First edition of The Inkjet Conference exceeds expectations

As fast-paced developments in inkjet printing technology are opening traditional industrial applications to digital printing such as packaging, textile, plastics and many more, ESMA is staging ‘The Inkjet Conference’ (, sponsored by enabling partner drupa, for the very first time at the Swissôtel in Neuss Germany, on September 30 and October 1 2014.

The interest in inkjet for industrial applications has been overwhelming,’ said Steve Knight, Founder of Digital Direct, who runs The Inkjet Conference on ESMA’s behalf. ‘An impressive line-up of industry leaders will share their insights with over 300 attendees – all interested in the further opportunities this great technology has to offer. We anticipated that our conference fills a void in the market today but are extremely happy with the buy-in and confidence of these great firms – 37 exhibitors registered ranging from well-known names in print to totally new players entering this market. The two conference days were well filled with 41 speakers so the rooms were buzzing with ideas and propositions on inkjet. ‘

Knight added, ‘Inkjet is the fastest growing area of print. The rapid evolution of core technologies is driving cross market adoption of digital imaging with huge economic benefits, and while some market sectors are still in the 10’s of machines, others are in the 1000’s. Digital print in automotive interior is to be expected next year and so is direct printing on beverages and secondary packaging. Furthermore, labels, ceramics, textiles and packaging are all fast-growing sectors and represent a multi-billion euro business that is expanding rapidly.’

Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA commented, ‘Technical advances in inks, printheads software and electronics are being aided by a growing integration know-how. In turn, improvements in image quality are being driven by further research in inks and surface treatments, curing and drying. As a result, this improved image quality is driving further market adoption.’

The inkjet conference brings together industry and academic leaders in their fields to speak about the latest advances and future developments driving digital print and offers a great networking opportunity to meet both the presenters and the market leaders from their respective industries. The two-day, multi-subject educational conference has been developed specifically for inkjet equipment manufacturers.

It included:

  • A focus on inkjet engineering and the placing of a million drops that will feature hardware and software aspects of equipment design and manufacture. Areas touched on will include fluid systems, precision engineering, printheads, digital asset management, RIPs, colour calibration and workflow.

  • A review on fluid and ink components such as nano particles, conductive, aqueous and UV inks.

  • An academic track open to all universities and non-commercial research institutes to present their work.

    Sabine Geldermann, Director of drupa added, ‘The conference supports precisely our “Touch the Future” focus, theme and claim of drupa 2016. It is responding to the rapid market changes and is stimulating new and important visitor target groups with state-of-the-art technologies and new solutions.

    Martin Stegelmeier, Senior Project Manager for PEPSO (Printed Electronics Products and Solutions) of Messe Düsseldorf, pointed out that, ‘PEPSO connects seamlessness with inkjet technology. Many new materials and application developments are connecting with this upcoming conference and are a springboard towards drupa 2016!