ESMA vzw of Tielt-Winge at virtual.drupa in Düsseldorf -- drupa - May 28 to June 7, 2024 - Messe Düsseldorf
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ESMA vzw

Sint-Jorisveld 44, 3390 Tielt-Winge
Telephone +32 16 894353
Fax +32 16 434971

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11:00 ‐ 11:40
Video conference

Transition of Textile Printing

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Textile printing technology is in constant evolution. Ongoing printhead improvement, introduction of new ink types and printing system development are pushing the industry forward. Across many segments, digital textile printing is gaining traction while traditional methods of print continue to thrive. In this session we will exchange insights on some of the technical, economic and environmental factors which are driving the industry towards new models.
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11:40 ‐ 12:00
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Wrap-up session

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Independent industry experts present the major take-aways from all ESMA sessions dedicated to textile printing.
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13:20 ‐ 14:00
Video conference

Make sustainability fashionable, make fashion sustainable

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How printing technologies can and should contribute to a sustainable textile supply chain. 
This session includes an input presentation by European Chemicals Agency and a panel discussion with representatives of world's leading ink manufacturers.
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12:30 ‐ 13:10
Video conference

Roadmap of textile printing

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We all know that certain industries are conservative, textile being one of them. Since the early days textile has had an extremely long and complex supply chain. Nowadays some steps are optimized, among them printing and confection. This is becoming more important in terms of sustainability, circular economy and other demands which rise around the textile world. Industry 4.0 is helping to move forward but also print technology is providing high levels of automatisation, personalisation and offer more possibilities for the customer. The roadmap will take a look at the emergence of digital textile printing in applications such as soft-signage, apparel, garment, sportswear, home textiles, fast fashion, as well as some new trends. Near shoring and online shopping are among the drivers behind the return of the textile industry to Europe in the coming decades. Technology and automatisation help to create the new sustainable dimension of textile printing.
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15:10 ‐ 15:50
Video conference

Reshuffle of textile printing

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New business models driven by digitalisation, shorter delivery times, mass customisation, demand for personalised fabrics, expressing individuality, the partial move of retailers closer to local markets, re- and near shoring and new emerging or disruptive technologies are drivers for an increasing grow in Europe. In this context, we see that the world of textile printing is changing at a fast pace and makes significant gains. Globalisation, quick response and environmental restrictions place substantial demands on the various parts of the printing process. Moreover, digital printing is not only becoming successful for clothing (fashion, sport) but there is also an increasing interest in the digital printing of home textiles and even technical textiles for indoor or outdoor applications. This talk will highlight the actual and future trends of digital technologies, dealing with hardware, inkjet inks, the many developments making the digital technology not only successful for traditional players but also accessible for (new) SMEs companies and tech-starters. Finally, not only digital printing but also digital finishing/coating and dyeing are briefly discussed.
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Product category: Industrial associations and professional organizations

Textile Division of ESMA

Our target group includes all manufacturers of products used in textile printing workflow (digital or screen). This involves also all products and supplies that support the handling of fabrics (pre- and post-treatment). The textile printing applications can be soft signage (to a lesser degree), fashion, apparel, sports and swimwear, home textiles, technical textiles and home decor. We will focus first on suppliers of products for textile printing, and in the next step on printers, value added resellers and maybe even brands. It is important to cover the whole supply chain involved, in order to maximise the market change.

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Product category: Industrial associations and professional organizations

AFIP conference, 23-24 November 2021

In 2008 ESMA for the first time organised the Membrane Switch Symposium that evolved into Advanced Functional Printing conference in 2011. The increasing market demand led to further concept development and since 2013 each edition of Advanced Functional & Industrial Printing has been attracting 30 exhibiting companies and a total of 140 delegates. With the support of leading screen and digital manufacturers, AFIP has become the umbrella event with the broadest approach to speciality print applications and successfully continues to educate about print in production.

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Product category: Industrial associations and professional organizations

GlassPrint conference 2022

Established in 2005, the GlassPrint conference provides delegates with the opportunity to discover the latest innovative advances in screen printing, dynamic strides in digital print technology and new techniques such as direct to shape or container printing via a two day programme of conference and networking sessions. Previous GlassPrint participants include ABInBev, AGC, Apple, ARC, Ardagh, Corning, Deco Glas, Diageo, Guardian, Heinz, Libbey, Nokia, Nestlé, NSG/Pilkington, O-I, Saint- Gobain, Schott, Sisecam, The Absolut Company, Verallia and many more! 

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Company news



30 Mar 2021

ESMA’s historical General Assembly elects new Board and Honourable Ambassador

For the first time in its 30-year history, the yearly General Assembly of ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association, took place online. On the 19th of March 2021 members elected the new Board of Directors, chaired by Samuel Wagner from Sefar. Ralf Roschlau, ex-Marabu and ex-Saati, has been voted Honourable Ambassador.

 “Exactly one year ago I returned from a business trip. Until today it was my last business trip. We all are facing new challenges. No exhibitions, no trainings and no networking events has meant a tremendous change to the work of ESMA,” said Samuel Wagner in his inaugural speech as the new Chair of the association, and continued, “We need a high level of knowledge in the companies, so that the best decisions can be made for the digitalisation of industrial production. This requires a network of specialists, trainings and various platforms for professional and social exchange. I want to ensure that ESMA aligns its activities with this objective and further strengthens the organisation’s excellent image.”

For the next two years Samuel Wagner (Sefar) will preside over the Board of Directors consisting of Robin McMillan (Vice-Chair, Sun Chemical), Manuel Zuckerman (Treasurer, Fimor), Dominiek Arnout (Ricoh), Tracey Brown (Meteor Inkjet), Jon Bultemeyer (Marabu), Ibtissem Djaballah (VFP), Pietro Giuliani (Saati), Frens Peters (Lotus Holland), Debbie Thorp (Global Inkjet Systems), Jan van Schaik (SPS Technoscreen) and Steve Wakefield (Fujifilm).

The General Assembly honoured Jerry Avis (ex-Sericol and ex-Fujifilm) as ESMA Honourable Ambassador for 2020, and this year members awarded the title to Ralf Roschlau. For almost 30 years Roschlau was involved with Marabu and wrote the last chapters of his professional career at SPT Sales + Marketing and Saati. He is currently an author and an active member of environmental organisations. “What a transition. From an emergency solution some 30 years ago into a powerful group of key industry players in screen, pad and digital printing industry. Today, ESMA is as strong as its members, the leading companies of the European screen and digital world. Its committees and its outstanding event structure not only permanently enlarge members’ vision, but guarantee all the industrial, graphic and textile printing processes a bright future. The award means a lot to me. It is the final prize for my hard work for the benefit of my employers and for the benefit of all ESMA members,” commented Ralf Roschlau.

Aware of the limitations and opportunities of the ongoing pandemic, ESMA is currently rolling out a number of online activities. Association’s increasing involvement with textile printing will be reflected i.a. during the “touchpoint textile” sessions at drupa virtual on 20-23 April 2021. ESMA Academy, both in German and English, will offer online theory courses on industrial inkjet printing. The Advanced Functional and Industrial Printing conference, scheduled for November 2021, will return with a new, expanded programme.

“The pandemic has brought more challenges than expected – to the industry, to our association but also to many people in their private lives. At many levels we all had to adapt and learn how to cope with Covid-19. We remain hopeful but also ready to embrace the change, and propose new ideas for membership and events,” said Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA, “Meanwhile, screen and inkjet industrial printing are becoming more important than ever before. To name a few examples from last year, the sales of photovoltaic panels boosted in Asia, and fast coronavirus diagnostic kits rely on printed parts.”

While already accustomed to the virtual format, all participants expressed hope and need for a prompt physical meeting with the traditional site visits and a networking dinner. These are definitely planned for the next ESMA General Assembly in March 2022 in Paris.

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About us

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Since 1990 ESMA proudly serves the industrial printing sector. The European association for printing manufacturers in screen and digital printing has grown into an organisation representing industrial, functional and speciality print. Throughout the years ESMA developed the Knowledge Hub concept which now provides almost 70 European manufacturer members and Technology Partners with cross-technology expertise. Every ESMA member enjoys advantageous terms at major trade shows and ESMA’s own conferences. Other benefits include access to technical seminars and committee meetings. Partners and members receive support and advice regarding health, safety and environmental legislation and participate in setting industry standards. For more information visit:

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Foundation 1990