During FESPA Fest, held 12 and 13 February in Berlin, Germany, FESPA announced the latests developments at FESPA Global Print Expo. The show will include a large event programme, founded into the key growth trends in specialty printing. Two major new experiential and educational features will be introduced for the first time at the Berlin event.
Print Make Wear
Reflecting the significance of garment applications within the wider opportunity in printed textiles, Print Make Wear is a new, interactive visitor feature designed to replicate a fast fashion factory. Focused exclusively on fashion textiles, garments and printed accessories, the feature takes the form of a live production environment highlighting every step in the screen and digital printing production process, from initial design to finished product.
Digital Corrugated Experience
The Digital Corrugated Experience is an educational and experiential area, showcasing the advantages of digital print for corrugated packaging and retail display applications. It aims to highlight to packaging converters and box-makers the benefits of integrating digital technology into their production mix.
FESPA CEO Neil Felton explains: “Our work with Smithers Pira highlighted two opportunities for FESPA to deliver tangible value to our visitors. Firstly, helping PSPs and packaging converters dive deeper into the potential opportunities in digital printing of corrugated board and, secondly, delivering a focused educational experience around garment printing. Together with more established FESPA features, this newly expanded educational programme gives visitors a broad spectrum of opportunities to explore potential paths to business growth.”
FESPA will continue to highlight the evolving opportunities in printed décor with the Printeriors Showcase area, an immersive space featuring prominently in the entrance atrium of Messe Berlin, inviting all visitors to FESPA 2018 to explore and interact with a curated selection of printed room-sets and objects, reflecting the ever-widening scope for printed décor in corporate, hospitality and domestic settings.
Building on FESPA’s long history of offering free educational seminars for visitors on a range of topics, a single FESPA 2018 Trend Theatre will consolidate this educational offering in one location, making it easy for visitors to locate and plan sessions into their time at the show. All sessions in the Trends Theatre are grouped around the trends identified by the independent research, and Smithers Pira will deliver sessions on each key trend over the course of the show.
FESPA Global Print Expo 2019
FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 will take place over four days from 14 to 17 May 2019 at the Messe München, Germany. The event will occupy six halls at the exhibition centre, covering screen, digital and textile printing, and will be co-located with European Sign Expo 2019.
FESPA exhibitions have previously taken place in Munich in 2005, 2010 and 2014. Munich is a major international business hub, with good air, rail and road transport links and a wide range of accommodation and hospitality options.
Roz Guarnori, Divisional Director, FESPA, comments: “We’re excited to be returning to Munich for FESPA Global Print Expo 2019. Based on feedback from exhibitors and visitors, Munich is a favourite FESPA host city, so we decided it was time to return to this destination in 2019.”