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FESPA Eurasia 2016 attracts international buyers

According to organisers, the exhibition was very successful in terms of buying behaviour.

23rd January 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Istanbul

Clothing/​Footwear, Interiors

FESPA Eurasia 2016, a focused exhibition for the wide format digital printing, screen printing, signage and garment decoration markets, which took place from 8-11 December 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, has welcomed 8,232 individual visitors, with total attendance reaching 9,774 visits.

According to organisers, the exhibition was very successful in terms of buying behaviour: 44% of visitors were final decision makers and 81% of attendees were involved in the decision-making process, highlighting that FESPA Eurasia is a strong “buying” show.

“FESPA Eurasia is always a very professional show. The visitors to the exhibition include professional buyers and professional companies, and so for us FESPA Eurasia is always the number one,” commented Murat Öztürk, Partner of Summa Istanbul.

International attendance

There was an increase in International attendance compared with FESPA Eurasia 2015, further illustrating the importance of FESPA Eurasia within the region, organisers report. The top 10 countries attending outside Turkey included Iran, Bulgaria, Algeria, Greece, Tunisia, Jordan, Ukraine, Iraq, Lebanon, and Germany.

Complementing FESPA's line-up of international and local exhibitors, FESPA Eurasia included a host of free visitor features. Participation in the educational conference remained strong throughout, underlining demand for sector specific education in the Eurasian region with sessions including: Digital Pigment Printing, Screen Printing, Garment Design, 3D Printing for Garments, Nano Applications for textile, and many more.

Special events

Ivan Tenchev won FESPA's live World Wrap Masters competition, sponsored by Hexis. “I am very honoured to have won the Wrap Masters at FESPA Eurasia 2016 and to be recognised for my skills and for doing something that I enjoy,” he said.

There was an increase in International attendance compared with FESPA Eurasia 2015. © FESPA Eurasia

“The Wrap Masters 2016 was very impressive, there were many local contestants who were very good, so I can say that I competed against the best. I am now looking forward to competing at the World Wrap Masters Final at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg.”

FESPA's Turkish member Association, ARED, hosted the second edition of its Signage Awards, celebrating creative and innovative examples of signage production in Turkey. The winner, who was voted for by visitors onsite, was Alper Tenşi, Rekmar Reklam, who will now go on to compete in FESPA's global Awards programme at FESPA 2017, which will take place from 8-12 May 2017.

Positive feedback

“FESPA Eurasia 2016 has once again confirmed the value of FESPA's event content to rapidly developing markets, with positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors. This exhibition continues to serve the Turkish print community, as well as visitors and exhibitors from the wider region,” commented Michael Ryan, Group Exhibition Manager at FESPA.

FESPA Eurasia welcomed 8,232 individual visitors, with total attendance reaching 9,774 visits. © FESPA Eurasia

“I was delighted with the positive feedback from our exhibitors with many commenting on the volume of sales directly at the show. International suppliers such as Aleph, Mimaki, EFI and Canon were just a few of the global brands to introduce new products at the show.”

"Feedback from our visitors highlights that 68% believe that FESPA Eurasia is the region's most important wide format exhibition, confirming the demand for an event of this calibre and focus,” he concluded.

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