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New Fespa virtual events helps printers get fit for recovery

Print Solutions

Fespa is introducing ‘FIT – Fespa Innovations and Trends’, a new series of live virtual events aimed at helping printers plan effectively for their business recovery.

The new interactive live online events are each themed around a particular area of technology and applications, giving visitors a focused environment in which to engage with new products and explore trends. The first two events in the series will take place in May and June 2021 and are as follows:

Wide Format: 26 to 27 May 2021

Focusing on wide format graphics and the evolving printed décor market, this event will showcase innovations from a range of leading technology, software and substrate suppliers.

Durst will be highlighting its latest P5 portfolio; EFI will showcase its new EFI Vutek Q5; HP will show its new Latex 700 and 800 portfolios; Kornit Digital will explain how printers can harness its NeoPigment inks; Mimaki will present its new 100 series of UV, solvent and sublimation printers; OneVision highlights its end to end automation suite; and PrintFactory will discuss the benefits of using correct workflow and colour management tools.

Other participating suppliers include Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Aleph, Aslan, Avery Dennison, Dataline, Elitron, Fotoba, Hanglory, Kala, Klieverik, Kongsberg, Mactac, Mutoh, Pigment.Inc, PLASTGommet, Pongs, STS Inks and TTS.

Printed Clothing: 9 to 10 June 2021

The second FIT event focuses on the textile printing and garment decoration sector, covering direct to garment (DTG), screen printing, software and materials.

Here, B-Flex will showcase its growing heat transfer vinyl portfolio; EFI Reggiani will introduce its integrated offering for digital textile production; Gemini CAD highlights its software solutions for fashion designers, manufacturers and e-commerce brands; Kornit Digital will present the latest Kornit HD industrial DTG printers; Polyprint presents its DTG and direct to fabric (DTF) printers and pre-treatment machines; PrintFactory will highlight its suite of textile software tools; Roland will introduce a new compact DTG printer; and ROQ will show its latest innovations in automatic screen printing and hybrid printing.

Other exhibitors include technology suppliers Ino, Klieverik, Lotus Holland, Melco, Pigment.Inc, Sport PrintLab, Vastex, customised software solution provider Zakeke, and transfer film producer Coveme.

Each FIT event will feature a minimum of 16 exhibitors presenting their products and solutions. Visitors will have open access to virtual demonstrations, exhibitor insight and questions and answers sessions.

Participants can see the full event programme in advance to plan their time, and the online platform makes it easy to join live chats, network via video chat, and schedule timed meetings.

Fespa FIT events are free to attend for visitors, but numbers are capped to manage the quality of the interactive experience for printers and suppliers alike.

Fespa CEO Neil Felton said, ‘Spring is here, and businesses are increasingly focused on their plans for reinvigoration after this hugely challenging year. To plan investments and make informed decisions, printers need to be able to see new products, discover technological developments, and access expert advice on products, applications and avenues for diversification and development.

‘Speaking to printers across our communities it is clear that – while their strong preference is to do all of this in a live event setting – there is a pressing need to access information in a time efficient way. They want the opportunity to ask questions, take advice, interact with suppliers and nurture relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs. By launching the FIT series of virtual events, we are supporting our community in the most effective way available until we can meet in the real world again at a Fespa live exhibition.’

The events will take place on the digital event hosting platform that was used for the virtual Fespa Global Summit, which took place in January 2021, providing an accessible and easy to navigate environment.

Click here for the detailed FIT wide format event programme and to register as a visitor. For the printed clothing event programme and registration, click here.


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