Roland, SKT. Embroidery, Jinmao, Shanghai Vision Digital Printing, Shanghai Screen Manufacturing, Fei Yue Digital Technology, and Haining Tianfu Warp Knitting.

For visitors looking to expand their knowledge or exploring new revenue streams for their businesses, there will be free educational and interactive show features, based on successful FESPA features from the global event portfolio, reflecting the latest industry trends and market intelligence. Features will include the FESPA Wrap Masters, Print Make Wear Asia and a conference program.

Asia Print Expo 2019 is supported by FESPA’s national Associations in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Philippines and Australia.

The previous edition of FESPA Asia in 2018 attracted 4,328 visitors from 66 countries spanning the ASEAN region and beyond, with visitors from Thailand making up 75% of the audience. Roz concluded, “We’ve had positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors to our previous Asia shows and are looking to build on this in 2019. With the change in event name, we aim to attract an even larger audience from the ASEAN countries and to connect with visitors we haven’t previously engaged with.”

For more information on Asia Print Expo 2019 and to pre-register to attend, visit  www.asiaprintexpo.com. For free entry, use code ASAM901.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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