AFIP 2016 Announces Programme Details

“Printing as an integral part of the production process” will be the main theme of technical presentations during the third Advanced Functional and Industrial Printing (AFIP) conference, organised by ESMA on 2-3 March 2016 in Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany. The conference welcomes printers, engineers, OEMs and material suppliers keen to learn about the latest advancements in printed and bioelectronics, conductive inks, in-mould decoration, the future of speciality screen and digital printing applications.

Keynote by Smithers Pira
Fully integrated temp logging label manufactured by Quad IndustriesFully integrated temp logging label manufactured by Quad IndustriesWhile highlighting the potential of different print technologies, the 2016 event will include the keynote speech by Smithers Pira’s Sean Smyth on “Adoption of Digital Printing in Functional Decoration”. Sean’s talk will focus on the rapidly emerging use of printing-for-profit in novel areas and on the key trends that are driving business opportunities in niche (e.g. electronic circuits) and more mainstream (e.g. architectural glass and home décor) applications. This will capitalise on Smithers Pira’s exclusive data for these segments, drawing on research used to produce their latest report “The Future of Functional and Industrial Print to 2020”. “Real-word experiences, and how the functional and industrial print sector is changing, are not widely known and understood. The sector offers enormous opportunities to a beleaguered commercial printing sector, and events like the AFIP 2016 conference provide a platform to promote and explore these”, says Sean Smyth.

Two days of technical presentations
Pit Teunissen from Holst Centre will demonstrate the advancements in flexible printed electronics devices – from concept, up to pilot production and industrial volumes. Prof. Arben Merkoçi from Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology will explain the application of printed nanobiosensors in diagnostics and Fons Put from the Flemish Innovation Centre for Graphic Communication will present fluorescence engineering in print production. Other speakers and supporters of the conference represent Agfa, CST, Fimor, Fujifilm Dimatix, Global Inkjet Systems, Grünig/Signtronic, Intrinsiq Materials, Heraeus Noblelight, KIWO, MacDermid Autotype, Natgraph, Nor-Cote, Printcolor, Pröll, PVF, Sefar and Sun Chemical.

The conference proceedings are divided into two days as follows:
Wim Christiaens, Quad Industries | Pit Teunissen, Holst Centre / TNO | Andreas Ferndriger, Grünig / SignTronic | Dr Ian Clark, Intrinsiq Materials | Natgraph | Mario Mertens, Marabu | Fons Put, VIGC
Sean Smyth, Smithers Pira | Prof. Arben Merkoçi, ICREA | Bavo Muys, Agfa | Oliver Leven, CST | Peter Fleischer, PVF | Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems | Dr Hans-Peter Erfurt, Pröll | Michael Gross, KIWO | Prof. Gunter Hübner, Stuttgart Media University
The detailed programme is available at

An invitation for a factory tour
Next to the conference part, a tabletop area will reflect the current potential of screen and digital print technologies and will provide the visitors with the optimal solution for their applications. One of the exhibiting companies, CST GmbH from the nearby Krefeld, invites all attendees for a factory tour in the afternoon of 1.03.2016. The participants will witness the state-of-the-art screen imaging equipment in operation. Furthermore, the tour includes the engraving facility of Kesper Druckwalzen, as well as AKK with its manufacturing of machinery for the creation of embossing forms, mould structures, three-dimensional printing and 2D and 3D scanning devices.

Taking printing business to industrial level
The opening keynote speech of the conference will emphasise the real-world examples of industrial print applications. Wim Christiaens from Quad Industries will deliver insights on the future of printed electronics based on the company’s recent and successful business cases, among others from the healthcare area. “AFIP conference presents industrial printing as a process rather than as a product. A process which helps to optimise production, take it to new efficiency levels, but also to reduce energy consumption, create less waste and lower the carbon foot print”, says Peter Buttiens from the ESMA association, the conference organisers. “By focusing on industrial production areas that increasingly integrate printing in their manufacturing process, AFIP also shows the opportunities that open for all those who consider upgrading their conventional printing business models. Many have already taken the first step to employ print as a process, more will follow very soon.”

Early-bird rates for delegate registration are valid until 22.01.2016 at

Limited tabletop space for exhibitors is still available. For more details please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Specialist Printing Worldwide” is the official journal of the event.

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