The Trend Theatre programme at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, which comprises 38 individual sessions, has been put together with the needs and interests of the FESPA global speciality print community in mind and will deliver key insights on a host of topics including automation, sustainability, digital printing, signage and textile.
Dominik Rietzel, head of additive manufacturing – non-metal at BMW Group will give the keynote presentation on the future of 3D printing. There will also be daily trends forecast sessions hosted by KeyPoint Intelligence on a selection of topics including: workflow, the state of the wide format industry, textile, decorative applications and packaging.
In addition, there will also be daily panel discussions with influential industry speakers, chaired by Sonja Angerer, Owner of RRRabbitproductions. The panel topics include:
• Working for a living in print talent, location and next gens.
• Mind the label: Interior decoration and certificates.
• Automate or die: from printing industry to industry 4.0.
• How to create a future for printing companies.
Supplementing the daily panel discussions, two additional panels will take place:
• Corrugated Business, chaired by Ron Gilboa of KeyPoint Intelligence.
• Print Leaders, chaired by Frank Tückmantel at EFI.
ESMA: Ask the experts
Also taking place at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, is Ask the Experts hosted by ESMA, which offers visitors the opportunity to book one-to-one advice sessions for unbiased, technology neutral advice from independent print consultants. Experts include: Steve Knight, digital direct technologies; Phillip Klinger, Softcon; and Thomas Poetz, 3T Inkjet Textile Consulting.
Duncan MacOwan, head of events at FESPA commented, ‘Visitors to FESPA exhibitions are continually looking to increase their industry knowledge and find inspiration for new opportunities to grow their businesses and with a wide range of seminars and panel discussions in one place, the Trend Theatre provides a great opportunity for visitors to achieve this. We are confident that with our range of sessions and speakers, we are delivering meaningful content, providing visitors with valuable insight to expand their businesses.’
Upcoming FESPA events include FESPA Africa, the region’s largest, focused exhibition for wide format digital printing, screen printing, garment decoration and textile printing, which is co-located with Sign Africa and Africa Print, the region’s leading events for the signage industry. The event is taking place from 11-13 September 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg.