The recent FESPA 2015 Global Expo in Cologne has smashed attendance records by drawing the largest total audience ever for a FESPA event, with 43,775 visits over the five days of the show, an increase of 17% compared with the previous flagship FESPA event in London in 2013.

Spandex is to host an open house event in partnership with 3M, at its headquarters facility in Bristol on Thursday 11 June. The one-day event is designed for sign makers, wrappers, shop fitters and printers to experience a whole range of activities that can help them grow their business and take it to the next level.

A visit to FESPA has enabled Netherlands based customised packaging specialist Doosopmaat.nl to find the right single pass digital print solution to fill a growing need for on demand production for a growing client base. As such the Rotterdam based company placed the first order worldwide for AEG’s Sprinter bespoke wide format system to provide the high speed and colour quality the company was looking for.

Mimaki has again been recognised at FESPA 2015 with a European Digital Press Association (EDP) award for ‘Best Print and Cut Solution’. The Mimaki CJV150 Series brings simultaneous print/cut operations to an affordable entry-level printer at a print speed of up to 56.2 square meters per hour. The award was accepted by Mike Horsten, general manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA, at a special awards ceremony held during the show.

According to HP you are looking at the next chapter of the HP Latex industrial revolution. The company’s latest printer - launched at FESPA 2015 - is designed for high-volume, dedicated application production, delivering what HP says are new levels of productivity and operational efficiency for sign and display print providers.

FESPA 2015 sees EFI introducing a dedicated, production-class roll-to-roll printer, and its fastest printer on the market. The new VUTEk HSr LED/UV Pin & Cure imaging press is a 3.2 m high-speed roll-to-roll printer that targets the replacement of older solvent printers for the high-volume production of vehicle wraps, lorry sides, banners, posters and more.

Fujifilm has announced the launch of an advanced new UV ink technology at FESPA 2015, called Uvijet OW. The newly launched ink range, which is used in the Inca Onset series, has been developed specifically with improved adhesion properties so that it can be used on a wider range of rigid and flexible plastic substrates.

Thanks to William Smith for sending us these fantastic pictures of Arlon’s first 2015 #Wrap Wars competition, with a sensational wrap to a modified Audi TT by Essex based Funkeefish.

Roland DG is planning to create a further ‘zone’ for FESPA 2015 with the Virtual Reality Zone. The news comes on the back of the recent announcement that Roland is to compartmentalise its FESPA stand into five technology zones supported by a vast array of creative samples.

Agfa says two new members of the high-end Jeti inkjet printer family will make their European debut at FESPA 2015. The new Jeti Mira 2.7-meter wide six-colour and white UV-inkjet printer (above), featuring a moving gantry, and the new Jeti Tauro, a 2.5-meter wide high-end hybrid six-color UV inkjet printer, plus white or primer.

Trade shows provide an incredible opportunity for you to get your name and work in front of big brands, well-connected people and the press. However, they can demand a huge amount of investment, so getting the know-how and making every opportunity count can be the key to your success.

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