Fabric Printing Now - A Great Success!

01/11/2016

The most important fabric printing event in the UK this year received a unanimous thumbs-up from enthusiastic delegates and exhibitors.

Fabric Printing Now, staged by FESPA UK Association was held over two days at the Textile Centre of Excellence, earlier this month and fully lived up to expectations, delivering a packed programme of 17 enlightening presentations, and valuable networking opportunities.

Highlights of the event were numerous and some of the key messages to emerge over the two days were:

  • Printing onto textiles opened up a huge range of opportunities for Print Service Providers.

  • To be successful it is necessary to learn as much as possible about the techniques applied and equipment available on the market.

  • There is a massive untapped resource of design and innovation skills in young people. Use them!

  • Managing change is a key factor in a successful business.

  • The market is huge and growing.

In addition to presentations from leading names in the sector, Fabric Printing Now also looked to build links between academia and the industry. There were contributions from The Textile Centre of Excellence along with Dr Kate Wells from University of Derby and Trevor Lambourne of University of Leeds.

Peter Kiddell of FESPA UK Association commented: "We have had some wonderful feedback, and firmly believe that the presentations and the face-to-face interactions that took place during the event will help drive innovation and prove highly beneficial to those who attended."

One of the delegates, Anka Bimbalova, of Six Colors Sarl, travelled all the way from Bulgaria and considered her trip highly worthwhile: "I run a sports garment printing business and a distribution company. I decided to attend as I saw a number of serious companies from the textile printing industry would be there as lecturers and sponsors. It was good to see so many exhibitors of interesting new products and technological innovations. I was also able to make very positive contacts with potential customers and suppliers. The venue for the event was impressive and the way FESPA UK organised it makes me confident I will attend future initiatives of this type."

A short video reviewing the event can be seen here:

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