North America’s largest printing trade show for shorter-run printing will take place November 17-19 in Toronto. Over 200 exhibitors will display their products and technologies for the key shorter-run market. Thousands of qualified buyers will come to comparison shop, network, take home new ideas and product literature, attend seminars and live demonstrations, and make crucial investment decisions. We’ll be walking the floor meeting exhibitors and will give you a full report in our next issue.
By strictly limiting the size of offset presses on exhibit to a 29-inch (4-up to 6-up sheet size) and smaller, Print World focuses exhibitor and visitor interest solely on this growing market. The show attracts visitors from small and mid-size commercial shops, quick printers, corporate in-plants, print-on-demand shops, prepress shops, digital printers, print brokers and forms distributors. Larger printers with interests in short-run work also attend.
“Our lineup this year promises colourful commentary, hard facts, reliable assessments of technology and news that impacts print operations. In short, there’s something of value for everyone,” says Sandy Donald, Print World Show Manager. Warren Werbitt, President of Pazazz Printing in Montreal, will open the expanded conference programs of Print World with a keynote address on Sunday, Nov. 18 that touches on two of his favourite themes – making clients aware of how necessary print is to the success of their businesses, and resisting selling print on price only.
Peter Cober (President of Cober Evolving Solutions), Ward Griffin (CEO of Lowe-Martin Group) and Rich Pauptit (President of Flash Reproductions), will be keynote speakers Nov. 18 at Print World’s Case Study Theatre. The Case Study Theatre, a popular addition at the last Print World show, provides a chance to hear how other printers have managed to grow their companies under difficult economic conditions. Access to the Theatre is free with show admission.
Some other must-sees are: All Graphic Supplies showcases its large-format solutions in its return to Print World with a selection of equipment from Roland, Mimaki, EFI Rastek, RiteLam, Rollsroller, Techwin and Royal Sovereign, among others; reflective neon inks will debut at The Drawing Centre’s booth as it showcases its line of Seiko large-format printers. Other Product debuts include the world’s fastest digital label press from PDS Pressdown and the Canadian debut of Ricoh’s new Pro L4000 wide-format latex printer. Sydney Stone’s booth is also a must-see with several remarkable print-finishing solutions, including the Canadian debut of the new Morgana DocuMaster Pro set feeder.
Pitney Bowes returns to Print World with its biggest booth ever exhibiting the FlowMaster RS Flex inserter, which can process up to 16,000 pieces of mail per hour. Océ Canada Inc. also returns with its leading-edge, wide-format print solutions. Be sure to visit the booth of Hall Photographic, a company that started as a small camera shop in Toronto in 1957 and was later re-named Treck Hall after it merged with Treck Photographic in the 1980s.
Global press leader KBA returns to Print World with drupa innovations to highlight its advanced line of offset presses. The company offers a complete range of sheetfed offset presses from small (360 mm x 520 mm) to super-large format (1510 mm x 2050 mm) for commercial printing and finishing, books and packaging. Its leading sheetfed brands include the Genius and Rapida.
Print World will also host the first-ever Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) meeting in Canada. As well, industry expert Frank Romano will offer his not-to-be-missed take on drupa 2012. Romano, professor emeritus from RIT, will give his special presentation at on Sunday, November 18. Admittance is free with your Print World badge.
Print World’s always popular on-floor feature areas include Postal World, Sign World, Packaging & Label World, Publishing World, Print Possibilities Theatre, Design City, Chinese Pavilion, International Pavilion and UPEX. Print World has also gone to great lengths to assist exhibitors, including updated exhibitor co-marketing programs for registering more qualified buyers, an expanded promo code program to drive more traffic and more qualified leads, improved lead-retrieval system to boost follow-up sales, and an expanded marketing campaign to emerging print markets.
Many of our industry’s most successful printers, say Print World organizers, have succeeded because they have recognized the market shift to shorter runs and more colour. They are investing in new shorter-run technology, staying abreast of change, focusing on customer needs, and instituting smart business and marketing plans including more online integration and mobile marketing. Large corporations and institutions are also increasingly recognizing the importance of well-managed and responsive corporate print departments using the latest technology. These are the printers and organizations that will survive and thrive, says Print World. More information: www.printworldshow.com.
Here is a glimpse of selected companies and what they’ll be featuring at their booths. If we had the room, we’d include every exhibitor. Enjoy the show. And please stop by the Graphic Arts Magazine booth and say hello.
4over Booth 826
It’s been open less than a year but the growth of 4over’s Mississauga facility has exceeded all expectations. The trade printer offers great quality, great prices, fast turnaround times, superior customer service and local Mississauga delivery or the option to pick up your orders. Products range from business cards to grand-format signs and banners and everything in between – and the list keeps on growing. There will be some show specials and you can visit with Tom Hogan, 4over’s Plant Manager and his colleagues. “When our customers share stories of how they used to have quality issues, production delays and how a simple postcard job would not ship out for over week, I know that 4over is helping improve their business. That is our primary goal – to make a positive difference and help our customers’ bottom line,” says Zarik Megerdichian, CEO. From verification of file integrity through to on-time shipping and delivery, the company’s proprietary software systems and state-of-the-art equipment keeps costs low and quality high. One of the market leaders in the trade printing industry offers a large array of print products from business cards to brochures to large banners. 4over’s services have attracted a substantial number of trade customers, including print brokers, resellers and other printers. www.4over.com.
ATS-Tanner Banding Systems Booth 1009
ATS-Tanner Banding Systems Inc. is a Switzerland-based world leader in banding solutions, offering everything from banding machines for simple bundling tasks to integrated, fully automated solutions that blend seamlessly into the most complex of production workflows. The company’s machines are the epitome of traditional Swiss precision and innovative engineering. ATS will display the new generation of its US-2000 AD Ultra Sonic banding equipment. ATS-Tanner technicians will demonstrate the advantages of its many options and guide you through the helpful features that make it so incredibly easy to use. They’ll also be available to answer your questions. www.ats-tanner.ca.
Avanti Booth 611
The leader in Print MIS and Digital Print Workflow Automation will be showcasing Version 12.4 of its Print MIS that includes Avanti Advanced Fulfillment solution that won a “Must See ’em” Award at Graph Expo this year. The software includes a full contract management system so printers can easily manage and track their customers’ finished goods, while providing a set of tools to manage the complex billing of those goods. This includes how the goods are stocked, packed and tracked (by the unit/package/box/skid level detail). It provides a level of granularity that is critical to ensure the value of finished goods is properly accounted for. Also, having Advanced Fulfillment integrated into the print production process ensures that anyone can manage and track a customer’s request received from a company’s web-to-print system, regardless of whether it’s a printing project, fulfillment job or both. www.avantisystems.com.
Eliquo (Adobe/Apple) Booth N37
Eliquo is a digital media training company and an authorized Adobe and Apple training partner. Since 2002, the company has specialized in delivering professional training programs for graphic design, publishing, web development, social media, accessibility, e-learning, video and PDF forms. Eliquo will be showcasing its flexible and affordable ways of delivering professional training programs for digital media designers. Visit its booth and take part in live courses or speak with a certified Adobe instructor – and collect your gift certificate for free training. Eliquo will also be raffling off a one-year complete membership for Adobe’s Creative Cloud (Value of $600). www.eliquo.ca.
Esko Booth 122
Esko will show Suite 12, the most integrated software for packaging, labels, sign making and displays. The new releases of the flagship applications ArtiosCAD, ArtPro, PackEdge, DeskPack and Studio combine interactive editing power, rich 3D functionality and integration with workflow automation and colour management. A 2012 InterTech Technology Award recipient, i-cut Suite is workflow software for large-format digital printers/finishing systems. Different modules include preflighting, interactively nesting sheets to save substrates and ensuring that materials are cut in register. i-cut Automate automates the entire process. For commercial printers, Neo, a highly productive editor, provides efficiency and productivity to edit and correct multi-page PDF files. As PDF has become the preferred format for document exchange, and native documents are often not available, the only one solution is to edit the PDF file as quickly as possible. Neo helps to reduce approval and correction cycles. www.esko.com.
EZ Trade Signs Booth 1011
EZ will showcase new and exciting product ideas that are “taking the sign world by storm. It’s not just about large format any more,” says the company. Cutouts, wall murals, limited-run packaging, see-through window graphics…they’re all part of the new, comprehensive EZ Trade Signage Catalogue being given away free at its booth. Each show EZ Trade Signs uses Print World to showcase all the leading-edge innovations that are generating huge sales for their clients. Says the company: “If you sell to the public and want to make more money in the print business, you have to make sure you are offering your customers the latest and greatest options. Talk to an EZ Trade Signs representative in person at the show to see what the hot sellers are this year. At EZ Trade Signs we make only signs, but we do it better than anyone else in the GTA.” www.eztradesigns.com.
InSource Corporation Booth 700
Insource will be featuring solutions from Kirk Rudy (Phoenix high-speed UV inkjet printing, multi-sided tabbing, tipping and camera systems for matching, selective inserting and read&print); KAS Paper Systems (inserting flats and digital creasing); Astro Machines (Memjet CMYK full colour inkjet printer with exclusive colour management software); and W D Direct Marketing Solutions (high-speed servo inserting systems), to name just a few. Drop by for an opportunity to win a “Dream Car Track Day” and get behind the wheel of seven exotic dream cars at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario. Insource evaluates current practices, processes and existing technologies to develop a detailed audit and approach of how to transition business vision and goals into action. Industry segments of specialization include direct marketing, mail, printers, binderies, card manufacturers, packaging and intelligent camera systems. Insource is a full service provider of solutions, equipment, service, parts and consumables across Canada. www.insourcecorp.ca.
KBR Graphics Canada Booth 200
KBR Graphics Canada’s Print World theme will be from “Pixel to Package” and will showcase the MGI DP8700 XL Digital Press printing on coated and uncoated paper, plastics, board, canvas, laminated wood and much more. The DP8700XL prints on sheets from 3.9″ x 5.9″ up to 13″ x 47″. KBR will also be handing out samples produced on the new JetVarnish 3D Digital Spot UV Coater. As a complement to the DP8700XL, the company will display an array of digital print finishing equipment from manufacturers such as Standard Horizon, Graphic Whizard, Spiel Associates and Challenge Machinery that will focus on automated folders, automated creaser/folders, variable data booklet makers, UV coaters, perfect binders, creasers, creaser/knife folders, DigiPunch, Coilmaster and 23″ Titan 230 Digital Cutters with full safety features. KBR will also showcase Miyakoshi and Ryobi’s Next Generation B2 Size Liquid Toner Digital Printing Press that was introduced at drupa 2012. The new press features 1200-dpi high-resolution fine particle liquid toner on a sheet as large as 23.62″ x 31″ at speeds as high as 8000 sph. KBR Graphics Canada is the exclusive distributor of Ryobi Presses in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. www.kbrgraphics.com.
Mary Black Recruiting Booth 1112
Mary Black recruiting matches top graphic communications management candidates with employers in the Canadian printing and graphic arts industry.
Mary was selected Printer of the Year in 2005 and has 27 years of “ground-up” experience – from technical illustrator and art director, through sales and account management, to founding president of Colour Technologies (1985-2003). She has done business in Canada, the U.S., Britain, Germany, Italy and Malaysia. Her high-level contacts within the printing industry and her liaison with ten years of graduating students from the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University made her move into job placement and recruiting a natural evolution upon retirement from Ryerson in 2006. “We are the most knowledgeable recruiting service within the printing and communications industry,” she says. “Our reputation is built upon a successful track record, a creative and consultative approach, and a commitment to integrity, trust and performance. We believe in creating and maintaining a working environment that supports personal and professional growth. www.maryblackrecruiting.com.
PDS Pressdown Services Inc. Booth 1226
Two new products will be showcased for the first time in Canada. These include world’s fastest desktop digital label system, the Rapid X1, with speeds up to 60 feet per minute, as well as the Opus Metal Binding System that offers quality gold stamping and easy bookbinding all in one. Also on display will be the DigiXpress 4-Colour Envelope Press with lowest consumable pricing, Platewriter 2000 CTP unit that is chemistry free, laminators from Royal Sovereign, a Graphic Whizard Creaser, a full line of perfect binders, UV coater and Akiles bookbinding systems. www.pressdown.net.
Ricoh Canada Inc. Booth 400
Ricoh’s largest booth at any production show in the Canadian market to date will be designed around four zones dedicated to unique production solutions – Postal World, Sign World, Publishing World, Packaging and Label World – as well as one general Ricoh services-related zone (R-World, offering RCloud Services, mobile printing and multimedia projectors). Ricoh will demonstrate that no matter what print application is required, a proven and cost-effective Ricoh solution is ready and waiting. Ricoh’s technical team will be demonstrating hardware and software solutions that include Ricoh’s Pro Series Digital Presses (Colour and B&W), plus a host of inline finishing options, wide format (including its soon-to-be-launched MP CW2200 Geljet colour), continuous forms printers and numerous software workflow products including web-to-print, make-ready, queue & print management, variable data and more. www.ricoh.ca.
SinaLite Booth 500
SinaLite, a leading Canadian trade printer, offers a full line of print products ranging from business cards and postcards to large-format signage. In the past year, SinaLite has introduced many exciting changes. Its new 60,000 sq. ft. production facility in Toronto now houses five state-of-the-art offset presses, two digital presses and three flatbed large-format printers. The company has continued rolling out new products including the popular writable, coated-one-side cards. Its customers, using the SinaLite Rewards Program, can now earn points and redeem them for gifts like iPods. Pick up its new “Profit Pak” at its booth containing samples of its newest products and learn how you can use them to increase your printing sales. www.sinalite.com.
Sydney Stone Print Finishing Booth 1000
Sydney Stone will launch an array of new finishing equipment at Print World. The company is now the exclusive Canadian Distributor for Matrix single-sided laminators manufactured by Vivid and will be launching both the Matrix 370 (13.5″ wide) and Matrix 530 (20″ wide) single-sided laminators. Both laminators provide high-speed computer-controlled lamination that is delivered completely separated and ready for paper cutting or the next finishing process. Showing for the first time in Canada will be the new Morgana DocuMaster Pro. The set feeder is capable of creasing, folding, stitching and square backing a booklet all in one throughput. The New Pro touchscreen technology allows ease of operation along with unlimited memory for storage of jobs. Akiles has become a leader in the world of Round Cornering and Sydney Stone will be showing the latest Diamond 6 and Diamond 7 machines. Featuring tabletop operation with a powerful motor, the Diamond 6 and Diamond 7 are now able to round corner up to 700 sheets of paper at one time. Also new will be the EBA 486ET Paper Cutter. Based on the proven EBA 18.5″ wide platform, the NEW 486ET model is now equipped with an IR light beam safety curtain instead of a plastic cover that will offer increased speed and productivity without compromising safety. www.printfinishing.com.
Ultima Displays Canada Booth N30
Ultima Display Canada is a B2B supplier of modular and portable display systems to the sign, print, display, advertising, marketing and communications industries. “At Ultima we are committed to providing our dealers with the best quality products in an effort to expand their visual brand marketing solutions,” says the company. Ultima will be unveiling its new e-commerce website that will allow its dealers to efficiently and easily purchase its comprehensive product line, as well as have easy access to valuable non-branded marketing tools. Ultima will also be highlighting its SignPro Systems that provide affordable, modular wayfinding signage to the trade – from wall frames to self-standing pylon directories and everything in between. The company’s comprehensive product lines include wall signs, projecting signs, directories, suspended signs, triangular signs, info centers, towers, pylons, desk signs, poster frames and much more. www.ultimadisplays.ca.
Sign Association of Canada Booth 1245
Since 1955 the Sign Association of Canada has successfully promoted the sign industry. However the traditional boundaries have expanded due to the rapidly changing level of technology and the evolution of the commercial marketplace. SAC has recognized these trends and has advanced to partner with related industries and sectors that use, design and manufacture commercial images. The Association shall continue to promote the welfare of the sign industry, to improve the status of the Association members in the community and to benefit the users of signs and the community through educational programs, training and via national and regional tradeshows. www.sac-ace.ca.