330 print technology enthusiasts from 28 countries met at the second edition of the Industrial Print Integration (IPI) Conference on 28 and 29 November 2023 in Düsseldorf-Neuss. Attendees praised the inkjet and screen printing experts who engaged in intensive know-how transfer and discussions on business, research, and innovation.
From security features to automotive, sensors and displays, direct-to-shape for plastics and glass, decor and textiles: IPI 2023 covered the range of liquid deposition technologies for various market applications. A record number of 65 technical and inspiring presentations were supported by more than 70 exhibitor tables.
“It is an event where you can exchange with the main players in the printing industry, from screen to inkjet printing, with many interesting conversations about improvements and new application possibilities,” commented João Silva from TMG Automotive. Raphael Vuillaume from French printed electronics company MCVE explained that “meeting and sharing is at the centre of this event.” Among the IPI newcomers was Trevor Fielding from the European Printing Ink Association, who gave one of the keynote speeches. “It was an excellent conference with participants from a very wide range of organizations,” he commented. Simone Tardini, representing printing systems manufacturer SACMI, admitted that IPI provided “an incredible opportunity to present ideas and receive feedback from a highly qualified audience.”
Industrial Print Integration has established itself as a platform for the global community of industrial, functional and specialized printers. It has created a framework where technology suppliers meet technology users, industry meets academia and new project partners come together. “It was a great opportunity to hear and see what’s going on in the printer and ink industry,” said Solomon Kimani of Domino Printing. “A great place to connect with the right people. I look forward to continuing to attend,” added Ryuta Onoe from Kyocera and Georg Depta from Giesecke+Devrient concluded: “A fascinating business area and a vibrant community!”
The next edition of Industrial Print Integration will take place on 19 and 20 November 2024 at the Crowne Plaza Düsseldorf-Neuss. Before that, ESMA will present a 360-degree view of printing as part of the manufacturing process during its presence at drupa in May-June 2024. The ESMA member pavilion in Hall 3 will be a platform for industrial inkjet printing to demonstrate direct-to-object printing as well as a platform for industrial screen printing with in-mould decoration, film insert moulding and in-mould electronics.
ESMA has been active in the industrial printing sector since 1990 and has developed as a European association for screen and digital printing manufacturers into an organization representing industrial, functional, and speciality printing. Over the years, ESMA has developed the concept of the Knowledge Hub, which today provides cross-technology expertise to almost 70 European manufacturer members and technology partners. Every ESMA member enjoys favourable conditions at the major trade fairs and ESMA’s own conferences. Other benefits include access to technical seminars and committee meetings. Partners and members receive support and promotion in relation to health, safety and environmental legislation and participate in the setting of industry standards.