Over 10,000 visitors from almost 90 countries are expected to take advantage of one of the most extensive exhibition to be held at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) as Thailand hosts for the first time FESPA World Expo Asia-Pacific 2008—a mega international trade exhibition specifically organised for the screen, digital and textile printing of the Asia Pacific region.
The event, which will be held from 28-30 November 2008, will treat visitors and buyers to the widest area of displays from over 150 exhibitors joining this event which will feature the global launch of the latest models and technologies from the leading brands all over the world. Big brand names such as Fujifilm Sericol, HP, Gandinnovation, M&R, OCE’, XAAR, and ZUND are already among the exhibitors who have now reserved 80 percent of the sprawling 15,000 square meters of BITEC halls 101-103.
To date, exhibitors from most countries in Asia Pacific—from India, China, South Korea, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippine, Japan, Thailand to Australia have confirmed their participation in the exhibit. European exhibitors from countries like UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Belgium and Sweden are also attending while a large delegation from US, Canada and the Middle East plan to show off their best products during this event.
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), who is giving its all out support to the FESPA Asia-Pacific event, highlights the timeliness of FESPA World Expo Asia Pacific 2008 in promoting Thailand as a globally recognized and preferred MICE destination in Asia.
“We believe that FESPA World Expo Asia-Pacific 2008 will provide benefits to Thailand – this exhibition will serve as a platform for trading, exporting, transferring ideas and technological know how in the printing industry to Asia-Pacific region, helping to develop Asia-Pacific’s capabilities in this specific industry. Additionally, the country is expected to gain the revenues of over 270 million Baht from the large number of international business travellers attending the event.
We also hope to use this event to showcase Thailand’s expertise and suitability for hosting world class exhibitions under our umbrella campaign ‘Bangkok: Exhibition City of ASEAN’,” Ms. Supawan Teerarat, TCEB Exhibition Director, said.
Aside from the vibrant trading and other business opportunities this event offers, there will be remarkable never before seen in Asia activities and seminars that would pave efforts for technology transfer and knowledge-exchange of the latest trends in this industry.
Mr. Marcus Timson, Event Director for FESPA World Expo Asia-Pacific said, “One of the highlight events, “FESPA Inspire Conference” will be divided into three highlighted categories—Technology, Marketing and being Environment-friendly. There will be 27 sessions in two seminar rooms that will run along with the three-day show. FESPA invited experts from all over the world to provide the latest trend and insight information of the industry. The highlight of the seminars includes a Screen and Digital debate as digital trend has taken over the printing industry, questions on how printers can survive together and how screen printing will develop to the next step would be tackled.”
“There will also be a “Green” debate as European countries have set up strict rules in managing the environmental issues especially imported products. EU have issued a new regulation called “REACH” (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemical) which will be enforced on all chemicals use in the products export to EU country in near future.”
Mr. Pirach Thampipit, President of Thai Screen printing and Graphic imaging Association (TSGA) added, “Aside from these knowledge-enriching activities, FESPA World Expo Asia Pacific 2008 shows a lot of exciting activities that the visitors will experience from the FESPA World Expo Asia-Pacific for the first time such as “World’s Largest Digitally Produced Jigsaw”. This creative project is supported by Halifax Vogel who supplied the substrate called “Imageboard” imported from Australia just for this event, printed by Fujifilm Sericol’s UV flatbed printer, while ICS & Zund assisted in cutting the jigsaw. The World Largest Digitally ProducedJigsaw is a very challenging project as it is a collaboration of all parties in the project to show the power of large format digital printing that other technology cannot perform. Its dimension will be 18 meters by 20 meters or 360 square meters in total space with the image of Bangkok Exhibition City.”
Since the jigsaw is of a very large size, viewing the project from the ground does not seem to be suitable. Therefore XAAR, FESPA’s technology partner is sponsoring over 150 VIPS and registered visitors of the show during the three day show to have the opportunity to board the XAAR helicopter to view the jigsaw and the breath taking skyline of Bangkok which is abundant with mega sized Billboards which is the proof of the printing industry’s potential. Interested printers can register for the helicopter experience, the FESPA Inspire conference and many more exciting activities.
Founded in 1962, FESPA (fespa.com) is a not-for-profit federation of trade associations and an organiser of exhibitions and conferences for the screen and digital printing industries. FESPA’s dual aim is to promote screen printing and digital imaging and to share knowledge about screen and digital printing with its members across the world, helping them to grow their businesses and learn about the latest developments in their fast growing industries.
FESPA member organisations include 28 separate National Associations in Europe, and 6 Associate Member Associations in Australia, China, Thailand, India, Japan and Korea.
Forthcoming FESPA events include:
• FESPA World Expo Asia-Pacific, 28–30 November 2008, BITEC, Bangkok;
• FESPA Digital India, 14–16 December 2008, Mumbai, India;
• FESPA Digital 2009, 12–14 May 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
• FESPA Mexico World Expo 2009, 27–29 August 2009, Mexico City, Mexico;
• FESPA 2010, 22–26 June 2010, Munich, Germany;
• FESPA World Expo Asia-Pacific 2010, 12–14 November 2010, BITEC, Bangkok.