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PRESSING ISSUES Drupa Wraps up 2016 Show, Announces 2020 Edition As its 2016 show came to a close in early June, drupa reported a preliminary attendance count of 260,000 hailing from 188 countries - down slightly from the 314,000 at the 2012 show, though with a higher number of attendees per day. (The 2016 show was 11 days, compared to 14 days four years ago.) More than 1837 exhibitors filled 19 halls at the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition center. The organizers reported widespread interest in a number of fledgling initiatives like the drupa cube seminar area, drupa innovation park, 3D fab + print zone, and special areas dedicated to packaging and printed electronics, all technologies with noticeably more exhibitors and attendee traffic than at the previous drupa. A post-show release from Messe Düsseldorf announced that "one in two drupa visitors were interested in the various special shows and lectures." "The print industry is constantly reinventing itself and offers a wealth of high-potential facets," adds Claus Fashion Institute Students Design Printed Textiles Kornit and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)'s third annual student competition, themed "Wearable Water," challenged Textile/Surface Design scholars to create textiles to be printed on the Kornit Allegro roll-to-roll textile printer. Jihee Che's "The Sulawesi Sea: Save the Coral Reefs," took first place; the design was crafted "to remind people of the seriousness of environmental pollution and endangered species," according to a release. The winning designs will be featured at Kornit's booth at this September's SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. FIT's Fashion Design students will compete later this year using the Textile Design submissions to create finished garments. 6 SCREENPRINTING Bolza-Schünemann, chairman of the drupa committee and of the board at Koenig & Bauer. The show also announced that it will return to a four-year cycle in response to "numerous demands voiced by exhibiting industry players." The next iteration is now set for June 23 through July 3, 2020, once again returning to Düsseldorf, Germany. Henkel, Tekra Announce Partnership Henkel Adhesive Technologies' Electronics division has reached a distribution agreement with plastic film and adhesives provider, Tekra. The latter will provide sales, technical consultation, and post-sale service for Henkel's conductive inks, thermoformable products, force sensing materials, PTC formulations for heating elements and transparent coatings, and more. Garment Decoration Industry Benchmarking Report from SGIA SGIA's annual benchmarking survey of the garment decoration community forecasts a generally positive outlook for the industry. Based on responses from 87 garment decoration businesses in the first quarter of 2016, the report reveals the following: * In 2015, 57 percent of companies made a production-related purchase of more than $5000. Of those, 54 percent made a purchase of more than $50,000. Similarly, 62 percent plan a purchase of more than $5000 in 2016, and half of those plan a purchase of at least $50,000. * Broadly speaking, digital printing software and screenmaking tools were the most common purchases of 2015. The most frequently purchased type of screen press was an automatic; the most commonly purchased digital technology was a dye-sublimation printer measuring less than 96 inches. * Respondents saw the B2C and e-commerce markets growing the most rapidly, while the product areas with the most growth were performance apparel and T-shirts. * The median sales growth was 13 percent. Seventy-five percent of companies said both sales and production levels have increased; 44 percent said they had increased their number of employees. * Overall, 75 percent of respondents reported a positive outlook on the industry's future.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Screen Printing - June/July 2016

Screen Printing - June/July 2016
Editorial Insights
Pressing Issues
Industrial Printer Expands with Inkjet
Production: Tortoise or Hare?
New Products
What’s Next for Single-Pass Inkjets?
DTG: Life in the Fast Lane
DTG Sourcelist
Distributor/Dealer Directory
Classifieds/Ad Index
Print, Flash, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Screen Printing - June/July 2016