Between the 28th of May and the 7th of June 2024, the printing world meets at drupa in Düsseldorf to discuss and shape the future of a whole industry. ESMA and our members showcase their know-how in industrial applications achieved with inkjet and screen printing. With almost 500 sqm in total and filled with key market players, ESMA pavilion in hall 3 will offer a 360-degree view on print as part of the manufacturing process.
Much has changed since the last drupa show in 2016. More than ever before, the focus within the ESMA community lies on specialist, functional and industrial print processes – their capacity to serve current market applications and their growing potential for the industries of tomorrow. “We are building our drupa presence upon the two pillars of our association: screen and inkjet technology. Both techniques have shown resistance, adaptability and creativity during the recent turbulent economic period,” says Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA.
The platform for industrial inkjet will demonstrate direct-to-object printing and involve companies such as ideeGO (hall 3, D81-4), IST INTECH (D81-3) K-Flow (D81-5), Lambda Technology (D81-7) and Neatjet (D81-6), each of them responsible for a different stage in the print operation. Decoration of three-dimensional shapes includes applications in e.g. personal care, food, beverages, bottles, boxes and other containers. No-label approach means no liners and no glues, thus optimal recycling conditions.
The platform for industrial screen printing covers in-mould decoration, film insert moulding and in-mould electronics for market segments such as automotive interiors, household appliances or toys. Here the process is supported by the expertise of Drop (B81-5), ESC (D81-1), Fimor (B81-6), Marabu (B81-1), Saati (D81-2), SPS Technoscreen (E81), Thieme (B81-4) and VFP (B81-3). “Screen printing remains the driving force behind many industrial applications. Combining printed electronics with in-mould decorations opens almost endless possibilities,” says Peter Buttiens.
ESMA involvement at drupa 2024 reaches beyond industrial platforms. In hall 4, booth B30, we support the Touchpoint Textile forum with a conference programme composed around state-of-the-art printing on textile substrates. Presentations from industry figureheads take place next to a live microfactory operation.