As the FESPA Global Print Expo gets underway this week in Amsterdam, Australians who are unable to make it due to COVID-19 international border restrictions are looking ahead to Berlin in 2022 to see what’s new in digital, screen, wide format and textile printing technologies.
To support Australians and New Zealanders and others unable to make the trip to Amsterdam, FESPA is running a series of livestream discussions, FESPA Live, for three days from today. To view the schedule, please visit www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com and go to the “FESPA Live” tab.
But for many the focus is now on Berlin and the next Fespa Global Print Expo which will run from May 31 to June 3 in 2022.
Among them is Durst Oceania managing director Matt Ashman.
“I wish I could join my Australian industry friends and also be with my European colleagues at FESPA this week, albeit a bit later in the year than was previously planned. We now look forward to FESPA next year in Berlin where we can welcome colleagues and friends to explore the trends and next generation of new products,” Ashman said.
At FESPA 2021, Durst will be unveiling product enhancements and software developments as well as the P5 350HS Automat – a variation on the machine installed recently by Avon Graphics in Melbourne.
“The European launch of the P5350HS Automat is is broadly the same machine installed by Avon Graphics, which debuted in Australia as the first product of its kind to be installed anywhere in the world, and was sold sight-unseen due to Covid restrictions,” Ashman said.
Keith Ferrel, founder of Cactus Imaging, is also looking forward to Berlin next year. Ferrel estimates he’s been to at least 15 FESPA expos and says he can’t wait to get back there.
“We are unable to make this one but Nigel (Spicer) and I are will be there at the end of May next year for the show in Berlin. We’ve had our bag packed for two years now so we are really looking forward to that,” Ferrel said.
FESPA Australia president Nigel Davies said it is disappointing to not be able to be in Amsterdam this week but said there will be plenty to look forward to in Berlin next year.
“Not being to attend FESPA Global Print Expo 2021 in Amsterdam is obviously disappointing, however, I’m sure we will make up for it when we can all see our fellow FESPA members in May 2022 in Berlin,” Davies said.
FESPA CEO Neil Felton said after “such a long time, it feels great to be ready to open a live FESPA event”.
“We can’t wait to welcome our community back and feel the buzz of a live show, enjoy meeting people face-to-face again and see the latest innovations. We’re confident that these events in Amsterdam will inspire speciality print and signage businesses as they turn their attention to the future and focus on business recovery and long-term growth,” Felton said.
Visitors to FESPA 2021 will have a contactless experience with entry badges held on their phones via an online visitor portal which will also give online access to brochures, magazines and product information, and enable direct connection with suppliers.
COVID-safe regulations are in place at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam to minimise the risk to participants. All delegates must provide proof before entering that they are double vaccinated, have recently recovered from COVID-19, or have received a negative COVID test. A health questionnaire must be completed on entry and enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures are in place. For further information and frequent updates on COVID regulations at the exhibition.
To check what is happening this week in Amsterdam, please visit: www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com
To learn more about the Berlin show next year, please click here.
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