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Amsterdam hosts largest FESPA Digital to date

Amsterdam hosts largest FESPA Digital to date

When FESPA Digital recently returned to its birthplace in Amsterdam, it attracted 16,309 unique visitors, anincrease of 34 percent in footfall since the last Digital show held during a similar time period in 2012, and a total of 23,240 visits over the four days.

The visitor data collected, reveals that over 75 percent of attendees are heavily involved in the decision making process for their businesses, as was illustrated by the fact that a record number of sales were made during the course of the show.

Particular highlights includedMimaki, which launched a series of UV-LED printers and sold 52 units throughout the show, with both resellers and sign and print companies making purchases. HP introduced its Scitex 9000 industrial press, while EFI unveiled six new VUTEk printers, including textile, LED and inkjet options. Durst also launched its water technology dye-sublimation printer, suitable for soft signage and fabric applications, while Kornit Digital introduced two new industrial direct-to-garment printers within its Storm range.

With its central location within Europe, Amsterdam proved an ideal setting for wide format specialists to convene and expand their knowledge within the ever-changing digital print landscape, with visitors from 120 countries in attendance. The top visiting countries were the Netherlands (35 percent), Germany, UK, Belgium and Italy, however, visitors from North America, Asia, Australasia and Africa also attended, demonstrating the truly international scope of the show.

With four events under one roof, visitors were able to seamlessly switch between FESPA Digital, Textile, European Sign Expo and Printeriors to uncover all of the possibilities offered by wide format digital print and non-printed signage. Popular features included the Wrap Hub and the Signage Demo area. Both the Digital Textile and Printeriors conferences received positive feedback from global visitors from across the print, digital textile and interior design sectors, whilethe Printeriors ‘Print Hotel’ showcase displayed the possibilities of interior décor and digital print, and its eye-catching room sets captivated visitors and exhibitors alike.

The next edition of FESPA, which will include exhibitors from the screen, digital, textile and sign sectors, will take place on May 8th-12that Hamburg Messe, Germany in 2017.

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