Fespa has introduced a new series of virtual events designed to help printers plan their business recoveries effectively.

Fespa Innovations and Trends (FIT) will be interactive online events themed around particular technologies and applications. They are intended to provide a focused environment in which to engage with new products and explore trends.

The first two events, taking place in May and June, will focus on wide-format printing and printed clothing respectively.

The former will cover wide-format graphics and the evolving printed décor market, showcasing innovations from a range of leading technology, software and substrate suppliers. The latter will encompass the textile printing and garment decoration sector, covering direct-to-garment, screen printing, software and materials.

Each FIT event will feature a minimum of 16 exhibitors and visitors will have open access to virtual demonstrations, exhibitor insight and Q&A sessions. The events are free to attend for visitors, but numbers are capped to manage the quality of the interactive experience for printers and suppliers alike.

‘Spring is here, and businesses are increasingly focused on their plans for re-invigoration after this hugely challenging year,’ said Fespa CEO Neil Felton. ‘To plan investments and make informed decisions, printers need to be able to see new products, discover technological developments, and access expert advice on products, applications and avenues for diversification and development.

‘Speaking to printers across our communities it’s clear that – while their strong preference is to do all of this in a live event setting – there’s a pressing need to access information in a time-efficient way. They want the opportunity to ask questions, take advice, interact with suppliers and nurture relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs. By launching the FIT series of virtual events, we’re supporting our community in the most effective way available until we can meet in the real world again at a live exhibition.’