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Founded in 1962, Fespa is a global federation of 37 national associations for the screenprinting, digital printing and textile printing communities. Its remit has been to organise exhibitions and conferences for these sectors and reinvest the profits back into print. But is that remit changing? I asked its CEO ahead Fespa 2017.

This time five years ago I interviewed your predecessor, the late Kathy Woodward, and asked if the BPIF would become more representative of the growing digital large-format sector. I think few would say that’s happened. What’s your view?

Having been founded as a large-format trade print operation in 1992, Macro Art had been enjoying a significant growth spurt when it underwent an MBO in 2014. At that time, the new management team were confident of continued expansion. Now the Saint Neots-based company is making its first acquisition and opening a London branch. I asked commercial director Michael Green about the expansion. By Lesley Simpson

The Massivit 1800 large-scale 3D printer created a real buzz when it was shown at Drupa. And Watford-based Stylographics has done likewise by being the first UK printer to buy one. I met with MD Simon Olley to talk about the investment. 

Inurface Media does just what it says on the tin – delivers digital signage solutions that make a real impact. But it’s not all about screens; the central London-based company works closely with a number of print companies to deliver integrated visual solutions for various markets, including retail, events, hospitality…

Given its early adopter status when it comes to digital fabric printing, it might come as little surprise to learn that Kent-based theatrical drapery company Prompt Side has become the first to buy an EFI Vutek FabriVu 340 textile printer.

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