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Special Reports

Shining a light

If it’s the end of the year it’s time to announce the Angel Awards. Each year Image Reports picks products introduced to the UK during the last year, and considered by the editorial team as innovative and likely to impact the wide-format sector. The accolades this year go to…

State of the Sector: a discussion

This winter, Image Reports brought together five PSPs with very different backgrounds and strategies to J-full tablediscuss the state of the wide-format industry, as revealed in our Widthwise Report, and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in 2016

Round Table - Thinking Bigger

This summer Image Reports brought together four PSPs and four creatives to discuss how best toA1 - All exploit the opportunities offered by large-format digital print. The upshot is the following message to market…

A splash of Cologne

Fespa 2015 promises not only to refresh your own large-format digital print knowledge, but to wake-up D - Rheinpanorama03KoelnTourismus GmbH Udo Haakethe creative community to its potential.

Billed as the “largest and most extensive international wide-format print exhibition for screen, digital and textile print technology,” Fespa 2015 is also marketing itself as the place to “discover new market opportunities: 3D printing, interior decoration, non-printed signage, digital signage”, and the industry sectors represented and listed on the show’s website include narrow format machinery, embroidery, pad printing etc. All in all this is an event that has moved on - this year it will take up 62,500m2 of floorspace, have over 700 exhibitors, and is anticipated to attract 25,000 print representatives, buyers and creatives. So miss it at your peril.

Let the show begin

As Sign and Digital UK 2015 prepares to open its doors, we take a peak at launches and introductions impacting the wide-format sector.

At a glance
Where: Halls 17 and 18, NEC, Birmingham.
When: 24 - 26 March, 2015
Times: 10am – 5pm, 24/25 March
10am – 4.30pm, 26 March
Cost: Free, but pre-register at http://www.signuk

Designs on retail?

You most likely deliver jobs for the retail sector. In which case, shouldn’t you be going to - if not exhibiting at - the new Retail Design Expo.A 60018656 M
Where: Olympia, London.
When: 10 - 11 March, 2015
Times: 9.30am – 5pm
Cost: Free, but pre-register at

Angel Awards

It’s again time for Image Reports to recognise products that have been introduced to the UK during the last year, and considered the most innovative and likely to have an impact in the wide-format sector. So here are the 2014 Angel Awards winners.

Breaking down boundaries?

Start Googling flight prices. Viscom Frankfurt organisers promise you’ll be rubbing shoulders with all sorts of potential new customers at this year’s ‘marketplace of ideas’.

"If it can be imagined, it will be shown here. This is the place where digital printing providers demonstrate design applications in a realistic environment - always with the aim of inspiring visitors.” That’s the claim being made by the organiser of Viscom Frankfurt 2014, and if that resonates with potential visitors as expected, brands will be rubbing shoulders with architects, window dressers with sports facility managers, retail display specialists with interior decorators. 

What’s going down...

Fespa Digital 2014 is set to be bigger and bolder than previous shows....At Fespa Digital 2014, the theme of which is ‘dive deeper into digital print’.

Fespa Digital 2014 promises to be bigger and bolder than any that have gone before, and present an ‘ocean of opportunity’ for the printer... and hopefully to designers, product managers, brands, agencies, marketers and advertisers, all of whom Fespa aims to attract to this digital wide-format print, signage and garment decoration show that encompasses Fespa Fabric and European Sign Expo.