Earlier this month we traipsed over to Amsterdam for the Fespa Digital show. This is the first of several stories from the show.
Wide format printing has changed considerably over the last decade or so, forcing the Fespa show to change as well. So whereas Fespa originally grew from a screen printing association, nowadays display signage is almost exclusively produced with digital inkjet printers. Fespa has reflected this by holding a digital-only show every three years, with this year's show marking the tenth anniversary since the first Fespa Digital.
At the same time, both screen printing and, increasingly, wide format inkjet are widely used for textiles, which includes everything from soft signage through to home furnishings, decor and clothing. This was thrown into stark relief at this Fespa in Amsterdam, with a lot of hardware devoted to producing display signage, surrounded by textile printers and samples. But for this story we'll concentrate on the display signage aspect and cover textile printing in a separate article.
To some extent this show was overshadowed by the upcoming Drupa, with several vendors clearly holding for their outing to Dusseldorf. Durst was one of the few companies to really make a big effort, squeezing the four largest printers at the show onto one relatively compact stand. These machines included two new textile printers, which we’ll cover in a follow-up story on textile printing, as well as a Rho 1312 AF, a high volume UV hybrid printer, shown complete with an automatic loading system for increased throughput.