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The Print Show Review: Part 2

In the last of the series, Jo Golding rounds up the remaining show reports from The Print Show 2016, taking a look back at some of the innovations revealed

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The Print Show 2016 had attendance figures of 5,916, beating its total for the previous year

Expectations surpassed at The Print Show

In the first of this series looking back at the key developments that took place at the 2016 edition of The Print Show, we saw OKI race ahead of the pack with a car wrapping competition, Print Futures Awards’ winners collect hampers for their inventive designs, and a whole host of companies sell kit at the show including Grafityp, RGB UK, and Renz.

O Factoid: The Print Show 2017 will take place from October 11th to 13th at The International Centre in Telford. It spans 15,000sq m of exhibition space and is located in ‘the birthplace of industry’. O

In this final look back at the reporting from the exhibition, we see how Presstek is looking out for the environment with its printing technology, Friedheim International were very happy with the show’s ability to deliver high-quality visitors, new equipment from Riso, and why the show surpassed expectations for Tech-ni-fold.

Friedheim Ineternational brought a dense array of print finishing technology to The Print Show

Environmentally-friendly printing was a key theme on Presstek’s stand with the Presstek 52DI ECO-UV digital offset printing press. On this machine, sheets are dried instantly and users can print on more substrates such as plastics, vinyl, and paper, increasing opportunities for printers. There is a low cost per page and automatic printing cycle including plate loading, imaging, registration, inking, and cleaning, making the whole process more automated.

Presstek focused on environmentally-friendly printing with the 52DI ECO-UV digital offset printing press

More environmentally-friendly options were available on Presstek’s stand in the form of its Gem Plate, Nytro, and Zahara plates. Whilst Zahara is for waterless offset printing, Gem Plate and Nytro are used for conventional presses. Gem Plate is a chemistry-free develop on press plate and Nytro is a high performance thermal CTP plate, both of which are better for the environment than standard plates.

Elsewhere, Friedheim International was able to take orders for various products in its range of finishing solutions. Such technology included an MBO B30/644 Efficiency buckle folding machine with A76 mobile stream delivery and an Audion EL-Matic film wrapper along with a TM18 shrink tunnel.

Rob Hart, director of Ace Print Finishers, which purchased an MBO B30 folder, says: “We regularly invest in new equipment to update our capabilities and improve the service to our customers. I believe that MBO folders are the best machines on the market for trade finishers, and for us the B30 is the perfect model. The equipment is also very versatile, and offers very quick make-readies.”

Stuart Bamford, national sales manager for post-press products at Friedheim, adds: “The Print Show provided a good opportunity to meet new and existing customers, and for that reason the event justified our participation. Our task now is to follow up and maximise all of the good sales that were generated.”

Friedheim International took a targeted approach to their presence at The Print Show, filling its stand to the gunnels with examples of its wide print finishing technology portfolio hard at work producing real-world samples throughout the event. One of the powerhouses of this sector in the UK, a key strength of its offering is that each one of its product segments is represented by Europe’s elite manufacturers, meaning that it is able to solve very complex production issues for its customers.

Riso was also pleased to showcase several new pieces of technology, one of which will not be launched until March 2017, still retaining its Japanese user interface. The Com Color GD9630 is a five-colour machine including CMYK and the addition of grey. The 160ppm machine is billed as the world’s fastest cut-sheet printer and is an exciting extension to the Riso brand.

Riso introduced its new five-colour ComColor GD9630 machine at The Print Show 2016

Also new to the show is the Com Color FW Series, including the 5230, a compact and easy to use inkjet printer. Debbie Callaghan, marketing manager at Riso, says there has been massive interest in its Digi Feed envelope system due to the simplicity of application, which is appealing to printers, offering them a high-volume, high capacity system. Callaghan also notes how more printers are bringing equipment in-house.

New faces

On the last day of The Print Show, you would think things would start to wind down, but walking through the hall it was clear that the visitors just kept coming and there was plenty left to see in the final hours of open doors.

GMP’s business development director, Will Duggins, explained how he spoke to many of the company’s existing customers on day one, but over the last two days saw many new faces pop by the stand for more information on its laminating machines and sleeking technology.

GMP, which sold kit at the show, spoke to visitors about its laminating and sleeking technology

GMP sold two machines at the show, the Q Topic-380 semi-automatic laminating machine and the Excelam Q1670RS. A fully automatic version of the Q Topic-380 was launched at the show by GMP (QTopic-380) and Duggins says there has been a lot of interest in the machine due to its affordability, making it a good option for those entering the market.

Daniel Pretot from Eazyprint was on hand again at this year’s Print Show to demonstrate the impressive capabilities of sleeking technology with GMP, and showcased one particular project for a high-end champagne brand, produced using the QTopic-380, and has also been nominated for the Digital Print Awards. With the paper projects on display, Pretot notes how The Print Show has helped open some exciting doors with the clientele visiting the show.

Tech-ni-fold was another company that had a successful show, selling two CreaseStream Mini Auto-feed machines, one of its new manual card creasers, and a range of tools, with many appointments made for after the show.

Graham Harris, managing director of Tech-ni-fold, says: “The show has gone really well and has exceeded our expectations. We took one of the last stands as we don’t do a lot of UK shows, but as soon as the doors opened on the first day, it was crazy. We have had the same amount of leads the second day as we did on the first day.
It’s a lively show and we’re glad we did it.”

Graham Harris, managing director of Tech-ni-fold, said the show exceeded expectations

Although a UK-focused show, what was positive to hear is that Tech-ni-fold was approached by international companies from Australia as well as Germany and Ireland, in regards to distributing the company’s products, therefore, this could mean there are new international partnerships for Tech-ni-fold to come.

Encore Machinery secured many leads from The Print Show and arranged lots of specific equipment demonstrations for after the show. The company told me that more than 50 percent of the people who came to their stand were new faces, making it a worthwhile trip for Encore. Bringing its rotary die-cutting, automatic taping machines, and more to the show, it is the automatic taping machines that drew in the most interest as many people were unaware that this process can now be automated.

Responsible printing

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) also made the most out of The Print Show to inform and educate visitors about its goal for more responsibly sourced papers and boards in the print industry.

Beth Bennett, business development manager of FSC UK, says: “There has been a varied visitor range across the supply chain including those who procure print and those who do the printing, and we have had a steady flow of visitors throughout the show.

“We are not here to sell or buy, we are here to facilitate. The vast majority of people we have met here are dealing with certified paper already, but it’s now about pushing it that bit further and encouraging printers to make claims.”

The FSC is working on the specifying of FSC materials and getting printers to apply an FSC label to products in order to their give customers the assurance that the company has chosen to source responsibly, a goal that has been given a helping hand by The Print Show.

Of course, paper is just one part of the print industry. Companies such as Vpress are showing how web-to-print software solutions are key for business growth. Jack Walsh and Andy Webb from Vpress told me that the show has gone very well for the company and has exceeded expectations, seeing many printers and print managers stop by for more information.

Vpress’ main aim was to get its name out there more with its Coreprint product, an easy to use tool that will allow printers to automate workflows with features such as DAM (digital asset management) and stock management, all of which help to boost efficiency.

Fanela made its space at The Print Show by attaching examples of its services to the walls of its stand, for example, an embroidered hat, a screen-printed t-shirt, and a litho transferred shirt. The company specialises in screen printing, embroidery, transfer printing, and direct-to-garment printing, all for the trade market.

“Our main purpose for exhibiting at The Print Show was to look for a new client base and diversify in this aspect. We have talked to both sign-makers and printers, and are happy with how it has gone,” explains Artie Pallari, managing director of Fanela

Artie Pallari, managing director of Fanela says: “We have spoken to some good clients and had good enquiries about what we do. Our main purpose for exhibiting at The Print Show was to look for a new client base and diversify in this aspect. We have talked to both sign-makers and printers, and are happy with how it has gone.”

Our main purpose for exhibiting at The Print Show was to look for a new client base and diversify in this aspect

As The Print Show 2016 drew to a close once again, there was again plenty of optimism from both exhibitors and visitors. On top of this, there have been high levels of equipment sales and a plethora of leads obtained, making next year’s show at The International Centre from October 11th to 13th, one not to miss.

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