Attendees included major printhead manufacturers and representatives from key industries. This included senior technical staff from Domino, Durst, EFI, Inca, Kerajet, Markem-Imaje, System Group, as well as experts from e.g. Boeing, Bosch, Nike, Saint Gobain, and Tetra park, along with major research institutes.
Altogether, 78 companies and research institutions showcased solutions – 17 of them for the first time in the conference’s history.
The conference discusses how inkjet is being adopted as a manufacturing process in aeronautics, packaging, sportswear, and design, as well as in textiles, ceramics, laminates, security print and graphics.
This year, several research papers covered the subject of printed electronics.
Additionally, bio-medical applications are starting to emerge.
Technology users and suppliers from all areas of inkjet engineering and inkjet chemistry praised the educational and networking aspects of the two-day conference program, which included 61 presentations spread over three concurrent tracks. Among the topics were ink formulation, fluids and academic research.
“The presentations covered a wide range of topics and yet were all connected by our common research interests,” said Virendra Bhavasar of Asha Penn Color.
Attendees used the show’s app to vote for the Best Speaker Award.
The winners were:
- Best Speaker Plenary Sessions: John Corrall (Industrial Inkjet); runners-up: Dan Denofsky (Kodak), Jason Remnant (Xaar);
- Best Speaker Track One: Yolanda Justo (ChemStream); runners-up: Steffen Orth (Hapa), Clayton Sampson (Cyan Tec);
- Best Speaker Track Two: Thomas Willers (Krüss); runners-up: Daisuke Hamada (Kao Collins), Simon Daplyn (Sensient);
- Best Speaker Track Three: Tri Tuladhar (TriModal); runners-up: Florian Bourguet (iPrint Institute), Olga Kiefer (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf).
The IJC will return to the U.S. – once again in Chicago – May 22-23, 2019 and Düsseldorf, Germany Oct. 29-30, 2019.
The conference is organized by the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA), Digital Direct Technologies Ltd., in cooperation with drupa, and sponsored by MS Italy and with media support of “Specialist Printing Worldwide.”
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