Ride the new wave of innovation at Fespa 2010

Fespa is flexing its muscles with new initiatives in both screen and the digital arena, says Frazer Chesterman while Noel D'cunha previews key exhibitors, who have their presence in the Indian market

21 Jun 2010 | By Noel D'Cunha


Website www.fespa2010.com
Venue Messe Munich
Dates and times
22-25 June 10am-6pm
26 June 10am-4pm

How to get there
By shuttle bus
Fespa has arranged daily shuttle buses to provide service between the airport and the Messe Munich. Buses will operate between the 22-26 June and depart every 30 minutes, travelling non-stop to and from the  event grounds

By train
There are direct connections to Munich from all European cities. The Messe Munich is 20 minutes from Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof); take line U2 to Messestadt West. From the airport, take the S8 line to Ostbahnhof, transfer to the U5 toward Neuperlach Süd and disembark at the next station Innsbrucker Ring where you collect line U2 to Messestadt West. Fespa recommends purchasing a day ticket

By road
If you are travelling by car note that, since October 2008, Munich is a low emission zone. You will need to collect an Emissions Sticker to travel

Fepsa 2010 preview

3M Commercial Graphics Division
Indian representative/contact
3M India, Ranjit De +91 9341974744/+91 80-2223 1414/ dranjit@mmm.com; Sunil Muralidharan +91 93426 71743/+91 80 2223 1414, msunil@mmm.com
Hall/Stand Number B1/420 and 5153M
Commercial Graphics Division has declared that its theme for Fespa 2010 will be –Powering the future. 3M will for the first time at Fespa, be showcasing its technological leadership through, among others;  live demonstrations of the fleet wrapping solutions that it offers to the graphic manufacturer partners, methods to decorate or communicate on glass windows or partitions, new colours for electrocut applications and a brand new solutions for the decoration or refurbishment of interiors. 3M, will show over 170 attractive colors in the 3M Scotchcal film series. In the vehicle graphic segment, it will be showing a new digital printing media with a new adhesive system equipped with invisible air channels in the film surface. Besides, it will also show a new transparent film that will provide the basis for glass design that would not need contour cutting. Keeping in line with the theme at this year’s Fespa, 3M has introduced new products which will open up new possibilities in the long-term transit advertisement in the automotive and building design segment, says Ranjit De, product manager for promotional solutions, commercial graphic division at 3M India. 3M is a 100-plus years old global technology company’s association with India stretches over 20 years. In India, 3M operates six businesses, ranging from industrial to automotive to graphics to home care and offer thousands of innovative solutions for this diverse market.

Agfa Graphics

Indian representative/contact Agfa India, Chandan Mishra +91 98203 32555/chandan@jetiprinters.com, Manesh Shetty +91 9820644007/+91 22 40034636/manesh@jetiprinters.com
Hall/Stand Number B2 / 250
This Fespa will be the first wide-format show in which Agfa Graphics will exhibit machines from its Gandinnovations acquisition. The acquisition has now bosted Agfa’s wide-format inkjet solutions for entry-level, mid-range and high-end businesses, which includes Jeti printers and its own Anapurna and M-Press machines. Besides printing it all, Agfa will also have on display a wide range of substrates for signs, displays, POP, POS, banners, billboards, plastic bags, posters or labels.

Indian representative/contact Arlon India, B Damani +91 9967553895/bdamani@arlon.com
Hall/Stand Number B2 / 549
Arlon will be featuring its new DPF 6000XRP vinyl film at Fespa. It is a 2-mn gloss white cast film with bubble release, tinted, repositionable, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive. Arlon claims that the X-scape system allows speedy installation while maintaining high enough tack for long term bond and the cast face stock with a lay-flat liner is designed for large format graphics. The adhesive provides excellent opacity and easy installation, superior conformability around rivets, curves, and contours. Rated for outdoor durability up to seven years (unprinted), says Damani. Printed durability is, however, dependent on the ink system used.

A T Inks
Indian representative/contact
Saurabh Goswamy  +91 9833988508/ saurabh@atinks.com
Hall/Stand Number B1 / 320
One of India’s finest digital ink manufacturer, A T Inks is the only Asian ink company to have Xaar ink partner and Spectra approved ink certification. Other than inks for the Xaar and Spectra platforms. They also manufacture inks for Epson, Seiko, and Konika Printheads. At Fespa, the company will display a range of its digital ink offerings.
The company has two plants in India. Besides the stock points in India, the company maintains stock in USA for its north and south American customers; in Dubai for its UAE customer. The company has plans to set up a stock point in Antwerp for its European customers.

Avery Dennison (graphics and reflective products division)
Indian representative/contact Avery Dennison India,  Supriya Srivastava +91 9717700783/+91 124 2215581/supriya.srivastava@ap.averydennison.com
Hall/Stand Number B1 290/390
Avery has announced that the theme at its Fespa stand – Solutions to grow your business reflects its global commitment to innovation, quality, service and support. Avery will host live demos and web-based interaction, which includes an online colour selector and an extensive dedicated portal for ICC profiles.
Avery offers solutions that focus on precise and demanding end-user market segments, such as fleet graphics and corporate identity graphics. According to Avery, the aim is to guarantee user satisfaction through meeting the needs of designers, signmakers, converters, and application teams for outstanding performance at all levels. t

Indian representative/contact
Canon India,  Puneet Datta +91 124 4160000
Hall/Stand Number B1 / 285
Canon will, for the first time at Fespa, will showcase imagePROGRAF system. Canon is one of the major providers of digital imaging solutions for businesses and consumers. The business imaging range includes digital multifunctional products for printing and copying in colour and b/w, document management systems, large-format printers and IT solutions. Other Canon digital imaging products are Imagepress C6000 and C7000 and ImageRunner Advance Pro series.

Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology
Indian representative/contact Metro Multimedia Technologies, Rajesh Kapilla, +91 22 2493 7187/ popmedia@vsnl.com
Hall/Stand Number B1 / 260
At Fespa, Durst proclaims that it will more than live up to its role as a technological trendsetter and will be offering equipment that tommorow’s market will demand.
At the recently concluded Ipex 2010, Durst Durst displayed its 5m-wide UV-cured flatbed machine, which was launched during the last Fespa. The other machine which was launched at the last Fespa, Rho 1000 received the award issued by the European Digital Press Association for its high speeds, versatility and the loading and stacking elements which refines transport and the ability to print continuous boards/panels.
Kapilla says, Leaders in imaging solutions since 1936 is not only Durst’s motto, but also its pledge.

Indian representative/contact Proteck Machinery, Kartik Iyer +91 44 24506000/EFI India Sambit Misra, +91 9811995585/sambit.misra@efi.com
Hall/Stand Number B1/120
Digital controllers, super-wide format printers will be showcased by a range of EFI’s Fiery colour print services and Vutek printers. Also showcased will be inks and commercial enterprise print management solutions. EFI’s Vutek super wide-format digital inkjet printers span UV-curing flatbed, hybrid and roll-to-roll, solvent and dye-sublimation technologies with output widths ranging from 2m to 5m wide. According to Iyer, EFI’s UV printers give its customers a competitive advantage with unique 3-layer and direct to substrate printing capabilities that expand the range of available applications from traditional banner and billboard to high definition POP and premium margin photorealistic graphics.

Indian representative/contact Epson India, Ragimon Raghavan +9180 30515000; Arrow Digital, Nazreen Wadia 079 26404017, support@arrow-digital.com
Hall/Stand Number B2 / 360
Epson will show the ability of its innovative micro piezo digital inkjet to create high-quality, display graphics for the signage, decorative art and interior design markets on a variety of flexible paper, plastic, lenticular and textile materials. The company’s Epson Stylus Pro printers will demonstrate large-format photographic, fine art, poster, and wallpaper applications in association with Epson’s strategic software partners. 
A stand highlight will be the 64in Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 demonstrating a range of creative indoor/outdoor applications and the Epson UltraChrome GS Ink, an eight-colour ink set. The inkset meets Epson’s high environmental targets and allows the production of high-impact, high quality durable prints, enabling printers, copy shops and sign shops to extend their business into higher quality and more demanding applications, says Raghavan.

Indian representative/contact EskoArtwork India, Shrihari Rao +91 80 43520100
Hall/Stand Number B1 / 270
EskoArtwork’s best in class prepress, workflow and finishing solutions for the POP, sign and display market will be on display on their stand, as well as on partner stands. 
According to Rao, highlights of the stand are the SignUp and SignUp Auto nesting tools.
SignUp is an interactive nesting application that reduces preparation time, optimises press time and minimises material waste. SignUp Auto is a fully-automatic nesting solution. Together with its workflow automation framework, it enables increase in productivity and optimises the use of print and finishing materials.
EskoArtwork will also demonstrate Kongsberg die-less cutting and creasing tables,  equipped with the i-cut® vision control system to match structural design with the graphic elements. Vision Pro 7.0 offers full prepress and RIP integration and takes print material specification from the work stream. Rao says: It ensures jobs are done easily, quickly and precisely.

Fujifilm Sericol
Indian representative/contact Fujifilm Sericol India, Ganesh Krishnan +91 2137 392500/ganesh.krishnan@fujifilmsericol.com
Hall/Stand Number B1 / 220
Fujifilm Sericol will showcase its wide format graphics portfolio, including UV inkjet printing systems and innovative developments from its comprehensive graphic screen systems offering. All inkjet platforms featured are fuelled by Sericol’s Uvijet inks. Products which will be showcased are Inca’s Onset and Spyder flatbed printers with production speeds up to 93m2/hr, Acuity Advance Acuity Advance HS: the new addition to the Acuity series, which produces near-photographic quality images at 40m2/hr; Uvistar and Euromedia comprising of hundres of media products for water-based, solvent and UV printing and laminating.

GCC Europe
Indian representative/contact Mehta Cad Cam Systems, India, Shailesh Parekh +91 9227985701/+91 79 26840551/552/553/parekh@mehtaindia.com
Hall/Stand Number B1 / 480
GCC, a global equipment-manufacturing provider in the visual-tech industry, supplies a broad range of hi-tech and high-performance laser engraving/cutting/marking systems, cutting plotters and UV inkjet printers to the global market will exhibit its latest products, including the K72UV – UV inkjet printer; laser products such as X500, S290-20W, Gaia 100 Watt; as well as Jaguar IV, Puma III and Sable cutters.
Fespa will see GCC demonstrate its latest, most advanced technology which will enable visitors a look-in at most cutting-edge technologies as well as the most exhilarating applications from GCC’s revolutionary range, says Parekh.

Grafityp Selfadhesive Products
Indian representative/contact Gita & Company, Vishal Doshi +91 22 23438319, 23444306, 66347111/vishal@gcoindia.com
Hall/Stand Number B2 / 185
Belgium-based media manufacturer, Grafityp Selfadhesive Products, will focus on the new GEF film and the GrafiWrap vehicle wrapping system. GEF (Grafityp Ecological Film) is a non-PVC cutting film offering qualities of polymeric film, partly of cast film, but at the price of a monomeric film. The GEF film does not hold any chlorine or plasticizers, and can be recycled in an ecological way, says Doshi. GEF films are available in matt and gloss while the GrafiWrap is a combination of two self-adhesive films: a cast solvent printing film (Grafiprint S34P or S38P) and a cast laminate (Grafiprint LAM040).  The 90 micron sandwich of both materials offers perfect protection to a vehicle, and ensures catching the attention of all passers-by, says Doshi.

Indian representative/contact HP India, Paresh Shetty, +91 22 66771700
Hall/Stand Number B2 /120
With the industry’s broadest portfolio including wide and super-wide format inkjet, HP says that its stand is an ideal place to discover new business opportunities. HP also claims that its versatile technologies give print service providers the ability to meet customer requirements through innovative solutions using aqueous, solvent, UV and latex inks, in addition to workflow solutions and partner applications, which provide advanced, end-to-end systems.
HP’s staff at the show will inform visitors on the latest solutions. For the first time in Europe, visitors to the stand will be able to see the newest HP Scitex printers and software as well as other market-leading solutions.

Indian Chemical Industries (ICI)
Indian representative/contact
Timir Shah, +91-79-26587210, ici@icidyes.com
Hall/Stand Number A2 / 532-16M
ICI and VM Plastics of USA, a JV, will display a product range that includes Ichoflex (plastisol printing inks), Oekosol  (water-based printing ink), Octamine (pigment preparation for textile printing and dyeing). The Octamine range is designed for textile industry applications and certified by a German certificate to ensure customers amine-free product.

Indian representative/contact Rational Business Corporation, Ashish Gupta +91 9810095131, +91 11 42563500/ ashish@desmat.com; Pawan Gupta, +91 9818379800/corp.sales1@desmat.com
Hall/Stand Number B 1 / 330
German manufacturer of self-adhesive printing media, Intercoat will re-launch the successful Nature range of indoor/outdoor self-adhesive vinyls for large-format printing. These include both new products with superior performance for various ink systems (solvent/eco/low and mild), as well as phthalate free or PVC-free products which comply with the REACH regulation. Intercoat will also display a complete range of Protec overlaminating films.

Konica Minolta IJ Technologies
Indian representative/contact Apsom Technologies, Sunil Purohit, +91 9323218276/Admark, Deepak Deshmukh, 020-40084159
Hall/Stand Number B1 / 189
Konica Minolta IJ Technologies will be exhibiting the latest industrial inkjet products for the textile printing and commercial printing markets. KMIJ will be demonstrating Nassenger, a high-speed inkjet textile printer equipped with newly developed high-performance printheads. The Colourprint 288, developed by Industrial Inkjet, will also be demonstrated on the KMIJ stand. This print engine incorporates Konica Minolta KM 1024 printheads and reduces energy consumption by 50% compared with the conventional KM512 printheads.  t

Kothari Info-Tech
Indian representative/contact Yogesh Sutaria, +91  98254 74264, s.yogesh@kothariinfotech.com
Hall/Stand Number B3/471
Kothari Info-Tech one of the leading digital imaging-RIP-colour management software developer and manufacturer of speciality waterbased inkjet inks will unveil the patented
Print ProT – an advanced colour management and RIP software ford inkjet textile printing and graphics art; Charu Reactive Series water-based inkjet inks for high speed digital inkjet textile printing and Charu black pigmented inks for CTS and film positive application. It will also present the RIP-Server-Design solution software for automated label printing. The highlight of the show, according to Yogesh Sutaria, senior marketing manager, Kothari Info-Tech are the RIP software and the Charu products.

LG Hausys

Indian representative/contact LG Hausys, Vishwa, +91 9999961139, pprasad@lghausys.com; Rishi Jain, +91 9810418955, plastoindia@vsnl.net
Hall/Stand Number B2 / 480
LG Hausys Europe manufacturer of self-adhesive graphic products, will introduce new biodegradable film LB Series.
At its production facilities in Korea, LG Hausys produces digital printing vinyl, electrocut films, as well as banners and laminates for the US and European market under the
Vizuon and Bannux brand names. LG Hausys is currently represented in more than 80 countries, including India.

Mehler Texnologies
Indian representative/contact Faraz Aqil, +91 9313321338, +91 124  4121624,  f.aqil@mehler.in
Hall/Stand Number B1 / 560
Mehler Texnologies will presents its complete range of its materials for both screen and digital printing. Mehler offers printing materials depending on the application, need and legal requirement and in widths of up to 5m. According to the company, its aim is to always create product innovations that optimise printing process or intensify the effects of advertising and are in accordance with the REACH

Indian representative/contact Apsom Technologies, Sunil Purohit, +91 9323218276, +91 22 26394734, apsomum@vsnl.net, Lipi Marketing Mathew Verghese, 044 2454 0737, sales@lipimarketing.com
Hall/Stand Number B2 / 160+165
Mimaki’s experience in UV printing is represented by its UJV and JFX-family, among others.  This series of UV LED technology employing printers for roll-to-roll and rigid applications, offers print service providers instant-drying prints, an array of compatible print substrates and energy savings. These plus Mimaki’s solvent printers (in six sizes), print and cut and flatbed cutting solutions will be on display at Fespa. 

Indian representative/contact Negi Sign Systems & Supplies, Priyanka Baraiya +91 9321444424, +91 22 61566000, sales.co@negisign.com/Vijay Kandari +91 11 2681 0401, delhi@negisign.com
Hall/Stand Number B2 / 160+165
At FESPA, Mutoh, manufacturer of large format piezo inkjet printers and professional signcutting plotters for vinyl cutting and contour cutting applications, will present its full portfolio of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, including UV, bio-solvent, water-based, eco-solvent, mild solvent, solvent, dye sub & textile printers.

Indian representative/contact Oce India Liasion, Anil Rao, +91 9900231000, anil.rao@oce.com
Hall/Stand Number B1 /180
At Fespa, Océ will, for the first time in Germany show, its newly developed member of the Arizona printer family.
Océ manufactures high speed digital production printers and wide-format printing systems for both technical documentation and colour display graphics, as well as office printing and copying systems. Océ Arizona Series of UV flatbed printers has an installation base of over 2,000 worldwide. Océ will also exhibit its matching machine for postprocessing – the Océ ProCut Solution, for cutting, creasing or routing many materials from acrylic, cardboard, vinyl and textile among others.

Indian representative/contact Hanuman Graphics, Abhishek Lohia +91 9820140410, +91 26764354, abhisheklohia@hotmail.com
Hall/Stand Number B1 / 240
Orafol is a manufacturer of innovative self-adhesive graphic and reflective materials, and adhesive tape systems. At Fespa, the company will showcase new high performance films in the field of graphic and reflective products, and will also show live demonstrations of specialist car wrappings.

Roland DG
Indian representative/contact Apsom Infotex, Ravi Agarwala +91 9810245119, +91 11-26385096, ravia@apsom.com
Hall/Stand Number B2 / 340
Roland DG has an extensive portfolio of highly reliable large format printers, integrated printer/cutters, cutting plotters and engravers, which are capable of indoor and outdoor graphics. Roland DG also delivers compatible software, media, ink and services. At Fespa, Roland DG will demonstrate its new innovations and its market-leading printers/cutters, including the extremely popular VersaCAMM and SolJET PRO III series and the innovative VersaUV series. The 1.6m wide RS-640 and the 1.9m wide AJ-740i printers will also be showcased. Roland will also highlight solution for the sublimation market and several cutting plotters and engraving machines will be shown. Roland DG aims to inspire Fespa visitors and will illustrate the range of applications that can be produced with its machines.
Agarwala is expecting a good showing a Fespa. He says: As the world economy has already started reviving after being majorly hit by long recession now people world over are looking for upgradations and investing on new technology to cope up with aftereffects of a recession hit economy.

Sakurai Grpahic Systems
Indian representative/contact
Kunal Enterprises, Ajay Gandhi,
+91 9820220063, +91 22 42105858, ajaygandhi@kunalenterprise.com
Hall/Stand Number A1 / 260
Visitors to Fespa will bear witness to a new form of screen printing, says Gandhi. Sakurai’s latest and long-awaited servo drive MS-SD, will be shown as regular production model. Gandhi says: This model completes a revolutionary constant squeegee movement and variable stroke-change.  It is perfect for markets requiring high quality printing and accuracy, such as the IT, medical and electrical industries. Sakurai enables you to further strengthen your business with our latest products. 
Sakurai has made special modifications to its model MS102AII to meet the demands of packaging market, which will also be shown at Fespa. This model runs at a maximum speed of 4,000IPH.

Indian representative/contact Proteck Machinery, Kartik Iyer +91 44 24506000
Hall/Stand Number B3 / 489
Screen will demonstrate the capabilities of two of its high-quality inkjet printers, the Truepress Jet2500UV and the Truepress Jet1600UV-F. 
The Truepress Jet2500UV is a large format UV inkjet printer which can print on a range of materials including corrugated cardboard and polypropolene for POP applications. It can print at a maximum resolution of 1,500 dpi and at a speed of up to 67.5sqm per hour on either roll-fed or flatbed format material.
The Truepress Jet1600UV-F is a printing system for the sign and display sector capable of producing full-colour at 1,200 x1,200dpi on a variety of media for application such as backlit graphics, wide-format posters, POP displays, commercial furniture and construction signage.

Teckwin International

Indian representative/contact CMYK Impex, Vijayraj +91 9819700579, +91 32943079/80,  vjr@cmykindia.com
Hall/Stand Number B3 / 467
The 2001 established, Teckwin International designs, manufactures and supports large and grand-format UV and solvent inkjet printing systems. The company will showcase its new roll-to-roll UV printer, TeckPro UV3200 at Fespa 2010.  This new printer has a maximum printing width of 130, resolution of up to 800 dpi and production speeds of up to 990 sqft/hr.
According to Vijayraj, the TeckPro UV3200 was designed to perform extremely well on a variety of flexible materials. Its media handling system supports rolls up to 750 pounds.  One of the features of the TeckPro VU3200 is the ability for simultaneous printing on multiple rolls and the other is true double-sided backlit printing. The TeckPro UV3200 is a high speed industrial printer designed to increase production in any size shop.

Ulano Corporation
Indian representative/contact Skyscreen, 022 2402 1144 Niyat Datar, info@skyscreen.com
Hall/Stand Number A1/120
‘Ulano, a manufacturer of stencil making films and emulsions, screen chemicals, pigment inkjet film, automated coating equipment, screen measuring tools and ancillary products, will introduce new products and provide individual technical consultation.  The company’s theme for this year’s Fespa Advanced Stencil Technology. 

Indian representative/contact Namrata Sharma Gargi, +91 9818089227, +91 124 435 4230, namrata.sharma@xaarindia.com, india@xaar.com
Hall/Stand Number: B2 /475
Xaar’s status as Fespa technology partner is borne out by the number of printers at Fespa which rely on Xaar’s latest inkjet printheads, including the flagship greyscale Xaar 1001 and 760, and the binary high-speed Electron and Proton. Over ten of Xaar’s OEM partners will display their latest products at the show – many featuring Xaar printheads - including: Agfa, Atlantic Zeiser, Chimigraf, Durst, EFI, Eurotech, Grapo, Inx Digital, Mutoh, Neolt, Stork, and Teckwin. The Xaar-enabled printers in action, including some significant launches promised, provide a choice of roll-to-roll, flat-bed, high-speed scanning and single-pass printing on a variety of flexible and rigid materials. 

Indian representative/contact Rational Business Corporation, Ashish Gupta +91 9810095131, +91 11 42563500/ ashish@desmat.com; Pawan Gupta, +91 9818379800/corp.sales1@desmat.com
Hall/Stand Number B1 / 281
Yupo Corporation, will display its YupoTako and Yupo FPU products.
YupoTako sticks to flat surfaces and can be removed over and over again. It is neither a self-adhesive label, nor a static film. It has no adhesive or glue and it does not leave any glue on applied surfaces, claims Yupo. It is easy to apply and is bubble free. According to Yupo, the YupoTako is environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable.
Yupo FPU, which combines the strength of polypropylene synthetic paper, such as durability and water-resistance, with a smooth and strong surface for a high quality and durable images printed by silkscreen or UV digital. The Yupo FPU is also 100% recyclable.

Zünd Systemtechnik
Indian representative/contact Rajan Nijhawan +91 20-32606241,  tridentpackaging@gmail.com
Hall/Stand Number B3 / 120
Following the successful launch of the G3 series of digital cutters, Zünd introduces their new Zünd Cut Center software suite. The Cut Center guides the operator to avoid mistakes, shorten set-up times and maximise productivity while reducing labour costs. The suite’s Cut Queue provides a simple interface to manage the finishing production schedule. Other features of the suite include optimised RIP to cut workflow and integration to common MIS and ERP system.
The suite is fully compatible with RIP software’s like Caldera, Onyx and Wasatch.

Note by Frazer Chesterman, managing director of Fespa

As we prepare to open the doors on Fespa 2010 (from 22-26 June 2010), it does seem that the worst of the economic storm has passed, and printers can look forward to more clement conditions in the months and years ahead.  What is clear though is that, wherever we work, we will have to learn to operate in a different climate. The seismic changes that have taken place in the financial sphere have changed the ‘rules’ forever. Everywhere we go, we hear members of our community talking about a permanent shift that challenges their traditional ways of doing business. Globally, entrepreneurs in every sector are grappling with ‘the new normal’.

Fespa 2010 comes at a perfect time. Our recent Fespa Worldwide Survey tells us loud and clear that wide format printers in every region are optimistic for their futures.  Printers recognise that the power to manage change in their businesses lies in their ability to continue to innovate, to deliver new solutions that meet customers’ changing needs.  This chimes with Fespa’s own campaign for the show, which has beaten the drum loudly for printers to innovate out of the downturn.

Whether you’re coming to the show planning to invest in the latest technology, or simply to explore new applications or consider their business models, we guarantee that you’ll find inspiration and fresh perspectives that will help you harness new business opportunities. Fespa is the largest event worldwide embracing both screen and digital processes, serving printers from all geographical regions and at all stages of technological evolution. It provides the perfect environment if you’re evaluating how to optimise your blend of analogue and digital processes to a changing work profile and shifting customer needs. 

In 2010, some 150 screen exhibitors occupy one dedicated hall of the five-hall show, and screen dominates the new Fespa Fabric event, which is dedicated to garment printing and decoration. Reflecting the market’s rapid progress towards digital production, the remaining three halls are devoted to digital innovations, making this zone of Fespa 2010 the largest Fespa Digital event ever. As a source of clarity and direction if you’re planning to step onto the digital path, it will be unbeatable.

Indian visitors to Fespa 2010 can access an exciting schedule of stimulating English-language events within the Fespa Innovate! Programme. Spanning all five days of the show, the Fespa Innovate! Programme offers free access to sessions hosted by world-leading authorities from print and associated industries. All the sessions are geared towards giving you practical advice on how to cultivate a spirit of innovation throughout your business.

The Fespa Innovate! Programme  includes a Digital Debate that will focus on what’s new in digital technology, creating a forum for discussion of how you can harness digital processes and applications to propel your business forward.

In addition, Fespa’s own stand (Hall A1, Stand 269) will host the Great Innovation Debate, giving you a chance to voice your thoughts on how innovation can help the industry move forward.  The Global Gurus Debate will feature Fespa founding father Michel Caza and colleagues talking about the issues affecting the global wide format community.

 And because ‘innovation’ does not start and end with technology, Fespa’s sales and marketing director Marcus Timson and I will host a lively 60-Minute Innovate! Workshop offering practical advice and tips on how to take a more innovative approach to business. 

If creative stimulation is what you need, then the Fespa 2010 Awards are a chance to see first-class work from screen, digital and textile printers from around the world.  Indian print service providers always respond enthusiastically to the call for entries, so I’d expect the Awards gallery in the Atrium to showcase some of the best printing talent from India. For the first time this year we are offering a People’s award chosen by visitors to the gallery, so don’t miss your chance to vote!

 And if vehicle decoration revs your engine, we will be running an exciting live Fespa Wrap Cup competition supported by Avery Dennison, which will see competitors go head-to-head each day, with an electrifying showdown on the final day of the show.

Textile printing is showing consistent growth worldwide, and there are opportunities all around the show to see screen and digital printing onto textile substrates. But if your business is garment printing, promotional wear or decoration, then Fespa Fabric is the place for you.  Europe’s leading event for garment decoration and textile printing, Fespa Fabric will feature a daily Fabric Live! fashion show, modelling the latest innovations from key exhibitors in textile and garment decoration.

And if you need to get up to speed with environmental legislation and the demands of brand owners for environmentally sustainable print production, then don’t miss the free half-day Planet Friendly Summit.

With such a world-class line-up of events, coupled with the opportunity to see the ultimate showcase of cutting-edge products and technologies to help take your business to the next level, can your business afford to miss out? 

For free entry to the show, make sure you pre-register online at www.fespa2010.com before 21st June. We look forward to seeing you in Munich!