“After four events in Europe and the successful introduction of TheIJC in the USA earlier this year, we have been observing the constant global growth of inkjet. Our community expands as more and more manufacturing processes feel the impact of digital print technology and investigate implementing inkjet into their specific applications,” said Steve Knight from Digital Direct Technologies, co-founder of the conference.
Organized by ESMA (European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association), with ongoing support of drupa and in media partnership with Specialist Printing Worldwide, TheIJC has grown from 270 attendees in 2014 to 525 during last year’s edition.
“Building this conference has been a dynamic process with a global approach to all those who are involved in hardware, chemistry, so ware and related developments. Each presenting company or research institute contributes to the high technical level of the conference program and the invaluable social networking aspect. The role of TheIJC is to provide an optimal environment for creative exchange between experts from various fields, as well as to initiate and enhance business relationships,” added Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA.
The tabletop slots in eIJC networking arena are filling quickly and several new players join the exhibition part every year. Atfex, BASF Personal Care & Nutrition, Cyan-Tec, DSM Coating Resins, Gardner Denver Thomas, Notion Systems, Siegwerk and Tiger Coatings are among those showcasing their products for the first time. Altogether 90 key industry players welcome visitors at their stands, including printhead manufacturers, ink producers, software designers, vision inspection experts, curing and drying companies, and leading re- search institutes.
Following the positive feedback from the previous edition, the conference program opens with plenary sessions with insights from all major printhead manufacturers. Afterwards topics from hardware, software, vision systems, ink and curing, innovation and research are presented on three parallel tracks.