All print roads converge on the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham next week as the second iteration of the Print Show opens its doors. Doors open at 10.00 on 11 October, closing on 13 October.
The first event attracted a healthy crowd, enough to provide confidence to those returning, to stimulate interest from new exhibitors and to encourage the organiser, Link Exhibitions, to shift to a larger hall. While major offset companies KBA and Manroland Sheetfed are absent, Apex Digital Graphics, Sakurai and Presstek will be represented.
However, as with many regional exhibitions, the focus is on digital printing and on finishing technologies. As these are areas where a print business can make a swift return, the presence is justified. Leading finishing equipment suppliers dipped their toes in last year with small stands. For the most part these are much larger than last year with several items of technology on show.
Friedheim International is bringing an MBO T535 buckle folder along with guillotines from Schneider Senator and Wohlenberg and a Komfi laminator. An Audion Elektro shrink wrapping tunnel completes the line up. It is, says nations sales manager Stuart Bamford, a line up focused on the B2 sector, both in terms of increasing efficiency and adding value. Companies that have soldiered on with trusty guillotines and folders ought to catch up with the sheer productivity the latest technology offers.
While brand new products are few and far between, especially for those that went to Drupa, the Print Show does offer the opportunity to catch up with products launched in Germany and technologies not seen outside dedicated showrooms.
Duplo plans to launch the new version of its iSaddle Pro landscape booklet maker, along with the PFi Di-Cut 300 die cutter. The range of multi finishers will join thermal binder and laminator in a line up that echoes what was seen at Drupa.
It goes head to head with IFS which is to debut the Horizon SmartSlitter multi finisher while Watkiss, TCS, Morgana and Encore Machinery provide other finishing interest.
Perfect Bindery Systems hopes to catch the luxury packaging wave with the launch of a system for making hardcase boxes. These are bundled as Perfect Box Solutions, covering grooving, folding, glueing, taping and so on to make it straightforward to offer what has been a specialist craft service.
There is strong representation from large format inkjet, including Fujifilm with a rollfed machine, and materials for decorating vehicles and floors. Fujifilm will also showcase its Jetpress 720 through samples produced by the B2 inkjet machine.
On the more traditional digital press front, Konica Minolta returns for a second year, while Xerox dealer Xeretec will fly the flag for the US press provider. Oki will focus on the value added aspects of printing neon colours to enhance all manner of print while Riso brings the ComColor inkjet machines.
Ricoh, which enjoyed a good show in 2016, however this year has other priorities.