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The Learning is Easy at the 2017 SGIA Expo

Written by Mat Thompson on Friday, 23 June 2017.

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The 2017 SGIA Expo (New Orleans, October 10–12) is more than a technological wonderland for the printing industry. It’s the place to learn the latest about what’s moving the industry forward — and how to make the most of it to move your career and your business forward.

In addition to its more than 540 exhibitors, the 2017 SGIA Expo features over 40 educational sessions led by industry experts. The sessions fall into four tracks: Graphics and Sign, Garment Decoration, Industrial Imaging and Business Management. You can view a list of sessions by day or by track at SGIAExpo.org.

“This show … has something on display, as well as great educational sessions, for every segment of our industry,” said an attendee at last year’s SGIA Expo.

You can have it all with the SGIA Expo + Education Pass

You don’t have to choose between the Expo floor and the education sessions at the SGIA Expo. You can have it both ways with an Expo + Education Pass. The pass is free to registered SGIA members; nonmembers pay $99 through September 12 ($115 thereafter).

“The Expo + Education Pass makes education at the Expo flexible and affordable. It opens up all the regular education sessions to attendees,” said Dan Marx, Director of Industry Content, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA). “Attendees can adjust their educational plans on site, because they’re not required to pre-select sessions.”

The pass does not cover special conferences and events: Wide Format 101, Your Business: Prepare for Success, Printed Electronics Symposium, Wrap Like a Pro Training, SGIA Sustainability Luncheon or Women in Print Alliance Breakfast.

“There are no restrictions on what or where you learn at the SGIA Expo,” Marx said. “Everywhere you turn, there’s an educational opportunity.”

To learn more and register for the 2017 SGIA Expo, visit SGIAExpo.org.

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Dscoop celebrates digital print creativity at its largest EMEA conference to date

Written by Mat Thompson on Friday, 23 June 2017.

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With approximately 1300 confirmed attendees at the ‘Dscoop Print Experience’ conference in Lyon, France – the 6th Dscoop conference in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since its launch in 2012 – this year's event has been its most successful EMEA conference ever in terms of attendee numbers, exhibitor numbers and geographic reach.

“Obviously we’re delighted with the success of the conference in Lyon. Around 1300 attendees from 45 countries is a testament to the strength and enthusiasm of this community. More than the numbers, it’s the success stories we hear individually from our members that convinces me Dscoop is an unmissable event on any digital print innovator’s calendar,” comments Olivier Gravet, Dscoop Conference Chairman 2017.

Although details of the next annual EMEA conference are yet to be released, the Dscoop community will not lie dormant until 2018. “As we close the doors on our finest EMEA event yet, it is not a case of ‘see you next year’. We’re adding local events to our schedule all the time, revisiting some of our previous locations and adding new destinations,” comments Gravet. “This strategy is based on feedback from members that they want to maintain the relationships they build at the annual events throughout the year.”

Julian Marsh, Dscoop Global Board Chairman, adds, “In addition to our 25 annual conferences worldwide, Dscoop has organised 75 local events across 20 countries so far. We plan to boost that number even further, increasing our local events across the globe.”

“Between our annual conferences, online platform and local events, Dscoop provides huge scope for its members to network, learn, see the best of what the industry has to offer and, crucially, be inspired,” adds Gravet, “EMEA 6 was no exception with an extraordinary ‘celebration of creativity’ demonstrated in the Solutions Showcase, the pinnacle of Dscoop member work commended with Inkspiration awards, amongst the wealth of educational content in the conference programme.”

Supported by Executive Sponsor HP, Dscoop Diamond Partners Scodix and Trotec Laser, Platinum Partners ABG International, motioncutter, Antalis and IEN Industrie, and an additional 58 partners, the EMEA 6 event in Lyon was Dscoop’s 25th conference globally. Attracting 30,000 attendees from 80 countries to events so far, the community is growing year-on-year.

Further announcements on exciting new opportunities for Dscoop members will be made later this summer. Dscoop membership is free of charge, please sign up at dscoop.org. Follow Dscoop on social media to stay up-to-date with the latest news.

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TheIJC 2017 announces first programme details

Written by Mat Thompson on Thursday, 09 March 2017.

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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

Practical information
TheIJC 2017 will feature 50 presentations, an exhibition of 70 tabletops and an expected total of more than 400 attendees. Last tabletop slots are still available – for more information please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Further programme updates and delegate booking are available at www.theijc.com. Until 30 April 2017 early-bird rates apply.

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Flagship European FESPA event to become annual global print expo

Written by Mat Thompson on Friday, 24 February 2017.

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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.

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Dare to create different: Launch of European Sign Expo 2017 marks fifth year of growth

Written by Mat Thompson on Tuesday, 14 February 2017.

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FESPA’s dedicated non-printed signage and visual communications event, European Sign Expo, has today launched its 2017 campaign, under the strapline Dare to Create Different.

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.

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