Industry events

Interesting show that brings together inkjet printing with industrial applications and highlights some of the most innovative approaches to manufacturing. Some emphasis on functional, decorative and packaging printing.
This year sees two events – one each in the US and Europe
25 – 27 April 2017
Orlando, USA
14 – 16 November 2017
Munich, Germany

International Converting Exhibition – US
This is the American edition of the ICE show, aimed at the same converting market. This show is co-located with InPrint.
25 – 27 April 2017
Florida, USA

This show takes place every three years and deals with the metal packaging industry, covering things such as substrates, coatings and printing solutions.
2 – 6 May 2017
Essen, Germany

International packaging event covering food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and industrial good sectors. It includes the entire supply chain and addresses issues from counterfeiting to product protection as well as new materials and equipment.
4 – 10 May 2017
Dusseldorf, Germany

Large international show dealing with all aspects of wide format display printing, including digital textile printing and screen printing. This is the main event, but Fespa also runs shows in Asia (February), Brazil (March), Africa (September) and Mexico (September)
8 – 12 May 2017
Hamburg, Germany

Rapid remains the biggest US, if not worldwide, show covering 3D printing. It’s used by many vendors as the launchpad for new equipment announcements and also has a healthy conference program.
8 – 11 May 2017
Pittsburgh, USA

European Label Forum
The ELF is an international event organised by Finat, which bills itself as the trade association for the self-adhesive labelling industry. This even is mainly a conference, with an impressive line up of speakers. There’s a limited tabletop exhibition area, as well as various networking opportunities and presentation of the International Label Competition and Recycling Awards.
7 – 9 June 2017
Berlin, Germany

IMI Europe Inkjet Summer School
This is a collection of six courses, each lasting a day and a half, and altogether offering an excellent grounding in the way that inkjet technology works.
12 – 16 June 2017
Gent, Belgium,

Label expo
This year’s Label Expo show returns to Europe. It covers all aspects of label printing, including narrow web flexo presses and the growing number of digital label presses.
25 – 28 September
Brussels Expo, Belgium

TCT show
Pioneering UK show covering 3D printing. It’s a cut above the smaller, consumer-orientated shows but overshadowed by some of the larger European events. However, TCT does put together a good conference program.
26 – 28 September 2017
NEC Birmingham, UK

Viscom 2017
Trade show concentrating on large format printing, themed around six areas: large format printing, signmaking, object design, digital signage, POS display and some packaging
There are three separate European shows:
26 – 28 September 2017
Paris, France
12 – 14 October 2017
Milan, Italy
18 – 20 October 2017
Dusseldorf, Germany

IFRA World Publishing Expo
International event dealing with the technology behind publishing, with a particular emphasis on news and newspapers, but also covers mobile and social media and includes Digital Content Expo.
10 – 12 October 2017
Berlin, Germany

The Inkjet Conference
Conference covering the technical aspects of inkjet technology, including printheads, ink chemistry and machine integration.
24 – 25 October 2017
Dusseldorf, Germany

Ipex 2017
Large print show that occurs every four years, this year returning to the NEC after a brief foray to London in 2012. Covers every aspect of print from prepress through to finishing, with many machines working on the stands. Expect some major product launches.
31 October – 3 November 2017
NEC, Birmingham, UK

This is the main European event covering the more heavy duty industrial side of 3D printing with many of the larger machines on show, including a fair selection of metal 3D printers. It also attracts a fairly large international crowd.
14 – 17 November 2017
Frankfurt, Germany

Direct Container Print
The second outing of this show, which aims to introduce printers, packaging manufacturers and brand owners to direct to shape container decoration on plastics, including bottles, cups and pots used in the food and pharmaceuticals industries.
27 – 28 November 2017
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany

Glassprint follows on from DCP, at the same location, but deals specifically with technologies for printing to glass and is the only European event dedicated to glass decoration.
29 – 30 November 2017
Düsseldorf, Germany

Additive Manufacturing
The Additive Manufacturing shows are ostensibly aimed at the more industrial additive manufacturing end of 3D printing, as the name implies, but have grown out of the older 3D Printshow, which had a distinct consumer bias.
6 – 8 December 2017
Pasadena, USA

Pure Digital
This is a brand new show, developed by the team behind InPrint and aimed at creative designers working on digitally printed applications. Essentially it aims to bring together fashion and interior designers and marketers with printing suppliers.
17 – 18 April 2018
Amsterdam, Holland