On the calendar: exhibitions and events for the signage and display industry
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By Caroline Jones
18 April 2013
Sign and Digital UK
Output's own events calendar for the sign-making, digital signage, wide-format print and production print industries, with links to the official show sites, floorplans, dates and details. Please get in touch if you have an event to share.
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May 21st 2013, London, UK
The media owner, operator and creator of the UK's latest major retail development will discuss the challenges and opportunities of Trinity Leeds's '360-degree digital experience'.
May 21st – 24th 2013, Poznań, Poland
Covering printing, bookbinding, labelling, packaging and more, this show returns from its two-year break since the 2011 show which saw more than 12,000 visitors.
Visual Impact Melbourne 2013
May 21st – 25th 2013, Melbourne, Australia
Covering everything from digital print to signage to engraving, this biannual show is one of the Australian visual communications industry's biggest, and will be co-located with printing and packaging expo PacPrint 2013.
Ipack Caspian 2013
May 22nd – 24th 2013, Baku, Azerbaijan
Offering plenty of opportunities in a rapidly growing economy, this trade show on the shores of the Caspian Sea will draw packaging professionals from across the Eurasian region.
May 29th – June 1st 2013, Guangzhou, China
Exhibitors including EFI-owned Cretaprint will represent the ink-jet ceramics printing portion of the market at this veteran show.
Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2013
June 5th – 6th 2013, Barcelona, Spain
IMI Europe presents the twelfth edition of its educational conference and technology exhibition, with Mark Hanley of IT Strategies already confirmed for a keynote presentation on industrial ink-jet.
June 8th – 14th 2013, Orlando, USA
With more than 900 exhibitors and 34,000 visitors in 2012, this is one not to be missed for the audiovisual communications industry.
FINAT World Congress
June 11th – 14th 2013, Munich, Germany
The self-adhesive labelling association's annual meeting will feature presentations of relevant papers as well as the International Label Competition awards ceremony.
June 12th 2013, Boston, USA; July 24th 2013, Sydney Australia; August 14th 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
This series of educational sessions aims to teach brand owners and media agencies across the world how to use near-field communication technology to market effectively.
June 25th – 29th 2013, London, UK
The big FESPA show comes to the UK in 2013, with a host of international companies among the British exhibitors taking the opportunity to reach the wide-format and textile printing industry.
June 25th – 27th 2013, London, UK
Launching this year alongside FESPA 2013, this sign-making show will cover everything from engraving and etching to digital signage: a must for FESPA attendees and sign industry professionals.
June 26th – 27th 2013, London, UK
This one-stop shop for marketing professionals will include an Out-Of-Home zone for the first time in 2013, covering both traditional and digital outdoor marketing media.
FESPA Mexico 2013
August 15th – 17th 2013, Mexico City, Mexico
FESPA's Central American show returns following record-breaking attendance in 2012, and this year's exhibition promises more of the same in this lucrative growing market.
August 21st – 23rd 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
Africa's largest commercial and digital print expo is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the opportunities available in one of the world's fastest-growing print markets.
August 28th – 31st 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
Developed by the Asian arm of drupa organiser Messe Düsseldorf, this show bills itself as Asia's premier event for the packaging and printing sectors.
September 4th – 6th 2013, Shanghai, China
'China's largest' DOOH and digital signage trade show makes its fifth outing at the Shanghai World Expo Centre, and expects more than 15,000 visitors, around a third of which will be from overseas.
September 8th – 12th 2013, Chicago, USA
From the event organiser behind North American print Mecca Graph Expo, this is expected to be one of the largest print industry gatherings of 2013.
Visual Impact Sydney 2013
September 12th – 14th 2013, Sydney, Australia
The annual show organized by the Australian Visual Industries Suppliers Association (VISA) will showcase a plethora of solutions for digital print, sign-making, screen printing, engraving and more.
September 24th – 26th 2013, Paris, France
Attracting an audience of decision makers from across Europe and North Africa, Viscom Paris returns in 2013 to celebrate its 25th anniversary show.
October 3rd – 5th 2012, Istanbul, Turkey
The first outing for FESPA's new show covering the Eurasian region will see the latest wide-format and screen-printing technology alongside signage and garment decoration innovations.
October 3rd – 5th 2013, Milan, Italy
One of Italy's largest shows for graphic arts and sign-making, Viscom Italia attracted more than 17,000 print and sign professionals last year with a wide variety of exhibitors and supplementary educational programme.
iPrint China Expo
October 16th – 19th 2013, Zhuhai, China
China's half a million digital print shops contribute nearly $8billion to the Chinese economy each year, and the market for digital presses is worth more than $1.5billion: two huge reasons to visit.
October 22nd – 24th 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel
Israel's graphic arts, printing and publishing fair features a large number of international exhibitors as well as a significant proportion of home-grown companies.
October 23rd to 24th 2013, London, UK
The inaugural Cross Media show in 2012 was widely hailed a success, so it will be interesting to see how experience and confidence shapes this year's exhibition.
2013 SGIA Expo
October 23rd – 25th 2013, Orlando, USA
New for this year's SGIA Expo will be the addition of the Industrial Fabrics Association International show, giving attendees the opportunity to explore this new growth market in the printing sphere.
Almaty Design Week 2013
October 24th – 26th 2013, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Comprising a number of exhibitions under the Design Week umbrella, this event affords those in print, packaging, publishing, advertising and related industries the opportunity to get to grips with a rapidly-developing market.
Customer Engagement Technology World
November 6th – 7th 2013, New York, USA
A must-attend event for digital signage and DOOH practitioners, CETW brings together retail-focused solutions including kiosks and mobile marketing, as well as a bumper educational programme.
Viscom Düsseldorf 2013
November 7th – 9th 2013, Düsseldorf, Germany
Taking its turn in Düsseldorf following its 2012 outing in Frankfurt, Viscom has already sold two thirds of the show space in early 2013 – don't miss out.
November 18th – 20th 2013, Shanghai, China
The latest event to join to FESPA fold and previously the CSGIA exhibition, this is set to be an unmissable event for the Chinese and wider Asian market.
EFI Connect 2014
January 21st – 24th 2014, Las Vegas, USA
EFI's annual user conference returns to the Wynn Las Vegas for another round of presentations and discussions with industry experts, which have previously included luminaries such as Benny Landa.
Integrated Systems Europe 2014
February 4th – 6th 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Following record attendance at the 2013 show, ISE will return to the Amsterdam RAI with the latest digital signage and AV solutions from across the globe.
February 4th – 6th 2014, Lyon, France
The first edition of this show attracted 130 exhibitors and all indicators point to an even bigger and better showing for 2014.
Digital Signage Expo 2014
February 11th – 15th 2014, Las Vegas, USA
The North American digital signage Mecca returns for 2014 in a new location at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, and once again will be co-located with the Digital Content Show.
February 16th – 20th, 2014, Düsseldorf, Germany
Last held in 2011, this huge retail-focused show fills the Messe Düsseldorf with the latest innovations in shopfitting, POS and visual merchandising – an ideal marketplace for digital signage practitioners and PSPs alike.
March 11th – 12th 2014, London, UK
The 2013 show featured a number of digital signage launches and welcomed more than 7,000 visitors through the doors despite heavy snow, suggesting 2014 could be even busier.
March 11th – 13th 2014, London, UK
Now in its third year, this is a useful show for marketers looking for inspiration on how to integrate static, digital and experiential campaigns.
March 11th – 15th 2014, Hannover, Germany
This trade show for the digital technologies industries is split into four key areas: professional, public sector, lab (for innovation and prototypes) and life.
March 26th – April 2nd 2014, London, UK
Ipex will leave its former home of the NEC behind for a new era at the Excel in London in 2014. How this will affect the show remains to be seen, but expect the usual hotbed of wide-format print technology releases and demos.
April 8th – 10th 2014, Hannover, Germany
Moved from its provisional November 2013 date and Cologne location, this show is billed as the first of its kind, covering industrial and manufacturing applications for 3D print, digital ink-jet and screen printing technologies, amongst others.
April 23rd – 26th 2014, Orlando, USA
Last year's show in Las Vegas broke registration and floorspace records for ISA, the latter topping 200,000 sq ft (18580 sq m) – so it's fast becoming a must-see sign show.
May 20th – 23rd 2014, Munich, Germany
Germany will take a turn to host FESPA's dedicated digital printing show in 2014.
ExpoPrint Latin America 2014
July 16th – 22nd 2014, São Paulo, Brazil
The big one for South America rolls around for its four-yearly installment, and with 35,000 visitors over seven days in 2010, it's an unmissable event for the flourishing region.
June 2nd – 15th 2016, Düsseldorf, Germany
The last time 'drupacity Düsseldorf' opened its doors in spring 2012 it was described variously as 'the hybrid drupa' and 'the last output engine drupa'; we'll have to wait till 2016 to see what the next one will say about the printing industry.
Comments in chronological order (Total 4 comments)
23 February 2012 12:51AM
Very usefull list, thanks! Any updates on signage events taking place in Australia?
23 February 2012 5:14PM
Thanks for your comment, Alice. I've added some Australian shows for you and am working on adding more.
27 February 2012 4:13AM
Thanks for the update! Looking forward to meet other australian signmakers at the Visual Impact Image Expo! There's also UX Australia 2012 in Brisbane - it's more design-oriented though.
06 July 2012 12:37AM
I would love to go to Viscom Italia 2012 and have my company pay my way to Italia.