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February 2013

Press Contact:

Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312)781-5185
Fax (312) 781-5188

Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


The German trade fair organizer Messe Düsseldorf and ESNA (European Association for Specialist Printing Manufacturers of Screen, Digital and Flexo Technology) have formed a strategic cooperation in order to address the fast growing printed electronics market and its huge potential in a wide range of sectors. By organizing the new special show PEPSO – Printed Electronics Products and Solutions at six of Messe Düsseldorf’s relevant trade fairs, Messe Düsseldorf and ESNA will offer an information platform for the latest trends and developments relating to printed electronics in the glass and solar industry, the medical and retail technology sector as well as in the plastics and printing industry.

“Printed Electronics is becoming attractive in many user sectors for which Messe Düsseldorf stages the respective flagship fairs. By establishing PEPSO, we are giving this topic a platform of its own and are integrating it in the trade fairs for the retail, glass processing, packaging, printing and medical sector. We are in the ideal position to offer manufacturers of printed electronics a marketing showcase for specific target groups,” stated Hans Werner Reinhard, Deputy Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf.

“The printing industry is ready to vertically integrate functionality and electronic applications. This cooperation is an ideal opportunity for the printing sector to gain access to the many industries and markets covered by Messe Düsseldorf’s range of world class exhibitions,” added Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA.

PEPSO special shows are planned at the following trade fairs: COMPAMED 2013, EuroShop 2014, EuroCIS 2014, glasstec 2014, interpack 2014 and drupa 2016. Detailed information about PEPSO is available at:

The two partners will combine their public relations and online activities and promote each other’s events by presenting themselves at the appropriate partner events. Messe Düsseldorf will be represented with an information stand at the upcoming AFIP – Advanced Functional & Industrial Printing – in Düsseldorf on March 6 and 7, 2013 while ESMA will take part in the relevant Düsseldorf trade fairs.

For further information about taking part in one of the PEPSO special shows, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit our web site; Subscribe to our blog; Follow us on twitter at


ESMA is the association for manufacturers, printers and consultants in specialist printing, including digital and screen printing technologies. The printing sector is increasingly developing towards functional, technical and industrial printing applications and these areas are the focus of ESMA in order to further strengthen the knowledge development throughout the industry. ESMA is a growing association and provides many benefits for companies interested in positing themselves as a top printing specialist in Europe. For more details, visit or email

Organized by ESMA, Advanced Functional & Industrial Printing 2013 (AFIP) will take place in Düsseldorf on March 6 and 7, 2013. During the two-day conference, 20 high-level technical presentations will cover innovative possibilities and potential applications of screen and digital printing. Topics will address different markets such as consumer goods, automotive and medical applications as well as industrial applications including film insert molding (FIM/IMD), printed electronics and functional printing. Space is limited – for online registration and the conference program, visit

The Messe Düsseldorf Group:
With Euro 380 million in sales in 2012, the Messe Düsseldorf Group confirmed its position as one of Germany’s most successful trade fair companies. Over 22,000 exhibitors* presented their products to 1.3 million trade visitors* at the company’s proprietary events in Düsseldorf in 2012. More than 50 exhibitions were held in Düsseldorf, including 24 globally leading trade fairs in five industry segments – machinery & equipment, trade & services, medicine & healthcare, fashion and lifestyle & leisure – as well as some 100 proprietary and joint events outside of Germany, demonstrating that the Messe Düsseldorf Group is a leading global platform for export. Messe Düsseldorf GmbH is leading when it comes to internationality: in 2012, 66% of all exhibitors* and 36% of all trade visitors at the company’s proprietary events came from outside of Germany and the Düsseldorf trade fairs were visited by customers from 163 countries. The Group has a global network of sales offices in 129 countries (68 foreign representations) as well as competence centers in seven countries. * All figures are subject to final accounting figures

Messe Dusseldorf North America Located at 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL. Phone: 312-781-5180. .