Events and shows

Heimtextil 2019
International trade show covering home and contract textiles, mainly to do with textile design but including a limited amount of industrial textile printing equipment. Visitors typically include both manufacturers and designers.
8 – 11 January 2019
Frankfurt, Germany
www.heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com

Viscom
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 two separate European shows, with one in Germany and one in Italy, organised by the same team.
08 – 10 January 2019
Dusseldorf, Germany
www.viscom-messe.com

Printwear and Promotion
UK show organised by the magazine of the same name covering the decorated garment industry. This includes babywear and school clothing up to corporate clothing and bags. Deals with screen and digital printing as well as embroidery.
21 – 23 January 2019
Birmingham NEC, UK
printwearandpromotionlive.co.uk

C!Print
French trade show aimed at wide format printing (there’s a Spanish show in September). The show operates alongside a second show, CTCO, which covers promotional garments and gifts.
05 – 07 February 2019
Lyon, France
salon-cprint.com

TCT Asia
This show aims to be the main Asian event for 3D printing and attracts most of the main players from Europe and the US as well as more local suppliers.
21 – 23 February 2019
Shanghai, China
tctasia.com

Hunkeler Innovation Days
Biannual show organised by the Swiss manufacturer Hunkeler to show its finishing equipment alongisde its partners, mainly including digital printers as well as some other postpress vendors. This show is used by printer vendors to launch new equipment.
25 – 28 February 2019
Lucerne, Switzerland
www.innovationdays.com/

Packaging Innovations London
Annual show that also includes the Label and Print and Empack shows, as well as Industrial Pack, Eco Pack and Contract Pack, This attracts exhibitiors covering packaging and labelling design through to equipment vendors, though the stands tend to be too small to feature much in the way of machinery demonstrations.
27 – 28 February 2019
NEC, UK
www.packaging-innovations

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
www.ice-x.com/europe/2019/english/

Additive World Conference
Annual two-day conference organised by the Dutch company Additive Industries, which develops metal 3D printers. The conference program covers all aspects of additive manufacturing from materials and design to printing and finishing.
20 – 21 March 2019
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
additiveworld.com

Xeikon Cafe
Conference and exhibition but mainly a customer event featuring printers and solutions from Xeikon and its partners, hosted at Xeikon’s headquarters in Belgium
26 – 28 March 2019
Lier, Belgium
www.xeikoncafe.com

Sign and Digital UK
Annual UK show covering wide format printing for display graphics.
02 – 04 April 2019
NEC Birmingham, UK
www.signuk.com

Sino Corrugated
Packaging show that concentrates on the corrugated manufacturing sector with new consumables and manufacturing equipment. Attracts buyers from both first world and emerging markets. The show alternates each year between Shanghai and Dongguan.
8 – 11 April 2019
Shanghai, China
www.sino-corrugated.com

InPrint
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.
9 – 11 April 2019
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
inprintshow.com/usa

International Converting Exhibition – US
This is the American edition of the ICE show, aimed at the same converting market, covering papere, film, foil, non-wovens and other flexible web-based materials. This show is co-located with InPrint US.
9 – 11 April 2019
Florida, USA
www.ice-x-usa.com

Gulf Print and Pack
Trade show appealing to commercial and packaging printers in the Middle East and North African regions.
15 – 18 April /2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
www.gulfprintpack.com

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.
30 April – 1 May 2019
London, UK
www.stationeryshowlondon.co.uk

Fespa
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) and Brazil (March).
14 – 17 May 2019
Munich, Germany
www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com

Rapid+TCT
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.
NB: the exhibition opens on the 21st.
20 – 23 May 2019
Detroit, MI, USA
rapid3devent.com

Itma 2019
Large international show dealing with technology in the textile market, which comes around every four years and attracts visitors from all around the world. Expect numerous product launches in the run-up to the show.
20th to 26th June 2019
Barcelona, Spain
www.itma.com

Packaging Innovations London
Annual show covering the packaging market, which also includes a section dedicated to luxury packaging. This is mainly about packaging and design rather than machinery.
11 – 12 September 2019
London, UK
www.packaging-innovations

The Print Show
Annual UK-based show, which aims to cover commercial printing and finishing. It’s the usual mix of print equipment and seminars.
17 – 19 September 2019
NEC, Birmingham, UK
www.theprintshow.co.uk

Fachpack
European packaging show covering packaging materials and supplies, packaging machines, labelling and marking equipment, as well as packaging logistics.
24 – 26 September 2019
Nuremberg, Germany
www.fachpack.de/en

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.
24 – 26 September 2019
NEC Birmingham, UK
https://tctshow.com

C!Print
Spanish trade show aimed at wide format printing (there’s a French show in February). The show incorporates a second show, CTCO, which covers promotional garments and gifts.
24 – 26 September 2019
Madrid, Spain
salon-cprint.es

Label Expo Europe
This year sees Label Expo back in Brussels for the European market. The show covers all aspects of label printing, including narrow web flexo presses and the growing number of digital label presses.
24 – 27 September 2019
Brussels, Belgium
www.labelexpo-europe.com

Print
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.
03 – 05 October 2019
Chicago, USA
www.printtechnologies

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.
08 – 09 October 2019
Berlin, Germany
www.ifra-expo.com

Rapid+TCT
As well as the main event in the Spring, Rapid+TCT has now introduced a smaller show in the Autumn, in California.
9 – 10 October 2019
Santa Clara, CA, USA
rapid3devent.com

Viscom
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 two separate European shows each year, with one in Germany and one in Italy, organised by the same team.
10 – 12 October 2019
Rho, Italy
www.viscomitalia.it

TCT Shenzen
This is the second 3D printing show that TCT is holding in China this year, highlighting the rapid growth of the Asian market.
15 – 17 October 2019
Shenzen, China

K 2019
International show dealing with plastics and rubber, including packaging and some industrial printing.
16 – 23 October 2019
Dusseldorf, Germany
https://www.k-online.com

Pure Digital
This show has been developed by the team behind InPrint and is aimed at creative designers working on digitally printed applications. Essentially it aims to bring together fashion and interior designers and marketers with printing suppliers.
23 – 24 October 2019
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
www.puredigitalshow.com

Printing United
This is a US-based trade show organised by the SGIA, which appears to have superseded the SGIA expo event that mainly focussed on wide format. Instead this show seems to cover garment, graphics, commercial and industrial printing.
23 – 25 October /2019
Dallas, Texas, USA.
www.printingunited.com

The IJC
Conference covering the technical aspects of inkjet technology, including printheads, ink chemistry and machine integration. This event has established itself as the main academic gathering for the inkjet industry with a lively program of experts discussing their work and the latest developments in this field.
29 – 30 October 2018
Dusseldorf, Germany
www.theijc.com

InPrint Munich
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. The show alternates between Milan and Munich each year with the Munich show timed to coincide with Productronica.
12 – 14 November 2019
Munich, Germany
inprintshow.com/germany

Formnext
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.
19 – 22 November 2019
Frankfurt, Germany
www.formnext.messago.com

Label Expo Asia
This show aims to cover the entire asian market and deals with all aspects of label printing, including narrow web flexo presses and the growing number of digital label presses.
03 – 06 December 2019
Shanghai, China
www.labelexpo-asia.com

Rapid+TCT
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.
6 – 9 April 2020
Detroit, MI, USA
rapid3devent.com

Mach Exhibition
UK show covering engineering based manufacturing technologies, including additive manufacturing. It covers many industries from aerospace to medical.
20 – 24 April 2020
NEC Birmingham, UK
www.machexhibition.com

Interpack 2020
International packaging event covering food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and industrial goods sectors. It includes the entire supply chain and addresses issues from counterfeiting to product protection as well as new materials and equipment.
07 – 13 May 2020
Dusseldorf, Germany
www.interpack.com

Label Expo Southeast Asia
This show builds on the successful Label Expo brand and is billed as the largest label and packaging print show in the region.
07 – 09 May 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
www.labelexpo-seasia.com

Drupa 2020
Giant international trade show covering all aspects of graphic arts printing and converting including printing presses and finishing equipment as well as software. Expect to see several prototypes and a number of new product launches.
Free medical advice for anyone daring/ foolish enough to do both Interpack and Drupa*
16 – 26 June 2020
Dusseldorf, Germany
www.drupa.com
*Wear comfortable shoes and see a good shrink.

Label Expo Americas
This show is based in North America but aims to attract visitors from south America as well, The show covers all aspects of label printing, including narrow web flexo presses and the growing number of digital label presses.
15 – 17 September 2020
Chicago, USA
www.labelexpo-americas.com

Tecnargilla
International show held every two years mainly covering the ceramic industry, from raw materials through to decoration and finishing, including inkjet printing.
September 2020
Rimini, Italy
https://en.tecnargilla.it

Print
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.
04 – 06 October 2020
Chicago, USA
www.printtechnologies

Glasstec
Glasstec is a trade show that deals with the production and processing of glass and glass products, as well as highlighting the latest trends in working with glass.
20 – 23 October 2020
Dusseldorf, Germany
www.glasstec-online.com

Label Expo India
This show covers all aspects of label printing, including narrow web flexo presses and the growing number of digital label presses.
28 – 31 October 2020
Delhi, India
www.labelexpo-india.com