ESMA event plans for 2020 and beyond

Organiser of application and technology-based educational events, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA) marks their presence also at the major trade shows. The association enters established and new venues to provide suppliers, customers and potential new users with an insight into some of the innovative applications and to showcase the capabilities that today’s speciality printing technologies can offer to add value to their product.

2019 has been an intense year for the association and closes with a range of events in the area of Düsseldorf. A member pavilion will represent ESMA at the world’s premier fair for plastics and rubber industry, the K show, from 16 to 23 October (more details here). One week later, on 29-30 October 2019, the 6th edition of TheIJC takes place, the world’s biggest conference for all those involved in inkjet engineering and chemistry (for last-minute delegate registration visit On 27-28 November 2019, the international community of OEMs, suppliers, glass manufacturers and brand owners meets for the 8th edition of GlassPrint (more details at ).

Following the excellent feedback from more than 70 alumni the fifth German course of ESMA Academy “Industrieller Digitaldruck” returns on 2-5 December 2019 to Stuttgart. The four-day training covers all theoretical and practical aspects of piezo inkjet, inks, substrates, curing, printing equipment and colour management. All who want to obtain a well-founded overview of digital printing and make educated decisions to what extent inkjet could be integrated in their production process, can still register at

Next year will start with the ESMA General Assembly in Paris – the yearly gathering of the association takes place on March 13, 2020 and is open to all members and technology partners. Shortly thereafter, on March 24-27, 2020 in Madrid, FESPA Global Print Expo will feature ESMA member pavilion for industrial printing in Hall 1.

Together with key industry experts, ESMA will repeat the Inkjet Essentials course on ink design and integration on April 21-24,2020 in Edegem near Antwerp. This new educational series offers a detailed view on all factors and challenges in ink development pipeline. Lab testing, ink-media behaviour and drop watching are discussed both in theory and in practical experiments. For more details about the programme, location and registration, please visit

All recent organisational efforts will culminate in June 2020, at drupa, the world’s no. 1 show for printing technologies. It is the third time that ESMA organises a member pavilion to provide a 360-degree view on print as part of the manufacturing process. “Our presence at drupa 2020 reflects the market developments. With an increasing number of solutions offered by digital inkjet, we still see a strong representation of screen printing manufacturers. By some considered as competitors, these technologies are as a matter of fact complementary for many niche and volume applications,” explains Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA. “All visitors to ESMA member stands will therefore gain a full picture of what is possible and most suitable for their projects.” The participating companies include Eptanova, ESC, Fimor, Global Inkjet Systems, K-Flow Consulting, KIWO, Meteor Inkjet, Pall, Printconcept, Saati, SPS Technoscreen and UMS.

Further plans include showcasing the potential of specialist printing at Printed Electronics Europe (May 13-14, 2020 in Berlin), glasstec (October 20-23, 2020 in Düsseldorf) and Interzum (May 4-7, 2021 in Cologne). The latter is a must-attend event for everyone aiming for success in the market for furniture production and interiors. ESMA is currently discussing a member pavilion dedicated to printing on wood and other substrates, functional printing, colour management and vision inspection. All members interested in joint exhibiting at any of the above fairs are welcome to contact the head office at

Then looking into 2021, the dates for the next edition of Advanced Functional & Industrial Printing (AFIP) have been confirmed for March 2-3, 2021. The conference will be held at Radisson Blu Scandinavia in Düsseldorf to feature a broad scope of technical insights in printing technologies integrated in production processes of today and future. You can subscribe for updates at ESMA furthermore supports the second edition of Print4All, May 4-7, 2021 in Milan, a fair which combines such market sectors as converting, packaging, labelling and industrial printing. Advantageous exhibition terms apply for ESMA members.