Despite the Omicron covid variant and now Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine, many trade events both local Oceania and international are going ahead in 2022. There may be the odd postponement and this list does not attempt to cover everything - just the local and important overseas ones.
|Social distancing and trade shows are not easy bedfellows - but measures are in place|
We all love a good trade event gathering and while Zoom, Teams etc have proven to be the Ark that carried us through the covid flood, opinion is undivided that physical events - shows and conferences - are preferred and deliver better experiences.
The following list is in date order with links to the event's website. It will be updated and added to as information comes to hand. Local events are emboldened.
Sign China (23-25 February), Shanghai, China. Postponed, new dates TBA
A show that was proving popular with ANZ visitors prior to Covid cancellations, huge and bewildering.
NPSOA Spring Conference, USA 17-19 March, San Antonio TX
The US National Print & Sign Owner's Conference is the perfect event for smaller print&sign shops and franchises. It's knowledge-rich with great presenters and supported by Canon, Ricoh, Konica Minolta and many others.
Sign & Digital UK 22-24 March, Birmingham, UK
A smallish show but very well organised by Faversham House. Australian software innovator PrintIQ is one of the exhibitors.
Labelexpo Europe 26-30 April, Brussels, Belgium POSTPONED TO SEPT 2023
The big one for all label and flexible packaging players. Increasingly digital, great venue in Belgium.
ISA International Sign Expo 4-6 May, Atlanta GA, USA
Massive show if you prefer US travel to EU. Dedicated only to Sign & Display
Everything packaging with increased focus on digital technologies and robotics at the MECC
PrintPack India 26-30 May, Delhi, India
PrintPack incorporates the Sign&LED expo. Dates are new for a 'safer' covid situation.
FESPA Global 31 May to 3rd June, Berlin, Germany
We can all only hope and pray there will not be another postponement. Fespa is a must-see.
Heimtextil/TechTextil 21-24 June, Frankfurt
Recently moved from January - co-location with TechTextil in June to be confirmed
PacPrint-Visual Impact 28 June- 1st July, Melbourne
This is OUR show! Looking good to go ahead after 2 deferrals. Floorplan already looks great.
NZSDA Conference, 6-9 July, Queenstown NZ
New Zealand's Sign & Display Association conference in beautiful Queenstown
Labelexpo Americas 13-15 September Chicago
Grew in popularity over Brussels pre-covid. Good fall-back if EU is still a no-go
The Print Show UK 20-22 September, Birmingham, UK
A one-hall show, so it's no ersatz IPEX, but if you have family in UK........
All In Print China, 11-15 October, Shanghai
Co-organised by the Drupa organisers, a more visitor-friendly show than ChinaPrint
Printing United 19-21 October, Las Vegas
This is the result of the US amalgamating 3 of its trade events incl. SGIAA. HP is lead sponsor. Viva Las Vegas!
IGAS 2022 24-28 November, Tokyo Big Sight
Igas has been more of a Japanese show until recently and it has plans to be more international. Sure to please and Tokyo is a wonderful experience.
...and not forgetting that the next Drupa is in 2024, 28th May to 7th June!