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Founded in 1962, FESPA is a global federation of Associations for the wide format printing community supporting the speciality print sector. This includes all our stakeholder groups by supplying relevant information and events to help them sustain and grow their businesses, scope new technologies, explore market opportunities and push the boundaries of print.

FESPA provide a range of global exhibitions, educational events and market intelligence covering digital printing, screen printing, textile printing, garment decoration and signage to a worldwide audience, in addition to supporting local projects delivered via our trade Associations.

FESPA's mission: 

“To be the leading globally connected imaging community reinvesting its profits for the purpose of inspiring, educating and growing the industry.”

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Profit for Purpose

What is 'Profit for Purpose'?

Profit for Purpose is a structured international reinvestment programme that uses revenues from FESPA events to support the global speciality print and visual communications community to achieve sustainable and profitable growth.

Re-investment is channelled into four key areas: to share knowledge and market intelligence; to promote best practice and spark inspiration; to create valuable networking opportunities; and to help businesses to diversify, grow and prosper.

The Profit for Purpose programme delivers high quality products and services, including market research, seminars, summits, congresses, educational guides and event features, in addition to supporting grassroots projects in developing markets.

Key examples of initiatives funded by Profit for Purpose are:  

  • Trade Show Features
  • FESPA Print Census
  • FESPA Global Summit
  • Club FESPA
  • Industry Congresses and Seminars

Since 2005, the Profit for Purpose programme has continually delivered a range of high-quality products and services for printers worldwide.

These include: 

  • Independent market research
  • Conferences, seminars and webinars
  • International summits
  • Regional and national congresses
  • Educational guides
  • Technical support and training content
  • International print award programme
  • Event features
  • Exclusive content and articles in 36 languages

Profit for Purpose also actively supports projects in developing markets, such as training schools, educational roadshows and community support initiatives. 

Profit for Purpose initiatives are delivered in conjunction with FESPA's 37 global Associations, who submit applications to the programme for their members' benefit. Each request is submitted to a Profit for Purpose committee, which ensures that the reinvestment programme delivers fairly across the Association network. 

Some Profit for Purpose activities are delivered centrally, with the support of the Associations. 

Examples include: 

  • The annual FESPA Global Summit, which brings leading printers together to share knowledge and inspiration
  • The annual FESPA Awards, which celebrates and shares best practice in all areas of speciality print
  • The FESPA Print Census research project, which surveys the global speciality print community to identify trends and share insights
  • Business development such as the Print Make Wear fast fashion factory, Colour L*A*B* colour management showcase and the Printeriors interior décor feature. 

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How can you be a part of this?

You can become a member of your local National Association or join our global community by becoming a FESPA Direct Member. 

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