October 11-13 sees the return of The Print Show following its successful launch last year
Last autumn, Link Exhibitions launched a brand new exhibition for the UK
print industry. Designed to provide a solid, sustainable platform for companies to showcase their products and solutions, the inaugural The Print Show attracted 5,384 visitors over three days and drew praise from all corners of the print industry for its content, calibre of exhibitor and overall approach.
Such was its success that a number of companies signed up for The Print Show 2016 while still at the show, among them Konica Minolta, which has reserved the largest stand at this year’s event, now taking place at the NEC, Birmingham. It plans to use the space to showcase its commercial print business and demonstrate how its hardware, software and finishing solutions can help printers get maximum value from their digital presses by providing new capabilities and bringing new levels of productivity.
As well as showing a selection of the latest technologies, software, finishing, materials and services, Konica Minolta will be giving visitors the opportunity to get hands-on with the equipment, talk to the company’s dedicated
production print specialists and see how the company’s solutions can take cost and complexity out of printing operations.
A major highlight will be the UK launch of AccurioPro, the new unified brand for all Konica Minolta digital press and digital workflow solutions. Konica Minolta says the AccurioPro name reflects the advanced, automated and, above all, accurate nature of its technology. Visitors will be able to judge this for themselves, with on-stand demonstrations of the AccurioPro Flux and AccurioPro Color Care solutions in conjunction with the bizhub PRESS C1100 and bizhub PRESS C71hc, which has a colour print speed of 71ppm and uses High Chroma toner for bold, intense and vibrant extended RGB colours.
Konica Minolta will also be promoting the benefits of its partnership with MGI Digital Technology. Following further investment in MGI in April, it has strengthened its ties with the company, giving customers easy access to added-value solutions such as the MGI JV3DS for spot varnishing digital prints to highlight defined areas or add 3D effects.
The new Konica Minolta SD-513 Saddle-Stitch Finisher, which is claimed to et new standards in finishing quality and productivity, will also be making its UK debut at The Print Show 2016. Using it in conjunction with the bizhub PRESS 1250e, Konica Minolta will demonstrate how the SD-513 addresses the need to produce professional booklets in-line and ready to box.
Market Development Manager Bernard Cassidy said: “The Print Show provides us with the ideal platform to cement our position as a market-leading production and industrial print solution provider. We will be talking to visitors about how we can help them to save money, increase profits, add new services and improve productivity with our Digital1234 business development program. We are also excited to talk more about how we are engaging with members of our newly launched independent European user group PROKOM, sharing ideas to develop and grow efficient digital communication services, to build profitable long-lasting relationships.”
OKI shows Pro
Following its acquisition of Seiko I Infotech Inc, OKI will be displaying the ColorPainter range of large format graphic printers. Capable of printing in widths of up to 104 inches, these are ideal for signs, vehicle graphics, banners, POP displays, awnings and other wide format applications.
OKI will also be demonstrating its new range of commercial-standard Pro Series printers featuring in-built digital graphic arts technology and vibrant four and five colour output. Based on innovative technology that challenges traditional printing processes, these printers combine outstanding quality with a low cost per page, opening up new opportunities and on-demand revenue streams for print houses and other creative businesses.
Each printer in the Pro series is designed to offer outstanding quality colour print with money-saving features such as high capacity consumables. The Pro9541 offers the option of printing the full range of process colours plus a fifth spot colour in either white or clear gloss. The Pro9542 digital LED A3 colour printer delivers high density, white-under printing in a single pass for stand-out results on a wide range of materials including coloured and transparent media.
The range includes the newly launched Pro6410 Neon colour printer, which offers high definition LED colour printing with ground-breaking neon toner technology that can be used to create glowing fluorescent effects on dark or light garments, eye-catching POS displays or educational material. The neon white toner can also be used to provide a white background for transfer to dark substrates or as a security mark that only shows up under black UV light.
“We were very pleased at the success of last year’s show and have no hesitation in returning this year as we know that many professionals will be interested in the opportunities these new OKI printers present,” said Marketing Manager Andrew Hall. “Achieving high resolution full colour plus white is an advantage to any print or graphics business, as is the ability to print on garments and other substrates. We believe this will help print shops diversify and increase their revenue while adding their own value and creative touch.
There will be plenty of other highlights at the show:
Xeretec, Xerox’s largest partner, will be showing the Xerox Versant 80 and 2100 HD production presses with EFI workflow front-end technology and colour management suite, as well as demonstrating the capabilities of the Xerox iGen series and the KIP wide format colour printer;
Riso will be exhibiting two UK firsts, the FW5230 compact high speed inkjet printer and the GD9630. The new ComColor Series flagship and the world’s fastest full colour A4 inkjet printer, the GD9630 offers 160ppm output and high print quality through the use of five inks;
Duplo is introducing its PFi Di-CUT 300 on-demand diecutter to the UK market. The new PFi Di-CUT 300 can be used to produce a wide variety of digital print and packaging products using finishing techniques such as multiple cuts, slits, slit score, kiss cuts, perforations and window punches for both single and multi-up pieces. It can handle a wide range of paper stocks, offers an output speed of up to 3,000 sheets per hour and features an X&Y automated registration system, billed as the first-of-its-kind in the industry;
Morgana Systems, which exhibited at the inaugural The Print Show, will be demonstrating some of the new products it launched at Drupa, including a new addition to its DigiFold range. Featuring a high capacity vacuum top-feeder that can take a sheet pile of up to 450mm and dual creasing blades (the Morgana DynaCrease) for creasing or creasing/folding at over 6,000 sheets per hour, the DigiFold Pro 385 allows a host of applications to e produced on a single machine. In addition, Morgana will be showing its new AutoCreaser Pro 385, which also benefits from a high capacity feeder and dual creasing blade and matrix, with a running speed of up to 8,500 sheets per hour.
Other finishing solutions on display include the Vivid Laminating Matrix Auto-Feeder, Easymount Air wide-format laminator and Matrix Pneumatic Foiling, and, from Watkiss, the PowerSquare 160 booklet maker;
Premier Paper Group, also attending for the second year, has yet to announce what it will be highlighting, other than revealing that it plans to showcase new and slightly different products.
Alongside many other manufacturers and suppliers will be a number of the UK print industry’s key trade bodies. The BPIF, BAPC, IPIA, Two Sides/Print Power and The Printing Charity have all given their backing to the show.
The 2016 show will once again feature a number of specially designed areas addressing the printer industry’s past, present and future and key market trends. These include the Printer’s Bazaar, where visitors can find out more about niche areas of the market, and Traditional Print Masterclasses – a popular feature of last year’s event – showcasing the print technologies of yesteryear.