Another two halls have been added to the original Fespa 2013 floorplan following a surge in exhibitor bookings. More than 310 exhibitors have now confirmed their presence at the show, which takes place at ExCeL London, 25 - 29 June next year, nearly double the numbers booked this far ahead of the Munich event in 2010. Also, the same exhibitors that attended Munich 2010 have expanded their space in London by ten percent.
Fespa managing director Neil Felton said: “This immediate and resounding commitment to Fespa in London reflects the positive attendance at the Digital 2012 show in Barcelona, which demonstrated the Fespa team’s ability to maximise a new host city to refresh our visitor audience. The move to Barcelona brought our exhibitors a truly international audience from 120 countries. Our move to London for 2013 will enable us to make Fespa’s flagship show a truly global event. More people can reach London from more locations in less time than any other city in the world.”
By the end of February, Fespa had bookings for 108% of the space occupied by the 2012 Barcelona show. Major industry players HP, Canon Océ, Fujifilm, Agfa, Mimaki, EFI, Durst, Roland, inks producer Sun Chemical and global screenprinting suppliers SAATI and Sefar are all confirmed as exhibitors for 2013. There will also be a large presence of media companies including 3M, Hexis, Mactac and Orafol, highlighting the new print applications that substrates are opening up for printers. Fespa Fabric 2013, the event’s garment decoration exhibition, already has support from leading textile printing companies Kornit, Siser, Anajet, MHM, Polyone Wilflex, SRoque and international screen printing manufacturer M&R.
Fespa is exploring many avenues to extend the reach of the event, and to incorporate content-led visitor features, some of which were introduced for the first time in Barcelona, and some of which will make their debut at London.
“While still in the early stages of planning, our vision is to deliver a Fespa 2013 event that is bursting with ideas to motivate and inspire our visitors, and which reflects the colour and dynamism of the host city,” said Felton.