IMI Europe Inkjet Printing Conference 2014

Missed our event in Barcelona?

5-7 November, 2014

Avenida Palace Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

With 21 presentations over two full days, as well as access to the IT Strategies Printer and Supplies Market Report, this is the essential event for those working in inkjet technology. The IMI Europe Inkjet Printing Conference 2014 has market overviews and updates from senior executives and analysts, as well as the latest developments in printhead, printing system and ink technologies.

Joint Chairs: Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources and Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems

Speakers from:

Alchemie * Archipelago * D&K Engineering * Encrés Dubuit * FFEI * Fujifilm Imaging Colorants * Fujifilm Dimatix * Heidelberg * Hewlett Packard * IACS - Toshiba TEC * InPrint * IT Strategies * Konica Minolta * Landa Digital * Pivotal Resources * Ricoh * Sheffield University * STMicroelectronics * ThallosJet * Toyo Ink * Xennia Technology

Additional Benefits

Supplier Forum

Do you have a product or service to promote? All registrants can give a 5 minute supplier presentation, subject to availability. Sign up on the registration form or contact


We welcome product demonstrations and displays by speakers and delegates, subject to availability. A complimentary display table allows your products and company literature to be seen during the breaks and receptions. Sign up on the registration form or contact

IT Strategies Market Report

All registrants will receive the latest study report "The Numbers" Market Report by IT Strategies. Generated from their worldwide computer printer industry model it provides an ongoing source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure.

Conference Programme

WEDNESDAY 5 November, 2014

11:00 Registration

14:00 Session begins

Introduction to IMI Europe Inkjet Printing Conference 2014

Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine, USA & Director, IMI Europe, Cambridge, UK

Drupa 2016: The renaissance of the print industry (based upon inkjet technology's unstoppable forward momentum)

Marco Boer, Vice-President, IT Strategies, Inc., Hanover, Massachusetts, USA

  • The inflection of investment in inkjet technology
  • The importance of single-pass inkjet technology
  • Inkjet technology's application expansion
    • Inkjet printing on uncoated and coated offset papers
    • Inkjet printing for decor
    • Reality check: understanding the drivers and barriers of the eco-system where inkjet could be implemented

Why & how Heidelberg is betting big on inkjet

Jason Oliver, Senior VP Digital, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, Heidelberg, Germany

  • Culture change required
  • Finding the applications
    • Can single pass inkjet compete with flexo and offset?
    • Will customers really pay up?
    • New markets?
  • Finding partners
  • Challenging the technology
  • Failing fast and getting to market faster

Nanography: The path to commercialisation

Gilad Tzori, Vice President Product Strategy, Landa Digital Printing, Rehovot, Israel

  • From Drupa 2012 until today
  • An introduction to Nanography
  • The difference is in the dots
  • What's new with Nanography
  • Revolutionizing the print operator user experience (UX)
  • Opportunities and challenges facing the print market

Development of KM-1 B2 sheet-fed UV inkjet press

Daisuke Naka, Assistant Manager, Business, Konica Minolta IJ Technologies, Tokyo, Japan

  • Introduction of KM-1
    • Why B2 format?
  • Target segment & requirements
    • Digital press: should it be direct or offset transfer?
    • Why UV?
  • Technical challenge of high-speed single-pass ink jet and Konica Minolta development
    • Printhead
    • Ink
    • Systems
  • Business opportunity
    • No boundaries to applications

Digital printing expands further into industrial applications

Martin Schoeppler, President & CEO, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., Santa Clara, California, USA

  • Today's successes in industrial applications and why they became successful
  • Are there different requirements for the industrial markets?
  • Trends, obstacles, mitigations, problems and potential solutions
  • Future of industrial printing

Digital textiles - the next tornado application?

Dr Tim Phillips, Marketing Manager, Xennia Technology, Letchworth, UK

  • Market adoption across industries
  • Opportunities for digital textiles
  • Challenges for digital textiles
  • New ink chemistries the key to growth
  • Decoration and functionality
  • ‘Smart’ textiles: just hype?

19:00-20:30 Reception

Join us and enjoy local wines and beers, canapés and good company!

THURSDAY 6 November, 2014

09:00 Session begins

Development of large format printers using pagewide technology

Xavi Bruch, LF Design Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett-Packard, Barcelona, Spain

  • Printhead module: scalability and one pass printing
  • Printhead servicing solutions
  • Media drive system
  • Image processing pipeline
  • Inks

Can label converters expect digital print to transform their business and deliver what they need?

Peter Walsh, Business Manager, FFEI, Hertfordshire, UK

  • Many requirements – some key points from our research
    • Single substrate inventory – print on same substrate with digital and conventional
    • Durability, light-fastness and adhesion must be good
    • Be cost effective for a typical range of jobs
    • Provide on demand printing (more responsive to customers and easier to schedule)
    • Reduce inventory & waste
    • High uptime, reliability and repeatability required
    • Must integrate with conventional print and finishing
    • Digital inks must be “compatible” with flexo inks, varnishes and embellishment processes
    • Requires integrated workflow
    • Must minimise touch-points/hand-offs
  • Production of labels is not simply a printing process
    • It is a converting process
    • To produce a fit-for-purpose applicator-ready roll (or cut stack) of labels

The advantages of digital versus screen printing for industrial applications

Frédéric Blancher, Group Sales Manager, Encrés Dubuit, Mitry-Mory, France

  • Various industrial markets where digital and screen processes can be used
  • Pros and cons of screen printing
  • Pros and cons of digital printing
  • Example of real case studies with Dubuit Group products
  • Cost comparison presentation of both processes
  • Similar comparison between digital and offset

Inkjet inks and colorants - platforms for growth in digital

Philip Double, Techno-Commercial Manager, Inkjet Ink Commercial Team, FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants Limited, Blackley, Manchester, UK

  • Overview of industrial growth markets/segments adopting aqueous inkjet inks
  • Challenges facing the end users as they make the transition from analogue to inkjet
  • Fundamental requirements of inkjet inks and colorants to support current and new industrial applications
  • How ink manufacturers can work with integrators to provide a system solution
  • Trends in inkjet inks and colorants to support new horizons

Recent advances in ink formulation to meet developing and emerging inkjet markets

Peter Walshe, Inkjet Ink Business Development, Toyo Ink Europe Speciality Chemicals

  • The continuing progress of inkjet in a wide range of print applications
  • Quality and reliability expectations are rising
  • “There is no silver bullet” – there will be many different solutions
  • Ink formulations will be focused on individual print systems and applications
  • The relationship between ink maker and print head manufacturer has become even more important

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Session begins

From thermal inkjet to thin film piezo

Giancarlo Ginami, ST Technology Director, Custom MEMS Division, STMicroelectronics, Milan, Italy

  • ST in fluidic MEMS
  • ST in thermal Inkjet & PZT technology
    • World’s largest manufacturer of thermal inkjet chips
    • Development of thin film piezo MEMS
  • Beyond printing: fluidic MEMS for new applications
  • Conclusion

Industrial inkjet printheads for a wide range of applications

Graham Kennedy, Business Development Manager, Industrial Print, Inkjet Solution Centre, Ricoh Europe, London, UK

Industrial inkjet takes on aggressive challenges

Erwin Kempeneers, Managing Director, Industrial Inkjet Integration And Consultancy Services (IACS)—The European Toshiba TEC Inkjet Technology Centre

  • In today’s highly-competitive global markets, industries are continually forced to reinvent themselves in order to maintain growth and profitability
  • Rapid evolution of inkjet technology encourages product and process innovation, leading to cost optimisation
  • Ceramic industry was the first to switch completely to digital printing. It’s now moving at the speed of light to the next galaxy: digital finishing
  • Market-driven deployment of inkjet in new, boundary-stretching applications challenges head manufacturers, ink suppliers and system integrators; they all need to adapt their technologies and methodologies to deliver viable solutions
  • Will this resolute switch to Inkjet be copied in other industrial markets?

Taking digital to the next dimension? A novel technology combining the benefits of digital with the throughput and materials flexibility of analogue production

Dr Alan Hudd, Director and Founder and Hannah O’Brien, Sales & Marketing Director, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

  • Digital challenges in the industrial environment
  • The digital solution landscape
    • Technology solutions available
    • Key performance requirements for industrial (non-graphic) applications
  • Alchemie’s novel technology overview
    • Technical specification
    • Performance overview
  • Broadening the horizons for digital
    • New applications
    • Environmental and sustainable manufacturing opportunities

What we learned from InPrint 2014

Marcus Timson, Co-Founder & Director, FM Brooks, Leatherhead, Surrey, UK

  • Results of survey of 350 InPrint visitors
  • Insight and analysis into industrial print
  • What is driving growth?
  • What technology will dominate in the future?

Suppliers Forum

Do you have a product or service to promote? All registrants can give a 5 minute supplier presentation, subject to availability. Sign up on the registration form or contact

19:00-20:30 Reception

FRIDAY 7 November, 2014

09:00 Session begins

Inkjet patents - an insight into the future

Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources, Cambridge, UK

  • 300 inkjet patent applications a month
    • Worth reading or not?
  • Insights into development trends
    • Silicon as a printhead material
    • Thin film piezo
    • Intermediate transfer
    • New applications for inkjet
    • New entrants

Innovative approach to speciality and garment printing

Enrico Manini, CTO, ThallosJet, Turin, Italy

  • Opportunities for direct to garment printing
  • Overview of technologies for garment printing
  • Novel flat-bed platform combining transfer and direct to garment digital printing
  • Ultra black ink formulation for image transfer
  • System integration considerations
  • Challenges going forward

Inkjet ink delivery systems - critical for high print quality and reliability

Andy Bound, Research & Development Director, D&K Engineering, San Diego, CA, USA

  • Ink supply back pressure management
  • Printhead
    • Pressure priming
    • Vacuum priming
    • Ink circulation
  • Ink Filtration
  • Pumps and valves
  • Heaters
  • Degassers
  • Material compatibility issues
  • Ink delivery system electronics and control
  • Case studies
    • Wide format printer using Memjet printheads
    • High speed labels printer using Memjet printheads

Making surfaces function

Dan Mace, Consultant, Archipelago, Cambridge, UK

  • Surfaces are immensely important – most devices interact through their surfaces
  • Surface chemistry is the key to controlling functionality
  • Patterning the functionality can also be important
  • Depositing the required chemistry in the right location enables a wide range of new devices and processes
  • Inkjet is the method that enables surfaces to be functionalised with the required locational precision
  • Archipelago makes surfaces function by combining inkjet and chemistry
  • We will give examples of sterilising, illuminating, sensing, or conducting surfaces

Inkjet printed composites

Dr Patrick Smith, Laboratory of Applied Inkjet Printing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK

  • Inkjet deposition of discrete droplets of polymer onto pre-impregnated substrate
  • Substrate stacked and thermally treated to produce carbon fibre composite
  • Carbon fibre composite is strong but light - increasingly used as a structural component, e.g. Boeing's Dreamliner
  • The inkjet printed composites show the following properties:
    • Up to 100% higher fracture toughness
    • Over 30% higher shear modulus (UD)
    • Negligible (0.025%) additional weight
    • Greater reproducibility and engineering design conformance
    • Inherent resistance to cracking results and higher impact resistance

13:00 Conference ends