FESPA introduces a series of new live virtual events

FESPA helping printers plan their business recovery

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FESPA Innovations and Trends
FESPA Innovations and Trends, a new series of live virtual events

FESPA introduces FIT FESPA Innovations and Trends, a new series of live virtual events aimed at helping printers plan effectively for their business recovery.

The new interactive live online events are each themed around a particular area of technology and applications, giving visitors a focused environment to engage with new products and explore trends. The first two events in the series will take place in May and June 2021 and are as follows:

FESPA event on wide-format graphics: 26-27 May 2021

Focussing on wide-format graphics and the evolving printed décor market, this event will showcase innovations from a range of leading technology, software, and substrate suppliers.

Durst will be highlighting its latest P5 portfolio; EFI its new EFI Vutek Q5; HP the new Latex 700 and 800 portfolios; Kornit Digital will explaining how printers can harness its NeoPigment inks; Mimaki will presenting its new 100 series of UV, solvent, and sublimation printers; OneVision, highlighting its end-to-end automation suite; and PrintFactory will be discussing the benefits of using correct workflow and color management tools.

Other participating suppliers include Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Aleph, Aslan, Avery Dennison, Dataline, Elitron, Fotoba, Hanglory, Kala, Klieverik, Kongsberg, Mactac, Mutoh, Pigment.Inc, PlastGommet, Pongs, STS Inks and TTS.

Printed Clothing: 9-10 June 2021

The second FIT event focuses on the textile printing and garment decoration sector, covering direct-to-garment (DTG), screen printing, software, and materials.

B-Flex will be showcasing its growing heat transfer vinyl portfolio; EFI Reggiani will be introducing its integrated offering for digital textile production; Gemini CAD will be highlighting its software solutions for fashion designers, manufacturers, and e-commerce brands; Kornit Digital will be presenting the latest Kornit HD industrial DTG printers; Polyprint will be presenting its DTG & Direct-to-fabric (DTF) printers and pre-treatment machines; PrintFactory will be highlighting its suite of textile software tools; Roland will be introducing a new compact DTG printer, and ROQ will be showing its latest innovations in automatic screen printing and hybrid printing.

Other exhibitors include technology suppliers INO, Klieverik, Lotus Holland, Melco, Pigment.Inc, Sport PrintLab, Vastex, customized software solution provider Zakeke, and transfer film producer COVEME.

Each FIT event will feature a minimum of 16 exhibitors presenting their products and solutions. Visitors will have open access to virtual demonstrations, exhibitor insight, and Q&A sessions. Participants can see the complete event program in advance to plan their time, and the online platform makes it easy to join live chats, network via video chat, and schedule timed meetings.

FESPA FIT events are free to attend for visitors, but numbers are capped to manage the quality of the interactive experience for printers and suppliers alike.

 

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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