Ipex has started to fill in details of a conference programme that it hopes will entice as much as the technology on show in the NEC.
At this point however, the schedule of speakers is not yet complete and some names need to be firmed up before the doors open on 31 October. But one strong name is confirmed with industry consultant François Martin taking the key note slot on the show’s opening day.
Martin spent 12 years with HP Indigo ending in charge of global marketing for the company before setting up his own business this summer. Martin has deep experience of the ongoing digital transformation and a keen interest in trade shows and their frequency.
He says: “The transformation of the printing industry extends way beyond technology and heavy metal. All the players – brands, printers and technology suppliers – will need to deal with these new horizons of digitisation to explore how new opportunities can be created.”
The centre stage will feature 11 ‘Print In’ themed sessions across the four days. Each will have three speakers discussing the topic in hand and providing insight into the problems that printers and their customers face.
Details of the 80-minute sessions are still to be firmed up. Print in Performance teams up with the fashion fabrics designed by students and the University of the Arts, London. It rolls in to Print in Style about the growth of printed fashion with Mutlu Chaouch Orozco, digital innovation analyst at the world textile Information Network, taking the lead. Print in Public, with a focus on marketing print, includes Mark Davies, Whistl, as speaker. Print in Industry discusses how print is moving into industry applications with IMI Europe CEO Tim Phillips included.
Print in Design has a focus on the tools a designer in 21st century needs with Adobe’s Tony Harmer and Laura Jones involved in the Print in Brand session. The future of publishing with Alice Audley, Blogosphere magazine, looks at the challenges print faces as publishing evolves.
Two speakers have been confirmed for the Print in Retail session – Bryan Crotaz from Silver Curve and Steve Cumley, Adare International – discussing display and in store printing. Print in Business concludes the sessions on the penultimate day.
The final day opens with Print in Communication, explaining print’s communication problem with David Hyam, director Talking Point and Paul Slackmann, social media manager of TMW Unlimited. It concludes with Print in the Future providing thoughts about experimental applications, Print 4.0 and “the hitherto unimagined”. Chris Jones, Novalia; Richard Chapman, creative director and Roland Biemans, LNMS, are the expert guides.
Francois Martin is a consultant steeped in digital printing having led the global marketing effort for HP Indigo. He is the first key note speaker announced for the conference programme at Ipex.