Graphics printing

Fespa 2017 took place at the Hamburg Messe.

French trade show aimed at wide format printing. It operates alongside a second show, CTCO, which covers promotional garments and gifts.
6 – 8 February 2018
Lyon, France

Packaging Innovations
Annual packaging show that also includes Label&Print and Empack events, and incorporates Contract Pack and Eco Pack. The show mainly concentrates on new packaging and labelling options with some smaller equipment demonstrated.
28 February – 1 March 2018
NEC, Birmingham, UK

Gulf Print and Pack Summit
Two-day conference covering issues affecting the printing sector in the Middle East, presumably in support of next year’s Gulf Print and Pack show.
4 – 5 March 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

PrintWeek Live
UK show organised by the publishers behind PrintWeek and promising to cover printers, buyers and vendors. It has the usual mix of print equipment on show plus conferences and workshops. Expect to read all about it in Printweek, probably not so much in other print-related magazines.
7 – 8 March 2018
Coventry, UK

Taking Print Further
Customer event hosted by Morgana at its UK showroom but in conjunction with Kodak, Oki, Vpress and Antalis. The idea is to demonstrate digital print production from web to press ordering through to finishing.
20 – 22 March 2018
Milton Keynes, UK

Xeikon Cafe
Conference and exhibition featuring printers and solutions from Xeikon and its partners.
20 – 23 March 2018
Lier, Belgium

The London Stationery Show
Trade show for everyone involved in buying or selling stationery or writing products. Organised by the Stationery Magazine, it’s free but only for those in the trade.
24 – 25 April 2018
London, UK

Sign and Digital UK
Annual UK show covering wide format printing for display graphics.
24 – 26 April 2018
NEC Birmingham, UK

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)
15 – 18 May 2018
Berlin, Germany

Graph Expo 2018
Large US trade show that has a strong international following and covers all aspects of commercial printing. Many vendors use this show to announce new equipment.
18 September – 3 October 2018
Chicago, USA

The Print Show
Annual UK-based show, now in its fourth outing, which aims to cover commercial printing and finishing. It’s the usual mix of print equipment and seminars.
18 – 20 September 2018
NEC, Birmingham, UK

European packaging show covering packaging materials and supplies, packaging machines, labelling and marking equipment, as well as packaging logistics.
25 – 27 September 2018
Nuremberg, Germany

Label expo
This year’s Label Expo show returns to America. It covers all aspects of label printing, including narrow web flexo presses and the growing number of digital label presses.
25 – 27 September
Chicago, USA

Viscom 2018
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 though dates have yet to be confirmed:
September 2018
Paris, France

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.
9 – 11 October 2018
Berlin, Germany

SGIA 2018
US-based trade show covering wide format printing, which is often used as a launch platform for new kit, particularly from American vendors. Includes also screen and pad printing.
18 – 20 October 2018
Las Vegas, USA

Hunkeler Innovation Days
Biannual show organised by Hunkeler to show its finishing equipment but also used by printer vendors to launch new equipment.
25 – 28 February 2019
Lucerne, Switzerland

International Converting Exhibition – Europe
Better known as ICE Europe, this is an international packaging show aimed at paper, film and foil converting that takes place once every two years. It also includes a second show, Corrugated and Carton exhibition. There’s a separate US exhibition in April
12 – 14 March 2019
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.
9 – 11 April 2019
Florida, USA

Gulf Print and Pack Show
Biennial middle eastern show covering the commercial and package printing sector. Entry is free though visitors can pre-register online.
15 – 18 April 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

K 2019
International show dealing with plastics and rubber, including some industrial printing.
19 – 26 October 2019
Dusseldorf, 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.
7 – 13 May 2020
Dusseldorf, Germany

Drupa 2020
Giant trade show covering all aspects of printing.
16 – 26 June 2020
Dusseldorf, Germany