29 May 2020

Autumn means Viscom - Dates for your Diary

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Autumn for manufacturers and international suppliers to the large format print, sign and display markets usually means a series of visits, or for some exhibiting, at the various Viscom events that are staged around Europe.

Dates for your Viscom diaries this year, and website links for those interested, are as follows:


Viscom Paris

21 - 23 Sep 2010

International Trade Fair for Visual Communication

Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, France



Viscom-Sign Espana

14 - 16 Oct 2010

International Trade Fair for Visual Communication

Ifema Fairgrounds, Madrid, Spain



Viscom Visual Communication Italy

21 - 23 Oct 2010

International Trade Fair for Visual Communication

Fiera Milano Exhibition Center, Rho, Milan, Italy



Viscom Frankfurt

04 - 06 Nov 2010

International Trade Fair for Visual Communication

Exhibition Centre Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany


FESPA Americas Steering Group Starts to Shape First Pan-Regional Event

Fespa Americas Steering Group Hr

The first meeting of FESPA’s Americas Steering Group took place during FESPA 2010 in Munich. The Group was brought together to represent all FESPA’s stakeholder groups in the Americas, including exhibitors, print service providers, regional business support organisations, media and sector analysts.


Chaired by FESPA board member Christian Duyckaerts (photo: far left), the Group comprised  Frank Tueckmantel (EFI); Charlie Taublieb [Taublieb Consulting]; Scott Fresener (T-Biz International); Tim Greene (InfoTrends);  [Rich Gottwald] (ISA); Michael O’Ryan (Sampco); Nicholas Hellmuth (FLAAR); JR Kraft (Build a Sign).  FESPA was represented by board members Lascelle Barrow, Yasar Guvenen, managing director Frazer Chesterman, and sales and marketing director Marcus Timson.


FESPA managing director Frazer Chesterman explains: “We created this steering group as a forum in which FESPA could listen to real feedback and ideas on how we can shape a FESPA Americas event that precisely meets the current needs of stakeholders across North, South and central America and the Caribbean.


“What we heard is that there is a real appetite for FESPA’s brand of event in the Americas, offering a blend of well planned and presented exhibition features, plus high quality educational and knowledge-sharing initiatives. The participants reinforced our own belief in the benefits to be gained by printers from an exchange of experience and best practice between Europe and the Americas.  We came away with a very clear understanding of what FESPA Americas should be delivering for all types of visitor, and will be working hard in the coming months to develop the show to meet these needs.”


JR Kraft of BuildASign.com comments: “FESPA provides the Americas sign and graphic community with a new and fresh event. This has clearly challenged the show market in the USA but in my opinion this is a good thing. I personally feel tired with the current choices I have and I believe that a new event designed to do different things, for different people is absolutely what we need. That’s what we call innovation, and as an innovative business person I think this should be encouraged and I will most certainly be at FESPA Americas in February in Orlando.”


The next FESPA Americas steering group meeting will take place in Orlando in October 2010, at IFAI Expo, where Frazer Chesterman & Marcus Timson will deliver their 60 Minutes to Innovate! Seminar.


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).

It’s a Wrap: Squeezy International Crowned FESPA Wrap Star 2010

Fespas Wrap Cup 2010

30 skilled vehicle wrappers competed in the FESPA 2010 Wrap Cup competition to win the title of FESPA Wrap Star and a share of 182,500€ worth of prizes.

The overall winner was Sander Peerdemann from Squeezy International in the Netherlands, who won the final ‘shootout’ against the three other daily winners.

Sander’s opposition in the grand final came from Harry Schenker of HS-Design Schenker in Germany, Mingo Richter of Blackbox-Richter in Austria, and Dagny Brunne of Brunne Werbetechnik in Germany.

Six expert judges, including Rob Ivers, founder of the PDAA (Professional Decal Application Alliance), shared the responsibility of eliminating competitors on the first four days of the show before eventually crowning the winner.

Sponsors, participants and spectators alike were enthralled by the competition, which grabbed the attention of show-goers in Hall B3 in the Digital area of the exhibition.

FESPA Wrap Cup 2010 sponsors included Avery Dennison, whose technical training manager Hans van den Berg also judged the contest, Mutoh, Mimaki and Digital Designware.

To watch FESPA TV footage of day two of the FESPA Wrap Cup! visit: http://www.fespa.com/fespa-tv http://youtu.be/7foABPcem4g


SGIA announces PDAA Graphics Application Zone sponsors

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The PDAA Graphics Application Zone brings the best installers together to demonstrate the newest and most innovative installation techniques at the 2010 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 13-15).

This year, five supplier companies will sponsor the Zone by providing the necessary printed materials for installation demonstrations: 3M Graphics Market Center, Avery Dennison Graphics & Reflective Products Division, FLEXcon, Hewlett Packard Company and MACtac. Clear Focus Imaging is serving as a Zone partner. Each sponsor will offer one sales-free, company-narrated installation demonstration every day of the Expo.

"With the help of our generous sponsors, PDAA is able to present a unique learning experience," said Dan Marx, SGIA's Vice President of Markets and Technologies. "Master Certified Installers and Zone sponsors will work together to highlight new developments in the graphic installation industry."

The PDAA Graphics Application Zone will feature a variety of interactive vinyl installations on a variety of objects and surfaces that go beyond vehicle wraps, including: Tables, rough surfaces, glass, concrete, walls and more. While you're there, you can try your hand at installation with the help of PDAA-certified professionals.

The Expo also will offer additional other Expert Advice Zones for the graphic, garment and industrial communities. These sales-free, no-spin Zones will help attendees enter new markets and explore new business opportunities:

  • Digital Apparel Production Zone
  • Industrial Application Zone
  • DSA Digital Signage Zone
  • Screen Printed Apparel Training Zone

Post-event Economy Survey 3 Shows Fespa 2010 was Springboard for Business Decisions


Fespa Survey

Majority of survey respondents say recession is over; first half sales fuel optimism

FESPA’s third Economy Survey, conducted by FESPA research partner InfoTrends immediately after FESPA 2010, underlines the event’s significance in stimulating and motivating visitors to make significant business decisions.  70% of respondents who visited FESPA 2010 intended to make strategic business investments following their visit, and 80% said they had learned something relating to innovation that they planned to use in their business.

The electronic stakeholder survey obtained feedback from 270 printers, vendors and resellers worldwide, with the split between customers and suppliers being roughly 50/50.  93% of respondents attended FESPA 2010.  FESPA’s objective was to obtain an update on major industry developments, ascertain post-event views on the economic situation and outlook for the wide format community, and understand the impact of an industry event such as FESPA.

According to the Economy Survey 3, output dominates visitors’ spending plans, with 45% likely to invest in new or additional printing equipment, with an emphasis on ‘eco-friendly’ technology (40%).  Finishing is an investment priority for 25% of respondents, followed closely by variable data capabilities (23%) and workflow software (18%).  Interest in printing onto textile substrates is high, with 42% of respondents now planning purchases in this area.

The majority of respondents (57%) now believe the recession is over, though opinions on recovery are divided, with 10% claiming the market has recovered, 28% expecting business levels to bounce back later this year, and 19% stating that the market is unlikely to recover its pre-recession buoyancy.  Only 5% of respondents see recessionary conditions continuing beyond 2011.

The first half of 2010 has been a strong sales period for 13% of respondents, with another 30% saying the six months have been better than expected, and a further 42% rating their first-half sales as ‘fair’.  Only 15% said sales were worse than expected or very poor. Among print service providers specifically, 44.3% said their first half sales were strong or better than expected.

FESPA sales and marketing director Marcus Timson comments: “FESPA 2010 came at the perfect time to support print service providers in making business-critical decisions, and the high level of global attendance from senior decision-makers is proof of this.  This fresh Economy Survey data shows that our community’s returning confidence is founded on solid sales performances early in 2010, and this was reflected in the experiences of the companies that exhibited at FESPA 2010.  Vendors across all five halls were very satisfied with the footfall to their stands and – most importantly – the number and quality of discussions being conducted with serious buyers.”

He continues: “Our ‘Catch the New Wave of Innovation’ campaign for 2010 resonated strongly among our survey respondents, and their other answers tell us why.  Two thirds of respondents have innovated processes or products to address the downturn, with more than half entering new business areas or niches, and a third making changes to sales and marketing strategies. Close to a third claim that digital inkjet has allowed them to create new niches for their business.”

François Martin, marketing director for the Graphics Solutions Business of HP, FESPA 2010’s largest single exhibitor commented: “FESPA was an outstanding show for HP sales-wise. The exhibition attracted a high quality of visitor from all over Europe, who, for the first time were able to see HP’s new products and end-to-end solutions. With five new products on display on the stand, HP demonstrated that its strategy to replace solvent with UV and Latex is becoming a reality. The HP Designjet L25500 and HP Scitex LX600/LX800 latex printers generated more than 350 new leads alone.”

EFI/Vutek’s experience was equally positive, with Paul Cripps, Managing Director EMEA commenting: “The leads and interest generated at this event have eclipsed any held in the past few years.  The number of customers buying second and third units is also continuing to grow.  Stand traffic was impressive as we not only had large numbers of European visitors but also significant increases in the number of attendees from the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.  We tracked a huge increase in customer demand for our VUTEk and Rastek printers, but also for our Jetrion UV inkjet label printing press, our remote proofing, web-to-print and business process management software -- as printers in this market are looking to automate processes and expand their business into new markets. FESPA 2010 in Munich delivered on its promise to be the premier platform for EFI to highlight its innovation into the market.”

Michael Lackner, speaking for FESPA Innovation Sponsor Durst Phototechnik added: “FESPA 2010 has fully delivered to our expectations – Durst operates a consultative sales approach, so for us, FESPA affords us the opportunity to both bolster relationships with existing customers and foster new ones. For us, FESPA is the most important show in Europe and has become an annual platform for Durst to launch our innovations.”

More than 21000 individual visitors from 130 countries visited FESPA 2010, with total attendance reaching 32504 visits over five days. 67% of these visitors make or influence major purchasing decisions.

68% of visitors to FESPA 2010 highlighted digital technology as a priority interest area. (Source: FESPA 2010 on site visitor registration data).



'Fujifilm' yacht comes third in Round Britain and Ireland race 2010

Roundbritain Fujifilm

Fujifilm sailed into a fantastic 3rd place in the four-yearly Round Britain and Ireland Race (the RB&I). ‘We’re delighted with our performance in the race and it really was a true test of our endurance,’ comments Alex Bennett, Fujifilm’s skipper. ‘I’ve been sailing for many years and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen conditions like that – at one stage Fujifilm recorded 40 knots of wind with gusts of 48 knots.  It’s been a fantastic experience and we’re already looking forward to the next RB&I in 2014.’