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Agfa to host virtual event during former FESPA time frame

Agfa's Studio 5D10, a three-day virtual event featuring broadcast sessions, will focus on inkjet printing for aspiring as well as established inkjet printing companies worldwide. The event will run from 6 to 8 October, coinciding with the rescheduled FESPA time frame.

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“Tradeshows like FESPA and Printing United may have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but our commitment to the printing industry stands strong,” says Tom Vermeulen, head of Agfa’s Inkjet Sign & Display business unit. “We want to inspire and engage printing companies. In Studio 5D10, our experts will give them an update on our offering, and discuss how it can move their businesses forward in a cost-effective way.”

The FESPA Global Print Expo originally scheduled for October 2020 in Madrid is now due to take place in Amsterdam from 9-12 March 2021.

Studio 5D10 takes its name from what would have been Agfa’s booth number at FESPA this October. The series of broadcasts focuses on market and technology trends in inkjet printing, as well as on the way printing companies can benefit from Agfa’s latest printing innovations for sign & display and industrial print applications – including high-performance large-format printers, workflow automation software and GREENGUARD Gold certified inkjet inks.

The event will host two broadcasts per day across the three days, consisting of a mix of expert talks, user cases, background info and Q&A sessions. Each broadcast will handle a specific topic, ranging from dealing with printing corrugated from flat to finish, over growing and diversifying offset printers’ businesses with large-format inkjet printing, to made-to-measure specialty inkjet solutions – both for sign & display and for industrial applications. Focus points will be the unique power of creative print applications, the importance of perfectly matched print system building blocks, as well as different forms of smart automation options that save printing companies time and money.

To see the list of scheduled Studio 5D10 sessions and to register, visit www.studio5D10.com

All broadcasts will be streamed from Agfa’s headquarters in Belgium, in English. They will last approximately one hour each. Links to the recordings will be made available at the end of each broadcasting day.

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Sessions include:

Growing and diversifying your business – Wide-format inkjet for offset printers

This session focuses on offset printers that consider investing in large-format printing to expand their offering and acquire additional business. As a global market leader in offset printing solutions, we have the right experience and knowhow to guide you on this growth path – from assessing your exact business and technical needs and implementing the necessary equipment and software, to assisting you in the development of creative print applications.

What we will discuss:

  • How to leverage the combination of offset and inkjet and earn money with large-format inkjet printing
  • How to achieve brand colour consistency across all technologies and media
  • How to attract new business with creative applications that were previously out of reach
  • How to combine award-winning print quality with extreme productivity and cost-efficiency
  • How to automate wide-format printing for the highest operational efficiency

Session 1: Tuesday 6 October, 10 am CET (other time zones)
Session 2: Tuesday 6 October, 4 pm CET (other time zones)
Duration: 60 minutes


From flat to finish – Corrugated inkjet printing

The ever-changing world of graphic packaging and display packaging meets the new world of digital manufacturing. In this session we discuss the strategic benefits of Agfa’s technological impact in this area, without targeting a specific product. Rather, we focus on how we can support your growth in this market with the help of a number of tools, including workflow automation, MIS integration, dashboards, brand control, dedicated inks and colour consistency, and technical as well as strategic support. A number of user cases will back up the story.

List of topics:

  • Digital speak-to-market strategies for brand owners
  • Geo marketing with targeted variable imaging
  • Productivity to profitability – the analogue transition
  • Communication to strategy – Agfa’s value stream for packaging

Session 1: Wednesday 7 October, 10 am CET (other time zones)
Session 2: Wednesday 7 October, 4 pm CET (other time zones)
Duration: 60 minutes


Going the extra mile – Syncing inkjet components for a perfect print result 

Do you have very specific printing needs? Then Agfa is the right partner to talk to. This session is dedicated to the efforts we take to meet the special requirements of printing companies and other specialized industries. On the one hand, we can rely on our perfect control of all variables of the inkjet process: printer, ink, software and peripheral equipment, e.g. for automation. On the other hand, we also cooperate with great partners to develop specialized printing solutions. In some cases, we build the system solution and make use of third-party components; in other cases, we fit dedicated inks into another system builder’s printing solution. In the latter instances, printing is often part of a larger production process. Examples include laminate floors and furniture panels, wooden pallets, corrugated packaging, and even genuine leather decoration.

Session 1: Thursday 8 October, 10 am CET (other time zones)
Session 2: Thursday 8 October, 4 pm CET (other time zones)
Duration: 60 minutes