Roz Guarnori reveals what visitors can expect at the Fespa Global Print Expo in Munich this May

Roz Guarnori, exhibitions director at Fespa

This year’s Fespa Global Print Expo is being held at Messe München in Munich, Germany, from 14-17 May 2019. The show runs alongside the European Sign Expo, with 700 exhibitors showcasing their products across the two exhibitions, 92 of which are new exhibitors.

Roz Guarnori, Fespa‘s exhibitions director, comments: “At Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 there will be over 170 exhibitors involved in garment decoration and manufacturing, including direct-to-garment, sublimation printing and screen printing exhibitors such as Anatol, Hebbecker, Kornit Digital, MHM, M&R, Roq and Vastex. We also have a host of garment decoration companies exhibiting at this year’s event for the first time including InterStitch and ZSK Stickmaschinen.”

Key trends

The Fespa Print Census identified six dominant trends shaping the current market: textile printing; environmental considerations; customer demands; digital technology investment; an evolving product mix; and optimism in the industry. “We have used these findings, as well as feedback from visitors to Fespa Global Print Expo 2018, to shape Fespa 2019 and to ensure that the content and our show features reflect the needs of the speciality print industry,“ explains Roz. “We have also based the seminar content within the Trend Theatre on the key areas shaping the industry, as highlighted by the Fespa Print Census.”

The insights from the census were used to inform the development of a new feature, Colour L*A*B*, as one in three respondents stated that they intend to invest in colour management technology and training within the next two years as part of a wider focus on consistency and customer satisfaction. Roz notes that textile printing has been a significant growth area over the past decade and this is expected to continue. “In addition to Print Make Wear, which this year will be double the size compared with the 2018 event, Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 will show a host of textile printing technologies covering garment decoration and apparel printing as well as promotional items, direct-to- garment, printed interior décor and more,” she says. 

Fespa introduces new Colour L*A*B* feature at Global Print Expo 2019

Colour L*A*B*, a new technology showcase and conference programme designed to help visitors improve colour management practices in their print businesses, will take place at Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 in May. 

Launched in response to feedback from Fespa members, Colour L*A*B* is said to offer a “structured end-to-end overview of all individual elements contributing to professional colour management including monitors, measurement and calibration tools, lightboxes, hard and soft proofing, software solutions and print output devices”. 

The walk-through showcase will feature representative technologies from a range of specialist suppliers, supported by explanatory graphics and a printed guide describing the processes and technologies and including contacts for further information. Test files will be used in live demonstrations to illustrate different printed outcomes across a range of media.

Free, pre-bookable guided Colour L*A*B* tours are available in Hall B4 with colour management consultant Paul Sherfield, while the adjacent conference area will offer a programme of free educational presentations from a range of subject matter experts, including Dr Andreas Kraushaar of Fogra and Paul Lindström of 

Paul Sherfield comments: “Customers from brand owners to interior designers have high expectations of consistent colour appearance, regardless of the printing process or material used. Importantly, good colour management delivers tangible business benefits for PSPs – better predictability, greater production flexibility, reduced waste and improved customer satisfaction and retention. Colour L*A*B* at Fespa 2019 will help them to build the knowledge, competence and confidence to make the most of these tools, identify any gaps in their practices and optimise their workflows to deliver right-first-time colour for every job.”

The Colour L*A*B* tours can be booked via the Fespa 2019 website nearer the time of the event.

Brother will have a big presence at Fespa 2019

Sustainability and environmental concerns were also highlighted as key trends in the Print Census, and so the team is looking at using more sustainable substrates within Print Make Wear and Printeriors, as well as using water-based inks for garments printed in Print Make Wear. “I’m looking forward to seeing how Print Make Wear develops this year following its successful launch at last year’s event,“ adds Roz. “We have also developed the feature to include more technology and two separate guided tours: one with a focus on direct-to-garment production and the other tailored to visitors interested in roll-to-roll production.” 

Tours can be booked in advance via There will also be a daily fashion show in Print Make Wear illustrating the garments printed in the feature.

The ‘must-sees’

“With two halls (B6 and A6) dedicated to textile printing, there are a host of ‘must see‘ stands at this year’s event,“ says Roz. “Thinking back to last year, DST from Denmark and Kammann from Germany caught my eye with their digital transfer printing solutions and I’m delighted to see them return in 2019. “For direct-to-garment printing, Kornit Digital will demonstrate its latest products for entry level and mass production, while exhibitors including Aeoon, Brother, Epson, Impression Technology, Polyprint and Ricoh will all have a strong presence at Fespa 2019. We are also happy to see US brand Omniprint exhibiting this year for the first time in Europe.

Print Make Wear is doubling in size for 2019 following last year‘s successful launch

“Screen printing is, as always, well represented at Fespa, with automatic and manual solutions being demonstrated by MHM, Roq, M&R, Hebbecker, Anatol, Vastex and Adelco. “For visitors looking for opportunities in transfer and decorative print customisation, we have a range of exhibitors including Transmatic, Walter Schulze, Siser, Forever, Chemica and Stahls‘ showcasing solutions in this area.” The majority of companies relating to sublimation printing can be found in hall B6, including Mimaki, which will occupy the largest stand in this hall. Others found here include Aleph, Roland, Epson, EFI and HP, along with those offering cutting solutions, such as Zund, Summa, Hasler and Gerber.

Investment opportunity

Going to the annual Fespa show costs both time and money, but it‘s a good investment, believes Roz. “Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 is the industry’s leading platform for technology innovation and is the only event dedicated to the speciality print market in Europe. We believe it is therefore the best place for visitors who are looking for inspiration to explore the latest technology, media and inks. “Visitors will also have the opportunity to network with peers, as well as be inspired by our show features. So, for visitors looking to take their business further, optimise their production capabilities or explore the possibilities that the industry has to offer, Fespa is the ideal location. For garment decorators specifically, there is a host of exhibitors involved in garment decoration for them to visit, including new exhibitors that they won’t have seen at a Fespa event before.”

Fespa has partnered with Lufthansa to offer its visitors discounted flights. To take advantage of this offer visitors should visit and enter the access code GBZQYAN in the ‘Offer for discounted flights‘ area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.

The Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 takes place at Messe München, Munich, Germany, on 14-17 May 2019. To register, visit the event’s website, and use the code FESM932 for free entry.