Three weeks to go for Fespa Global Print Expo 2022

Berlin events will be free of Covid restrictions

Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo 2022 will be live in three weeks at Messe Berlin
Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo 2022 will be live in three weeks at Messe Berlin

In three weeks, Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo 2022 will open at Messe Berlin, Germany, ready to set speciality print and signage businesses back in motion. 340 international suppliers are now contracted to exhibit, among them are many key industry players who were unable to participate in 2021, including Epson, Fujifilm, HP, MHM and M&R.  

Michael Ryan, head of Fespa Global Print Expo, comments, “Excitement is building as we get closer to the event, and the recent news that Covid restrictions have been lifted in German venues has delivered another strong surge in exhibitor interest. With 340 confirmed exhibitors, we’ll be opening a show with almost double the number of companies that were present in Amsterdam last year, so visitors can be sure of finding the products and business solutions they need to fuel their recovery and growth.”

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Many exhibitors are signalling the launch of new technologies and consumables, including the Jeti Tauro H3300 HS LED hybrid inkjet printer and the Avinci CX3200 dye-sub printer from Agfa; PVC-free digitally printable wrapping film from Avery Dennison, the GTXPro, a new product in Brother’s GTX industrial direct-to-garment printer range, the new Reggiani Terra Silver entry-level industrial textile printer from EFI; and the 330 series of wide-format inkjet printers from Mimaki. 

Durst, Canon, EFKA, Fujifilm, HP and many others have also flagged new product and technology upgrade announcements to come at the show.

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Visitors will enjoy a comprehensive live event programme, including the all-new Sustainability Spotlight conference area, Associations Pavilion applications showcase, the Printeriors interior décor feature, and the Wrap Masters vehicle wrapping event.

Visitors can show their badges on phones to attend Fespa show

Covid restrictive measures on the German event industry were lifted on 1 April 2022, enabling the live Fespa events in Berlin to go ahead without restrictions on visitor numbers or density, social distancing or the requirement to wear face masks. 

In line with the relaxation of Covid restrictive measures on the German event industry, there are no longer any testing requirements or checks to enter Messe Berlin or the Fespa exhibition. Therefore, participants do not need to show that they are vaccinated, recently recovered, or tested negative for Covid-19 to enter the exhibition. 

Visitors can also rely on enhanced cleaning regimes and prominent hand sanitizing facilities throughout the Messe Berlin halls. In addition, visitors will be encouraged to hold their entry badges on their phones to reduce physical touchpoints. 

“Without Covid-19 restrictions and with a first-class exhibitor line-up, we can get back to delivering the full experience print, and sign professionals expect from a Fespa event”, concludes Michael Ryan. “The mood in our community towards live events is buoyant, and that’s mirrored in pre-registration. The vibe is good, the appetite for innovation and connection is strong, and we can’t wait to energise print’s recovery.”  

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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