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Published: October 4, 2022

Expanding the product showcase of printing technologies beyond traditional graphic arts, OOH media or packaging applications, Messe Frankfurt India is set to introduce a new segment for Industrial Screen-Printing Technology at the 2023 editions of Media Expo.

Heading towards its milestone 50th edition which will herald a new chapter for the branding show, Media Expo is all set to present a string of innovations from the world of printing, signage, indoor and OOH advertising sectors introduced on the Media Expo platform over the years. In addition, a new pavilion focused on technologies for industrial screen-printing will be introduced at the Mumbai (2 – 4 March 2023) & Delhi (15 – 17 September 2023) editions next year.

Screen printing continues to be one of the most effective techniques for creating art, prints and designs in multiple industries – be it retail, automotive, electronics or textiles. It’s efficacy to print on almost any kind of surface, be it cloth or fabrics, paper or plastics, glass, wood, leather makes it one of the most versatile technologies that can be used for both textiles as well as industrial applications.

With an aim to create a more targeted platform catering to the respective textile and industrial buying groups, the organisers have decided to split the brand Screen Print India into two focused segments of “Screen Print India – Textiles” & “Screen Print India – Industrial”. While Screen Print India – Textiles will continue to take place alongside Gartex Texprocess India catering to the textile value chain, Screen Print India – Industrial will be introduced as a segment under the renowned fair Media Expo targeting print businesses.

Indian printers as well as machinery and material suppliers have ramped up their operations over the past two years and continue to look for technologies that can meet demand across multiple sectors. While screen printing technologies are used for mass produce or promotional items, many of these can also become part of manufacturing processes to enhance product finishing, coating and final product appearance. From woodwork printing to stone engraving machines to laser cutting to 3D printing technologies, Media Expo’s printing segment covers diverse solutions. Representing a multitude of applications for “functional graphics” used for product promotions, industrial screen printing therefore opens up promising growth areas for print businesses.

“Back in 2017, when we acquired Screen Print India, our strategy was to expand and enhance the offerings we provide to our customers and partners in the printing and textile sectors. By segmenting the brand as per its applications of “textile” & “industrial” screen printing alongside two of our flagship fairs, we aim to develop the exhibitions in a more targeted and well-defined manner to suit their respective visitor profiles and market demands,” shared Raj Manek, Executive Director & Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings Ltd.

From aesthetic prints that enhance product image to functional coating solutions for glass, metals, electronics or substrates, the use of screen printing is manifold with reports pegging the global market growth at CAGR 16%, projected to a revised size of USD 5 billion by 2027 from the estimated USD 1.8 billion in the year 2020.

A dedicated convergence and networking platform under Media Expo for Industrial screen printing will thus bring the perfect synergy and allow trade visitors to explore solutions of functional coatings for medical and bio applications, aerospace and automotive printing, printed electronics, printed ceramics and much more under a single platform.

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