FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 set to bring color to life

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FESPA Global Print Expo in Madrid
FESPA Global Print Expo in Madrid

The international specialist print community will come together to Madrid this spring for FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 (IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, 24–27 March 2020), Europe’s largest exhibition for screen and digital wide format printing, textile printing and sign making. PSPs and sign makers will be able to experience the latest innovations in screen and digital printing presses, consumables, workflow and color management at the event. Gold sponsors for the exhibition include first-time FESPA exhibitor, HanGlory, the Shenzhen-based specialist provider of digital UV hybrid and flatbed printers, along with HP, Mimaki, and Brother.

Neil Felton, chief executive officer of FESPA, says, “For decades, FESPA exhibitions have been the foremost forums for experiencing the latest and greatest offered by manufacturers serving the specialist print industries. As such, FESPA exhibition booths are famed for being an engaging blend of color and cutting-edge design, as exhibitors compete to capture the attention of visitors, and FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 will be no different.”

Textile print

Print Make Wear, FESPA’s fast-fashion factory, was one of the most popular features at FESPA 2019 in Munich. It returns in Madrid in 2020 and will act as the physical link to the co-located Sportswear Pro exhibition. Mimaki, Kornit, Drytac, Antalis, Roland, and Berger Textiles are among around 20 exhibitors who will collaborate to create a live end-to-end production process for sports and athleisure garments.

Among the many textile printing solutions that will be shown at FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 is HP’s (Hall 5, Stand C10) recently launched HP Stitch S1000 126-in printer and the HP Stitch S500 64-in printer, providing dye sublimation production for soft signage, sportswear, fashion, interior décor textiles industries and beyond. With fast, precise color-matching, these solutions deliver continuous high-quality prints on paper and fabric with simplified operation at high productivity levels.

Visitors will also experience a new hybrid digital textile printer from Bihong Printing Equipment (Hall 3, Stand A10), a new addition to the TexJet series of direct-to-garment printers – the TexJet shortee2 – from specialists Polyprint SA (Hall 3, Stand C40), and new organic cottons, recycled polyester and eco-fabrics from Premier Digital Textiles (Hall 3, Stand A121). Berger Textiles (Hall 7, Stand B30) will be showing a new range of sustainable textile products, all manufactured in Germany.

Digital print

Visitors to the Mutoh stand (Hall 7, Stand B95) will witness multiple application possibilities for sign and display, digital transfer, direct textile and specialty/industrial applications. On display will be the XpertJet 1641SR and the XpertJet 1682SR, two new 64-inch wide, high quality and high productivity piezo drop-on-demand roll-fed solutions for sign and display. These printers feature, a dual ink option including a new 7-color ink set, along with multiple product enhancements. Mutoh will also exhibit its second-generation direct-to-object printers, the XpertJet 461UF and the XpertJet 661UF, as well its new ValueCut II sign cutting plotter range, signaling its commitment to sign cutting and the print-to-cut industry.

HP will show the new HP Latex R Printer series edition 2020. The HP Latex R Printer series range has the ability to enhance any rigid or flexible substrate with amazing colors, offering the versatility to expand into new applications. HP will also exhibit the HP Latex 1500 printer, the HP Latex 570 printer, and the HP DesignJet Z9 dual roll 44-in PostScript with vertical trimmer.

Canon (Hall 7, Stand A60) will bring a full line-up of end-to-end solutions, including the Arizona flatbed series and Colorado roll-to-roll series. These include the Canon Arizona 1300 series with a roll media option, the Canon Colorado 1640 inline with cutting technology from Fotoba, and the Canon Colorado 1650. Canon will also exhibit its Xpert software solution that simplifies and automates complex print jobs and its Touchstone textured printing solution, along with software and finishing solutions from partners.

Visitors to Agfa (Hall 5, Stand D10) will experience the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED in action, the award-winning printer that enables smooth, detailed UV-cured prints up to 3.3m wide at up 453 m²/h. It combines vivid 6-color print quality (plus white or primer) with extreme productivity, low ink consumption, and cutting-edge automation. Also operational on the stand will be the hybrid Anapurna H3200i LED, a mid-range 6-color + white hybrid LED-curing inkjet system designed for a variety of rigid and flexible substrates up to 3.2 m for indoor and outdoor applications.

Visitors can expect new product announcements from Epson (Hall 3, Stand B20) at FESPA Global Print Expo. To be revealed on the first day of the exhibition, these will include new products for commercial signage and display, dye sublimation, digital textile print for wallpapers, vinyl, PVC and new printing solutions for direct-to-garment product.

Screen print

Screen printers can expect to see a range of new products in the halls at FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, ranging from heat transfer materials from SEF (Hall 3, Stand A35) to the EconoRed III Conveyor Dryer from Vastex International (Hall 1, Stand C30). CHT (Hall 1, Stand D40), producer of specialty chemicals, will be showing a whole range of new screen printing products including a new generation of silicone and water-based pastes and pigment color solutions.

Visitors interested in the hybrid approach can visit Digital Screen Printing Technologies (Hall 1, Stand B40), specializing in the production of hybrid transfer technologies, including release liners, inks, adhesives, and anti-migration ink and additives. In addition, EXILE Technologies (Hall 1, Stand C10) will show the new SPYDER III Computer to Screen System, incorporating the latest phase-change printhead technology. It operates faster and at double the resolution of its predecessor, providing sharper detail, finer halftones, and smoother gradients. It can also print smaller font sizes and more detailed vector and bitmap graphics, making it ideally suited for industrial screen printing applications.


Among exhibitors demonstrating new advances in ink technology at FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 is Zhuhai Print-Rite New Materials Corporation Limited (Hall 3, Stand A40), with its new high penetration sublimation ink for chiffon, and DAF KİMYA İÇ VE DIŞ TİC. A.Ş. (Hall 1, Stand A12) will show its unique range of hybrid water-based and plastisol products that include textile screen printing inks, textile sublimation inks, as well as ecological pigments and PVC-free and phthalate-free plastisol inks. Sun Chemical (Hall 7, Stand D10) will demonstrate its extensive portfolio of inks with highlights expected across the categories of wide-format, textile, and screen and industrial.

Substrates and consumables

Ahlstrom-Munksjö (Hall 7, B40) will exhibit its range of sustainable and innovative fiber-based solutions, including new wall coverings for eco-solvent printing. On show in Madrid will be two new non-woven wall décor products, specifically designed to assure excellent printability with eco-solvent inks. Antalis (Hall 5, Stand C35) will launch the new Coala Interior Film range, designed to realistically recreate the look of natural materials and be applied to walls, doors, ceilings, furniture, elevators, partitions, and so on. It will be available by the meter and is easy to apply, facilitating a perfect application on any furniture contour or shape.

Workflow and color management

As automation becomes ever more important in driving efficiencies and protecting margins, visitors to FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 can expect to experience many new advances in software. Esko Graphics (Hall 7, Stand A10) will demonstrate a range of its solutions including ArtiosCAD Preflight, Automation Engine, Share and Approve, and Kongsberg X Edge. New RIP technology from CADlink Technology Corporation (Hall 3, Stand B31) will be exhibited, including its new Digital Factory RIP Software (wide format print and cut RIP software), and Digital Factory UV Edition Software (RIP software specializing in UV design and production). New color management solutions at FESPA this year will include the Sublisplash Driver – Color Management Software solution for Sublisplash Inks, from Print Equipment (Hall 3, Stand E20).

In addition to showing products from over 500 exhibitors, FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 will connect visitors with industry leaders via a range of content-rich exhibition features designed for knowledge-sharing, such as Color L*A*B*, the Trend Theatre, Printeriors, Print Make Wear, FESPA Awards, and FESPA World Wrap Masters. To explore these features, visit https://www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/features

To see the full exhibitor list for FESPA Global Print Expo, click here: https://www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/exhibitors-frb5/exhibitor-list

For more information on FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 and to register to attend, visit: www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com. For free entry use code FESM218, which will also grant you access to co-located show European Sign Expo and Sportswear Pro.

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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