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FESPA Global Print Expo 2022 brought the speciality print community together for four motivational days in Berlin (31st May to 3rd June 2022), in an atmosphere of overwhelming positivity that affirmed the industry’s readiness to bounce back from the challenges of the last two years.
With a compelling line-up of 375 exhibiting companies, including many leading supplier brands which had not exhibited since 2019, the event attracted a high quality, international audience of senior decision-makers who travelled from 126 countries, with Germany, Italy, Poland, Netherlands and the UK delivering the largest visitor delegations.
Exhibitors of all sizes and across all areas of the show expressed their delight at being back at a live FESPA event, with many commenting on the energy they felt at the show and confident of positive commercial outcomes from their participation.
Head of Global Print Expo at FESPA, Michael Ryan says: “Our strapline promised ‘Print In Motion’ and this came to life in Berlin, with an incredible sense of forward momentum and commitment to positive progress on areas like sustainability.”
With more than 60% of visitors having final purchasing authority or influence, many exhibitors referenced the high quality of contacts and conversations and left FESPA 2022 with confirmed sales, new distribution partnerships and strong business opportunities for the short- to medium-term.
FESPA Global Print Expo 2022, together with European Sign Expo, attracted 11647 unique visitors, a 48% increase on the Autumn 2021 event, with return trips over multiple days bringing total attendance to 15969 visits. Analysis of the pre-event registration data provided by the 53% of visitors who chose to reveal their investment budget confirms significant readiness to invest at or soon after the show. Among these delegates, the collective median spend amounted to €1.3 billion, not accounting for those visitors who did not indicate their plans.
Sebastien Hanssens, VP Marketing & Operations at Caldera echoed this, saying: “We’re really happy. There’s outstanding quality of people coming in with real projects, real demands looking for innovations, looking for new applications so really, this is the place to be.”
The first-ever Sustainability Spotlight conference attracted much attention, underlining the priority now being given to environmental responsibility, while a visually stunning Printeriors showcase attracted hundreds of printers hungry for fresh ideas for sustainable printed interior décor.