So I am more confident in my post from yesterday. The tweet flow had me confused for a while. There really is an issue.
One quibble, I think the Print Show has more substance than suggested.
Everyone spoken to commented on the credibility of the visitors, comparing favourably with those that had attended the Print Show in Telford a few weeks earlier. There the visitor profile had been smaller companies with limited budgets. At Ipex the demographic was a larger company with litho as well as digital printing.
It may depend what you are looking for. Telford welcomed Canon, Konica Minolta, Xeretec. The case for printed fabric was made at IPEX by the London College of Fashion but perhaps not well backed up through evidence. At Telford there was machinery from HP and Epson. Man Roland was there for conversation. Apparently taking weeks to set up equipment only makes sense for a longer show. Not in the UK presumably.
The Print Show has announced September 2018 at NEC. See previous post why I think there is still scope for a global theory event as well. Maybe more or less often so still pretty vague.
So plenty of time to work out what IPEX would be like in 2019. What talk to talk?