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From 26 – 27 May and 9 – 10 June 2021, FESPA hosted its first FESPA Innovations and Trends (FIT) live virtual events, which highlighted the latest technologies and developments in the wide format and apparel markets.

First two events attract over 1,900 visitors
From 26 – 27 May and 9 – 10 June 2021, FESPA hosted its first FESPA Innovations and Trends (FIT) live virtual events, which highlighted the latest technologies and developments in the wide format and apparel markets.
Wide Format
The first event, which focused on wide format and interior décor, welcomed over 1,100 print professionals from 111 countries. Over the two days, visitors heard from 28 leading hardware, software and media suppliers about their latest solutions and how they are helping printers to rebuild from the pandemic.
Alongside the exhibitor presentations and a series of product demonstrations, FESPA’s Technical Lead and Head of Associations, Graeme Richardson-Locke, hosted a lively panel discussion with three leading printers who shared their learnings from the pandemic. They also debated key topics including automation, print management, wide format product innovation, sustainability, web-to-print and the future of the industry. FESPA’s Textile Ambassador, Debbie McKeegan also led a discussion on the latest trends and the future of the thriving interior décor market.
Printed Clothing
The second event centred around the latest technologies and opportunities in the apparel sector. Over 700 visitors attended from 108 countries to listen to presentations designed to inspire and reveal new ways to meet the ever-evolving demands of textile production. Drop-shipping, web-to-print, overhead reduction and productivity-boosting were just some of the key topics addressed by the 18 exhibiting companies.
Graeme Richardson-Locke was again joined by industry specialists to review the latest developments in garment decoration and the future of this sector, and Debbie McKeegan invited three garment experts to a motivational discussion on on-demand production and customisation, and the potential in this market.
Attendees responded positively to both events with glowing feedback: “Overall I was very impressed with the professionalism of the event”; “Very worthwhile event. Informative and relevant and much needed at this time”; “Even though attending an online event is not easy due to a large number of distractions, FESPA Innovations and Trends passed the exam excellently and can call itself a leader”. Exhibitors were also enthusiastic, emphasising the professionalism and organisation of the event, as well as commenting on the ease of use of the Hopin virtual event platform.
Neil Felton, CEO, FESPA comments, “The FESPA Innovations and Trends virtual events were designed to give visitors a focused environment to engage with new products and explore trends. In the coming year, as our industry faces new challenges and adapts to continuous change, the insights shared during the two events will be invaluable to print professionals. The events were a huge success and we look forward to continuing the dialogue between exhibitors and visitors at our future live and virtual events.”



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