FuturePrint Virtual Summit grows attendance for second edition

3,908 people from over 80 countries attended digital event

A panel hosted by Karis Copp, 'Women in Print' (Image: FuturePrint)

Once again bringing the industry together at a time when the opportunity to connect face-to-face is extremely limited, the second edition of the FuturePrint Virtual Summit saw attendance by over 3,908 people from over 80 countries, and the international profile of the visitor base grew with a larger attendance from outside UK and US this time. In fact, all areas of visitors grew compared with the June event which registered 1,550 from 65 countries, demonstrating the value delivered by this event and the importance the industry places on having a platform where businesses, peers, and friends can engage and learn in these challenging times. Top ten countries were UK, US, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, France, Belgium, Japan, Italy, and Austria.

Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson

The visitor demographic profile remained similar to the June event with a more youthful profile and a better gender balance than is typical with a live event in the print sector. According to website analytics, this included approximately 57% between the age of 18-35 and 45% female.

The most popular sessions were Nick Clements from Landa Digital Printing and John Mills of Xaar, both with over 700 people and many applauding the quality and level of content delivered at the event.

According to results from the event survey, 100% of respondents regarded the event as helpful, and 78% considered its content between very good and excellent. Replays are now available with access to 79 talks from across the print spectrum.

Popular talks included technology sessions presented by content partners including Landa, ACTEGA Metal Print, ACTEGA North America, Agfa, Bobst, Canon, DodXAct, Epson, HP, Hymmen, Inca Digital, Industrial Inkjet, Integration Technology, Kavalan, LMNS, Memjet, Meteor Inkjet, Mutoh, Phoseon Technology, Profile Recruitment, Ricoh, Roland, Sihl, Solimar Systems, VPress, and Xaar.

Graham Kennedy, director of Industrial Print Business at Ricoh Europe and content partner, concluded, “Once again the summit was a positive platform to be part of, and the content across the board has served to provide inspiration going forward. Our recent survey conducted with FM Future also reveals a market that is resilient and adapting confident of the future, and in some cases innovating more. As a result, it’s reassuring to know that despite the challenges we all face now, innovation remains a critical component of leadership, and we are doing our best to continue to encourage that through platforms such as the FuturePrint Virtual Summit.”

Marc Graindourze, business manager Industrial Inks at Agfa, said, “Agfa participated at the FuturePrint Virtual Summit in October, and we were very happy to be a part of this positive initiative which featured an abundance of inspiring and helpful content. Being a part of this kind of platform is incredibly important at the moment so we can continue to communicate the key benefits of our technology to a global audience and deliver insight, which helps the market to innovate in the right areas by solving problems through collaboration.”

Jonathan Malone-McGrew, senior director Engagement, Solimar System, said, “The second edition of the FuturePrint Virtual Summit, as expected, provided a fantastic opportunity for those involved, giving an insight into various areas of the print industry in its current climate. The event provided a growing audience with interesting discussions and views around the ‘next’ normal, given today’s challenges. Once again, we have really enjoyed being a content partner for the event.”

All talks are available until December 20 on the event website for free. Register here

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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