Organisers of The Print Show are preparing for the second edition of the event this year by developing a new online information portal along with its initial floorplan.
The Print Show 2016 will once again take place at the NEC in Birmingham from October 11th to 13th. A number of key names have already confirmed their attendance among more than 80 percent of 2015’s exhibitors that have already re-committed to the show. Recent major contract signings such as Antalis, Presstek, and Premier Paper Group have been added to a list of confirmed exhibitors that includes Grafityp, Intelligent Finishing Solutions, Konica Minolta, Riso, and Vivid Laminating Systems.
“The confidence and warm response that has been generated after the success of the 2015 event has definitely driven much earlier confirmed bookings for 2016, as we are much further ahead than we were this time last year,” commented Chris Davies, event director for The Print Show. “As a result, we are also expanding the show and will be looking at an event that will be about 15 to 20 percent larger in year two.
He added: “We also thought Drupa would have more of an effect, but because we are so focused on the UK market, and so are all our exhibitors, we have not had a single company mention Drupa as an issue effecting their ability to exhibit at The Print Show.”
In response to the overwhelming interest in the event from across the commercial print spectrum, The Print Show’s technology team has been hard at work designing a new information hub that offers both exhibitors and visitors access to a host of information that will help them make the most out of their time at the show.
Lucas Fedyniak, technical manager for The Print Show, explains that last year’s website needed an update not only to reflect this year’s show theme, but also to offer people interested in the show access to various material and additional information to help them analyse and prepare for October’s event.
“The theme of the show has changed this year and our online presence and tools needed to reflect this,” Fedyniak said, adding: “We felt that the layout of last year’s website did not reflect the impact that the show has had and some people had problems accessing it on mobile devices.
“Our new visitor and exhibitor information portal is now incredibly mobile-friendly, allows people to register for e-mail updates about the show, and features a full photo library and video content from our debut show last year. It really does have everything you need to ensure you are up-to-date with the show and prepared for this year’s event.”
While some features such as the new design and layout will be obvious to first-time visitors, those that return more than once will also notice further changes, including a colour scheme and theme that changes over multiple visits.