My FESPA 2010 Munich experience
Landing moment at Munich:
The team included many stalwarts from Indian screen printing industry including my good friends and valued customers. Our flight Lufthansa took off from Mumbai airport at 00.50 hrs IST, Arrived in Munich at 6 hrs EST, landed one hour before schedule.
Just before we arrived at Munich I heard it was quite raining but from the day we arrived I felt it wasn’t true looking by the situation, but yes indeed it was raining.
It was a short journey from Airport to Hotel 10~15 min. After fresh-n-up, we did not require any rest and got out of the hotel for a city ride immediately after break fast, since on arrival day we had nothing to do much. We also experienced a nice train journey. We saw some monuments, visited huge shopping malls. Even in Europe we could taste some best Indian food in a restaurant.
One of the most exiting place we visited was BMW museum which was just opposite to BMW main manufacturing plant. BMW and SIEMENS generate major revenue for Munich city and also among the few prides of Munich. (Photos of BMW Museum).
Just after I returned to Hotel I met the newly elected President of FESPA, Gyorgy Kovacs from Hungary who was also staying in our hotel. I met Gyorgy first time at Michel Caza’s residence in 2002 at Paris when I was undergoing my training at Graficaza. We both were invited by Michel to have dinner together. I cannot forget those memorable days with Michel and my training in his printing press.
22-June 2010 at FESPA,
Five halls – two for screen and three halls reserved for digital.
The show was inaugurated by the outgoing PRESIDENT of FESPA, Anders Nilsson.
After the inauguration ceremony, I made it a point to meet all colleagues of FESPA and ASPT but more importantly I was eager to meet my guru Michel Caza after his recent cancer operation.
I inquired about his well being and with God’s grace he is feeling better now and more energetic as he used to be always. It was inspiring to hear from him that before every FESPA event his health shows sign of improvement. He was enthusiastic about this year’s FESPA show.
I met one of the highest award winners in FESPA competition this time, Artem owner of MIDI, Russia. He is a very innovative and aggressive screen printer and no wonder he always won maximum awards in FESPA competition. I had a photo session with him along with my guru after about 10 min chat.
Then there was a surprise for me. Direk Chowdhary from USA who had attended my workshop at DMI few months ago met me at the entrance. He could not forget his DMI memories and expressed his due respect in Indian style even though he lives in USA.
Once the entry began, I straight rushed to the award gallery where all competition entries were under display.
I first searched for DMI students’ competition result and what a great surprise! DMI WON SILVER (II Prize) this year. HIP HIP HURRAY… GOLD was received by a PORTUGUESE school. They printed on ceramic transfer, may be they won considering the criticality of the job.
DMI’s job was printed on laminated silver foil with 14 special effects with micro embossing including the image printed with CMYK process color inks.
This is 3rd consecutive award for DMI in FESPA show.
Also Maharashtra Institute of Printing Technology, Pune won Bronze. So this time two Indian institutes made us proud. So HIP HIP HURRAY once again to India.
Congrats to Indian printers:
One more surprise this time. In the first place, 33 Indian screen printers and 2 Institutes sent in a whopping 195 entries to the Awards competition, which is almost 50% of the entries that were received, from 38 countries all over the world, at the competition.
One of the judges also informed me that the level of quality produced by Indian printers were really amazing and stunning. So it clearly indicated that India’s quality and standards have drastically improved. I am proud all the Indian printers who have sent their entries and salute to all those who won awards. My guru Michel said that he was very happy to see the vast change in the Quality & Innovation by the Indian Screen Printers.
Panoramic view of the FESPA show:
More than 35,000 pre registered visitors, 85 events and 700 exhibitors. Good, amazing and it is good sign of printing industry’s growth.
There were two halls for screen and three halls for digital show. I started my first day with visit to Hall A1 & A2 where I found all screen printing stuffs. Following next day in B1, B2 & B3 I saw what’s new in digital technology. I shall brief in details in my next blog what I noticed since that would be too long to conclude in this blog itself.
I just want to share what my guru, Michel said that Graphic and sign are only 20% of screen applications when 35% lies in textile printing and about 45% in industrial applications. Because of industrial production getting shifted to Asian countries, screen printing is also getting more and more attention in this region and that is the advantage for screen printers who are into industrial screen printing such as PCB, membrane switches, etc. And it is going to boom in Asia as viewed by many at FESPA.
One thing that I always find missing in such European exhibition is that they do not display printed samples of the final product eg. I met one ink manufacturer he had many amazing special effects inks but could not give me printed samples of those inks. Also he was not able to display the end product printed with such inks they recent produced. I feel sometimes its more important for printers to teach them about the usage of such inks in the end products and their applications. This helps the industry to grow.
23-June 2010 at FESPA, Munich – DAY 2
It was the most MEMORABLE day of my life presenting a joint seminar with my guru Michel Caza at the show for which I was eagerly waiting since the day Michel informed me about this conference few months ago.
I was the first Indian who presented a seminar in FESPA Europe Exhibitions. The topic was “The Future of Screen Printing Goes Thru Innovation” A comparison between Western and Asian Countries. The presentation was focused on the how European countries are moving towards screen and how in Indian screen printing is moving with the latest trend. It was a unique experience for me.
While Michel presented his exhaustive knowledge in screen printing with regard to the latest trend and future, I enumerated on the developments taking place in India, how DMI is contributing single handedly to bring big revolution especially with the advent of Nano series of machines. Interestingly, some of the European participants even expressed that they would come to DMI to attend my workshop.
24-June 2010 at FESPA, Munich – DAY 3
Since my inception I wasn’t lucky to meet other board members, friends and colleagues of the “Academy of Screen Printing Technology” (ASPT) in the General Assembly meeting at New Orleans, US last year. In fact I had book my tickets but had to cancel at the last moment due to some work pressure. Many of the ASPT members were present and it was good to meet them for the time as ASPT member.
So, this time when Michel & Alex the president of ASPT who announced to meet up for the luncheon meeting at Munich during the show at FESPA. I did not missed this chance again and immediately registered my name.
First all the board members of ASPT met at the FESPA booth and proceeded towards the restaurant for lunch above Hall B1 first floor.
There I met many interesting members, later Alex; President of ASPT introduced me to all board members since I met them for the first time. Even there were two more members who are recently introduced in ASPT and also met others for the first time. One of them was Lorenz Boegli, my friend and a student of Michel Caza. He is creative screen printer, artist and specialized in art (serigraphy) screen printing. He is also one of the highest award winners at all FESPA awards competitions and always rubs his shoulders with Artem of MIDI Print Russia in Fespa Award competition. The second newly elected was Guy Masse a experience chemist of Encres Dubuit.
During this meeting I was asked to introduce my activities and myself. Everyone was quite attentively listening about DMI’s contribution in India and they were excited to know about the progress of Indian screen printing industry. I invited them to be part of DMI for imparting knowledge and experience by conducting workshops and seminars in India.
Sky was not the limit for Indian snacks!. On 24th June, Anil Brahmabhatt of Sky Screen had hosted a cocktail with Indian snacks at ULANO booth wherein he had invited many Indian visitors have a delicious moment. I was thrilled the way my friend Anil organized some nice Indian snacks, including hot samosas and beer. And not only Indian delegates but many Europeans too enjoyed the hot and spicy snacks.
Since we had already completed our FESPA visit, I spent some time in yet another round of city tour and sight seeing along with my industry friends who were part of SPAI team from India. We had a group tour and had nice party and fun and shopping.
Special mention: We had a tour of a large beer factory where over 10000 people can have bear (and we did too!).
Tailpiece: The next FESPA 2013 will held in London! So if you wish to join me and have fun in London let me know in advance.
Have a fascinating weekend.
4.30 am, 5-July-2010