FESPA Announces Dates For FESPA Global Print Expo 2019

FESPA today announces that its Global Print Expo 2019 will take place over four days from 14 to 17 May 2019 at the Messe München, Germany. The event will occupy six halls at the exhibition centre, covering screen, digital and textile printing, and will be co-located with European Sign Expo 2019.

Roz Guarnori, Divisional Director, FESPA, comments: “We’re excited to be returning to Munich for FESPA Global Print Expo 2019. Based on feedback from exhibitors and visitors, Munich is a favourite FESPA host city, so we decided it was time to return to this destination in 2019.”

Printeriors Invites Visitors to Experience The Airport Lounge of The Future at FESPA 2018

At this year’s FESPA Global Print Expo, taking place from 15 to 18 May in Berlin, Germany, Printeriors will take the form of an interactive visitor experience located in the Atrium of Messe Berlin.

Drawing on FESPA’s ‘take off’ campaign, Printeriors 2018 is themed as the Airport Lounge of the Future 2030, seeking to reimagine a futuristic airport arrival and transfer experience. Visitors will discover printed interior décor applications including furniture, wallcoverings, flooring, window graphics and soft furnishings provided by FESPA 2018 exhibitors.

Within the Printeriors setting, visitors will find a bar, seating areas, workspace and catering options all featuring printed décor elements, making it a truly immersive environment where they can take a break, work or meet with industry peers.

For the design of Printeriors 2018 FESPA has hosted a competition with ArtsThread, a global network for up-and-coming creatives. The competition invited submission of three different patterns for use across Printeriors, which will be printed directly onto a range of decorative applications.

As in previous years, FESPA seeks to inspire print service providers, sign-makers and interior designers on the uses of print – screen, digital and textile – for interior décor applications. Through the Printeriors showcase, FESPA aims to illustrate the creative potential, versatility and cost effectiveness of print for interiors. The feature will also connect visiting interior designers with print suppliers and manufacturers, helping to turn their interior design ideas into printed reality.

Duncan MacOwan, Head of Events at FESPA comments: “As we’ve seen over recent years, print for interior décor has grown considerably due to developments in print techniques, inks and substrates. Printeriors 2018 will showcase the vast potential and creative scope of print for interior applications.

“The location of Printeriors, directly in the entrance of FESPA 2018, will make it easy for all visitors to experience and by making it a practical space in which to work, meet, eat and drink, we hope to bring these applications to life in a range of realistic settings. Printeriors will clearly illustrate the power of printed décor to enhance offices, retail outlets, leisure and event spaces, hotels and hospitality businesses as well as domestic interiors.”

The use of ArtsThread to elicit designs for Printeriors has enabled FESPA to connect with young creative professionals who already use print for interior décor applications or will do in the future. Duncan MacOwan says: “We’ve had some inspired entries from the competition and we’re looking forward revealing the winning creative that best showcases the scope of what can be achieved using print.”



FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 Launches New ‘Print Make Wear’ Fashion Textile Feature

FESPA today announced the launch of Print Make Wear, a new, interactive visitor feature designed to replicate a fast fashion factory. Print Make Wear will be free to attend for registered visitors to FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, which takes place at Messe Berlin, Germany, from 15 to 18 May 2018.

The feature, focused exclusively on fashion textiles, garments and printed accessories, takes the form of a live production environment highlighting every step in the screen and digital printing production process, from initial design to finished product.

In Print Make Wear, FESPA will bring together collaborators from all areas of the printed fashion sector, including fashion brand owners, designers, garment printers and producers, to explore the latest production possibilities, exchange experiences and share knowledge in the interests of a more sustainable fashion value chain.

Demonstrating an integrated, end-to-end production environment, the Print Make Wear fast fashion factory will feature a screen printing carousel, washing and drying equipment, digital direct-to-garment printing, cutting and sewing, and solutions for welding and embellishment. The following technology and materials brands are already confirmed participants in the feature: Premier Textiles, Magna Colours, Brother, Juki and Vastex. In addition, design and technology experts from the contributing exhibitors will be on hand throughout Print Make Wear to explain each step of the fashion production process.

A live fashion catwalk will add the ‘Wear’ element, enabling visitors to see garments and accessories produced in the Print Make Wear ‘factory’. The items to be produced in Print Make Wear are being designed by Sandra Zomer from the Netherlands, a FESPA Young Star Award winner, who now works for renowned fashion designer Julien MacDonald.

Daily seminar sessions will also take place within Print Make Wear, giving leading fashion designers, brand owners and producers a platform to present the latest trends, technologies and case studies to inspire and inform visitors about printed fashion textiles and garments. The seminars will cover topics including: Colour separation and image output; Screen making; Ink terminology; Speciality ink; Fabric challenges; and Advanced machine printing.

Neil Felton, FESPA CEO, comments: “Trend data from Smithers Pira shows that the printed textile market today equates to around 30 billion square metres and that, in 2016, printed textile for clothing accounted for half of the total textile industry by volume. Recognising the growth in digital textile printing in recent years, FESPA has been consistently expanding its textile proposition for visitors. Print Make Wear builds on this commitment, focusing specifically on the growth opportunity within so-called ‘fast fashion’.

Since 2008, FESPA has invested to expand coverage of textile printing across its event portfolio, making textile the fastest growing segment represented within FESPA Global Print Expo. Ten years later, at FESPA 2018, there will be two halls dedicated to textile printing, enabling visitors to explore a multitude of textile-related production and workflow technologies, materials and inks.

Duncan MacOwan, Head of Events at FESPA adds: “The fashion and sportswear industry is transitioning rapidly from old-world, supply-led production cycles dependent on traditional analogue techniques, to a demand-centric digitally-enabled production landscape. For FESPA 2018 visitors with aspirations in textile, the addition of this unique live Print Make Wear production environment, supported by the interactive product showcase and expert knowledge-sharing sessions, will elevate awareness of the latest technical developments and highlight the product innovations they enable.”

For more information on Print Make Wear and to pre-register to attend FESPA 2018 visit www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com for free entry, use code TXTM801.


FESPA exhibitions have previously taken place in Munich in 2005, 2010 and 2014. Munich is a major international business hub, with good air, rail and road transport links and a wide range of accommodation and hospitality options.


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