Duplo's London Calling event moves to Canary Wharf, the heart of the financial community, for its sixth iteration and to a space where it can show twice as much equipment as last year.
And Tony Lock, Duplo International group commercial director, is promising eight product introductions from Duplo, seven of them emanating from Japan and one other to add to the portfolio of OEM products that Duplo UK sells.
The event takes place on 15-16 October, which is in the same month that, 30 years ago, the first Duplo collator reached the UK. It was a friction fed DC1100 collator suited to running NCR stock that the Ordibel horizontal collator that PFI International, the forerunner of Duplo UK, sold could not easily cope with.
Tower collators remain an important part of the portfolio especially as the smart versions will feed collated sections printed on digital presses and combine these with offset printed sheets to produce short run stitched products. The growth in demand for this application can explain the difficulties in the larger saddle stitching market that has led to Heidelberg’s exit, he suggests.
At the same time Duplo has expanded into slitter/cutter/creasers, UV coaters and into perfect binding as digital presses have become more capable of this type of product. The company has also taken on representation for Esko Artwork cutting tables and Miter’s photo book products as well as launching its own brand of products that the Japanese company will not make. There is consideration too to what is needed by B2 digital presses, though products for this emerging sector would not be expected until later in this decade.
The idea behind London Calling is to bring these applications together, combined with those from a changer roster of partner companies. Duplo is not naming these as yet, though Lumejet will be among those showing applications in a Print Cafe where visitors will be encouraged to examine the samples. As Lumejet’s initial customer Altaimage is a few hundred metres from the East Wintergarden where the event is being staged, further investigation is simple.
The theme of the event this year, Without Limits, will be aligned with the financial focus of its location. Sarah Crumpler, UK marketing manager for Duplo, says: “Printers want to be inspired with applications and innovations that make them money which has led us to incorporate new partners, workflows and focus groups into this year’s event. It’s less of a case of what the systems can do, but how can they lead to increased revenue streams.”
This will include a focus on automation as a way to promote efficiency and the presence of operators from customers able to provide feedback on a machine’s operation. “So far relatively few commercial printers have taken the automation route, it has largely been specialist printers,” says Lock, “but it is for these smaller commercial printers that our sales force who understand automation, can make a difference.”
The event will takes place at East Wintergarden, which sits between the office towers at Canary Wharf.
Sarah Crumpler, UK marketing manager for Duplo, says: “Printers want to be inspired with applications and innovations that make them money which has led us to incorporate new partners, workflows and focus groups into this year’s event. It’s less of a case of what the systems can do, but how can they lead to increased revenue streams.”