Live FESPA Global opens, virtual streams available
FESPA Global Print Expo is currently underway at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam, from 12 to 15 October. This marks the first time in 18 months that communities of print service providers and sign makers can come together in-person for a live event.
The show is not expected to receive much visitors from the Asia Pacific region, as travel restrictions are still in-place. FESPA will be offering livestreams from the show for those who are unable to attend.
The event is livestreaming a series of interviews focusing on innovation and market trends, and viewers can see some of the latest products launched in the past 18 months and live at the show. Participants include Brother, Canon, Durst, Mimaki, Roland DG and many more.
FESPA Global 2021 is reminiscent of pre-Covid days as most in Asia are still in living in mask-on conditions. Although safety measures are in place, visitors are not required to wear masks unless “in crowded areas”.
Contactless measures are in place, for example visitors will gain entry via badges held on their phones via an online visitor portal. The digital badges will also give online access to brochures, magazines and product information, and enable direct connection with suppliers.
Other regulations include providing proof before entering that participants 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.
New products were launched and previewed at FESPA, as is customary.
To date, these include EFI Reggiani's new TERRA Silver digital textile printer; an all-new flagship inkjet printer from Agfa; a launch from Brother; a new flatbed printer from Durst; a series of releases from Mimaki including a high-volume UV flatbed printer, and a flatbed printer from swissQprint.
Companies such as Canon and Roland DG will also be demonstrating their recent innovations for the first time in a live setting.
“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,” said Neil Felton, FESPA CEO.