Print World: The World of Shorter-Run Printing is the biggest show of its kind in North America. Especially with the expanding implementation of digital presses, the shorter-run market is rapidly growing. In 2008, the show welcomed nearly 10,000 attendees. This year, from November 20-22, Print World will be presented at the Direct Energy Centre in downtown Toronto with over 125,000 square feet of exhibition space.
The show draws printers and manufacturers alike from all across Canada and around the world. Thousands of buyers come to Print World to comparison shop, gather ideas and network. It is a great opportunity to attend educational seminars and live demonstrations of the hottest technology in the industry.
Speaking of seminars, this year’s Print World offers a number of free events and keynote presentations that visitors won’t want to miss. Renowned industry expert Frank Romano will be giving a keynote address on where print is headed. His seminar seeks to answer questions like; Where are the opportunities? What are the key challenges? How can printers adapt to make sure they come out on top?
Bob Young from on-demand printing site Lulu.com will also be on hand to deliver a keynote address on making print valuable in a digital age. He will challenge the audience with his insights on how to approach print in today’s digital world, how everyone should look at their business with a fresh perspective, and how to stay inspired.
Another important event at this trade show is the Print Buyers Panel. A number of topics will be discussed, including: What do customers want? How do they want to be pitched? Do they buy on price? What mistakes should be avoided to keep them happy? Panelists include Mark Greene, director, production & process, marketing & customer insights, LCBO; Bonnie Cook, production manager, House & Home Media; and Carey George, principal & creative designer, Up Inc.
A number of special Management Seminars will also be presented at Print World. Check printworldshow.com for more details on registration and timing. Sessions include:
- Social Media Marketing for Printers
- Sales Secrets for Today’s Print Market
- How to Prosper with Inkjet
- Create a Profit Centre with Web-to-Print
- How to Win the War on Print
The following is a sneak-peek of just some of the exciting equipment and technology that will appear during the show in November. As always, stay tuned to graphicartsmag.com leading up to Print World for the latest coverage and information on the show and its exhibitors. Keep your eye on the website throughout the trade show as well, for updates, news and photos!
At Print World this year, Adobe will present the new PDF/VT variable print standard. The next-generation VDP exchange format has recently been published by ISO. Adobe says that in the next 12 to 18 months, leading VDP imposition, RIP, authoring and digital press vendors will roll out solutions that support PDF/VT.
In a series of three presentations at the Print Software Theatre, senior product manager, Mark Lewiecki, will demonstrate how the revolutionary print standard is being adopted for digital variable printing. These presentations will explore the underlying principles of the format, and describe its potential to unleash a new generation of Direct Mail and Transpromo solutions.
Besides showcasing an array of its popular inkjet products, Agfa will highlight new developments in its Apogee Workflow Suite. Version 7.0 includes Apogee Impose, an Agfa-developed imposition module that relies on live job information rather than templates to perform imposition. Apogee 7 also allows print buyers to go beyond the web-to-print screen to create new jobs during prepress with Web Approval.
Visitors to the Agfa booth will also get to learn about the :Amigo TS thermal printing plate, which now offers faster speed, improved contrast and increased daylight stability. Based on Agfa’s Thermofuse technology, the eco-friendly plates are ideal for many commercial printing applications on both sheet fed and web presses.
At Avanti’s booth, new features of Version 12 of the company’s award-winning Print MIS system will be showcased. Avanti is focusing on expanding its third-party integration portfolio with partners such as HP SmartStream, Xerox FreeFlow, Heidelberg Prinect, Kodak Prinergy and Printable Technologies. These integrations will be demonstrated live at the company’s booth at Print World.
Buskro & BBH
With a 33 percent larger booth this year, Buskro will be promoting its innovative solutions for intelligent mail and print imaging with Bowe Bell & Howell. The company specializes in inkjet imaging equipment, inline and standalone transport bases, and inline tabbing and labeling systems. BBH is a world leader in providing solutions to the print and mail market.
Sharing a booth with 3deltaE, the company will be showcasing its well-known print production workflow and MIS software such as Pace, PrintSmith, Fiery XF and Digital StoreFront.
There are several exciting things coming from Epson this year. The new Epson Stylus Pro 890-series leverages 8-colour Epson UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta ink technology. The Stylus Pro 7890 (24-inch) and 9890 (44-inch) produce high quality prints at speeds about twice as fast as the previous generation. The printers, which won’t be available until January 2011, also feature Epson’s latest ink-repelling coating and auto nozzle verification technologies to virtually eliminate clogged nozzles.
Also from Epson is the new Stylus Pro 7900CTP system. It allows small- to medium-sized print shops that are typically using polyester plates to easily and affordably integrate true aluminum press plates into their workflows. The system combines an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 with a unique plate curing device, RIP software and plate guide attachment. Designed for printing press-duplicators and small printing press businesses, the 7900CTP offers better quality prints on press, lower maintenance costs, a chemical-free process, and a lower total cost of operation.
Another must-see booth at Print World 2010 is Fujifilm. Brand new technology will be on display including the Acuity Advance HS – the latest breakthrough in wide-format UV digital imaging technology. It offers photographic quality printing at speeds that provide a quick return on investment. Achieving speeds up to twice that of the Acuity Advance, the printer delivers more daily output than any other in its class. A new “express” mode offers billboard quality prints up to 657 square feet per hour.
Fujifilm will also be exhibiting XMF 3.0, offering users a pure PDF workflow for maximum performance and fidelity. It incorporates imposition support for offset web printing, brand new 3D proofing, improved digital press integration and advanced colour management.
Print World 2010 is the location where Hans Gronhi will introduce two new offset presses to North America: the GH664 20″ x 26″ 4-colour press and the GH525 14″ x 20″ 5-colour press. These two machines offer heavy-duty construction for extended life, as well as automated features enabling fast make-readies and excellent print quality.
Hans Gronhi is exhibiting with five times the booth space it had at the last Print World show. With 21,000 square feet of space, the company will also showcase the GH522 2-colour offset press, Speedy 67O CTP system, and a variety of bindery equipment.
Visitors to the show will see the latest from KBA, Standard Horizon & MGI at the KBR Graphics booth. The MGI DP-60 is the most versatile digital press in the industry and prints on the widest range of paper and plastic substrates. The JetVarnish is the first digital spot UV coater with a 20″ x 29″ sheet format that uses next-generation inkjet technology.
Standard Horizon equipment at the booth will include the BQ-470 PUR perfect binder, which fits a sweet spot in short-run professional-quality book production. It has full automation and touch-screen control. Standard’s StitchLiner bridges the production gap between existing flat sheet collating/booklet-making systems and conventional high-volume saddle-stitching lines.
Don’t miss the bizhub PRESS C8000 at Konica Minolta’s booth. With output speeds of up to 80 pages per minute, the company calls this technology “the perfect alternative for digital and offset print professionals at Print World.” Featuring a 500,000-page monthly duty cycle and a variety of advanced finishing and media handling capabilities, the bizhub PRESS C8000 promises impressive productivity for commercial offset and high-volume digital environments.
This company has grown significantly recently, due to its purchase of Kingsweb in April. Included in this acquisition were prepress firm Queenstone and bindery operation TWS. Millenium will use the Print World show to educate visitors on its recent growth and increased customer and equipment base. Over the past year, the company has invested $1 million in prepress upgrades at its Concord plant. Millenium’s acquisitions have grown its annual sales base to nearly $20 million, and its production area now totals 80,000 square feet.
This Canadian dealer for Agfa and Screen products will showcase the Screen TruePress 344 digital offset press at its booth – the first showing of this press in Canada. It incorporates innovative imaging and plate technology, and state-of-the-art automation and quality control. Using process-less thermal plates, the press is made with the environment in mind. The features of the TruePress 344 are designed to suit the on-demand printer without compromising print quality or limiting the types of substrates that can be used.
The Océ Arizona 550 XT UV flatbed printer will be the focus for this company at the show, featured alongside the Océ ProCut Modular Tool system. With a production print mode of up to 42.9 square metres per hour, the Arizona series is well known for its productivity and quality. Using the extra-large flatbed and white ink capabilities of the press, print providers can innovate the products and services they offer for higher-value print applications. Glass, wood and irregularly shaped objects can be printed on.
This company’s focus at Print World will be on innovative, environmentally friendly printing solutions. The Presstek 52DI offers printers the most profitable solution for meeting the demand for quick turnaround and high quality printing in runs from 500 to 20,000. Presstek’s DI presses combine the efficiency of an all-digital workflow with the versatility and high quality of offset printing.
Also on the show floor will be the Vector FL52 small format chemistry-free plate-making solution and the DPM Pro 400 – bringing new technology features and environmental advancements to Presstek’s polyester CTP portfolio.
The world’s fastest full-colour sheet-fed inkjet printer will be a highlight at RISO’s booth. The ComColor 9050 prints colour jobs at speeds up to 150 ppm, with a duty cycle of 500,000 prints per month. Also on display is the RISO MZ1090 – a mini digital press for producing short run 2-colour jobs. It can hit speeds of 150 ppm with true 600 dpi output, and features USB “plug-and-print” capabilities. An advanced workflow with integrated image editing software reduces make-ready times.
With clients from across Canada, Sina Printing will be promoting the new products it has with sinalite.com at Print World this year. The company will also give away sample kits to help its current clients sell more printing.
A Canadian distributor of Duplo and Morgana equipment, Sydney Stone will showcase several new pieces of equipment at its booth. From Morgana, Print World visitors will see a new combined creaser/folder. The DigiFold Pro is a highly versatile unit offering combined creasing and folding in a single pass. It can handle difficult and light stocks, creasing and folding at speeds up to 6,000 sheets per hour. The device has been made JDF-ready in anticipation of more users wanting bindery operations to become part of an automated workflow process.
Two new creasers – the AutoCreaser Pro 33 and AutoCreaser 50 – will be on display as well. Both machines operate at up to 8,500 sheets per hour and incorporate a new PosiFeed feeding system, allowing for a greater pile height and improved feeding of difficult stocks. The free-standing AutoFold Pro, also from Morgana can work with any creaser to create a combined creasing and folding station.
This pressroom chemicals manufacturer has over 300 products available on the market. At Print World, Unigraph will announce a new division, catering specifically to equipment such as small and medium-sized offset presses and duplicators. Its R&D department has already produced over 50 products specifically formulated for press operators working with this equipment, to help ensure a smoother, trouble-free workflow. These include blanket and roller washes, fountain solutions, alcohol replacements, additives, plate cleaners, protective gums, specialty chemicals and aerosol products.
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