Messe Frankfurt, organisers of the DS Printech China trade shows, has announced the digital and screen printing show will return to Guangzhou in May after China last month abandoned its zero-COVID policy.
“The organisers announce the return of the influential digital and screen printing trade fair in parallel with reports of easing pandemic restrictions in China,” said Messe Frankfurt in a statement. “With the market showing strong signs of growth in China and beyond, the business-friendly platform will be an important avenue for exhibitors to increase their foothold in the region.”
The event was due to take place in November 2022 before being deferred as China continued its zero-Covid policy restrictions.
With the restrictions now lifted, the show will take place from 16 - 18 May 2023 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou.
Wilmet Shea, GM of Messe Frankfurt (HK) said : “With parts of the country opening up for business, I am pleased that we can help rekindle the in-person industry next year in Guangzhou. The disrupted trade fair schedule, paired with a growing textile printing sector, has left buyers and exhibitors eager for DS Printech China’s resumption.”
The digital textile printing market is poised for a CAGR of 12.1% from 2022 – 2030, with much of the growth to be driven by increased demand in China and other parts of Asia-Pacific. “However, this has not detracted from the screen printing market, particularly in China, where an anticipated 21.6% CAGR until 2027 is expected to well exceed the global average,” the organisers said.
DS Printech China is a rebranding of two events: CSGIA and Textile Digital Printing China. The debut edition in Shenzhen in 2020 attracted 200 exhibitors, who connected with 8,853 visitors and over 130,000 online participants. The fair is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, China Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association (CSGIA) and Guangzhou Teyin Exhibition Service.
According to an ABC News report, China said nearly 60,000 people with COVID-19 have died in hospital since it abandoned its zero-COVID policy last month, a huge increase from previously reported figures that follows global criticism of the country's coronavirus data.