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  • 09 Jul 2018

TheIJC 2018 to showcase global growth of inkjet

The fifth TheIJC, taking place October 16-17, 2018 in Dusseldorf, Germany, will showcase the global growth of inkjet with the first speakers and exhibitors from the extensive two-day program now confirmed.

TheIJC brings together industry and academic leaders in their fields who speak about the latest advances and future developments driving digital print. It includes: a focus on inkjet engineering; a review on fluid and ink components, such as nano particles, conductive, aqueous and UV inks; and an academic track open to all universities and non-commercial research institutes to present their work.

Steve Knight, TheIJC co-founder and director at Digital Direct Technologies, said: ‘After four events in Europe and the successful introduction of TheIJC in the US earlier this year, we have been observing the constant global growth of inkjet.

‘Our community expands as more and more manufacturing processes feel the impact of digital print technology and investigate implementing inkjet into their specific applications.’

Organised by ESMA, TheIJC has grown from 270 attendees in 2014 to 525 during last year’s edition. The 2018 conference program includes 60 technical presentations. Speakers include: Dr Hamid M. Shirazi, Fujifilm Inkjet Technology; Jason Remnant, Xaar product line manager; Daisuke Hamada, executive vice president, R&D, Kao Collins; Evonik’s Thorsten Schierle; Paul Hönen, industry manager at DSM; Phil Collins, software engineer at Global Inkjet Systems; Tom Mooney, product manager at Global Graphics Software; and Phoseon’s Dirk Exner. See the full speak list and program here. More speakers will be confirmed over the coming weeks and months.

Topics to be covered include: high speed, high quality variable data printing; printhead jetting; inkjet droplet measurement with laser diagnostics; analysis of ink and substrate surface properties under inkjet conditions; the handling of inks; and UV LED output. See the full program for more topics to be covered.

Presentations are supported by a 90-strong table-top exhibition to promote networking with the lobal inkjet industry. Exhibitors, old and new, represent printhead manufacturers, ink producers, software designers, vision inspection experts, curing and drying companies, and research institutes.

ESMA CEO Peter Buttiens concluded: ‘Building this conference has been a dynamic process with a global approach to all those who are involved in hardware, chemistry, software and related developments. Each presenting company or research institute contributes to the high technical level of the conference programme and the invaluable social networking aspect. The role of TheIJC is to provide an optimal environment for creative exchange between experts from various fields, as well as to initiate and enhance business relationships.’

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