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FESPA 2017 brings together speciality printing community
May '17
Courtesy: FESPA
Courtesy: FESPA
FESPA 2017, which was recently held in Hamburg, brought together a buoyant speciality printing community, with many exhibitors reporting record sales, and an audience of senior decision-makers coming with an immediate intention to invest. Printers and signmakers from over 139 countries attended the event, making it the most international FESPA ever.

Over 39,224 visitors attended the printing event. With almost 100 first-time exhibitors on the show floor, visitors had access to a comprehensive line-up of suppliers of technology, materials for printing and sign-making, consumables and accessories.

The largest visitor groups were from Germany, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Poland, the latter two reflecting the accessibility of the host city for visitors from these countries. Following the success of FESPA Asia in Bangkok in February 2017, the Hamburg event also saw growth in visitors from Asia, representing 10 per cent of total attendance.

The profile of FESPA as the leading European exhibition for textile printing continues to increase, with significant announcements of new textile printing solutions from many vendors in Hamburg. Printed interior décor applications were also prevalent throughout the event.

During the show, FESPA took reservations for almost 80 per cent of the available floor space at FESPA 2018 in Berlin, requiring the team to book two further halls at Messe Berlin to meet exhibitor demand. This response underlines the success of the FESPA expo as a forum for meeting customers and prospects face-to-face, making concrete sales and developing business pipelines.

"Following on from the success of the last week in Hamburg, we are thrilled by the enthusiastic commitment to our next event in Berlin in 2018 from digital, screen and textile vendors alike. This endorses our decision to move the FESPA global print expo to an annual cycle and make every event a comprehensive showcase of all processes and products," said Roz Guarnori, FESPA divisional director.

"Judging by the energetic mood and buzz from exhibitors and visitors, FESPA is an event that invigorates and stimulates a whole community, giving guidance on new technologies and solutions, supporting visitors to build profitable businesses, and fuelling success for exhibiting brands," added Guarnori.

"FESPA has historically always been for us a great platform to show off our products and to be very close to our customers. It’s an opportunity to not only meet distributors but also converters that use our products day in, day out. So it’s also an opportunity to learn from them, to get some insight into what they value and what is making their life easier. And a lot of the feedback from the show goes into our product development and you can then see this at FESPA 18 in Berlin," said Oliver Guenther, marketing director, Avery Dennison Materials Europe BV, who exhibited at the event.

"This show has had a real buzz and it has been fun to be part of a stand which has worked with young and very talented designers who can see how the latest technology can bring their concepts to reality. But equally this has been a commercial show where we have welcomed a great many printers to the stand from all parts of the world but particularly from Europe and the Middle East," said Richard Barrow, senior product manager at Epson Europe.

FESPA 2018 incorporating European Sign Expo will take place at Messe Berlin, Germany from 15 to 18 May 2018. (KD)

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