Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo 2022 open today

Exhibitors are launching their products at the show

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Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo 2022 are set to open today and will continue to 3 June 2022 at Messe Berlin, Germany
Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo 2022 are set to open today and will continue to 3 June 2022 at Messe Berlin, Germany

The doors to Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo 2022, Europe’s leading exhibitions for speciality print, signage and visual communications, will open today and will continue till 3 June 2022 at Messe Berlin Germany.

With over 350 confirmed exhibitors, the events offer the biggest and most comprehensive showcase of innovations in wide format, textile printing and sign-making technology, software, substrates and consumables since 2019, providing a vital springboard to the sector’s recovery and long-term growth.

Leading suppliers including Agfa, Avery Dennison, Brother, Canon, Durst, EFI, EFKA, Fujifilm, HP, Mimaki and Nazdar Ink Technologies have trailed important product launches at the show. Visitors can expect to discover new technologies and consumables throughout all eight halls, emphasizing production efficiency, application flexibility, and sustainability.

Michael Ryan, head of Global Print Expo, comments, “As we mark Fespa’s 60th anniversary as a business support organization for the visual communications sector, we’re immensely proud of the role that Fespa Global Print Expo 2022 will play in helping our communities regroup and energize their business development plans. Over six decades, Fespa exhibitions have provided a place for the world’s speciality printers and sign-makers to plan their future, discover new technologies and materials, tap into market knowledge, and network with like-minded entrepreneurs to explore the possibilities. The value of visiting a Fespa show is still the same but all the more vital in 2022, as print and sign businesses worldwide regain momentum after the pandemic. Next week, I know that visitors to Berlin will leave inspired, invigorated, and renewed confidence in a bright and successful future for their business.”

Co-located in hall 5.2 is the European Sign Expo, where visitors can see a range of innovations in signage and visual communications. Suppliers will show technology solutions and materials in channel lettering, dimensional signage, engraving and etching, and LED and sign systems that extend commercial opportunities and increase the creative scope for visual communications businesses and brand owners.

More information on exhibitor news and launches can be found here

Located in Hall 25, Stand C50, the new Sustainability Spotlight feature will deliver insights on a host of topics geared toward helping businesses operate environmentally responsible. Visitors can choose from 38 expert-led sessions with speakers, including suppliers of environmentally conscious technology, media and consumables, sustainable designers and architects, environmental experts and consultants, and advisory and research bodies. Delegates can also see a wide range of sustainably produced applications and access guidance on producing sustainable finished products.

All Sustainability Spotlight sessions are free to attend with a Fespa and European Sign Expo 2022 entry ticket. The conference runs from 1030 hrs CEST on Tuesday 31 May to 1330 hrs CEST on Friday 3 June. The complete Fespa 2022 Sustainability Spotlight program and detailed session times can be found here.   

Visitors can also see the talent of Fespa’s international member community at the new Associations Pavilion at the South Entrance. The feature will display diverse applications produced by members of Fespa’s worldwide network of Associations, including samples of the screen and digitally-printed work.

Also, in the South Entrance, this year’s Printeriors offers visitors a comprehensive showcase of interior décor applications produced using environmentally responsible processes and ethically sourced materials. In collaboration with 30 partners, the feature has been curated by Fespa Textile Ambassador Debbie McKeegan, with seven themed zones decorated using illustrator Jasper Goodall’s nature-inspired designs.

For the first time in two years, visitors to Fespa Global Print Expo 2022 can also witness the World Wrap Masters final and the European competition. The contest comprises a series of timed battles, judged by a panel of past Wrap Masters winners and experts. As many as 36 European wrappers will compete in the regional competition on the event’s first two days. In the biggest-ever final to date, 12 successful semi-finalists will then go head-to-head to compete for the title of Wrap Master 2022.

Fespa to celebrate its anniversary

Throughout the four-day show, Fespa members can network and relax away from the show floor in the Club Fespa Lounge. Find out more about gaining access to the Club Fespa Lounge and benefit from free show entrance, fast track access, a dedicated cloakroom, wi-fi and all-day refreshments here.

On the evening of Thursday 2 June, Fespa will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a party hosted at the prestigious Bricks club in the heart of Berlin-Mitte, from 1830-2330 hrs CEST. More information on the event and tickets can be found here

In line with the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictive measures on the German event industry, there are no longer any testing requirements or checks to enter Messe Berlin or the Fespa exhibition.

Participants do not need to show that they are vaccinated, recently recovered, or tested negative for Covid-19 to enter the exhibition. 

Visitors can rely on enhanced cleaning regimes and prominent hand sanitizing facilities throughout the halls. Visitors are encouraged to hold their entry badges on their phones to reduce physical touchpoints. For further information and frequent updates on health and safety at the exhibition, visit https://www.messe-berlin.de/en/visitors/allgemeine-informationen/.

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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