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ESMA – General assembly in Budapest

Arriving from all over Europe, delegates to the yearly General Assembly of ESMA came together in Budapest

HUNGARY n Arriving from all over Europe, delegates to the yearly General Assembly of ESMA (European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association) came together for two days (7 and 8 April) in Budapest. The meeting was accompanied by a keynote presentation, the election of Walter Frick as ESMA Ambassador and a networking dinner joined by representatives of the local printing com­munity.

After an evening of fruitful discussions, finding new contacts and re-connecting, the General Assembly com­menced on the next day with a look back on the last twelve months. Those included the record-breaking second edition of The Inkjet Conference, the premiere Direct Container Print, the sixth edition of GlassPrint and Advanced Functional and Industrial Printing conference in March this year. All events not only delivered out­standing content about technology advancements but also grew industry’s awareness of ESMA activities and expertise, attracting new members and partners. Six weeks before drupa, ESMA member base has reached 72 companies, a record high in the organisation’s history.

General Assembly 2016 closed with an overview of future projects, many of them already in an advanced preparatory phase. ESMA presence at drupa 2016 will focus on two pavilions in halls 3 and 6, and the launch of a brand new Expert Team providing technological advice at ESMA Lounge to everyone interested. Oliver Kammann, the incumbent chairman of the association, says: “Today, screen and inkjet printing technologies play an ever increasing role in industrial applications, where printing is part of the manufacturing process of an end product. ESMA is widely recognised as being the leading provider of technical knowledge and expertise in this exciting industry segment.”


Armin Karl Geiger

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