Industrial print industry well-positioned to attract new business
From 12 to 14 November 2019, InPrint Munich will once again showcase the emerging community of printing and industrial manufacturing specialists. The international exhibition of print technology for industrial manufacturing has become a central platform to present, discover and source smart printing applications that can be integrated into industrial production processes. Five months before opening day, more than 100 exhibitors from 15 countries have already confirmed their participation, occupying nearly three quarters of the 2017 exhibition space with bookings ongoing.
Consumer-driven markets have created an upward spiral of demand for bespoke design solutions, limited editions and individualised products, opening up new business potential for both providers of printing technology as well as industrial manufacturers. Companies across industries are increasingly aware that they can gain competitive advantages and add value to their products by implementing innovative printing technology as part of their manufacturing line.
Over recent years, print technology providers have been working hard to develop new equipment and solutions capable of transforming or enhancing industrial processes, often in joint projects or partnerships with manufacturing specialists.
Advances in automation and robotics, vision systems, curing equipment, and software for workflow and colour management, as well as more effective print head technology, fluids and inks are the biggest contributors to the current growth of print technologies in many sectors of industrial manufacturing, including smart packaging solutions, printed electronics, functional print on fabrics, films and foils, customisation of brand products, decorative floorings and furnishings, automotive interiors, fast fashion, and many others.
Industry professionals see the print industry on a successful path as it capitalises on new technologies, gaining a standing in industrial manufacturing and strengthening the competitive power of print service providers and their clients, notably branded goods manufacturers and industrial production companies.
Nicola Hamann, managing director at show organiser Mack Brooks Exhibitions, shares the positive outlook: “Both the print and manufacturing industry are increasingly open to new partnerships and business models, leading to the ongoing evolution of technical possibilities for print products in industrial production. The ongoing success of InPrint lies in its capability to foster this innovative drive, attracting a growing specialist community looking to discuss or source new printing solutions in a vibrant business atmosphere.”
InPrint Munich has now clearly moved on from a developmental networking event into a leading industry platform and trade exhibition, with increasing sales activity on the show floor. The previous show in 2017 attracted around 3000 visitors from 63 countries. They were high-profile industry professionals from the printing industry and a wide range of industry sectors. Around 90% of visitors at the previous show attended to seek out specific products or suppliers that could help them improve their production process and generate new business; every third visitor came with definite investment plans.
The popular 3-day conference programme alongside the exhibition provides further knowledge and insights into the latest market developments, technology trends and innovation projects. All visitors and exhibitors of InPrint 2019 are invited to attend free of charge to benefit from interesting discussions and valuable networking opportunities. Conference topics for 2019 cover the following subject areas: printhead technology, inks, processing technologies, machine integration, metrology, software, robotics, printed electronics, 3D-printing, case studies & successful implementation projects, research & market development.
Companies exhibiting at InPrint Munich 2019 include Agfa, Bergstein Digital BV, ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions GmbH, FUJIFILM, GEW (EC) Limited, Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), Dr. Hönle AG, UV Technology, Hamamatsu Photonics Deutschland GmbH, Lotus Holland Industriele Produkten BV, PLASMATREAT GMBH, and Wemhöner Surface Technologies.
The coming event also features many first-time exhibitors, including 3M Deutschland GmbH, SPSD, CADIS Engineering GmbH, CHESPA SP. Z O.O., East Core (Apache), Radium Lampenwerk GmbH, and Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA.