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Fespa: Digital, fast, precise and automated with that little something extra

Fespa is growing and growing. There is something for almost everyone in the industry this year too. What stands out above all is that, in addition to digital print and signage products, almost all companies have a certain touch of AI to ensure smooth production.

Amsterdam, the Dutch city of tulips, canals and museums with countless works of art, will once again be hosting the Fespa Global Print Expo. And this time there is more on offer than ever before: in addition to the European Sign Expo and the Personalisation Experience, the new Sportswear Pro-Conference and the World Wrap Masters will also take place. The conferences and individual areas of Fespa have been expanded once again. They offer sessions for almost every business and every application. There is something for everyone to find and learn. At the Personalisation Experience, for example, there is the new Personalise Make Wear smart factory (smart factory for the personalisation of wearable clothing).
In addition to sustainability, this Fespa Global Print Expo will focus on learning in particular. In addition to training and tips on which fabrics, materials and media can be printed and how the best results can be achieved, there will also be various business-related topics. Business management is also on the programme and how companies can position themselves sustainably and healthily for the future by expanding their portfolio.
The World Wrap Masters should also be mentioned in this context. In addition to the competition, training workshops and demonstrations will also take place here. The topic "How do I do what and how do I achieve the best results" takes centre stage here.
Michael Ryan, Director of FESPA Global Print Expo, comments: "By attending our educational events, visitors are guaranteed to expand their industry knowledge, learn about the latest industry trends and be inspired by other printers and visual communicators. Our brand new Digital Signage Lounge and Personalise Make Wear events will be insightful and impactful, while our popular Sustainability Spotlight and World Wrap Masters events will be attended by both first-time and returning visitors."
The popular Sustainability Spotlight returns this year. The feature will highlight more than one hundred environmentally conscious graphic and textile substrates and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about sustainable production processes. Natural and cellulosic fibre types will be on display which make shorter runs in particular more cost effective. African and Asian companies in particular will also be addressed here, as they have less access to these materials than their European counterparts.
The topic of AI in particular will also play a role in Amsterdam. It has already found its way into the software sector and many of the printing presses are already working with AI. In addition to preventive maintenance, the amount of consumables used during and after printing is a decisive factor for business success. In the area of software, it will be interesting to see to what extent AI algorithms find their way into print shops.
Who presents what
What we already know are a few goodies and new products from exhibitors, some of which we present here.
Sun Chemical, for example, will be placing transformational solutions at the centre of its presentation.
Inx International will present three new Triangle ink solutions for printing with UV inks. These have been developed especially for specified industrial printers.
Antalis will present sustainable solutions for the visual communication industry. The company will also be bringing along its "Wrap & Remix by antalis" solutions for vehicle wrapping.
Neschen is bringing its sustainable portfolio of media solutions to Fespa. A range of state-of-the-art laminating solutions will also be on show at the stand. These include the new ColdLam 1650SW, which offers new possibilities in terms of handling and user-friendliness.
Berger Textiles will be showcasing its entire portfolio of textile solutions.
Sustainability and UV printing are high on Mimaki's agenda. The company is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Europe at Fespa and is also presenting the TxF300-75, a new DTF printer.
Ricoh wants to conquer the market for high-quality polyester printing with the Ri 4000 DTG printer. According to the manufacturer, the printer is set to redefine the textile and garment printing market. Other DT and DTF printers can also be found on the stand.
ROQ will showcase its one hundred per cent digital solutions with technological advantages that redefine existing industry standards, according to the company.
Fujifilm will also be exhibiting its latest printers and consumables in Amsterdam.
Kongsberg and MultiCam, which already attracted attention last year with their spectacular stand, will be presenting a wide range of solutions for all kinds of applications. In particular, the Kongsberg C24 and the MultiCam Apex3R will take centre stage, with the former already equipped with the latest iPC (i-cut production console).
Zünd is coming to Amsterdam with powerful digital finishing solutions. Intelligent software and cutting solutions as well as a range of optional solutions for automatic media handling are designed to increase cost-effectiveness, according to the manufacturer.
Global Graphics, EFI, Caldera, Fiery and others will be showcasing their latest software releases, often featuring end-to-end workflows, automated job acceptance and colour management.



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