The fifth FESPA Mexico event, (which took place from 20-22 September) attracted 9198 visitors, up 11% from 2011 – a 38% increase since FESPA acquired the exhibition in 2008. This makes it the most successful to date. There were 125 exhibiting companies and a greater international presence due to the growing importance of the Mexican market.

This year’s theme ‘keep your business moving’ reflected the importance for Mexican printers to embrace opportunities and the need for print solution providers (PSP’s) to continuously evolve their print offerings. Visitors took this on board with many machines at the show displaying ‘sold’ signs and exhibitors reporting a high quality generation of leads during the event.

FESPA Mexico Exhibition Manager, Michael Ryan said, ‘FESPA Mexico’s record-breaking attendance saw eager visitors lining up to attend the exhibition features. The conference was constantly overflowing into the aisles with attendees keen to ask questions. The huge success of the show demonstrates the increasing enthusiasm of printers in this region keen to grow and develop new ideas to improve their business.’

Other highlights at this year’s show included the garment workshop, which gave visitors a great opportunity to learn from ‘Dr Print’, Charlie Taublieb. The workshops received a focused groupkeen to obtain tips and advice on garment decoration including hands on experience and technical guidance. The free conference programme which ran the duration of the show drew crowds of over 550 visitors, covering a mixture of topics such as planet friendly printing, digital textile printing, design, and print applications and new markets. A particular attraction was the daily session from software company Corel, as well as Michelle Olmas who gave an interesting session on digital social media and marketing.

FESPA Mexico 2013 will take place on 15-17 August at Centro Banamex, Mexico City.