ESMA Expert Publication and Expert Team with advice for printing professionals at drupa

  MAY 2016, issue 33  

ESMA Expert Publication and Expert Team

Last 30 days of early-bird action (€595) for TheIJC 2016

Get TheIJC updates on your smartphone!

ESMA General Assembly and new Honourable Ambassador

With ESMA to glasstec for free





ESMA Expert Publication and Expert Team with advice for printing professionals at drupa

For all who seek advice on printing for industrial applications, entering new market areas or adopting a digital printing strategy, ESMA launches the Expert Team with free support at drupa 2016. Representing the association’s members and technology partners, the team will be available at ESMA Lounge (hall 3, B70) to share their expertise in printing requirements for specific market sectors. An exclusive ESMA publication features articles provided by the experts and is now available online.

During the entire drupa show the team will consist of eight experts:

  • Roland Biemans (covering topics such as print shop workflow and new business development)
  • Jochen Christiaens (speciality chemistry and turning from analogue to digital printing for various applications)
  • Frank Eirmbter (advanced materials and printed electronics),
  • Steven Harnie (digital textile printing),
  • Oliver Kammann (colour management and profiling for industrial decoration)
  • Philipp Klinger (ink development and RIP software)
  • Steve Knight (inkjet ink, chemistry and system design)
  • Lucien Moons (business innovation and digital transformation)

They will be available at the ESMA Lounge in hall 3, booth B70. All who want to benefit from an advice free of charge can now schedule an appointment and submit their specific questions via the dedicated ESMA-at-drupa website:

As part of the broader approach to stimulate integration of printing in diverse manufacturing processes, as well as to improve training and knowledge, the expert sessions are accompanied by an exclusive ESMA publication. With five technical articles from the Expert Team members, the booklet provides an introduction to different challenges which can certainly be recognised by printing companies. The first copies of the publication will be distributed at drupa and the PDF version is now available under this link.

Visitors to ESMA pavilions at drupa will have the opportunity to benefit from expert support and witness the industrial and functional printing at its best. Altogether 22 ESMA members will exhibit in hall 3 and hall 6, featuring products for screen and digital printers and OEMs: inks, emulsions, frames, squeegees, meshes, precision fabrics, software and electronics, UV and LED lamps, as well as machines and machine control systems. For more information about ESMA pavilions at drupa 2016 please visit

We are looking forward to welcoming you in ESMA pavilions between 31 May and 10 June 2016!

ESMA pavilion in hall 3: Anton Hurtz | EPTA Inks | ESC – Europa Siebdruckmaschinen-Centrum | FIMOR | Global Inkjet Systems | Imagico | K-Flow | Kissel + Wolf | Lotus Holland | Martinenghi | PVF | Saati | Sefar | SPS |Technigraf | Ulano

ESMA pavilion in hall 6: Caddon | ColorGate | Color Passport | Intrinsiq Materials | Print-Concept | Teckwin.



Last 30 days of early-bird action (€595) for TheIJC 2016

47 key industry and academic exhibitors have already booked their slot and first 20 titles have been submitted. Altogether 50 technical talks will fill two days and two tracks of The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC) on 5-6 October in Swissôtel Düsseldorf/Neuss. All delegates who register by the end of June will secure their place for a free inkjet workshop on 4 October.

Nominated for the Best Conference Development at International Association Awards, TheIJC is expected to bring together over 500 attendees this year: system developers, engineers, chemists, OEMs, printers, resellers, brand owners and researchers. For the first time six inkjet workshops (introduction to inkjet, waveform tuning, colour management, functional fluids, speciality effects in textiles, inkjet in packaging) are offered free of charge to all delegates who register during the early-bird action. The sessions take place on 4 October 2016 in Swissotel and are chaired by i.a. Fogra, iPrint Institute, Smithers Pira and University of Cambridge. As workshop space is limited, first come first serve rule applies.

Read more about the workshops here and follow conference programmes updates here.

The early-bird rates of €595 (standard price is €695) are valid until 30 June 2016. 
Register for the conference and book a workshop of your choice here.


Get TheIJC updates on your smartphone!

Download TheIJC app on your smartphone and get the latest updates on the 2016 event.
The app gives currently an overview of exhibitors, workshops and all practical information. We will continuously add new conference details and the updates will be automatically visible on your phone. The closer to the event, the more app features will be activated, including speaker and delegate profiles, match making and much more!
The app is available for Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Phone devices.



ESMA Celebrates the Record Total of Members and Elects a New Ambassador during the General Assembly in Budapest

Delegates to the yearly General Assembly of ESMA came together for two days in the heart of the Hungarian capital. The meeting was accompanied by a keynote presentation, the election of Walter Frick as ESMA Ambassador and a networking dinner joined by representatives of the local printing com­munity.

In the afternoon of 7th April 2016 Lutz Walter delivered a keynote speech on the current situation and future trends of Europe’s textile industry. The secretary general of the Textile European Technology Platform highlighted the exciting developments awaiting this market sector and showcased how various printing techniques drive the change. The next speech came from Walter Frick, a long-term member of Marabu Inks’ management board and one of the “founding fathers” as well as past-Chairmen of ESMA, who was awarded the association’s Honourable Ambassador. Walter re-collected the reasons ESMA was founded 26 years ago; the same principles apply today. “During my years at ESMA I could observe the growing confidence between the member companies who knew one another only as a neighbour on the market or a more or less aggressive competitor. With time, close cooperation and sometimes friendship could grow up, which was very helpful for our common tasks. I understand this award as a symbol of this confidence and good human relations between all ESMA members”, stated the new Ambassador.

After an evening of fruitful discussions, finding new contacts and re-connecting, the General Assembly commenced on 8th April with a look back on the last twelve months. Those included the record-breaking second edition of The Inkjet Conference, the premiere Direct Container Print, the sixth edition of GlassPrint and Advanced Functional and Industrial Printing conference in March this year. All events not only delivered outstanding content about technology advancements but also grew industry’s awareness of ESMA activities and expertise, attracting new members and partners. By now, ESMA member base has reached 74 companies, a record high in the organisation’s history.

General Assembly 2016 closed with an overview of future projects. ESMA presence at drupa 2016 will focus on two pavilions in halls 3 and 6, and the launch of the Expert Team. Oliver Kammann, the incumbent chairman of the association, says: “Through our conferences we already deliver valuable content to members, printers, manufacturers and brand owners. With the introduction of the ESMA Expert Team we further intend to strengthen our position as the leading information source by providing focused advice, training classes and consultation to our members, their clients and the industry.”


With ESMA to glasstec for free

ESMA will be present on glasstec (20-23 September 2016 in Düsseldorf) with a pavilion dedicated to printing and decoration. We welcome you to our pavilion in hall 12 at glasstec together with Gallus, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, KIWO, Machines Dubuit, Pröll, PVF, RUCO, Saati, SPS, Sun Chemical and Tiflex.

ESMA has a limited number of free day tickets for glasstec 2016. Please write to to obtain your ticket.


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