There was pre-COVID FESPA Global Print Expo and then there's post-COVID Global Print Expo. What does the latter look like? How is this Expo going to be different from the earlier ones?
FESPA Global Print Expo is a touchpoint for the speciality print community to see the latest technology innovations, network with like-minded business people, be surrounded by inspiring ideas and applications, and speak with product and business model experts. Fundamentally, that has not changed. In fact, I believe it has become even more essential in a time when print businesses are focused on recovery.
The focus of this year’s event is to support printers and signmakers in this recovery period and set their businesses back in motion by giving them access to an array of international suppliers, networking opportunities, and educational and inspirational show features.
What can visitors expect from FESPA Global Print Expo 2022? How many exhibitors are taking part in the Expo?
FESPA Global Print Expo 2022 will highlight the latest developments in digital wide format, textile and screen printing technologies, media and consumables. Under the same roof will be European Sign Expo, which will showcase an array of technology solutions and materials for areas including channel lettering, dimensional signage, engraving and etching, LED and sign solutions.
So, whether you’re interested in digital wide format, screen or textile printing, there’s a whole range of solutions to be discovered. Visitors can also expect to see products for vertical markets including packaging, décor, and vehicle wrapping.
The two events are occupying eight halls at the Messe Berlin and, to date, there are over 350 confirmed exhibitors, including all the major names such as Agfa, aleph, Brother, Canon, Durst, Epson, EFKA, Fujifilm, HP, Kornit Digital, Mimaki, Mutoh, M&R, Roland DG and swissQprint. Visitors will also have the chance to explore our educational and inspirational show features which zone in on opportunities in interior décor, sustainability and vehicle wrapping, and will demonstrate a multitude of high-value applications produced by printers and industry partners.
Which are the earlier features that will be retained at Expo 2022? Could you elaborate?
Now in its sixth year, Printeriors will return to FESPA 2022 offering a vibrant array of sustainably produced interior décor applications produced in conjunction with print industry partners and inspired by the flora and freshness of nature. Located in the south entrance of Messe Berlin, Printeriors will bring stunning illustrations to life across a range of textiles, wallcoverings, furnishings, flooring, fine art, lighting and accessories, with a clear emphasis on applications manufactured using environmentally responsible processes and ethically source materials.
World Wrap Masters is back too, with free training workshops, demonstrations and the live-action wrapping competition. On days one and two, 36 European wrappers will be judged on a series of timed wrapping tasks. And on days three and four, regional competition finalists from around the world will join the winners of the European heat to battle it out for the title of ‘World Wrap Master 2022’ in what we expect to be a high-energy final.