In a nutshell
• Great for t shirt printers.
• Compact exhibition
• Beautiful cosmopolitan Berlin.
The FESPA Exhibition covers printing in general (printing equipment traditional and digital as well as consumables. Two and half halls were dedicated to Garment and textile decoration. This included screen printing, digital printing, printing consumables, embroidery machinery and a limited amount of embroidery consumables plus a limited range on clothing. Unlike PSI Germany the clothing related halls are doable in a day if you are in a hurry.
The digital equipment (DTG) suppliers were clearly visible despite huge areas being taken up by traditional screen printing carousels suppliers such as M & R . Printing on black is still a problem for DTG printers but the results on black t shirts from the Fast T jet machine produced by U.S. Screen Print & Inkjet Technology looked considerably better than the competition from the Brother GT 541 and other injet garment printers. For higher volume DTG printing. Kornit offered a solution which gave good results on dark colours but at a significantly higher investment than the Fast T Jet or Brother GT451.
There was a large array of heat transfer press suppliers ranging from Beijing based manufactures through to better known brand names such as Stahls producers of the Hotronix range of Heat Transfer Presses. In contrast Roland equipment plotters and printers seem to be everywhere.
Clothing suppliers were thin on the ground. Continental, American Apparel, Bella and Sols were the best known clothing and T-shirt suppliers exhibiting. If you are looking purely for clothing or clothing suppliers this is not the right exhibition for you.
This was my first trip to Berlin which is a beautiful, relaxed and cosmopolitan city which I would love to visit again.