FESPA closes with overwhelming results

FESPA Digital 2016FESPA returned to its birthplace in Amsterdam where 16,309 visitors attended the 10th anniversary of the exhibition.

This marked a 34% increase in the number of visitors since the exhibition was last held during a similar time period in 2012. A total of 23,240 visits across the four days (March 8 to 11) highlights the strategic importance and continual growth of the event.

With its central location within Europe, Amsterdam proved an ideal setting for printers 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%), Germany, UK, Belgium and Italy, however, visitors from North America, Asia, Australasia and Africa were also in attendance, demonstrating the truly international scope of FESPA.

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 of 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, with global visitors from across the print, digital textile and interior design sectors in attendance. The Printeriors ‘Print Hotel’ showcase displayed the possibilities of interior décor and digital print, and its eye-catching room sets captivated visitors and exhibitors alike.

FESPA CEO Neil Felton said: “What a fantastic way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of FESPA Digital. I am delighted with how many exhibitors chose our event to launch their latest products and technologies, and those who visited left as true print superheroes; inspired, invigorated and excited to see where the next chapter of digital print and signage may be heading, taking away invaluable insights that will provide them with the opportunity to diversify.

“The halls were buzzing with activity and feedback from both visitors and exhibitors has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly for the value-add seminars, demonstrations, competitions and interactive workshops. Many exhibitors have declared this their best FESPA ever, with expectations greatly exceeded. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter will be in Hamburg next year.”

FESPA 2017 will take place next year at the Hamburg Messe in Germany from May 8 to 12.

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