With exhibitors taking over 55,000m2 of floorspace and pre-registration fast reaching 6,000, Ipex 2010 is set to become a highlight in the international graphic arts event calendar next year.
All major suppliers have agreed location of their stands and some exhibitors have even increased the size of their stands. In particular, Konica Minolta has increased its footprint by 400%; Océ by 110%; Canon by 91%; Pitney Bowes by 64%; Fuji by 53%; HP by 40% and Ultrachem by 16%.
Over half (55%) of the exhibitors will come from overseas, notably from Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, France, India, USA and China. The show will also see a significant number of first-time exhibitors; over a quarter of companies have never participated at the event thus reflecting the status of Ipex as an international launch pad to the graphic arts industry. For example, printing solutions provider Ricoh will be a prime stand holder for the first time, occupying an impressive 1,400sqm stand.
40% of floorspace will be dedicated to pre-press and digital solutions suppliers, whilst press manufacturers and post-press companies will occupy 34% and 26% of the exhibition respectively.
Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2010 Event Director, says: “We’re absolutely delighted with the number of companies we’ve secured so far. Economic times may be uncertain but the global print industry is once again demonstrating its commitment to Ipex. This truly international event will feature around 1,000 exhibitors from over 40 countries representing all aspects of the graphic arts process including pre-press, press manufacture, post-press, converting and consumables, truly reflecting our vibrant industry.
“Ipex has ongoing partnerships with the industry’s supplier base and a proven capability to deliver a unique community of printers and publishers drawn from all across the world. Visitors can expect to see major technology advances and signposts to future developments with exhibiting companies committed to demonstrating working machinery on the showfloor.”
The wave of pre-registrations received also signposts towards a successful Ipex 2010. Compared to the same point in the run-up to Ipex 2006, this number has risen by over 1,045% for the 2010 show. Visitors from over 100 countries have pre-registered to date, with 75% from Europe, 12% from Asia, and 10% from Middle East and Africa.
Pre-registration for all those wishing to attend Ipex 2010 is now available via www.ipex.org/register and will result in a £30 saving off the entrance fee, access to exclusive pre-show news and highlights as well as free fast-track entry to the show.
The brochure promoting the BAPC’s Conference over the weekend of 6th November at The Crown Plaza hotel, Marlow posed a number of questions relevant to the industry today and certainly the event provided many of the answers.
The weekend began with entertainment from the off-the-wall duo of Stewart Collins and “Harry” who really got the event off to a flying start particularly with their unusual rendition of Nessun Dorma and after an hour of music and fun they had the audience baying for more.
Saturday morning saw the beginning of the serious business and following an opening welcome and address by BAPC Chairman Sidney Bobb the host for the day Declan Curry took to the stage. Declan set the tone for the day and certainly kept things moving.
Nick Devine, the print coach was introduced and he clearly illustrated the issues facing businesses who have a desire to improve their sales and he provided a myriad of hints, tips and suggestions on how to add creativity into their businesses.
No sooner had participants absorbed Nick’s s words of wisdom and encouragement when industry stalwart Pete Lancaster took to the stage. He showed how technology has changed thorough the years and through some crystal ball gazing gave delegates an insight into the future highlighting the growing influence of social media. Time seemed to fly and following a well deserved break for lunch Declan introduced former ladies Rally champion Penny Mallory. Penny explained her background and showed the audience how to focus on achieving both personal business successes
It was now time for words of wisdom from international consultant Chris Jordan who demonstrated the importance of branding even for the most modest of businesses. He used a number of companies, large and small who had developed and changed their brand and explained that a brand was not just a fancy logo but was the key to the image and ethos of any business.
Throughout the day Beatles music was played in the background and when Mike Southon took to the stage the reason for this became clear. Mike opined that the most effective brand in the world was the Beatles and showed through their songs some important business messages. Apart from being highly entertaining delegates soon realised the seriousness of the message.
Those present were certainly ready for a break and the BAPC allowed everyone the opportunity to mix with each other at a free bar.
It was then time to freshen up and get ready for the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony and again Sidney Bobb welcomed all and thanked the many sponsors who had made the heavily subsidised event possible.
Following a fine meal the Awards Ceremony took place with Konica Minolta appointed as Supplier of the Year and Kodak’s Prinergy Evo Workflow System selected as Product of the Year. Both these awards were voted on by printers attending the conference.
Dale Wallis of the BPIF took to the stage as a judge for the next BAPC award. Dale explained that from the many entries for Environmental Printer of the Year there was one clear winner – Cambrian Printers and Carrick Wilkie form Cambrian graciously accepted the award.
Tony Kenton, Honorary Treasurer of the BAPC presented the award for Business of the Year and mentioned that despite the economic climate the BAPC had more entries in this section than ever before. Tony announced that the winner was Repropoint and presented the award to Alex North.
The Deputy Chairman of the BAPC Freddie Kienzler, announced that they were going to recognise an individual who had provided outstanding service not only to the BAPC but also to the Industry and, much to the delight of the audience, announced that Richard Senior Managing Director of Duraweld had been bestowed with Life Membership of the BAPC.
It was now time for some entertainment and the hilarious Brendan Healy took to the stage, he had the audience in the palm of his hand and many left the room with sides aching from laughter.
It was generally agreed that this was not only one of the most effective and relevant BAPC conferences ever held but was amongst the best events arranged for the UK print industry.
Tony Honnor, BAPC Association Director commented. “We had a feeling that the 2009 Conference would be good but had certainly not prepared ourselves for the extent of the praise and congratulations we have received from delegates of the industry. We certainly have set ourselves a major task if in 2010 we can equal this year’s achievement.”
Comprehensive program of EskoArtwork product and technology sessions helps users to get more: more information, more value from their systems, more partnerships and more opportunity to influence the future of EskoArtwork applications
EskoArtwork has announced that, following last year’s success, its next EskoWorld worldwide conference will be held at the Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel and Marina, from April 18-21, 2010. EskoArtwork plans to broaden the program for the upcoming event to offer more valuable content to more users, in more markets, with more partners and for more applications.
EskoWorld Mission: Share ideas and knowledge
EskoWorld brings together customers, EskoArtwork partners, product specialists and support staff into an environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and product knowledge. To support the event, EskoArtwork assembles a large number of staff for conference program presentations and demonstrations and to ensure that they have ample time to listen to all the customer input and to provide feedback. EskoArtwork partners are also on-hand to provide answers to questions on how workflows can be extended and integrated.
“During EskoWorld, users participate in training sessions, roundtable discussions, seminars and hands-on labs, designed for novice, journeyman, and advanced users. Attendees often discuss product use and best practices tips among themselves, allowing them to return home with actionable ideas that can add even more value to their EskoArtwork solutions,” explains Simon James, EskoArtwork SVP Marketing. “Most important, EskoWorld allows us to share product plans with our users and to listen carefully to their feedback. Attendees have had an active role in offering suggestions for improvements to EskoArtwork solutions. Their views about our technology, service and support provide critical input for future product and business planning.”
The organization of the event and preparation of relevant content is always a collaborative process between EskoArtwork and the EskoArtwork Users Group International (EUGI) leadership. “The conference continues to grow in scope and usefulness. Many attendees find EskoWorld very helpful because they can receive in-depth insight into their use of their products and solutions—not just from EskoArtwork but from other users, too. Attendees can choose to attend seminars, or view demos, all in the same place, any time they want,” observes Greg Wishon of Temple Inland, and EUGI Board Member. “We expect that EskoWorld 2010 will extend offerings from more third party vendors, as well as provide more hands-on workflow training sessions from EskoArtwork. It’s an invaluable resource for all users.”
Global representation from the complete spectrum of packaging and print providers
While based in the U.S., EskoWorld draws strong worldwide interest. For 2010, EskoArtwork expects more of its attendees to arrive from overseas, adding to the substantial growth in attendance. “Our primary goal is to attract attendees from the complete spectrum of the many thousands of EskoArtwork users worldwide: packaging and graphic arts companies such as converters, commercial printers, publishers, sign and display firms, to packaging designers and brand owners,” adds Simon James. “In this global economy, we believe our users benefit significantly from interacting with others from around the world.”
High praise from 2009 attendees
Even during the difficult economy in 2009, the user conference was a resounding success, with strong attendance and a complete program that was appreciated by users. “The sessions I attended were very informative, and useful,” commented Jonathan Peace of nVIUS Graphics, Inc. “The speakers did an excellent job answering and explaining all questions asked. I was very pleased with the conference and how everything turned out.” “The conference was better than I even thought it would be,” added Suzanne Fontana, of Pamco Label. “Since attending, my company has experienced even more value from our system. The wealth of information and the networking is a great benefit.”
Exceptional networking event with EskoArtwork partners
EskoWorld also benefits EskoArtwork industry and technology partners, with a dedicated exhibition area that allows them to offer attendees ready access to demos and helpful information, along with opportunities to make presentations to the group. “The 2009 event was a great opportunity for us to introduce our company and solutions to an exclusive audience. For us, the event was much more efficient than any tradeshow,” explains Michael Lauterbach, head of customer relations and business development, Dr. Lauterbach & Partner GmbH, SAP Business Partner and supplier of ERP solutions for the packaging industry. “I thank EskoArtwork and their user group for the professional event management and great support. We will definitely participate in the 2010 event.”
Information and registration
EskoArtwork users can register for the conference by visiting www.esko.com/eskoworld. The site also operates as a central communications platform and will be frequently updated with latest information, agenda details, speaker backgrounds, and more. More information about the venue is available at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tpamc-tampa-marriott-waterside-hotel-and-marina/. An ‘early bird’ fee is available for those who register before March 19. Customers from EMEALA and ASP who register by the end of 2009 are also eligible to enter a drawing for a series of free flights.
EFI today announced the 11th annual Connect users' conference will take place next year from April 18 to April 21 at the Wynn Las Vegas. Connect enables leaders from around the globe to attend educational sessions, test drive the latest EFI products, voice their opinions at user group meetings, discuss industry trends, and network with peers.
"We're looking forward to once again hosting EFI Connect at the luxurious Wynn Las Vegas, and next year's springtime event will be the most comprehensive ever, showcasing the full portfolio of EFI products and solutions," said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "Connect provides attendees with countless opportunities for learning, discussion and idea exchange, ensuring everyone takes away new information and insights to make their businesses even more competitive."
For 2010, EFI has reorganised the event to focus more on the needs of the user groups and individuals, moving the user group meetings earlier in the day and improving the daily schedule to offer more in-depth sessions based on the experience level and needs of the individual attendee.
"Connect is a great place to hear from my industry peers about how they're using their system, and to learn new tips and tricks about the software," said Todd Warren, owner of MPI Commercial and Digital Printing, a PrintSmith™ customer. "EFI is always willing to listen to our ideas about new features, improvements, etc. and is quick to implement them."
One new lab area feature will be live workflow demonstrations that will walk a job from acquisition, through management, preparation and production, enabling attendees to see the complete process first-hand. The Connect lab will showcase the latest versions of EFI's print MIS, web-to-print, proofing, and workflow offerings, Fiery® controller and software solutions, wide format printers from the VUTEk® and Rastek™ line-ups, and the latest Jetrion® label printer. As in past years, there will also be an industry vendor area where many of today's leading technology providers will be showcasing their products.
"These demos, together with some exciting speakers that we'll be announcing over the next few months, promise to make Connect the 'must attend' event of the springtime," adds Mallozzi.
For more information on Connect 2010, go to www.efi.com/connect. Customers that pre-register now can take advantage of super early bird rates as low as $795 - almost half off the 2009 general registration fee. Early registration will lock in the best rates and place attendees on the priority contact list for new event information as it becomes available.
The new HP Designjet L25500 Printer and the new HP Designjet T1200 Printer are on show on the HP stand (Hall 1 Stand K21/L30) at VISCOM Visual Communication Milan, 5-7 November.
These two latest innovations from HP were launched in October and will be on display for the first time in Italy, today.
The HP Designjet L25500 Printer is designed for ease-of-use and available in 42- and 60-inch models. It utilises HP's Latex Printing Technologies to deliver unrivalled versatility for a wide range of large format applications. Offering print service providers with print durability comparable to eco-solvent inks, the HP Designjet L25500 enables users to significantly reduce the impact of printing on the environment, and increase customer value.
The new HP printer is the ideal solution for small and medium digital print and sign shops, as well as copy shops and photo labs interested in offering an enhanced range of high impact indoor and outdoor applications and increasing their competitive advantage.
The HP Designjet T1200 Printer is one of the latest additions to HP's large-format portfolio. Designed for AEC and GIS professionals to enhance productivity and versatility, this new product features two online rolls with smart switching media length tracking and high-volume ink cartridges, including the new Original HP 726 Matte Black Ink Cartridge, to offer a continuous printing experience at speeds of two D-sized prints per minute. The HP Designjet T1200 Printer also delivers the thinnest lines in the industry, to enable users to produce prints with precise detail, crisp text, and clear and accurate drawings.
FESPA has welcomed the recently merged Swiss trade association Verband Werbetechnik + Print (Association of Advertising Technology and Print) to its global community of member associations, ratifying the decision at its recent General Assembly in Lisbon, Portugal.
The new entity, abbreviated to VWP, is the result of the consolidation in Spring 2009 of Verband Sieb-und Digitaldruck Schweiz (VSDS), and Verband Werbetechnik (VWT). The VWP brings together businesses in Switzerland that are engaged in advertising and print production, embracing both screen and digital processes.
The VWP’s principal goals include: the support and growth of businesses in these industries; representation of members’ interests with third-party institutions and government bodies; development of apprenticeships, training and development in all business and production disciplines; promotion of quality assurance and profiles through rules and guidelines for members; and development of links and agreements with other business organisations.
VWP board member Pablo Morf, explains: “The synergies we achieve with this merger allow us to intensify our focus on benefits to our members. As a larger organisation, we can use our combined resources more quickly and effectively to deliver a broader range of professional support services that address the changing needs of our stakeholders. Unified, our organisation is stronger and more prominent in the market, and can drive positive change. The VWP’s continued membership of FESPA guarantees further advantages to our members, giving them immediate access to best-practice information, global market research, educational materials and events, and a host of business development opportunities.”
FESPA CEO Nigel Steffens comments: “VSDS was a long-standing member association of FESPA, so we are delighted to welcome the new VWP to the fold. FESPA has been a strong advocate of this consolidation, having seen their close working relationship at first hand during our FESPA Digital exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2008.
He adds: “This is an inspirational example of how business support organisations can build partnerships and combine complementary strengths and service offerings to deliver greater value to their members. We are working through challenging times for all businesses. SMEs in particular need to be able to access affordable and relevant support and advice, and unite with similar businesses to tackle bigger issues such as training and skills development, which may hold the key to their future success. We look forward to working with the VWP in the years to come, and to welcoming their members in person at FESPA 2010 in Munich in June next year.”
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