FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 – 24 – 27 March, Madrid

Co-located with European Sign Expo and Sportswear Pro

FESPA Madrid 2020
FESPA Madrid 2020

Returning to Madrid in 2020, FESPA Global Print Expo, a specialty and wide format print exhibition, will take place at the IFEMA Exhibition Center. More than 700 exhibitors will showcase product innovations and demonstrate solutions for screen and digital wide format print, textile printing and signage.

The FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 campaign will build on the ‘Explosion of Possibilities’ theme of the 2019 Munich event, reinforcing the focus on the opportunities for specialty print service providers and sign-makers to develop, diversify and grow.

FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 will cover all aspects of screen, digital wide format and textile printing and will yet again be co-located with European Sign Expo for non-printed signage and Sportswear Pro. Sportswear Pro is a new exhibition dedicated exclusively to sportswear manufacturing industry. Taking place concurrently with the Global Print Expo, the exhibition will showcase the latest technologies and solutions for on-demand and customized sportswear production with particular focus on sustainability and automation.

The new event website has gone live at https://www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com, providing exhibitors and visitors all the information they require about the exhibition, venue and their travel to Madrid. The website features the 2020 event campaign theme, ‘Where Color Comes Alive’, using vivid imagery of a color splash blending the blue, orange and pink that signify the screen, digital and textile zones of the show.

FESPA Exhibitions director Roz Guarnori comments, “Our 2020 Global Print Expo falls earlier in the year than usual and takes place in a venue and host city that will be new to most exhibitors. By launching the FESPA 2020 website a full year out from the show, we’re aiming to support our exhibitors by giving them as much time and information as possible to maximize the success of their participation in Madrid.”

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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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