Fespa successfully hosted its four-day exhibition in Berlin with 11,647 visitors in attendance.

Despite a 43% decline in attendees compared to pre-pandemic levels (based on figures from the 2019 Munich event), the show still attracted a total of 375 exhibiting companies and had a 48% visitor increase on the autumn 2021 Amsterdam outing, with senior decision-makers travelling from 126 countries, including Germany, Italy, Poland, Netherlands and the UK.

Michael Ryan, head of Fespa Global Print Expo, said, ‘Every industry is changed by the pandemic, and print is no exception, but this show proved beyond doubt that print is resilient, creative, agile and focused on the future.’

More than 60% of visitors at the show had final purchasing authority, resulting in high quality contacts, confirmed sales and new distribution partnerships, according to Fespa.

Mr Ryan added, ‘Finally, we could deliver an all-round Fespa experience for exhibitors and visitors that felt like a return to form, and the consensus was that the vibe at the show was incredible.

‘Our strapline promised ‘Print In Motion’ and this came to life in Berlin, with an incredible sense of forward momentum and commitment to positive progress on areas like sustainability.’

Christoph Gamper, CEO at Durst, said, ‘It was one of the best experiences I and my team members had in a trade show so far.’

Harold Klaren, international sales manager at EFKA said, ‘What a joy it was to be part of the show in Berlin. It was a real pleasure to see and speak to everyone again.

‘We use the show to make new contacts, keep tabs on what’s happening in the industry, be inspired, and share experiences with other exhibitors.’

Fespa is now looking forward to the return of its events in Mexico, Eurasia and Brazil. The next Global Print Expo will be held in Munich, Germany, in May 2023.