Fespa 2020: Show set to bring colour to life

The international specialist print community is due to descend on Madrid for Fespa Global Print Expo 2020, to be held from 24 to 27 March at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Europe’s largest exhibition for screen and digital wide-format printing, textile printing and sign making. Print service providers and sign makers will be able to experience the latest innovations in screen and digital printing presses, consumables, workflow, and colour management. Gold exhibition sponsors include first time Fespa exhibitor, HanGlory, the Shenzhen-based specialist provider of digital UV hybrid and flatbed printers, along with HP, Mimaki, and Brother.

14 Feb 2020 | By Rahul Kumar

Neil Felton, CEO, Fespa, said, “For decades, Fespa exhibitions have been the foremost forums for experiencing the latest and greatest offered by manufacturers serving the specialist print industries. As such, Fespa exhibition booths are famed for being an engaging blend of colour and cutting-edge design, as exhibitors compete to capture the attention of visitors, and Fespa Global Print Expo 2020 will be no different.”

Textile print
Print Make Wear, Fespa’s fast fashion factory, was one of the most popular features at Fespa 2019 in Munich. It returns in Madrid in 2020 and will act as the physical link to the co-located Sportswear Pro exhibition. Mimaki, Kornit, Drytac, Antalis, Roland, and Berger Textiles are among around 20 exhibitors who will collaborate to create a live end-to-end production process for sports and athleisure garments.  

HP(Hall 5, Stand C10)
Among the many textile printing solutions that will be shown at Fespa Global Print Expo 2020 are HP’s recently launched HP Stitch S1000 126-in printer and the HP Stitch S500 64-in printer, providing dye sublimation production for soft signage, sportswear, fashion, interior décor textiles industries and beyond. With fast, precise colour-matching, these solutions deliver continuous high-quality prints on paper and fabric with simplified operation at high productivity levels.

Visitors will also be able to experience a new hybrid digital textile printer from Bihong Printing Equipment, a new addition to the TexJet series of direct-to-garment printers — the TexJet shortee2 — from specialists Polyprint SA, and new organic cottons, recycled polyester and eco fabrics from Premier Digital Textiles. Berger Textiles will also be showing a new range of sustainable textile products, all manufactured in Germany.

Digital print

Mutoh (Hall 7, Stand B95)
Visitors to the Mutoh stand will be inspired by multiple application possibilities for sign and display, digital transfer, direct textile and specialty/ industrial applications. Mutoh will present the XpertJet 1641SR and the XpertJet 1682SR, its two new 64-inches wide, high quality and high productivity piezo drop-on-demand roll fed solutions for sign and display. These printers feature, a dual ink option including a new seven-colour ink set, along with multiple product enhancements. Mutoh will also exhibit its second generation direct-to-object printers, the XpertJet 461UF and the XpertJet 661UF, as well its new ValueCut II sign cutting plotter range, signalling its commitment to sign cutting and the print-to-cut industry.

HP (Hall 5, Stand C10)
HP will show the new HP Latex R printer series edition 2020. The HP Latex R printer series range has the ability to enhance any rigid or flexible substrate with amazing colours, offering the versatility to expand into new applications. HP will also exhibit the HP Latex 1500 printer, the HP Latex 570 printer, and the HP DesignJet Z9 dual roll 44-in PostScript with vertical trimmer.

Canon (Hall 7, Stand A60)
Canon will bring a full line-up of end-to-end solutions to Fespa Global Print Expo 2020, including the Arizona flatbed series and Colorado roll-to-roll series. These include the Canon Arizona 1300 series with a roll media option, the Canon Colorado 1640 in line with cutting technology from Fotoba, and the Canon Colorado 1650. Canon will also exhibit its Xpert software solution that simplifies and automates complex print jobs and its Touchstone textured printing solution, along with software and finishing solutions from partners.

Agfa (Hall 5, Stand D10)
Visitors to Agfa will experience the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED in action, the award winning printer that enables smooth, detailed UV-cured prints up to 3.3-m wide at up 453-m²/h. It combines vivid six-colour print quality (plus white or primer) with extreme productivity, low ink consumption and cutting-edge automation. Also operational on the stand will be the hybrid Anapurna H3200i LED, a mid-range six-colour + white hybrid LED-curing inkjet system designed for a variety of rigid and flexible substrates up to 3.2-m for indoor and outdoor applications.

Epson (Hall 3, Stand B20)
Visitors can expect new product announcements from Epson. To be revealed on the first day of the exhibition, these will include new products for commercial signage and display, dye sublimation, digital textile print for wallpapers, vinyl, PVC and new printing solutions for direct-to-garment product.

Screen print

Screen printers can expect to see a range of new products, ranging from heat transfer materials from SEF to the EconoRed III Conveyor Dryer from Vastex International. CHT, producer of speciality chemistry, will be showing a whole range of new screen printing products including a new generation of silicone and water-based pastes and pigment colour solutions.

Visitors interested in the hybrid approach can visit Digital Screen Printing Technologies, specialising in the production of hybrid transfer technologies, including release liners, inks, adhesives and anti-migration ink and additives. In addition, EXILE Technologies will show the new SPYDER III Computer to Screen System, incorporating the latest phase-change printhead technology. It operates faster and at double the resolution of its predecessor, providing sharper detail, finer halftones and smoother gradients. It can also print smaller font sizes and more detailed vector and bitmap graphics, making it ideally suited for industrial screen printing applications.