Fespa Global Expo 2021 at Amsterdam – 12 to 15 October

300+ exhibitors lined up for mainly Fespa European show

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Fespa 2019. Image Fespa
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International screen, digital and textile printing manufacturers are said to be lining up for this year’s Fespa Global Print Expo, which takes place from 12 to 15 October 2021 at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After 18 months hosting virtual product launches and demos, suppliers are enthusiastic about connecting with customers and prospects face-to-face.

The organizer’s press release says that print service providers and signmakers will be able to see the latest innovations in screen and digital printing, consumables, workflow, and colour management solutions from over 300 industry suppliers.

At Fespa Global Print Expo, visitors will be able to see hardware solutions from confirmed Gold sponsors Brother and Mimaki, as well as suppliers including Agfa, Canon, Durst, Fujifilm, Han Glory and Roland DG; substrates from 3A, Ahlstrom Munksjö, Avery Dennison, Hexis and Re-board Technology AB; automation, workflow and colour management solutions from Barbieri Electronic, Inedit, OneVision, ONYX Graphics and Print Factory; and consumables from CHT Germany, Easy Inks Gmbh and Sun Chemical.

European Sign Expo, the leading European exhibition for non-printed signage, will again be co-located with Fespa Global Print Expo. The event, which takes place in hall 2 at the RAI, will connect signage professionals with companies specialising in channel lettering, digital signage, dimensional signage, engraving and etching, illuminated displays, out of home media, LED and sign tools. The event is supported by the European Sign Federation and Gold Sponsors EFKA and LEDIT YAKI will return to European Sign Expo alongside confirmed exhibiting companies including: Art Neon Lighting, Domino Sign, Led Frames, LG Hausys Europe, NEX LINE SRL and Yellotools.

Harold Klaren, International Sales Manager, EFKA, comments, “Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo both play an essential role in connecting us with our audience. The events enable us to meet with over 50% of our existing customers under one roof as well as networking with wide format printers and signmakers that we, otherwise, would not have the opportunity to connect with. That’s why we see them as being the most important exhibitions for EFKA and we’re excited to meet everyone again in Amsterdam this year.”

Neil Felton, CEO of Fespa comments: “The past year has been challenging for all and, while virtual events such as Fespa Innovations and Trends enable the speciality print community to stay up-to-date and access new product launches, suppliers are keen to interact with printers and signmakers in a live setting. Across the industry, we’re seeing signs of recovery and regeneration and we believe October is a good time to look to the future and focus on new revenue streams and application opportunities.”

To access the full exhibitor list, visit https://www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/why-visit/exhibitor-list#/. For more information on Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 and to register to attend, visit: www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com. Entry to the event is free for members of a FESPA national Association or FESPA Direct. The cost of entry is €50.00 for non-Fespa members who pre-register before 12th October 2021 using code FESM104.

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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