TheIJC 2017 announces first programme details
The world’s biggest inkjet event, TheIJC (The Inkjet Conference), returns to take place on 24-25 October 2017 in Swissôtel Düsseldorf, Germany. An increased number of new companies have already confirmed and revealed their presentation titles raising expectations of a record breaking year.
Building the future since 2014
Entering its 4th edition, TheIJC is organised by ESMA with an ongoing support of drupa and sponsorship of MS Printing. The organisers praise the educational and match making aspects of the event:
“This conference has become a game changer for the industrial inkjet community. It is a platform where the finest development companies, big players and aspiring start-ups initiate projects for all possible market applications. The two-day, two-track format generates real business opportunities, as repeatedly confirmed by participants since the very first edition of TheIJC”, says Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA.
“Since 2014 TheIJC provides a venue for those who build the future – of inkjet engineering and inkjet chemistry – but also the future of manufacturing in general. Future trends are notoriously difficult to predict but following core technology developments allows us to envision the equipment of tomorrow. This year at the conference we see an increased networked community. Those that are building the future do not do so in isolation – whether inks, printheads, data path software or integration, we work with technology partners, and the meeting point where we present our latest technology is TheIJC”, says Steve Knight, co-founder of the conference.
Networking arena filling quickly
As the meeting point of the industry, TheIJC attracts hundreds of attendees coming from all over the world. For two days, OEMs, brands, engineers, chemists, researchers and all technology users gather together with the suppliers – printhead manufacturers, ink producers, software and hardware designers. By the time of this release, 45 companies have already booked a tabletop in the “networking arena” which traditionally buzzes with business talks culminating at the sit down networking dinner at the end of conference day 1.
Each year, the conference features a balanced line-up of long-time supporters and first-time exhibitors. From the 10 new exhibitors and speakers in 2017 we can expect to hear and see more about thermal inkjet in industrial applications, advanced integration know how, specialised ink manufacturing technology and new niche applications.
Broad scope of presentation topics
Following on the successful format of the previous years, TheIJC offers 25 hours of technical talks which address topics ranging from printheads and ink improve¬ments to inkjet in packaging, textiles and pharmaceuticals. Speakers who have confirmed their attendance so far are all acknowledged experts in their fields, including renowned research institutes. Prof. Simon Gaisford from University College London will talk about inkjet printing for control of pharmaceutical polymorphism and Prof. Marc Van Parys (TexZeppelin, UC Ghent) will explain how to make digital technologies accessible for textile SMEs. Dr Kerstin Gläser will present Hahn-Schickard Society’s research of inkjet and aerosol jet in the field of micro technology.
Presenting for the first time at the conference, HP Printhead Division will provide details of their thermal DOD technology for industrial print. Other titles include:
- Brand colour communication in digital printing workflows” and “Colour management in digital surface decoration” by ColorGATE
- Bubble-free ink for digital printing – membrane degassing with advanced module design” by 3M
- Digital coatings: Markets and technologies” by TTP
- Filtration, degassing and oxygen measurement technologies for inkjet printing applications” by Pall
- How surface science equipment can advance inkjet technologies” by Krüss
- Image enhancement techniques” by Global Inkjet Systems
- Instantaneous and low thermal stress inkjet post-processing” by Adphos
- Multi-purpose picodrop dosing system for fast and easy testing of ink-substrate interactions and printing behaviour” by Dataphysics
- New technologies to monitor pigment properties in the process and in the final product” by Microtrac
- Ultrasonic production of nano-size dispersions and emulsions” by Hielscher Ultrasonics
- Widening the window – Powerdrop’s approach to opening up inkjet” by Archipelago Technology
Further programme updates and delegate booking are available at www.theijc.com. Until 30 April 2017 early-bird rates apply.
Flagship European FESPA event to become annual global print expo
FESPA’s global print expo - the flagship biennial international exhibition for digital wide format, screen and textile print - will become an annual event from 2017 onwards.
The decision has been made by FESPA, in consultation with exhibitors and visitors, to provide the global speciality print community with one comprehensive yearly destination event, covering all technologies, processes and applications.
FESPA Digital, the event focussed specifically on digital wide format technologies, will be replaced by this all-encompassing event.
Neil Felton, FESPA CEO, explains: “With this change, we aim to bring clarity and consistency to the global print community. Since 2006, our flagship FESPA event has alternated with FESPA Digital, reflecting the digital revolution that has so dramatically reshaped and revitalised our sector over the last decade. In fact, FESPA Digital has succeeded to the point where it is virtually as significant a landmark in the print event calendar as the original FESPA. Today, feedback from both visitors and exhibitors is that - as digital becomes a mature technology - they would prefer to see FESPA present one annual event, embracing both digital and analogue products and applications to reflect the diversity of their businesses.”
FESPA’s next global print expo – FESPA 2017 – takes place in Hamburg, Germany, from 8th to 12th May 2017, and will feature the full spectrum of screen, digital and textile print. The visitor campaign for this edition launched in January 2017 under the strapline ‘Dare to Print Different’. Beyond 2017, FESPA has now confirmed Berlin and Munich as the host cities for the 2018 and 2019 editions respectively, with both editions to take place in May.
FESPA Divisional Director Roz McGuinness adds: “By unifying our European events and removing the ‘Digital’ distinction, we can focus all our energies on delivering the same great event experience for all participants, every year. For our visitors, it ensures that whatever the year, wherever they are in their investment cycle, they can attend a trusted FESPA event in Europe that meets all their needs as a source of information and inspiration.”
She continue: “Suppliers of technology and consumables for screen print now have the opportunity to exhibit at FESPA every year, giving them a regular platform to share their ideas and innovations, rather than being constrained by a cyclical event calendar. It also ensures that we can present a consistent offering for our growing community of visitors from textile and other industrial sectors, and enables us to give greater continuity to more recently launched events and initiatives such as European Sign Expo and Printeriors.”
By notifying exhibitors of the locations and timeframe of later editions of the FESPA exhibition well in advance, FESPA aims to support exhibiting companies with their long-term planning, while ensuring that visitors are aware of the show locations and can make advance travel plans accordingly.
All European FESPA venues are chosen for the quality of their exhibition facilities, and ease of accessibility for international visitors. Hamburg, Berlin and Munich are all major international business hubs, with good air, rail and road transport links, and a wide range of accommodation and hospitality options.
Berlin was the host city for FESPA 2007, one of the most memorable editions in the event’s 50-year history, while Munich has welcomed FESPA on four previous occasions, in 1999, 2005, 2010 and 2014 and is a favourite host city with both exhibitors and visitors.
Peripatetic movement of FESPA exhibitions between host cities improves accessibility for visitors from across Europe and ensures that the geographical make-up of the audience changes annually, helping exhibitors to engage with the widest possible audience of customers and prospects. Based on data from FESPA Digital 2011, the location of the 2017 event in Hamburg is expected to appeal particularly to visitors from northern and central Germany, while also attracting substantial delegations from the Benelux and Nordic regions. Berlin 2007 expanded FESPA’s audience from northern Germany and north-eastern Europe, while FESPA events in Munich typically draw enlarged delegate groups from central Europe and Italy.
FESPA’s global print expo in Europe is complemented by a programme of tailored regional exhibitions in Asia, Eurasia, central and south America and Africa, facilitating access to FESPA events for print service providers in these developing markets.
Dare to create different: Launch of European Sign Expo 2017 marks fifth year of growth
European Sign Expo 2017 (Messe Hamburg, 8-12 May 2017) will be the most comprehensive edition of the event in its five-year history, with 75 exhibitors representing over 200 suppliers, covering channel lettering, illuminated signage including LED and neon, etching, engraving and dimensional and architectural signage. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to explore a wide variety of applications, technologies and materials, while also networking with the leading suppliers in the signage and visual communications industry.
Roz McGuinness, FESPA Divisional Director responsible for European Sign Expo, comments: “We’re delighted to see the continued growth of European Sign Expo since its launch in London in 2013, with the largest number of exhibitors yet on the floorplan for 2017. This sustained expansion of our exhibitor base highlights the interest in this dedicated event, both from the specialist sign-making community itself, as well as from visitors to the co-located FESPA global print expo, who clearly welcome the opportunity to explore a focused signage exhibition.”
“With even more on show at this year’s event, we’re confident of building on European Sign Expo’s past successes and delivering a rich experience for visitors to both shows. Our unified ‘Dare…’ campaign theme across both European Sign Expo and FESPA was conceived to encourage all businesses to find ways to stand out, spurring visitors to look for ideas that will help to expand their service offering and bring their creative ideas to life.”
Visitors to European Sign Expo 2017, which has the support of the European Sign Federation, will also be able to participate in free sessions onsite. Example topics include: European Sign Code of Practice, hosted by Luc Steegmans, owner at ELBO Signs and Technology; CE Marking for Retail Shop
Furniture and Related Items, presented by freelance electrical engineer Fausti Martin; and New Measurement Method for Light Emission, given by Ralph Hu, Engineer at Swiss Association VWP.
By registering for European Sign Expo, visitors will also gain free entry to FESPA 2017 for all areas of speciality print, as well as Printeriors for printed interior design. One entry ticket makes it easy for visitors – whether their primary business focus is signage or print – to realise the potential to diversify into new service or application areas.
European Sign Expo 2017 has a dedicated website, now live at www.europeansignexpo.com. Here, visitors can register to attend and see an up-to-date exhibitor list and floor plan to help plan their visit in advance. They will also find information about onsite seminars, as well as travel and accommodation information and advice.
To register to attend European Sign Expo 2017 visit www.europeansignexpo.com. For free entry use code ESEM701.
FESPA 2017 global print expo encourages printers to dare to print different
‘Dare to Print Different’ is FESPA’s new message of inspiration to its print community, and the strapline for the multichannel marketing campaign for FESPA 2017 - the global print expo - which this year comes to Messe Hamburg, Germany from 8th to 12th May 2017.
“Dare to Print Different is a statement of our confidence in the entrepreneurialism of our global speciality print community”, explains FESPA Divisional Director, Roz McGuinness. “When printers head to FESPA 2017 in May, we want them to arrive with the ambition to explore and identify something that could expand their boundaries and give them fresh impetus. Every feature we incorporate into FESPA 2017 is designed to show PSPs the many avenues of opportunity available to them, and to leave them invigorated with new ideas to apply in their business.”
Dare to Print Different celebrates the rich technology and materials innovation that is always at the heart of FESPA, and its role in helping printers to fulfil their potential and differentiate themselves through new products and business models. The campaign theme is brought to life visually with a striking image of a robotic hand releasing a brilliant butterfly – expressing the critical role of technology in enabling creative print applications, and expanding print’s potential as a medium of visual communication and decoration.
Like previous flagship FESPA events, FESPA 2017 includes three distinct zones devoted to screen, digital wide format and textile printing, encouraging printers and sign-makers to explore the full spectrum of applications including graphics and soft signage, industrial print, garments and promotional items, interior décor, surface decoration and vehicle wrapping.
A single visitor ticket covers FESPA 2017 and the co-located European Sign Expo event for non-printed signage, making it easy for visitors – whether their core business is in print or signage – to investigate the potential to diversify into new service or application areas.
Visitors interested in the growth potential from interior décor applications will also benefit from free access to Printeriors, a hotel-themed showcase featuring printed interior décor elements created using a range of technologies, processes and materials to realise innovative design concepts.
Together, the three events give visitors access to some 700 international exhibitors under one roof, confirming this as the most comprehensive environment for speciality printers and sign-makers seeking out product innovations to support their business development.
“We know that discovering new products is the primary reason that thousands of business owners and senior managers commit to visiting FESPA year on year”, adds McGuinness. “The Hamburg event will certainly fulfil those expectations, with many major vendors already signalling that FESPA 2017 will be their foremost product launch platform in 2017.”
While considering the new products on show, visitors can also maximise the value of their time at the event to support their investment planning by accessing the wealth of independent expertise within the free onsite educational programme.
In addition, FESPA’s active networking programme will help visitors to find peers who can share their own real-world experiences and guide their decision-making.
The new FESPA 2017 event website is now live at www.fespa2017.com, and visitors can register immediately online to obtain entry free of charge to the event, and ensure that they are kept updated as the full event programme develops.
- To register, visit: www.fespa2017.com, using promotional code FESM701 for free entry
- For discounted flights with FESPA’s official airline partner, visit: www.fespa2017.com/about-fespa-2017/international-visitors
- For Hamburg tourist information, visit: www.hamburg-tourism.de
FESPA Eurasia 2016 attracts international audience of investment-ready buyers
FESPA Eurasia 2016, which took place from 8-11 December 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, welcomed 8,232 individual visitors, with total attendance across the four days reaching 9,774 visits, demonstrating the value visitors placed on attending for more than one day.
The exhibition was very successful in terms of buying behaviour: 44% of visitors were final decision makers and 81% of attendees were involved in the decision-making process, highlighting that FESPA Eurasia is a strong ‘buying’ show.
Murat Öztürk, Partner of Summa Istanbul, commented on the quality of visitors: “FESPA Eurasia is always a very professional show.The visitors to the exhibition include professional buyers and professional companies, and so for us FESPA Eurasia is always the number one.”
There was an increase in International attendance compared with FESPA Eurasia 2015, further illustrating the importance of FESPA Eurasia within the region. The top 10 countries attending outside Turkey include: Iran, Bulgaria, Algeria, Greece, Tunisia, Jordan, Ukraine, Iraq, Lebanon and Germany.
Complementing FESPA’s line-up of international and local exhibitors, FESPA Eurasia included a host of free visitor features. Participation in the educational conference remained strong throughout, underlining demand for sector specific education in the Eurasian region with sessions including: Digital Pigment Printing, Screen Printing, Garment Design, 3D Printing for Garments, Nano Applications for textile and many more.
Elsewhere at the event, Ivan Tenchev won FESPA’s live World Wrap Masters competition, sponsored by Hexis. Ivan comments: “I am very honoured to have won the Wrap Masters at FESPA Eurasia 2016 and to be recognised for my skills and for doing something that I enjoy. The Wrap Masters 2016 was very impressive, there were many local contestants who were very good, so I can say that I competed against the best. I am now looking forward to competing at the World Wrap Masters Final at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg.”
FESPA’s Turkish member Association, ARED, hosted the second edition of its Signage Awards, celebrating creative and innovative examples of signage production in Turkey. The winner, who was voted for by visitors onsite, was Alper Tenşi, Rekmar Reklam, who received 45% of the votes and will now go on to compete in FESPA’s global Awards programme at FESPA 2017 (8-12 May 2017).
Michael Ryan, Group Exhibition Manager at FESPA, comments: “FESPA Eurasia 2016 has once again confirmed the value of FESPA’s event content to rapidly developing markets, with positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors. This exhibition continues to serve the Turkish print community, as well as visitors and exhibitors from the wider region.I was delighted with the positive feedback from our exhibitors with many commenting on the volume of sales directly at the show.International suppliers such as Aleph, Mimaki, EFI and Canon were just a few of the global brands to introduce new products at the show.
“Feedback from our visitors highlights that 68% believe that FESPA Eurasia is the region’s most important wide format exhibition, confirming the demand for an event of this calibre and focus.”
Exhibitors commented on the success of FESPA Eurasia 2016:
Alessandro Manes, Managing Director at Aleph SRL comments: “This is the first time we’ve exhibited at FESPA Eurasia and we’ve had a great show and sold four machines.”
Ender Yılmaz, MertDijital comments: “2016 was our first experience of the FESPA Eurasia event and we had a very successful show with strong interest from visitors to our stand. We see FESPA Eurasia as an effective platform for showcasing the latest technology and attracting the right target audience.”
Ismet Özdemir,Marketing Manager at Canon B2B products commented: “I can sincerely say that FESPA Eurasia 2016 really exceeded our expectations and we confirmed a number of sales! We are very happy with our participation at FESPA Eurasia 2016.”
Nurten Ergün, Owner of BTC, noted: “At FESPA Eurasia 2016 we presented our new technologies, which attracted a great deal of interest from our customers. FESPA Eurasia 2016 was a great show.”
For more information on FESPA and its global exhibitions visit: www.fespa.com