More than 400 participants are expected to come together, learn and network about the technology behind digital print at The Inkjet Conference 2015. The Inkjet Conference, organized by ESMA and developed in partnership with drupe, offers a two-track program and over 50 technical presentations from Oct. 7-8 at the Swissôtel Neuss/Düsseldorf hotel in Neuss, Germany.

“The narrow web sector has witnessed recent important players challenging the market with new digital solutions. The movement towards digital is starting to also include traditional brands, which only shows how digital inkjet technology has matured in the last couple of years,” said Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA.

The full impact of inkjet print has reportedly not yet been seen in the label and packaging market and the core technology still continues to evolve. Innovations in re-circulating ink systems and small multi-level drops, in combination with increased nozzle density and ink improvements, has led to reliable high-speed, high-resolution, single-pass digital label presses. The first generation of machines reportedly satisfied market’s demand for flexibility, and the second quickly followed with improvements in image quality.

“Each successive generation of machines shows higher performance and more integration to a digital workflow. Now we are starting to see direct to object printing which–when fully implemented–will revolutionize the production process,” said Steve Knight, CEO of Digital Direct Technologies and co-founder of The IJC. “Thankfully it is not just labels and packaging that are fuelling the core technology. Inkjet has already proven itself in large scale industrial applications and is widely used in the production of ceramic tiles, textiles, display graphics, newspapers or transactional mailing.”

The Inkjet Conference intends to focus on all aspects of Inkjet Engineering and Inkjet Chemistry. Invited speakers will present the progress in printheads, inks, software, electronics, chemistry and integration knowhow, which continue to drive trends and ultimately leading to a digital production process that will challenge the conventional product marketing.

“As technology enables a new print process, we see different challenges face the printer,” said Knight. “The business of tomorrow will not look like the business of today. The business of tomorrow will be more IT-centric with database management and workflow automation at its core and with inkjet printing being part of an automated manufacturing process. For those willing to take advantage of the opportunities offered by inkjet, there is a bright future.”

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