29 May 2020

FESPA 2010 Attracts Decisive Global Audience Focused On Future Success

Fespa 2010 Visitors

Record number of FESPA visitors now coming to make decisions on digital

More than 21000 individual visitors from 130 countries flocked to FESPA 2010 in Munich, Germany, last week (21-26 June 2010), looking for innovative solutions and applications to help their wide-format businesses ride the wave to business success.   More than half of all visitors extended their stay beyond one day, taking total attendance to 32504 visits.

A record 68% of visitors to FESPA 2010 highlighted digital technology as a priority interest area, compared with less than 52% three years ago at FESPA 2007 in Berlin.  This equated to a digitally-oriented visitor audience at this year’s event of almost 15000 printers, more than 50% greater than the visitor audience at FESPA’s last European Digital event in Amsterdam in Spring 2009 (9682 visitors).

67% of FESPA 2010 visitors make or influence major purchasing decisions, underlining the event’s global reputation as the ‘must-attend’ international wide format imaging event for business owners and senior managers.

“There was a very strong sense of energy and purpose among visitors to FESPA 2010”, comments FESPA sales and marketing director Marcus Timson.  “From the first hour of the first day, the atrium entrance was bursting with visitors eager to get into the halls quickly and do business.

“Talking to exhibitors and visitors throughout the show, it’s clear that FESPA 2010 has been an event where major decision-makers came with specific business objectives, whether to review particular technologies, meet with chosen vendors, or participate in conference sessions that would deliver measurable value to their business.  Printers in this post-recession era are results-driven, singling out solutions that will quickly make them more competitive, help them access new business opportunities, or simply improve their bottom line.”

Exhibitors across all five halls at the show endorsed this impression of FESPA as a show where serious business was being done, day in day out.  All major vendors hailed the show an out-and-out success in terms of sales generation and relationship-building, seeing it as a clear indication of the sector’s return to strength after the challenges of the global recession.

Printers from Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland were consistently among the top five visitor groups, comprising 12352 visitors in total, an increase on their collective attendance at FESPA 2007 in Berlin.  Elsewhere in Europe, the UK, France, Spain, Poland and Czech Republic also delivered significant visitor groups.  40% of total attendance came from Germany, a further 50% from the rest of Europe, 7.5% from Asia, and the balance from the Americas and Africa.

Suntec Singapore to Host FESPA Asia 2011

Fespa Asia 2011

FESPA will host its next event in Asia from 26 –28 October 2011 in Singapore’s Suntec exhibition centre (www.suntecsingapore.com).  The three-day FESPA Asia 2011 exhibition will be followed by a FESPA Asia Golf Day, providing a relaxed networking environment for event delegates.

One of the world leading financial centres and the fourth wealthiest country in the world, Singapore is a natural hub for the Asia region, with a world-class airport and state-of-the-art public transport (www.yoursingapore.com). These assets combine with the highest quality accommodation, facilities and hospitality to make Singapore extremely user friendly for exhibitors and visitors.  A cosmopolitan, multicultural city, Singapore has four official languages – English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese and Tamil – making it a welcoming destination for delegates throughout Asia, Australia and Australasia.

Opened in 1995, Suntec Singapore is a world-renowned, international venue with an optimal location for meetings, conventions and exhibitions.  Situated in the Central Business District but only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, the exhibition centre is at the heart of a self-contained events complex and offers direct access to 5200 hotel rooms, 1000 retail stores, 300 restaurants and the region’s new centre for the performing arts, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

FESPA sales and marketing director Marcus Timson comments:  “Singapore is a magnetic location for FESPA’s next show in the region.  It’s a safe, stable, contemporary city-state with a vital culture of competition and innovation.  Singaporeans have a reputation across the globe for the highest standards of organisation and attention to detail.  What’s more, Singapore is a contemporary city with thriving retail and leisure sectors driving advanced use of advertising and point-of-sale materials, making it a benchmark for innovative large format graphics.”

Previous FESPA events in Asia - including three successive FESPA India shows and the FESPA Asia-Pacific 2008 exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand - have attracted significant support from international and local exhibitors and visitors.  Audiences in Asia have welcomed the opportunity to attend high quality international exhibitions, with FESPA’s comprehensive educational and knowledge-sharing programmes offering access to the highest levels of industry expertise.

Outgoing FESPA President Anders Nilsson will assume the role of FESPA Asia Ambassador, with a remit to build on relationships with regional associate members, vendors and other stakeholders.  He will work closely with FESPA’s multilingual Asia event team in Reigate, UK.  Discussions with exhibitors will begin at FESPA 2010, and FESPA will launch an integrated exhibitor and visitor marketing campaign for FESPA Asia 2011 in Autumn 2010, incorporating a FESPA Asia Summit event in Spring 2011.

Anders Nilsson comments: “The dynamic Asian market still represents a tremendous opportunity for FESPA.  Our associate members in Asia now number 9 trade associations in: Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Sri Lanka with a combined member base of over 2,000.  Our Asian community members are very enthusiastic about the FESPA brand, our event concept and the quality of our products and member services.  They look to us to create pan-regional events that offer international perspectives, access to market leading suppliers, and educational programmes that meet their specific needs as fast-growing emerging markets.  With FESPA Asia 2011, we will continue to expand FESPA’s global connected community, and reinforce the direct value that FESPA delivers through post-event reinvestment programmes.”

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.”