Ask The Experts- ESMA

Ask The Experts- ESMA

Ask The Experts

Looking for unbiased, technology-neutral advice from independent print consultants? Look no further than ESMA’s Ask The Experts feature at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019.

Visitors to the show have the invaluable opportunity to book one-on-one advice sessions with experts covering a broad range of expertise. These slots are sure to get fully booked fast, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to seek out advice from the industry experts on digital printing technology, industrial printing applications and business innovation.

Sessions can be booked exclusively through the official FESPA 2019 show app, available to download on the App Store and Google Play from April. 

All Ask The Experts sessions will be held at the ESMA Pavilion (Hall A6, booth A70).


Experts available at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 include:



  • Opportunities and challenges in new business development
  • From technology chain to value chain
  • Digital textile printing


Roland Biemans is an industry veteran, with past positions at ink manufacturer Kiian Digital, machine manufacturer Hollanders Printing Systems, software developer Aurelon, industry association ESMA and the Textile Competence Center. As founder of LMNS – an expert group focused on product and business development for the graphic arts, visual communication and printing industry – he continues to connect the dots in textile (graphics, interior, clothing), packaging (plastics, corrugated, labels), glass (flat and hollow) and specialty print (industrial, dedicated).

Roland Biemans

STEVE KNIGHT, Digital Direct Technologies


• How to select the appropriate core inkjet technologies and partners for the specific market application
• Ink, chemistry and system design consultancy
• Education and introduction to inkjet

Steve Knight has a background in electronic engineering and has been involved in the development support, sales and marketing of disruptive technology to industries using imaging technology since 1986. Steve has worked for leading companies in a variety of roles in global positions as well as consulting for numerous companies on the development and launch of digital print equipment. He is the co-founder of TheIJC (The Inkjet Conference) and TheIJT (The Inkjet Training).

Steve Knight

OLIVER KAMMANN, K-Flow Consulting


• Colour profiling on glass and plastic containers
• Colour management workflow for industrial printing
• Profiling technologies for industrial decoration

With a 15-year family-company background in manufacturing of printing machines and pre-press solutions for packaging, containers and optical media, including the development of the first industrial digital printing machine for DVD media in cooperation with Indigo in 1999, Oliver founded K-Flow GmbH in 2005 after the sale of his family company and has been an ESMA board member since 2007. K-Flow was rebranded as K-Flow Consulting in 2016 to reflect the increasing need of customers for unbiased and comprehensive technological and strategic consulting services. K-Flow Consulting operates in two key business areas: development of bespoke colour communication software solutions, as well as consulting and project management services for all technical and strategic aspects of industrial screen and digital printing applications.

Oliver Kammann

THOMAS POETZ, 3T Inkjet Textile Consulting


• Customised business and technical solutions enabled with inkjet technology
• Decoration of surfaces such as textiles, leather, wallpaper, non-woven, aluminium, glass, packaging and corrugated board

Thomas Poetz, graduated in Business Administration, is an expert in the inkjet printing industry since about 20 years. For more than 15 years he has been working as the Executive Director of 3P InkJet Textiles AG, taking care about product and marketing development. Under his leadership the products that the company developed got a lot of international awards - one product was even used by NASA in the space shuttle. Thomas integrated 3P InkJet Textiles AG into Verseidag GmbH in 2011 and after that he started his consulting company in the inkjet printing Industry. He is a well known speaker at international conferences, talking about using the inkjet technology to create and decorate surfaces and to develop new business concepts. In the last years he has taken on a part-time lecturing job at the University of Applied Sciences Hof-Münchberg where he is educating textile design students.

Thomas Poetz

JOCHEN CHRISTIAENS, Inkjet Consulting Christiaens


  • How to turn applications from analogue towards inkjet printing: challenges and solutions
  • Speciality chemistry development and benchmarking for niche applications
  • Neutral advice on inkjet print system development, optimisation of processes, product and business development
  • Assessment of existing and new inkjet print processes


Jochen Christiaens has almost 20 years of experience in product and business development of inkjet printing technologies and applications. As a product and market specialist, Jochen led development projects with international OEMs in Asia, USA and Europe, for the graphical and industrial printing environment. He executed extensive market researches for the purpose of defining an entirely new inkjet inks product portfolio for large format and industrial printing applications, a next generation coding and marking late stage customisation single pass print engine for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, security print, banknote, passport and credit card industries. He supports ESMA in connecting the dots by organising academies and practical courses. Within the LMNS Group of experts, he focuses on key developments of inks (pigments, masking liquids) packaging (plastics, corrugated, labels), glass (flat and hollow) and speciality printing applications (industrial, dedicated, direct-to-wall printing). With his expertise, Jochen specialises in the development of niche applications, M&A due diligence and strategic market and product development.

Jochen Christiaens



  • Development of inks needs a real test environment. How to design a lab-printers system
  • Problems occurring when transforming industrial production from analogue printing to inkjet
  • Digitalise you screen production – screen printing is still an excellent technique
  • Colour management in industrial printing applications
  • The roll of RIP software in industrial printing


After holding CEO roles at Klinger GmbH, Deutsche adp and dpm Digital Printmedien, Philipp Klinger joined ColorGATE and Flexa Srl in 2011 where he acts as the European Sales & Marketing Manager. Simultaneously he offers services to the digital printing industry as the CEO of Softcon Gmbh.

Philipp Klinger

STEPHAN GEITEL, Stephan Geitel Consulting


• Large format digital textile printing
• Transformation from analogue to digital printing
• Workflow, colour management, sampling, production, finishing, sourcing, training, integration, communication

Stephan has practical experience as textile engineer of more than 30 years in both analogue and digital textile printing. Starting from screen printing and rapidly becoming involved with digital printing technology, he can be considered an early adaptor to textile inkjet. He has gained practical experience both as Production Manager and Managing Director of a textile printing factory where he successfully completed the changeover from analogue to digital. Additionally, this knowledge is complemented by further experience as international Sales Manager working for a reputable digital ink manufacturer. Since 2016, Stephan is offering consultancy services for companies in need for transformations from analogue to digital.

Stephan Geitel


FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 in Munich is Europe’s largest exhibition for screen and digital wide format print, textile printing and signage. Over 4 days visitors have the opportunity to experience the latest products and innovations on display from over 700 exhibitors.