With a significant number of new and existing exhibitors requiring more space at FESPA Digital 2014 (May 20-23 2014, Messe Munich), FESPA has increased the show floor plan by 4,000 sqm, with five months still to go. 2014 is the biggest FESPA Digital to date and the additional floor space will increase the footprint considerably.
With growing new requests for stand space and a substantial number of exhibitors looking to expand their presence, FESPA has now extended the gross exhibition space to 37,000 sqm, branching into Hall A2. The exhibition is currently already 10% larger than the sell-out Hamburg event. With four months to go until the show, FESPA has the capacity to grow the exhibition by a further 12%.
FESPA CEO Neil Felton comments, “FESPA Digital 2014 is our biggest Digital event yet and the largest event being delivered in the market in the next four months. This landmark underlines the positive trend towards suppliers taking larger stands to showcase an even wider range of product innovations to FESPA visitors.”
He adds, “On the back of a phenomenally successful FESPA 2013 in London, and with a long track record of high-performing FESPA events in central Europe, we believed that our return to Munich would attract a great deal of interest from suppliers, and we’re delighted that the take-up is set to exceed our expectations.
“FESPA Digital Hamburg 2011 was a sell-out show, with all available space being committed by March, two months before opening. With FESPA Digital 2014, we reached the same point by the end of 2013, with five months still ahead of us. It’s a very encouraging indicator of the market’s confidence in FESPA, and of the growing optimism in the sector.
“Fortunately, with positive interest from so many more brands who want to be part of FESPA, we’ve been able to secure additional space in an adjacent hall at Messe Munich and will be able to expand the event to meet exhibitors’ aspirations and give printers even more reasons to visit.”
Newly appointed Divisional Director Roz McGuinness will now focus on shaping all aspects of the FESPA Digital event, including the educational feature programme, FESPA Fabric for garment printers, and European Sign Expo, for signmakers and buyers, addressing all aspects of non-printed signage.
“Starting in this role with such a strong level of support and growing demand for space is fantastic,” says Roz McGuinness. “However, my role at FESPA does not stop at delivering a strong line-up of exhibitors. It is imperative that we engage, inform and inspire our audience both exhibiting and visiting by providing the best content and features to ensure we provide them with great insight and knowledge, as well as networking opportunities to help guide them forward into the future of digital print.”
Neil concludes: “Not only will this be the biggest digital show to date but also the most innovative due to the integrated top quality feature content and live demonstrations taking place. The event will also act as the launchpad for new kit as well as attracting a broad range of visitors from traditional print shop printers to creatives, brands and agencies.”