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Countdown begins to first FESPA live event since 2019


Exhibitors and visitors are getting ready to do face-to-face business

at FESPA Global Print Expo 2021 and European Sign Expo 2021 taking place from October 12 to 15 in Amsterdam, in light of the progressive relaxation of COVID restrictions and reopening of hospitality and live events. This progress, enabled by the pace of the vaccination programme in Europe, means that FESPA can now go ahead with no restrictions on visitor numbers or density within halls and on individual exhibitor stands, and without one-way systems.

FESPA Global Print Expo 2021 and the co-located European Sign Expo will bring together over 300 exhibiting companies over 16,000sq m of exhibition space at the RAI in October. Together, they will offer print, textile and visual communications businesses a long-overdue opportunity to see the latest digital wide format, screen, textile printing and signage product innovations in real life, to touch and try technologies and materials, and to access the expert advice they need in person.

FESPA CEO, Neil Felton, said: “After such a long hiatus and so many disappointments, it feels incredible to finally be less than a month away from opening the doors to a live FESPA event. The anticipation from our exhibitors is mounting, and with the restrictions within live events eased, we

G FESPA set to return to

can deliver an experience that comes as close as possible to what people expect from FESPA. Of course, this year will be different in lots of ways, but European print business owners are telling us that they need live events back to support their planning and investment decisions. With this event, we’ll set out to deliver the most comprehensive product and applications showcase possible to support their business recovery and build foundations for future growth.” Participants can rely on all the necessary health and safety precautions relating to COVID, including an enhanced cleaning regime, prominent hand sanitising facilities and wider aisles to allow for optimal visitor flow without bottlenecks. With a view to reducing physical touchpoints where possible, visitors will be able to enter both events using a digital ticket held on their mobile phone, and use QR codes around the show to access online versions of brochures, exhibitor

Two new recruits for Geiger UK

eiger has announced that Abbey McGrath and Lauren Farrell have joined the team as account co-ordinator and account manager respectively.

Ms McGrath brings a wealth of knowledge, has a strong background in the promotions industry and administrative support experience, which includes account management and business development. She said: “I am very excited to be joining Geiger at this time and I am very much looking forward to my next challenge of

Abbey McGrath

Lauren Farrell

developing extensive working relationships with international brands.”

Ms Farrell has five years of industry experience and has previously worked with leading client accounts, focusing on providing exceptional customer service and

innovative merchandising solutions. As part of her new role, she will be the first port of call for some of Geiger’s most prominent world-renowned clients, while fulfilling excellent levels of service and helping to drive the business of Brandspiration forward.

Ms Farrell said: “I have been impressed by Geiger’s track record of industry-leading excellence, consumer focus and innovation. I am looking forward to being part of a team that drives inspiration and results. Watch this space.”

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Berlin in May 2022 FESPA Global Print Expo will return to Berlin, Germany in 2022, together with its co-located event for non-printed signage, European Sign Expo, from Tuesday, May 31 to Friday, June 3. This event will be the third FESPA event in the city and after a successful event in 2018, feedback from visitors and exhibitors highlighted Berlin to be a popular venue for FESPA to return to. The exhibition is expected to cover eight halls of the Berlin Messe, showcasing screen, digital and textile printing, and non-printed signage solutions. Neil Felton, CEO of FESPA, said: “After we hosted a successful event in Berlin in 2018, which achieved record international attendance numbers, we were keen to return in 2022. The city has always proved to be a popular location and is an excellent continental air and rail traffic hub, accessible from all major European and international cities. FESPA 2022 will continue to be an essential platform for printers looking to future-proof their businesses and aid business recovery and we’re looking forward to welcoming all participants, including those that are unable to attend FESPA 2021 due to travel and border restrictions.”

marketing collateral and magazines via an updated FESPA event app.

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