Events and shows

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

Heimtextil 2020
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.
7 – 10 January 2020
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.
07 – 9 January 2020
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.
19 – 21 January 2020
Birmingham NEC, UK
printwearandpromotionlive.co.uk

OIJC Inkjet Business Conference
This conference is aimed at energising the inkjet business in Japan with a mix of Japanese and western speakers (with simultaneous translation), including myself. Topics include printheads, inks and all the elements that go into an inkjet printer.
30 – 31 January 2020
Tokyo, Japan
www.ohno-inkjet.com

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.
04 – 06 February 2020
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.
19 – 21 February 2020
Shanghai, China
tctasia.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.
26 – 27 February 2020
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
9 – 11 March 2020
Munich, Germany
www.ice-x.com/europe/2019/english/

Fespa Brasil
Large show dealing with all aspects of wide format display printing, including digital textile printing and screen printing.
18 – 20 March 2020
Sao Paulo, Brasil
www.fespabrasil.com

Fespa Global Print
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 smaller regional shows. The show also includes The European Sign Expo and Sportswear Pro.
24 – 27 March 2020
Madrid, Spain
www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com

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.
1 – 2 April 2020
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
additiveworld.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

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.
9 – 11 April 2020
Dongguan, China
www.sino-corrugated.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.
20 – 23 April 2020
Anaheim, California, 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

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.
21 – 22 April 2020
London, UK
www.stationeryshowlondon.co.uk

Innovate Textile and Apparel Asia
This is an annual event covering digitisation in the textile and apparel sector, covering emerging manufacturing technologies, advances in materials and business models. It’s organised by WTiN.
28 – 29 April 2020
Hong Kong, China
www.events.wtin.com

Sign and Digital UK
Annual UK show covering wide format printing for display graphics.
28 – 30 April 2020
NEC Birmingham, UK
www.signuk.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

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

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.

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.
3 – 5 September 2020
Shenzen, China
www.tctshenzhen.com

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

Brand Print Americas
A new event, co-located with Label Expo America, dealing with print, but aimed at brands and customers.
15 – 17 September 2020
Chicago, Illinois USA
www.printtechnologies

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.
23 – 24 September 2020
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.
27 – 28 September 2020
NEC, Birmingham, UK
www.theprintshow.co.uk

Tecnargilla
International show held every two years mainly covering the ceramic industry, from raw materials through to decoration and finishing, including inkjet printing.
28 September – 2 October 2020
Rimini, Italy
https://en.tecnargilla.it

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.
29 September – 1 October 2020
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.
29 September – 1 October 2020
Madrid, Spain
salon-cprint.es

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

InPrint Milan
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.
22 – 24 October 2020
Milan, Italy
inprintitaly.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.
22 – 24 October 2020
Milan, Italy
www.viscomitalia.it

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.
27 – 28 October 2020
Dusseldorf, Germany
www.theijc.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

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. The show has grown steadily and now occupies two floors of two halls at the Frankfurt Messe, and attracts a fairly large international crowd.
10 – 13 November 2020
Frankfurt, Germany
www.formnext.messago.com

Label Expo South China
This is yet another edition of the ubiquitous labelling show, which nowadays also includes a fair bit of packaging, and of course plenty of digital as well as flexo technology. It also includes a new event, Brand Print China 2020, which includes wide format printing for producing collateral for brands. This show in Foshan, near Hong Kong, seems to alternate between the Asian edition, in Shanghai, neither of which should be confused with the South East Asia show, which is in Bangkok.
01 – 03 December 2020
Foshan, China
www.labelexpo-southchina.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.
22 – 25 February 2021
Lucerne, Switzerland
www.innovationdays.com/

Gulf Print and Pack
Trade show appealing to commercial and packaging printers in the Middle East and North African regions. This show takes place every two years.
6 – 8 April 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
www.gulfprintpack.com

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.
21 – 24 September 2021
Brussels, Belgium
www.labelexpo-europe.com

Fachpack
European packaging show covering packaging materials and supplies, packaging machines, labelling and marking equipment, as well as packaging logistics.
28 – 30 September 2021
Nuremberg, Germany
www.fachpack.de/en

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.
13 – 14 October 2021
Berlin, Germany
www.ifra-expo.com

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, which unlike the European edition, only takes place every two years. This show is co-located with InPrint US.
19 – 21 October 2021
Florida, USA
www.ice-x-usa.com

InPrint
Biannual 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 show is co-located with ICE US.
NB: It’s not clear at time of writing if this show is still going ahead.
19 – 21 October 2021
Orlando, Florida, USA
inprintshow.com/usa

K 2019
International show dealing with plastics and rubber, including packaging and some industrial printing.
19 – 26 October 2022
Dusseldorf, Germany
https://www.k-online.com

Itma 2023
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.
8 to 14 June 2023
Milan, Italy
www.itma.com