The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC) goes to America

TheIJC, the world’s biggest inkjet event, announces the inaugural US edition to take place on 12-13 April 2018 in The Westin O’Hare hotel in Chicago. With over 40% of the exhibition space already booked, the organisers are looking forward to bringing the unique mix of technical and educational presentations, as well as of networking opportunities, to America. 300 attendees are expected: OEMs, suppliers, developers, engineers, chemists, researchers and brand owners.

TheIJC has been developed by the European Specialist Printing Manufactures Association (ESMA) and Digital Direct Technologies in partnership with drupa, the no. 1 worldwide exhibition for printing technologies. The first European edition was launched in 2014 and since then the conference has experienced a continuous growth in both individual attendees and the number of companies who come to learn and network about the advances in industrial inkjet.

“TheIJC had to build its reputation but it proved very quickly that the ‘platform’ concept worked very well – it combined the networking arena populated by exhibitor tabletops with two presentation tracks. The number of exhibitors and delegates has grown over the years and the current European edition will feature 3 presentation tracks and 80 exhibitor stands. Now approaching 500 participants, we are prepared for the expansion of the concept. They key strength of the conference remains the education about all aspects of inkjet technology combined with excellent networking and business opportunities”, explains Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA.

Attendees to TheIJC US can expect expert presentations – from both industry and academia – that explore how inkjet technology affects the manufacturing processes of today and tomorrow. “For inkjet engineering and inkjet chemistry, it’s TheIJC”, says Steve Knight, Co-founder of TheIJC. “We aim to broaden the understanding of the wide range of topics that make up inkjet and our guidelines to exhibitors are to cover a technical topic to an audience of a different technical or scientific background. We will hear about the latest printhead developments, about ink components and finished ink, lab equipment for measurement and analysis, curing and drying systems, software electronics and integration, vision systems for inspection and verification of digitally printed images. It is really a wide focus at TheIJC. As manufacturing industries from packaging through to 3D printing adopt inkjet, the requirements to understand the core technology become paramount to the successful implementation of this disruptive technology.”

Registration for exhibitors and call for papers are currently open. All interested companies and research institutes should contact the organisers at

Over 20 companies have already booked a presentation slot and a stand in the conference networking arena: Adphos | Agfa | Allnex | Amazon Filters | ColorGATE | Crown Van Gelder | Digital Direct Technologies | Fujifilm Inkjet Technology | Global Graphics Software | Global Inkjet Systems | HAPA | ImageXpert | Integration Technology | Kao Collins | Marabu | Matsui | Meteor Inkjet | NTS Group | Prophotonix | Sun Chemical | Xaar.

Rob van den Braak

Printer’s devil (1964), phototypesetter, offsetprinter, teacher of graphic techniques, salesmanager, productmanager, trade journalist, founder of BlokBoek e-zine (2011). But above all husband, father, friend and lover of life in southern Spain (since 2010).

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