Interview with Roz Mcguinness

Roz Mcguinness
Roz Mcguinness
Divisional Director

Which segment in digital textile printing is more popular - garments, home textiles, or signage?

The popularity of applications varies from country to country, however, globally digital textile printing volumes are currently dominated by garment and soft signage, although home textiles are growing fast.

What are the challenges / opportunities that the European printing industry faces? What is FESPA doing to help overcome these?

Right now, innovation and the pursuit of new application opportunities are giving entrepreneurs increased confidence in the performance of their own businesses. The next couple of years will certainly see printers continue to diversify into new applications especially in textile, POP, wallpaper/interiors, building wraps and industrial applications. It is a challenging but exciting time for printers and FESPA's role is to provide this community with opportunities to review all the innovations available to them, blended with high-quality education and networking. FESPA does this through its leading exhibitions, thought leadership events including the Global Summit, focused conferences such as the DTC and its regional events in association with its associations like the Southern European Congress.

Please walk us through the highlights of the FESPA Asia 2017.

To be held from February 15-17, 2017, visitors to FESPA Asia 2017 - the most comprehensive print show for the ASEAN region - will be able to see the latest technologies, materials and applications in screen and digital print, industrial print, textile print and garment decoration in one place. Alongside a stellar line up of major international and regional brands exhibiting, there will be a programme of free educational seminars covering topics on future trends, global print innovations and key business 'how to' sessions to provide printers with the knowledge to take their businesses to the next level. Wrap experts at the FESPA Wrap Hub, sponsored by Hexis, will demonstrate amazing wrap techniques on innovative everyday items, to showcase the diversity of wrapping. There will also be after-show networking events for visitors to engage and share knowledge with their peers. It really is an event not to be missed!

From which regions did you receive visitors at FESPA Textile 2016 in Amsterdam?

Visitors from 75 countries attended FESPA Textile 2016, representing all regions in Europe, as well as North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

After FESPA China, Mexico, Brazil, and Africa, do you plan to venture into India in the future?

FESPA Asia is very much the show for the whole ASEAN region and we invite exhibitors and visitors from the whole region, including India, to join us in Bangkok in 2017. Screen Printers Association of India (SPAI), our Indian Association, is a very important member of the FESPA federation and with India's incredibly fast growing economy, printers will undoubtedly benefit from attending the show. We are working closely with SPAI who fully support our plans in 2017 and beyond.
Published on: 10/08/2016

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