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.

 

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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