Three days of expert talks, new business and effective solutions

InPrint Munich 2019

InPrint Munich 2019
InPrint Munich 2019

The industrial print industry gathered in Munich from 12 to 14 November 2019 for its leading exhibition on print technology for industrial manufacturing. InPrint Munich 2019 offered a highly targeted platform for 136 exhibitors from 22 countries to get in contact with integrators and users of innovative print technology in a wide variety of manufacturing sectors, ranging from automotive, medical devices, interior design and electronics to plastics, textiles, packaging, and many more.

A total of 2,755 visitors from 60 countries attended the show to discover printing machinery, print-heads, and components, inks, fluids and chemicals, UV technology, drying, and curing equipment and services for printing on different surfaces, materials, and shapes. A majority of visitors were from Germany; other major visitor countries included Italy, Austria, Switzerland, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Poland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. Visitors from outside Europe mainly came from Japan, the USA, and China.

“At this year’s InPrint Munich, we could see that the industrial print sector has developed further and is moving forward in the right direction. The industrial print community has emerged from its experimental phase, now offering effective solutions,” explained Nicola Hamann, managing director of the organizers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. “Practical applications and custom-built systems, as well as profitable business models, were the focus of both exhibitors and visitors at this year’s event. Print technology providers met with integrators and manufacturers who were looking for specific solutions to enhance their production process, develop their business, or serve new market segments.”

Exchange of expertise on finding the right approach for complex integration projects was also the major topic outside of the exhibition stands. A three-day conference consisting of a technical stage and an application stage offered case studies, technical talks, and panel discussions held by more than 70 different speakers. The new Consultancy Corner was a great success, with some 40 participants making use of this new service. In one-to-one sessions, independent experts offered free advice and guidance on how to integrate print tech solutions into their specific industrial manufacturing environment.

A first analysis of the exhibition survey showed that both exhibitors and visitors particularly valued the specialist profile of the show, the high quality of the products and systems on display, the comprehensive educational program as well as the expertise of the audience.
Many exhibiting companies stated that they had made new business contacts and led in-depth conversations with visitors at their stands. They praised the high quality of the specialist and targeted visitor audience and the innovation-based concept of the show.

The visitor survey showed that visitors were mainly from a variety of manufacturing sectors and print service providers. Visitors from the printing industry were professionals of digital, screen, inkjet, flexo, and specialist printing applications. Visitors from the manufacturing industry covered a large variety of sectors such as packaging, plastics, electronics, the automotive industry, surface treatment, textiles, fashion and accessories, glass and ceramics, floorings and interior design, decals and front panels, food and beverage, medical devices, consumer goods, and many more. They were seeking solutions for functional as well as decorative printing applications.

Next year, InPrint will be held in Milan, Italy, from 22 to 24 October 2020. InPrint Milan 2020 will be co-located with Viscom Italia, the International Trade Fair on Visual Communication. InPrint comes back to Munich, Germany, in 2021.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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