Editorial and Video
Flexo & Gravure Global issue 1-2018
Print4All – A new show perspective
Expectations are growing for “The Innovation Alliance” but already 2656 exhibitors from 54 countries have confirmed their attendance just three months before the event.
The new trade fair will encompass, for the first time, five events: Plast (plastic and rubber); Ipack-Ima (processing and packaging); Meat- Tech (meat processing and packaging); Intralogistica Italia (logistics); and finally Print4All, the new format dedicated to the commercial and industrial printing industry.
With the Print4All exhibition, show organiser Fiera Milano is offering a new event concept with new perspectives on the printing and converting industries. Conceived as a “business project”, the show is dedicated to the entire supply chain, in order to minimise the conventional segmentation that sometimes exists between commercial printing, industrial printing and publishing markets.
Additionally, training session platforms will provide an overall view of printing opportunities and intensive seminars will focus on specific topics. The Print4All organizers are tied to the market through close connections with ACIMGA and ARGI, representing Italian and international manufacturers of printing and converting machines. The wide and cross-cutting offer makes this event truly unique in Europe, as it is an attractive feature, especially for international players.
Package printing in Italy
The show will take place in Milan which highlights the importance of the Italian market. The country is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of gravure and flexo printing presses and converting machines and paper substrates. In addition it depends on imports from foreign countries especially for phototypesetting machines, scanners and prepress processes in general.
With regard to target sectors, over the past few years there has been a shift towards the packaging market). This in turn has been caused by the increasing spread of multimedia technology in the graphic and publishing sectors. The packaging market now generates over 80% of total industry revenues. The packaging and processing sector, with an overall value of 10.8 billion euros, has seen a +5.9% increase in turnover and exports equal to 69%. The industrial printing and converting machinery segment has seen a growth of 13% and a turnover of EUR 3.2 billion and exports of 67%. Even the internal logistics segment has seen a growth of 5.4%, with an overall turnover of EUR 5.2 billion.
In 2016 exports leapt to well over EUR 1,700 million which is mainly due to a strong increase in exports of converting machinery, binding machinery (+5.8%) and printing machinery (+4.3%).
The US ranks behind Germany as Italy’s second largest trade partner. Italian exports exceeded imports with all remaining countries in the ranking including France, Spain and China.
Against this background and due to the attractive new Print4All show concept, the editorial team of Flexo & Gravure Global highly recommends making a trip to Milan and looks forward to meeting you there.
Armin Karl Geiger