FESPA 2013 is well on track to be the biggest FESPA event yet. Committed space already takes the 2013 floor plan area to just under 30000sqm, equalling the final footprint of FESPA 2010 in Munich three years ago.

The South Hall of the ExCeL exhibition centre, which has a 100% digital focus, is now sold out, and demand for remaining space in the mixed North Hall is high. Many digital exhibitors have increased their stand space compared with 2010. 

The top ten exhibitors in 2013 are HP, Canon (incorporating Océ), Agfa, Durst, EFI, Fujifilm, Orafol, Mimaki, Kornit and M&R. The ten largest stands at FESPA 2013 will collectively occupy 15.5% more stand space than the top ten in 2010, indicating the growing investment being made by major suppliers in their presence at FESPA.

The leading players have all chosen FESPA in London as a key platform to showcase their latest wide format innovations to FESPAs international decision-maker audience.

FESPA expects the final layout of the show to firmly emphasise the long-term dominance of digital, while the event still offers a strong screen printing line-up, with exhibitors including M&R, Saati, Kiian, Demak, Sun Chemical, Sefar, Macdermid Autotype and Encres Dubuit. Textile printing remains a focus for the event, with more than 102 exhibitors showing textile printing applications, and the 6,500m2 FESPA Fabric feature on the show floor specifically designed to meet the needs of garment printers and decorators. 

Managing director of FESPA Neil Felton said, It was clear from the minute we closed the doors on FESPA Digital in Barcelona in February last year that exhibitors were firmly on board for 2013 in London. By the end of February 2012, FESPA had bookings for 108% of the space occupied by the Barcelona show and we have sustained that momentum throughout last year and into the New Year.

Our eye catching Your Destination for Print campaign is resonating with exhibitors, and they can see very clearly our commitment to delivering an international audience with an eye to investment for growth, said Felton.

Meanwhile, visitors are responding very enthusiastically to our campaign too. From all over the world, wide format print service providers, sign makers and commercial printers with an appetite for diversification are telling us that FESPA in London is their No. 1 destination for print in 2013.

Visitors can also access products, live personalisation demos, educational material, research and product data at FESPAs Promotional Products Business Academy (PPBA).

Visitors will be guided personally through different zones, with the support of a promotional products trail. They will also benefit from access to valuable CTCO market research data, and free access to EuropeanSourcing.coms extensive database of promotional products for one month.

PPBA is delivered by FESPA in partnership with French event organisor 656 Editions, whose CTCO event in Lyon is well established as a showcase for promotional products. The feature is designed to complement FESPA Fabric – with its exclusive spotlight on promotional and fashion garments – to illustrate how a broader portfolio of promotional products could support business growth.

PPBA will be divided into two distinct areas, Garment and Gift, enabling PSPs to focus on the products where they see a fit with their existing service offering.  Each zone will offer access to products, educational information and live demonstrations of personalisation. Leading brands already confirmed to exhibit within the PPBA include sporting goods company Spalding, garment designer and manufacturer Continental Clothing, and James&Nicholson for fashion promotional garments.

Forthcoming FESPA events include:

. FESPA Global Summit 2013, 22-23 January 2013, London, UK

. FESPA Brasil 2013, 13-16 March 2013, São Paulo, Brazil

. FESPA 2013, 25-29 June 2013, London, UK

. FESPA Fabric 2013, 25-29 June 2013, London, UK

. FESPA Mexico, 15-17 August 2013, Mexico City, Mexico

. FESPA Eurasia 2013, 3-5 October 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

. FESPA China 2013, 18-20 November 2013, Shanghai, China

. FESPA Digital 2014, 20-23 May 2014, Munich, Germany