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ESMA – TheIJC 2016 conference represented key inkjet technology

Paddy O’Hara from Industrial Inkjet and Angus Condie from Xaar received the highest number of votes and were presented with a “Best Speaker Award”

GERMANY • The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC) once again attracted 400 international attendees representing key inkjet technology providers and an increasing number of those curious about engineering and chemistry behind digital printing for industrial applications. Gathered at Düsseldorf on 5-6 October, conference delegates were offered 52 technical presentations, excellent networking opportunities at 66 tabletops and a number of novelties such as free workshops, the event app and voting for the Best Speaker Award.

Organised by ESMA for the third time, TheIJC opened with a post-review of the latest drupa show, presented by its director, Sabine Geldermann. Just as the significance of inkjet grows for the world’s biggest printing fair, the cooperation between TheIJC and drupa thrives. Once again, drupa supported the conference as the enabling partner and MS Italy was the event’s main sponsor. One day before the official opening of TheIJC, a series of six free inkjet workshops took place at the same venue with Global Inkjet Systems and Sun Chemical as sponsors.

Organised on yearly basis, TheIJC remains a magnet for new companies who enter the digital field with their expertise. In 2016, the tabletop area accommodated 17 companies which decided to exhibit for the first time. Out of 131 companies which sent their delegates to the conference, 53 did it for the first time and on the individual level, 151 delegates were newcomers.

All conference participants were provided with access to a dedicated mobile app and they used it as an opportunity to engage in the conference sessions by asking questions and rating each presentation. At the end of day one it were Paddy O’Hara from Industrial Inkjet (talk on “Inkjet solutions for in-line packaging”) and Angus Condie from Xaar (“An analysis of different ink recirculation architectures and their benefits”) who received the highest number of votes and were presented with a “Best Speaker Award”. The awards of day 2 went to Debbie Thorp from Global Inkjet Systems (“Ink delivery systems – design options and troubleshooting”) and Dr Nick Campbell from Inca Digital (“Practical issues in the design of single pass industrial inkjet printers”). Considering the origins of the four companies awarded, the Cambridge cluster once again demonstrated its leading role in the inkjet world. Besides the quality of presentations, all attendees praised the networking opportunities.

The Inkjet Conference will return to Düsseldorf on 24-25 October 2017. To register for exhibitor booking and early-bird delegate registration click here


Armin Karl Geiger

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