The only dedicated screen printing event in Europe this year proved a spectacular celebration of the process, and pointed the way towards a bright future.
FESPA UK Association’s, Screen Printing Now, staged in association with Sakurai UK, in London on September 30 and October 1, attracted around 100 sponsors, exhibitors and delegates to a packed programme of inspirational presentations from leaders in their fields, live printing demonstrations and valuable networking.
Highlights of the two-day event included:
• A presentation by Prof Tim Claypole MBE, of the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating during which he provided details of some ground-breaking development projects.
• Shoichi Komi of Sakurai Japan, making a special trip to talk about precision control in screen printing and special effect varnishes.
• Marabu UK flew in senior executives from their head office. Dr Wolfgang Schaefer and Jon Bultemeyer passed on vital information about new ink legislation and future developments in ink technology.
• Dr Kate Stone of Novalia had the audience entranced with her vision for the present and future in the world of electronics for the display industry.
Commenting on the atmosphere of the event, one of the delegates, Peter Young of GSM Graphic Arts said: “You could smell the excitement in the air of people talking about our industry. It was nice to be part of something that’s growing and looking at new developments.”
Peter Kiddell of FESPA UK Association, was delighted at delegates’ reaction to Screen Printing Now, and commented: “This is a 4,000 year old process which is having a tremendous affect on the future of technology. What we saw at the conference definitely confirmed that this is a process for the future.”