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Event Spotlight

The Print Show 2017

Human beings since time immemorial have only ever thrived when they worked together. Brendan Perring analyses how The Print Show is helping foster a stronger industry

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Bringing together the UK’s entrepreneurial community of print-service-providers in a spirit of positivity and confidence is what The Print Show is all about. Pictured: Jim Nicol, managing director of The Magic Touch, celebrates a major sale with customers during the 2016 show

Helping to build a better future

Now in its third year, The Print Show has achieved its core mission statement: “Providing UK printers large and small with the key tools they need to remain competitive, without forgetting the roots of our historic industry.”

This statement has been a bedrock for the exhibition’s organisers, helping them to remain focused on why it has grown so quickly to become an annual focal point for the UK print industry’s economic activity.
The exhibition has built itself around three core pillars. The first is that Link Exhibitions which runs it, and is part of the same group as this very magazine, spends more than £500,000 on print advertising in the trade media, eight national personalised printed direct mail content marketing campaigns, digital marketing, online advertising, visitor attractions, and educational content every year.

O Factoid12,500 people have registered to attend The Print Show 2017. O

The second is that a dedicated team of six experienced staff draw on this activity and individually call, qualify, and invite its 20,000 strong business database of printers, designers, marketers, manufacturers, and suppliers to The Print Show. They also take feedback and clever ideas from the industry, which are then fed back to shape the event’s planning and structure.

The third, final, and most important pillar is a clear and concise focus on drawing together the UK print industries community of entrepreneurial and hard-working businesses, national and international suppliers, trade bodies, support organisations, and interest groups under one roof—creating an economic kick-starter for the sector.

This magazine is chock-full of information on The Print Show, covering news from the very biggest manufacturers that are exhibiting to the very smallest supplier, and everything in between. And that is because Print Monthly ardently believes our industry needs an annual national trade show that works, not just as an economic stimulus, but also as a bedrock upon which it can build for a more prosperous future for the industry overall.
So, with that emphatic call to arms having been made, let us turn back to the purpose of this feature, dear reader. In the pages of this magazine, and the special Print Show Post newspaper inserted with it, you will be able to learn about all of the big-name exhibitors and the host of technology launches across its 130+ exhibitors.

Here I have taken a truly random cross section of the amazing group of exhibitors that will call The International Centre —Telford, home between October 11th and 13th, which hopefully demonstrates how wonderfully diverse and rich The Print Show really is.

Business intelligence
Located on stand E04, the British Printing Industries Federation’s (BPIF) experts will be on hand to discuss topics ranging from the Apprenticeship Levy, GDPR, and pricing below cost, to ensuring health and safety compliance within your company and legal issues.

“Not only that, you can also receive a demonstration of how to use our Funding Finder services—so you know the support that’s out there, or check your eligibility for qualifying for research and development tax credits,” explains Charles Jarrold, chief executive officer of the BPIF.
He continues: “If that wasn’t enough, if you visit our stand you will be able to pick up a free copy of one our newly launched Health and Safety posters, or our Decision Making report, which highlights the range of current decision making practices across the sector with comments from buyers, to help those in the industry make better decisions.”

Make sure to also check out the following BPIF speaking slots in the Business Seminar Theatre at The Print Show: 11th October 11:30 to 12:15—How change can bring opportunity. Here Jarrold—one of more than 30 expert speakers across the three days of the show—will provide an overview of how the print industry is responding to changes in technology, the market, and the economic environment. Indeed, with the UK experiencing a Brexit vote, a change in government, as well as continuing evolution in understanding of the unique nature of print, the BPIF’s top man will take a look at what the industry sentiment is on this issue, and consider what opportunities this environment can bring.

Charles Jarrold of the BPIF will be both speaking at The Print Show and taking part in a panel session hosted by Gareth Ward, editor of Print Business

Later the same day from 16:15 to 17:00, the BPIF will host a special panel session entitled How to Make the Best Investment Decisions in Print. The session will focus on the findings of the BPIF Investment Decision survey. Chaired by Gareth Ward, editor of Print Business, and with BPIF and Canon representatives, it will consider how printers make these decisions and how they could make them better. It will look at the role of the printer and the equipment supplier in making a success of an investment, but also explore what can go wrong in the exchange. This panel debate really is a must attend for all those thinking of investing in the technology at The Print Show.
Top technology

Now, talking of technology, Canon (stand E24) will be inspiring visitors with a range of creative ideas and world-class solutions, including demonstrating its unique new UVgel printing technology.

Certain to be a major draw for visitors will be demonstrations on the Océ Colorado 1640, which is the first printer using this new technology. UVgel is a UV curable ink that gels immediately on contact with the media, requiring no heat to cure, and is suitable for a wide range of media.

Canon will be unveiling its brand new Océ Colorado press at The Print Show

As a technology leader for continuous feed, sheetfed, and flatbed inkjet, Canon will also show the new Océ Vario Print 6000 Titan cut-sheet monochrome production press. This supports volumes of up to ten million A4 size impressions per month.

In a statement, the company explains its plans for the show: “At The Print Show, Canon’s creative and disruptive ideas will focus on delivering a truly immersive experience, as well as showing groundbreaking applications. Its clear focus will be on delivering solutions and services to help customers build better businesses.”

Now, from printing to finishing and Vivid Laminating Technologies (stand G10) will be launching its new Omni-Flow modular deep pile feeder for the award-winning Matrix Systems at The Print Show.

Vivid Laminating Technologies will be introducing its new Omni-Flow modular deep pile feeder at The Print Show 2017. Pictured: Its stand at The Print Show 2016

 “The new Omni-Flow will laminate and foil up to 1,000 SRA3 sheets unattended, saving both time and money. It’s a truly revolutionary product and can be set-up in seconds, at least five times quicker than traditional feeders,” explains Vivid’s sales director Richard Marlow.

The Omni-Flow is fully modular and easily retrofits to current Matrix Systems. Vivid has designed the feeder to run in-line with the Matrix, utilising custom Swiss Feed head technology exclusively for the Omni-Flow. The new system will also feed long sheet stock of 1050mm plus in length.

“The Print Show will see us introduce our new Printable White Foil,” continues Marlow, who adds: “This is a brilliant solution for digital printers who want to print white, but don’t have the engine to print a fifth colour.”

Now, another household name of the UK print finishing and special effects sector is Caslon, which will be exhibiting some of the unique products in their vast range of finishing and specialised process equipment on stand B06. These include the brand new RDC Rotary Die Cutter, Maxit Adhesive System, Foil Tech Foiling System, as well as card cutting  and laminating technology.

The Caslon Foil Tech FT-22 will be shown for the first time at The Print Show

“Using the latest technology flexible dies, any size, shape and format can be quickly and easily produced from a single sheet on the RDC Rotary Die Cutter,” explains David Ball, sales director at Caslon, who adds: “This impressive machine can die cut, kiss cut, score and perforate in a single pass on stocks ranging from 120 to 400gsm. Products that can be produced include labels, greeting cards, business cards, postcards, event tickets, stationery, playing cards, folded boxes, and retail packages.
“Using a top sheet air feed system, deep pile feeder and double sheet detector the RDC Rotary Die Cutter reduces the problems which can occur with today’s demanding digital outputs. Accuracy of the final product can also be controlled by working from either the lead edge or a printed registration mark.”

The Maxit adhesive system meanwhile uses a motorised roller coater to apply a very thin, smooth coating of a unique hot melt adhesive. Once the substrate is coated it will stick permanently to just about any surface including plastic, wood, and metal. The adhesive will not transfer to fingers and is completely non-hazardous and non-toxic. The system is so simple it requires no daily or monthly maintenance either.

Deck the halls

As the two examples above prove, a key strength of The Print Show is that it not only offers a wealth of education, cultural, and inspirational content via its special visitor attractions (see p1 and 12 for more information), but the highest density of working print equipment on show of any national print exhibition of its kind in the world.

CMYUK (stand E31) is another good example of this, as it will not only be unveiling its new Material Sample Binder at this year’s show, but hosting an Esko product launch for its latest wide-format flatbed cutting technology, and showcasing the new EFI Pro 16h LED UV hybrid printer, while offering special show deals from all other manufacturing partners.

“We’ve created what we feel is the ultimate reference tool, offering samples of our most popular industry materials, while also showcasing the latest innovaive products,” says Robin East, managing director at CMYUK, of its Material Sample Binder, before adding: “This is the ideal tool for our customers, enabling them to browse the fantastic selection of high-quality materials we offer. It should not only help them when working with clients, but should inspire them to try new and innovative products that they didn’t know existed.”

Robin East of CMYUK will be on hand at The Print Show to showcase the power of technology such as the EFI Pro 16h LED UV

Everything seen on the stand can be financed through CSAF—CMYUK’s popular finance package enabling significant savings on all products and materials.

Encore Machinery is yet another fine example of a stand (D06a) that will be bristling with working print technology. Indeed, it will be using The Print Show to launch a number of new product developments aimed at the short-run print and packaging sectors.

Encore Machinery will focus on the short-run print and packaging sectors

The new Peroni Ruggero manual grooving machine will be on display showing potential customers quick, easy, cost-effective ways of creating short-run luxury boxes with sharp edges. A new APR Box 1 semi-automatic straight-line box and tape application machine will also be launched at the show—running straight line carton boxes and applying double sided tape in the same pass.

The Neptune laminating machine meanwhile will also be making its Print Show debut with a new foiling attachment giving customers additional added value finishes. The Pitstop AF speed quality high speed creasing system will also be on show, running in conjunction with a Butterfly Easy 2 Fold, which will be creasing and folding products up to 450gsm at up to 10,500sph. And, last but not least, the Sumbel range of semi-automatic gluing and case making solutions will also be on display—showing potential customers a variety of options using gluing units, for product creation and material covering applications.

So, moving on to a major player in the wide-format print, materials, and software technology sector, Grafityp is a historic market front-runner. On stand H04 this year, it will showcase its ranges of Grafi Print, and Grafi Wrap medias and laminates, in addition to its portfolio of Roland DG printers and print and cut machines.

“Grafi Wrap films are an excellent way to enhance not only vehicles but furniture, doors, household items, reception areas, shop fittings, and so much more,” says Graham Jones of Grafityp.

The company also plans to present its new GCC JF-240 UV printer on its stand for the first time. Visitors to the Grafityp booth will be able to take advantage of special show prices on a variety of products.

Grafityp is one of Roland DG’s biggest technology vendors, and it will be showcasing a huge range from the manufacturer

In addition to its presence at The Print Show for the third year in a row, Grafityp will be in attendance at the debut Signlink Live, where it will be demonstrating how visitors can expand their business with help from the company.

Jones adds: “We are looking forward to exhibiting at both The Print Show and Signlink Live, where we will give visitors the chance to see our offerings first hand, talk to professional staff about their needs, take away materials samples and to hopefully gain new business.”

Big surprises, small packages

Now, as you tour The Print Show this year I am in no doubt you will come across gems of our industry you simply were not aware of, and Lion Picture Framing Supplies (stand A11) is one of them. Its promise is to give you ‘all the ammunition you need to inspire the transformation of your printed media’.

“On show will be an innovative range of products that will enable the transformation of your printed media into innovative, eye-catching and profitable wall décor—expanding the services you offer to include this extra revenue stream,” explains Lee Tandy, sales director at Lion.

The firm has 40 years of experience providing framers, photographers, and visual communication experts with everything they need to frame and hang their output, with a reputation for offering clever products and systems that solve problems many did not know they had.

A good example is its art and tray frame profiles in aluminium—the perfect decorative finish for any canvas or printed panel. Also on display will be simple solutions for canvas such as stretcher frames and accessories.

Tandy adds: “Turning images printed on canvas, paper or direct to media into wall décor by adding a hanger, stand or tray can be a profitable new income stream for your business.  We’ll show how quick and easy it is to do.”

 “Turning images printed on canvas, paper, or direct to media into wall décor by adding a hanger, stand or tray can be a profitable new income stream,” says Lee Tandy of Lion Picture Framing Supplies

Now, another big surprise that comes in an unassuming package is the newest technology from Morgana. The Print Show will see it give the UK debut to its new Laminator Pro 450, a machine that has a unique ‘heavy duty’ high pile feeder for true load-and-go operation. The device can handle sheets up to a full 450 x 700mm, which the manufacturer says makes it “ideal” for customers that need to laminate printed sheets from either digital or offset applications.

Also due to feature on Morgana’s stand are the latest high-capacity Auto Creaser and Digi Fold Pro 385 folder/creasers, and two types of binding equipment—the latest version of the Digi Book 300 PUR binder, able to produce A3 landscape books with binding on short edge, and the new range of high speed binders from Bindomatic. Morgana will also show the BM350/500 bookletmaking solutions with the latest VF vacuum feeder, as well as Aero Cut card cutter/creaser/slitter machines, and the Valiani flatbed cutter.

Morgana Systems will show its full range of products at The Print Show, including its Digi Fold Pro 385 folder/creasers

Ray Hillhouse, vice-president offline business at Morgana, comments: “We have enjoyed two very successful events with The Print Show. It has put itself firmly on the exhibition map for the UK’s printing industry. All of which means that Morgana need to be there.”

PFW Labels is another stand you should definitely make a stop at to see how it could help you diversify your print business. As the firm’s Lorraine Boyt explains: “We’re exhibiting at The Print Show for our first time with the aim to make existing and new customers aware of the specialist materials we have available and what they can potentially be used for. Our newest and most innovative products will be displayed to raise awareness of their existence, their compatibility with print machines and the perfect fit for the end use application.

“I am thoroughly looking forward […] to finding out how we can go out of our way to make label printing easier and more hassle free for you,” enthuses Lorraine Boyt of PFW Labels

“Our focus on specialist materials will be on labels for harsh environments that are suitable for printing on various different printers, the materials include ones suitable for outdoor and industrial use, marine grade, freezing temperatures, security purposes, and bottle labelling.

“Alongside the specialist materials we will have samples available of our wide range of coloured paper labels which are also multipurpose.”

PFW will also be running a prize draw for a chance to win one of three luxury hampers. Boyt concludes: “I am thoroughly looking forward to meeting you all soon and look forward to finding out how we can go out of our way to make label printing easier and more hassle free for you.”

Technicolour kit coat

Now, another really interesting firm that is worth a visit if you are looking to increase your footprint in the large-format print market is Printmax, which together with Hybrid Services (Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor), and four other Hybrid resellers, will be showcasing the power and potential of Mimaki’s newest revolutionary print technology. Indeed, the new UCJV300-160 and UCJV150-160 roll-to-roll UV LED print and cut solutions will sit pride of place on Printmax’s stand.

The new UCJV adds creativity to the production of signs and display graphics, as the form’s managing director Michael Bolton explains: “The Mimaki UCJV Series prints are instantly curing, allowing users to print rapidly and move immediately to the finished product. This machine is the first print and cut device with this capability and we’re confident it will streamline printers production time. This is a real game changer and we can’t wait to demonstrate the technology.

He continues: “For Printmax, exhibiting at The Print Show again will be about bringing new ideas to both prospective customers and existing customers alike, bringing hardware solutions capable of generating a large range of applications making for sound sense investments.

“New wide-format printers, such as the CJV and new UCJV, which enable companies to hit the ground running and make money from day one with a diverse range of capabilities, should be high on the ‘must see’ list for visitors attending the show.”

In addition to Mimaki’s roll to roll printers, Printmax will also be demonstrating the potential that Mimaki’s small format LED UV flatbeds offer, with the recently released UJFMkII Series featuring on their stand—and in the Promo Print Alley as part of the Profit Factory in The Print Show’s co-located sister event Signlink Live.

Another of the aforementioned Mimaki resellers on show will be RA Smart, which will be focusing on the potential of textile printing.

A recent example of the impact this technology is having is at its customer and trade printer Your Print Partner, which is also exhibiting at The Print Show. Back in January, the company purchased a new Mimaki UJV55-320 LED-UV printer, JV5-320DS, and JFX200LED-UV flatbed printer, which have now been joined by the four additional Mimaki 3.2m dye sub printers.

The new machines are being used to create the firm’s impressive array of outdoor marketing products, such as flags, banners and pop-up displays, as well as its popular fabric exhibition stands.

Digital horizons

Now, a core backbone of The Print Show is of course digital production presses, which this year will be on show from every single major manufacturer in existence either directly or through a premium distribution partner.

RISO is just such a manufacturer, and it will not only be launching its brand new T2 tandem printing system, but also showcasing the potential of technology such as the RISO FW colour inkjet printer series. But how does it fit into a modern printer’s stable of equipment?

As Spectrum Graphics moves to becoming a one-stop-shop for all things print, the Bexley-based company took delivery of a RISO Com Color FW after seeing it at The Print Show last year. Here, co-founder Dave Norris takes up the story of the impact it has made and this why it is so important to make time to visit The Print Show: “The company started up 19 years ago, as a reprographics firm. As the print industry evolved we moved with it, investing in a digital production press, which then led to a multitude of finishing equipment and more presses as the years passed.

“The RISO is an incredibly reliable printer that gets on with the job,” says Dave Norris, co-founder of Spectrum Graphics. RISO will return for a third year in a row to The Print Show

“We had a number of small customers who wanted volume printing, but not necessarily on high-gloss paper. RISO was able to bring one of its demonstration vehicles to Spectrum Graphics and demonstrate how our company could best utilise the latest in inkjet printing. We were impressed and took a Com Color FW 5230, firstly on a month’s trial.

“The RISO is an incredibly reliable printer that gets on with the job. That’s exactly what you need in this business, because deadlines have to be met and your customers have to have confidence in what you can do. It is a real workhorse in that respect, but it’s also things like the automatic ink monitoring and ordering - it takes away some of the admin as well.

“We also use the RISO to print NCR (non-carbon copy) forms, envelopes, and other materials. We have been able to shift some work from the ultra high-quality machines to the RISO; it’s ideal for standard forms for example, so it’s more cost-effective to use the RISO. We can produce some of our booklet work on it too, and print envelopes more easily than before.

“Print is a low-margin business, so it is all about speed of turnaround and quality of service. We have to be able to respond and the RISO enables us to do that. It has opened up new markets and revenue streams for us.”

Spectrum can now route mainstream work to the FW5230 leaving the larger printers and presses for work more suited to them, thus saving time and money.

Norris concludes: “With the RISO now part of our plant list, there is virtually nothing we cannot do, including printing direct onto golf balls and USB sticks, laser engraving on Perspex, wood, and many other materials. We aim to become that one-stop-shop for all things print.”

Now moving over to focus on one of those digital print suppliers. Ahead of its appearance at The Print Show this year, Smart Print has spoken out about the event, praising the impact it has had on the market and how it presents the company with a “fantastic opportunity” to connect with industry members.

Smart Print is an independent supplier of Ricoh, Xerox, and Konica Minolta print kit, with the ability to provide a host of digital-focused solutions to print-service-providers (PSPs). On its stand (G01), Smart Print will aim to demonstrate its credentials by displaying a range of technology, including the Ricoh ProC9100, which it says will be one of the fastest machines at The Print Show. It will also be showing a Ricoh Pro C7100 with metallic output with a white fifth colour using Color Logic software.

Smart Print says the Ricoh ProC9100 on its stand will be one of the fastest digital printers at The Print Show

Paul Stead, head of production sales, Smart Print, comments: “The Print Show is a fantastic opportunity for PSPs to look at new and emerging technology and with the current line-up of exhibitors, we believe our product portfolio competes at the highest level in terms of productivity and economics; we wouldn’t miss it.

“If you are looking to buy or lease a digital press and want to find out for yourself how the various products compare, then the choice of exhibitors makes The Print Show the very best opportunity this year. By asking all the press exhibitors questions that are relative to your output, you will find the right machine for you.”

Whatever route you choose to take around The Print Show 2017, we thank you wholeheartedly for coming to the show and I personally look forward to being able to stop and chat with many of you there.

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