FESPA 2013 is well on track to be the organiser’s biggest event yet. Committed space already takes 2013 floor plan area to just under 30,000m2, equalling the final footprint of FESPA 2010 in Munich three years ago. This means that even if it were to be staged now, the London show would be as large and comprehensive an event as in 2010 - and there are still five full months to go for further businesses to sign up until the show opens on 25th June 2013.
The South Hall of the ExCeL exhibition centre, which has a 100% digital focus, is now sold out, and demand for remaining space in the mixed North Hall is high. Many digital exhibitors have increased their stand space compared with 2010.
The top ten exhibitors in 2013 are HP, Canon (incorporating Océ), Agfa, Durst, EFI, Fujifilm, Orafol, Mimaki, Kornit and M&R. The ten largest stands at FESPA 2013 will collectively occupy 15.5% more stand space than the top ten in 2010, indicating the growing investment being made by major suppliers in their presence at FESPA.
The leading players have all chosen FESPA in London as a key platform to showcase their latest wide format innovations to FESPA’s international decision-maker audience.
FESPA expects the final layout of the show to firmly emphasise the long-term dominance of digital, while the event still offers a strong screen printing line-up, with exhibitors including M&R, Saati, Kiian, Demak, Sun Chemical, Sefar, Macdermid Autotype and Encres Dubuit. Textile printing remains a focus for the event, with more than 102 exhibitors showing textile printing applications, and the 6,500m2 FESPA Fabric feature on the show floor specifically designed to meet the needs of garment printers and decorators.
Managing director of FESPA Neil Felton comments, “It was clear from the minute we closed the doors on FESPA Digital in Barcelona in February last year that exhibitors were firmly on board for 2013 in London. By the end of February 2012, FESPA had bookings for 108% of the space occupied by the Barcelona show and we have sustained that momentum throughout last year and into the New Year.”
Felton continues, “Our eye catching ‘Your Destination for Print’ campaign is resonating with exhibitors, and they can see very clearly our commitment to delivering an international audience with an eye to investment for growth.
“Meanwhile, visitors are responding very enthusiastically to our campaign too. Pre-registrations for the show starting earlier than ever before, and traffic to www.fespa.com/london is positively booming. From all over the world, wide format print service providers, sign makers and commercial printers with an appetite for diversification are telling us that FESPA in London is their No. 1 destination for print in 2013.”