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FESPA_2015_logoAnyone interested in printing technology will want to make a point of visiting next week’s FESPA 2015 Global Expo, which takes place in Cologne on18th-22nd May 2015, where it will occupy 62,500m2 of exhibition space in the KoelnMesse. Val Hirst reports

Using a space exploration theme to emphasise the galaxy of growth opportunities that currently exist, the exhibition, the largest FESPA event of all time, will offer over 700 stands, all of which will be showcasing the latest print related equipment,materials and ancillary products, together with FESPA’s most ambitious and extensive education programme yet.

Visitors will be able to explore three key zones,FESPA Screen,FESPA Digital and FESPA Fabric and will also have the opportunity to access the third edition of the co-located European Sign Expo, which is set to increase its floor space by 48 percent in comparison with the inaugural 2013 event

Exhibitors will include BG Reklam, Domino Sign, LEDDEX, SloanLED, Vivalyte, and many more who will showcase equipment, software, sign materials and systems, fittings and fixtures, channel lettering, illuminated signage, dimensional signage, engraving and etching.

In addition, visitors will be able to enjoy a mix of free sessions at the Education Hub, which will focus on the use of digital, screen and textile printing technology and cover everything from the core basics, to how best to manage client expectations, to profitable growth trends, while theSign Hub, will feature dedicated free seminars on both digital and traditional signage and will also provide a ‘Traditional Sign Painting workshop’, as well as a daily‘Ask the Experts’ panel forum.

For a full seminar programme visit:

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Printeriors 2015

The Printeriors Conference, which will take place on Thursday 21st May, will be led by English fashion designer and co-founder of Red or Dead, Wayne Hemingway, together with a host of other experts in the interior design and print industries,all of whom will reveal how print can be successfully used in the realm of interior decoration.

For further information on Printeriors visit:

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In the Wrap Hub, thebest wrappers from around the world will share their expertise and knowledge with visitors, while also competing for the title of FESPA World Wrap Master 2015.During the first three days of the show, competitors will take part in the last qualifying round for the final, which will take place later in the week and will see last year’s champion, Kiss Lajos defending his title against winners from qualifying competitions around the globe. Items to be wrapped will include Opel ‘Adam’ cars, two metre tall space rockets, and luxury vacuum jugs from Eva Solo to demonstrate the complexity of wrapping ‘above and beyond’ a typical vehicle application.

Visitors to the Wrap Hub will also be invited to demonstrate their own wrapping prowess by taking part in an ‘against-the-clock’ competition to wrap a car door, with the victors being rewarded with a bottle of champagne!

For further information visit:

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Other noteworthy features at the show will include the FESPA Awards showcase, where visitors will be able to see a collection of the inspirational work entered in eight different print categories.  The winners will be announced at FESPA’s grand Gala dinner, which will take place in Cologne on the evening of 19th May.

For further information visit:

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Making its show debut this year, will be the IndustrialPrint Showcase, which will promote the growing number of opportunities that exist in the areas of printed electronics, décor and laminates and automotives.  There will be a daily ‘Lunch & Learn’ session that will highlight these exciting new areas of application, promote best practice and provide a first class knowledge sharing and networking opportunity.

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The show will take place in Halls 6, 7, 8, 9 at the Koelnmesse from Monday 18th May to Friday 22nd May and the opening hours are 10.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Thursday and l0.00am to 4.00 pm on Friday.

And for those who would like to attend the event, but simply can’t spare the time, we’ve compiled an eight-page exhibitor guide which begins overleaf, that will enable them to keep abreast of some of the delights that will be unveiled there without having to stir from the comfort of their armchairs!

For further information and to pre-register, in order to gain FREE entry, visit:

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