Fespa launches new app for print show

Downloadable from App Store and Google Play

The Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo 2022 were held in Berlin, Germany.

Fespa has invested in a new event app to help visitors maximize their time at the Fespa Global Print Expo, European Sign Expo and Personalization Experience, to be held from 23-26 May 2023 at Munich, Germany. 

Downloadable from the App Store and Google Play, the app helps delegates plan their visit by giving a comprehensive overview of exhibitors and other attendees, as well as the event agenda. In addition, it features a scheduling and personalized diary function for meetings and conference sessions. 

Visitors can use the app to: Access their digital entry badge and tickets for Fespa party (if applicable); explore the complete list of exhibitors and information about their stand, products, contact details, social channels and brochures; filter exhibitors by product and interests; bookmark suppliers and directly arrange meetings through the app; view the full Personalization Experience conference schedule and speaker details; create a personalized diary with meetings, conferences and events such as FESPA Party; and view the complete floor plan, plot routes and find directions.

Michael Ryan, head of Fespa Global Print Expo says: “Our investment in this new app is geared towards making our visitors’ trip to Munich and their event experience as smooth and effective as possible. Not only does the app allow delegates to plan their visit ahead of the event, it also acts as a diary, ticket and way finder onsite. Visitors to a major international trade show typically have a very busy schedule and a lot of ground to cover. This new digital tool will optimize the value they get from their time at the show, and enhance their experience of the event after they leave, by giving them continued access to exhibitor information and contacts for three months after the show.”

To register for Fespa Global Print Expo 2023 and the co-located European Sign Expo and Personalisation Experience, visithttps://www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/.

Apple users can download the official “FESPA” app here: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/fespa/id1668878581 

Android users can find the app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.swapcard.apps.android.fespa&hl=en&gl=US on Google Play. 

Founded in 1962, Fespa is a global federation of Associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community. Its  dual aim is to promote screen printing and digital imaging and to share knowledge about screen and digital printing with its members across the world, helping them to grow their businesses and learn about the latest developments in their fast growing industries.    

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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