Fespa 2024 – New opportunities in print, signage, sportswear  

Inaugural Sportswear Pro alongside Fespa Global Print Expo

FESPA 2024 set to uncover new opportunities in print, signage, personalization and sportswear

The Fespa Global Print Expo, European Sign Expo, Personalisation Experience and the inaugural Sportswear Pro will take place from 19 to 22 March 2024 at the RAI Exhibition Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The co-located events will showcase an array of solutions for specialty print, sign-making, personalization, and sports and leisure garment production.

Amsterdam RAI is a popular venue among both the Fespa visitor and exhibitor community and has been host to successful Fespa exhibitions in 2006, 2009, 2016 and 2021. The local Amsterdam Schipol airport serves over 310 destinations with direct flights, and the city offers affordable public transport and accommodation.

Michael Ryan, head of Fespa Global Print Expo, explains, “This year, we’re introducing a set of new event straplines which represent a natural progression from the 2023 events where we encouraged visitors to discover ‘New Perspectives’. The Fespa 2024 straplines; ‘Opportunities, Revealed’ at Fespa Global Print Expo; ‘Opportunities, Illuminated’ at European Sign Expo; ‘Opportunities, Created’ at Sportswear Pro; and ‘Opportunities, Reimagined’ at Personalisation Experience, highlight how there’s always something new to learn and how the sectors that our visitors are active in are often broader than they realize.”

Michael continues, “In our constantly evolving speciality print industry, the possibilities and opportunities are endless and we’re excited to welcome an array of suppliers to highlight their latest, innovative solutions. We look forward to showcasing new growth opportunities to our global community in Amsterdam.”

Visitors will see a host of technologies, media and consumables from confirmed exhibitors including AGFA, Antalis, DGI/d.gen, EFI, Elitron, Kongsberg, LIYU, Mimaki, Orafol, Sun Chemical, and swissQprint. Confirmed textile suppliers include MHM, Monti Antonio, MS printing/JK Group and ROQ, as well as two new embroidery suppliers – Tajima and Ricoma – choosing to exhibit at a FESPA event for the first time.

Conference program

The 2024 events will again host an educational conference. Day one will be dedicated to Personalisation Experience, offering educational content from industry experts on the commercial value of personalization. On the first day, 20th March 2024, speakers will cover topics including how personalization can be used to engage new audiences, customization trends in 2024 and the role of AI in personalisation. 

Day two of the conference (21st March 2024), aligned with Sportswear Pro, will focus on the opportunities in sports and leisure garment production and decoration, delving into topics including the latest trends, recent innovations and circular design. The full lineup of speakers will be confirmed closer to the event.

Educational feature program

A Personalise Make Wear feature will run as part of Personalisation Experience and Sportswear Pro, showcasing an array of personalised printed sportswear and athleisure. Offering visitors the opportunity to join expert-guided end-to-end production tours of the latest technologies for sportswear garment make-up and personalisation of sport-related merchandise, Personalise Make Wear will also feature fireside chats focussed on cutting edge technologies and processes.

The Sustainability Spotlight material showcase is set to return to the 2024 event, offering visitors a chance to learn more about sustainable material alternatives and how to improve their environmental performance and credentials.

World Wrap Masters is also back. Over the first two days, European vehicle wrappers will compete for the title of Wrap Master Europe 2024, followed by an action-packed series final where regional wrap masters will go head to head for the title of ‘World Wrap Master 2024’. Alongside the competition, visitors can benefit from live demonstrations with industry experts. 

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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