Federation of European Screen Printers Associations (FESPA) is introducing FESPA Innovations and Trends (FIT), a new series of live virtual events aimed at helping printers plan effectively for their business recovery.
These interactive online events are each themed around a particular area of technology and application, giving visitors a focused environment to engage with new products and explore trends. The first two events in the series are as follows:
- Wide Format: This event will take place from May 26 to 27, 2021, and will focus on wide-format graphics and the evolving printed décor market, showcasing innovations from a range of technology, software, and substrate suppliers.
- Printed Clothing: This event will be held on June 9 and 10, 2021, and will highlight the textile printing and garment decoration sector, covering direct-to-garment (DTG), screenprinting, software, and materials.
Each FIT event will feature a minimum of 16 exhibitors who will present their products and solutions. Visitors will have open access to virtual demonstrations, exhibitor insight, and Q&A sessions.
The events are free to attend for visitors, but numbers are capped to manage the quality of the interactive experience for printers and suppliers alike.
“Spring is here, and businesses are increasingly focused on their plans for re-invigoration after this hugely challenging year,” said the association’s CEO, Neil Felton. “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’s clear—while their strong preference is to do all of this in a live-event setting—there’s 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’re supporting our community in the most effective way available until we can meet in the real world again at a live exhibition.”
The online events will take place on the same hosting platform that was used for the virtual FESPA Global Summit, which was held in January this year.