20 Jun 2018

FESPA Launches FESPA Americas Event To Expand Global Connected Wide-Format Community

Fespa Americas

Exhibitors and print service providers embrace plans for high quality pan-regional event

The first FESPA Americas event is confirmed to take place from February 24-26 2011 in Orlando, Florida, occupying around 72000 sq. ft. (8000m2) of exhibition space at the city’s Orange County Convention Center.

The event will run alongside the established Graphics of the Americas (GoA) show, organised by the Printing Association of Florida (PAF).  FESPA Americas 2011 will be a pan-regional event, targeting audiences from the commercial and wide format print community in the United States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, and will include visitor programmes in English and Spanish.

The first FESPA-branded exhibition to take place in North America, FESPA Americas 2011 is further demonstration of FESPA’s strategic commitment to become the world’s leading global connected community of wide format imaging professionals.

FESPA has received positive feedback from vendors and print service providers since its intentions regarding FESPA Americas were first communicated in March 2010, then pending conclusion of FESPA’s negotiations with PAF.  Many exhibitors have already signalled their intention to participate, and FESPA has received numerous approaches from US-based business support organisations keen to contribute to the event.

FESPA board member Christian Duyckaerts will chair a FESPA Americas steering group involving prominent members of the regional wide-format community, the first meeting of which will take place during FESPA 2010 in Munich.  Fellow board members Yasar Guvenen and Lascelle Barrow will take responsibility for development of relationships with associations and printers in the regions.

A FESPA Americas exhibitor forum will be held in Orlando, Florida in October 2010 to coincide with the IFAI graphics conference (27-29 October 2010), at which FESPA will deliver a keynote presentation.

FESPA managing director Frazer Chesterman explains: “The time is right for FESPA Americas.  Coming out of the worst recession of the post-war era, entrepreneurs on either side of the Atlantic agree that the rules of engagement have changed, and that success will be founded on an open attitude to innovation in all areas of the business.

“We operate now in a global economy where the greatest threats and opportunities come irrespective of national boundaries.  This means that entrepreneurs have a great deal to gain from exchanging ideas across continents.  As a business support organisation with an increasingly global footprint, we’re confident that FESPA can add significant value for printers in the Americas, complementing the events currently available to PSPs in the region.”

FESPA Americas will build on the success of two key FESPA events which have been established over the last three years to meet the needs of wide format printers in the region.  FESPA Mexico, acquired and re-branded by FESPA in 2007, is now in its third year and has grown by some 30% in terms of exhibitor participation and visitor attendance, establishing itself as the premier wide format event for Central America.  FESPA Mexico 2010 runs from 26-28 August 2010 at Centro Banamex, Mexico City.  FESPA has also established a coveted industry awards scheme for the Mexican community, now in its second year.

FESPA’s Global Summit took place in Miami in Spring 2010, bringing together print service providers from both sides of the Atlantic.  The event received glowing reviews from all delegates, who recognised the tremendous commercial value of exchanging knowledge and best practice with colleagues from other regions.  In specific areas such as environmental sustainability, and in applications such as digital textile, American delegates readily acknowledged that the European market offers valuable examples of best practice.

Frazer Chesterman adds: “FESPA has earned a reputation for offering professionally executed, multi-faceted events, enhanced with compelling satellite event programmes.  Our overriding aims with any show are to deliver fresh audiences for our exhibitors, and to optimise the return on investment for printers who commit valuable time to attend.  Visitors to FESPA events tell us that they feel the American market will benefit from a ‘FESPA quality’ event, where they can engage with US and European providers of solutions for wide format digital, screen and textile printing, and experience an engaging knowledge-sharing that can deliver tangible benefits to their business.”

As well as attracting the wide format printing community from across the region, FESPA Americas will offer GoA’s 9000-strong commercial print visitor base a first-class opportunity to fully explore the proven profit potential of expansion into wide format services.

George Ryan, President of GOA, concludes: “FESPA is a proven global force offering unmatched benefits for the members of its national associations, and for visitors to its well-executed events and activities. The launch of FESPA Americas alongside GoA will give delegates deeper perspectives on their opportunities in the wide format inkjet markets.”

FESPA Digital 2011 Casts Off for Four-Day Event in Hamburg

Hamburg Messe 3

German media city extends appeal to northern European audiences

Plans for FESPA Digital 2011, which will take place in Hamburg, Germany from 24 – 27 May 2011, are well underway, with the exhibitor promotion campaign set to kick off during FESPA 2010.

The show will occupy around 16000m2 (net) in the new halls at the Hamburg Messe, located at the heart of Germany’s maritime city.  FESPA aims to deliver a show as extensive as that in Amsterdam in 2009, which showcased more than 300 exhibitors over 14500m2 and attracted close to 10000 visitors.

FESPA has extended FESPA Digital 2011 from three to four days in response to feedback from key exhibitors, who are keen to extend the time available to meet with FESPA’s audience of senior decision-makers from across Europe and further afield. FESPA is holding the square metre price for exhibitors at that of a three-day show, offering exhibitors a significant additional business opportunity at no supplementary cost.

FESPA managing director Frazer Chesterman explains the decision: “Exhibitors make a substantial investment to attend an international show such as FESPA and create their temporary ‘showroom’. It’s understandable that they are looking to optimise their return on that investment by meeting as many prospective customers as possible, from multiple territories and vertical markets.”

He adds: “We see a clear opportunity to use the extra day to attract different types of visitor and add measurable value for our exhibitors.  For example, Hamburg is a global media city, and the sizeable media and creative community in the region invites us to highlight the relevance of FESPA Digital to stakeholders further along the print supply chain.  We plan to work closely with exhibitors to develop event content for the fourth and final day that will give FESPA Digital a focussed appeal to brand owners, agencies and other buyers and specifiers of wide format print services.”

The fact that FESPA Digital moves to a different destination city each time ensures that the visitor audience is constantly refreshed, delivering new prospective customers for exhibitors to engage with.  For example, visitor data from FESPA Digital 2009 indicated that nearly three quarters of all delegates at the show were first-time visitors to a FESPA event. The northern German location is expected to deliver substantial attendance from key European markets including Germany, Benelux, the UK and the Nordic region.  Hamburg is also readily accessible to visitors from central and eastern Europe, in particular the growth markets of Poland and the Baltic states.

From 24-26 May 2011, FESPA will also bring its FESPA Fabric ‘event-within-an-event’ to Hamburg, delivering a dedicated three-day event for European garment printers and decorators, featuring a Fabric Live! fashion show and other satellite initiatives of the type seen at FESPA Fabric 2010 in Munich.  The show will occupy 5000m2 in Hall B1, which is adjacent to FESPA Digital 2011, linked to the main show by a walkway between the two areas of the exhibition centre.  FESPA Fabric 2011 will be the only pan-European exhibition addressing this audience in 2011.

FESPA will also stage its third FESPA Digital Textile Conference alongside the FESPA Digital 2011 event.

Positive signs for sign and display at IPEX say HP

Hp At Ipex

HP today announced its best-ever Ipex results, surpassing company expectations for customer sales and prospects, at the exhibition in Birmingham, UK, in May.

"In addition to the international scope of the business conducted at Ipex, it was significant that more than 50 percent of the sales and leads were from companies newly embracing digital systems," said Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. "Ipex affirms the fact that digital printing is now mainstream and no longer the newcomer."

Positive signs for sign and display activity

HP's Sign and Display operation also did brisk business at the show, both with its core customer base and with businesses in the production printing space considering entry into the large format market.

For the latter, the new HP Designjet Z5200 PostScript® Printer making its debut at Ipex proved popular. Suited for a broad range of applications, the 1.12m (44in) printer includes new HP Instant Printing Pro software that offers fast, easy file preparation and automates production tasks.

For sign and display print service providers (PSPs), the first HP Scitex large format printers using HP Latex Inks the 3.2m (126in) HP Scitex LX800 and 2.6m (104in) HP Scitex LX600 - were top sellers. As the largest, most productive HP Latex Ink device to date, the HP Scitex LX800 Printer launched at the show sets a new image-quality standard for the industrial large format market.

During Ipex HP also announced that it is working with Quad/Graphics, one of the world's leading printers of magazines, catalogues, direct mail and other commercial products, on a plan to host the first commercial beta test of the HP Color Print Module imager. The advanced imager, which uses HP Scalable Printing Technology thermal inkjet imaging, helps print service providers integrate cost-effective four-colour process digital printing into traditional web offset press lines.

With the largest stand at Ipex, HP not only demonstrated its new digital printing systems, but also showcased the breadth of its digital solutions and services. These included HP SmartStream workflow and finishing capabilities, expansion of the Capture Business Success Program to help PSPs grow their digital print businesses a new Graphic Solutions Services organisation to increase efficiency and lower cost, together with comprehensive financing services and environmental advances.

During the course of the exhibition, HP printed more than 750,000 A4 pages for the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.

 

Limited Edition FESPA T-Shirts Are Print Fashionistas’ 2010 ‘Must-Have’

Fespa T Shirt

Fashionistas among FESPA visitors have a chance to own one of 1,500 exclusive, limited edition printed T-shirts with all proceeds going to charity, this summer.

On sale from the surf shack in the central atrium of the Messe Munich (accessed via the west entrance), during FESPA 2010 (22-26TH June), the T-shirts are priced at just 5 Euros, the proceeds of which will go entirely to a charity supporting research into pancreatic cancer.

The T-shirts are available in three unique designs, created and printed by SERIMARK, ETF and Shockwaves Apparel. The shirts themselves are being donated by ETF, B&C and Gildan.

Marcus Timson, FESPA Sales & Marketing Director, who recently walked 100 miles for the cause comments, “The FESPA team has supported the cause of pancreatic cancer research throughout 2010 and we think that the selling of these T-shirts is a fun, print-related way to raise money for charity, while giving FESPA-goers a covetable keepsake from a great show. This type of cancer has a high mortality rate and suffers from a serious lack of financial support. Every T-shirt sold at FESPA will go some way to funding the positive treatment of this disease.”

FESPA Wrap Stars to Take Home Fantastic Prize Haul

 

Fespa Wrapstar

The winners of the live FESPA Wrap Cup vehicle wrapping competition at FESPA 2010 (Messe Munich, 22-26 June 2010) will be showered with some fantastic prizes, courtesy of the Platinum event sponsor Avery Dennison, gold sponsor and print provider Mutoh, and other sponsors Digital Designware, Geiger Cars, Mimaki, Rob Ivers, Royal Sovereign, Ude, Cadlink, Eurosystems and DPS.

The top prize will be a Mutoh Rockhopper 3 Extreme wide format printing system offered by the Belgian wide format printer manufacturer, with a value of nearly €18000.  Second prize will be a Royal Sovereign laminator RSC-1400H, including auto feeder and rewinder with a value of approximately € 5500.  The third prize winner will take home a Mimaki vinyl cutter worth € 3500, while the fourth prize supplied by Avery Dennison is an Apple iPad worth Euros 800.

All the vehicle prints used by the contestants during the different contest rounds will be produced on a Mutoh Blizzard series Eco printer.  The printer incorporates Mutoh’s award-winning Intelligent Interweaving technology and is ideally suited for the production of vehicle wrap prints.

Entries are now open at www.fespa-wrap-cup.com for vehicle wrappers wanting to test their skills in competition.  Registration costs Euros 200.00, but all participants will take home a prize package worth at least Euros 2000.

The FESPA Wrap Cup is part of the FESPA Innovate! Programme.  For more information about the show, and the full programme of satellite events, visit www.fespa2010.com

 

The winners of the Sign & Digital UK 2010 visitor competition are…

Signuk Winners

At this year’s Sign & Digital UK, in conjunction with the competition sponsor; Hybrid Services Ltd, the visitor prize of two VIP tickets to Old Trafford to watch a top flight game was won by two visitors who were drawn at random from those that registered online and attended the show.

The Sign & Digital UK team felt that following the interest shown in the 2009 visitor competition, where the winners won VIP tickets to the British Grand Prix, it was important to do something of high value for the 2010 show – the prizes provided by Hybrid were just the ticket.

Each winner has won two tickets to see a football game at Old Trafford during the 2010/2011 season, including all the added extras of VIP hospitality, food & drink, parking and over night accommodation. So congratulations go to the two winners; David Austin from Hobs Reprographics, London and Justin Tidmarsh from Fast Signs, Coventry.

David Austin said “The show was really good this year with lots on offer. I came this year specifically to look at new kit with the intent on making a purchasing decision. This objective has been met and I will certainly be returning next year. On top of that to win two tickets to Old Trafford to see a top flight game on the back of the show is just fantastic.”

Justin comments “I found the Sign and Digital UK show to be really useful this year where my questions regarding my ink supply were answered. On top of that when doing a general tour of the show I found some new product lines that were really interesting and that we will certainly be looking to actively market. Of course winning tickets for Old Trafford has just rounded it all off.”

Alan Caddick, marketing manager for Sign & Digital UK adds, “The show is a massive opportunity and there are many reasons as to why visitors should make the trip. A visitor incentive like this just gives one more reason for people to attend and support their industry event.”

For information about the success of the 2010 show and further information about Sign & Digital UK 2011 please visit the website, www.signanddigitaluk.com or email the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates for your diary: Sign & Digital UK, 12-14 April 2011, halls 17-18, NEC, Birmingham

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