Take a trip with me down most main streets, in most cities, in most of the world. What is the one thing that is constant? Signage. It comes in all shapes, sizes and substrates. Some of it is good and some of it is pretty terrible, but it is there nonetheless. The best part is … Read more →
Where do companies turn for financing if they are looking to start a business or expand their current operations? Perhaps companies could secure required funding through a venture capitalist, or more traditionally, by securing a business loan from a bank. However, when faced with today’s economic realities, it may be harder than ever to secure a loan from a bank, especially when there are factors built into the loan formula that make it harder for higher risk industries to be approved for loans.
The biggest “highs” this year, in my opinion, were the several major industry tradeshows led by (of course) drupa. Though attendance was 20% lower compared to 2008, May’s drupa still attracted over 314,500 from more than 130 countries to see its 1,850 exhibits. For me, the most important result was that about 50% of all visitors actually placed orders – and most were inked at the show itself. About 2,400 journalists from 75 countries attended. The buzz of the show, according to the people we had on the ground, was undoubtedly Landa Nanography. The next drupa will be June 2 to 15, 2016.
Even though the Print World show seemed much smaller this year, there were quite a few new and unique products to be found. Here are a few of the more notable inkjet printers that were on display at Print World.
When I attended the Print World show last month, I heard a very articulate Kristoff Dekeukelaere, Landa Sales Rep, explain the basics of the revolutionary Nanographic Printing process in a special pre-show presentation. Never mind that the technology was the buzz of drupa last May and that Landa Corporation netted over $1 billion (that’s right, … Read more →
The show for shorter-run printing took place November 17-19 in Toronto and was one of the last industry shows in a year highlighted by drupa, Graph Expo, SGIA and numerous other events. By strictly limiting the size of offset presses on exhibit to 29″ (4-up to 6-up sheet size) and smaller, the show was able to focus visitor interest solely on this growing market. Peter Cober (President of Cober Evolving Solutions), Ward Griffin (CEO of Lowe-Martin Group) and Rich Pauptit (President of Flash Reproductions), were some of the many keynote speakers, but I was especially fascinated with a preshow presentation from Kristof Dekeukelaere, Sales Rep at Landa Corp., who articulated quite well the Landa Nanographic Process. A summary of his talk and the basic process is on page 24.
After it was introduced in the early 2000s and popularized by Apple’s ColorSync system-level software, ICC colour management, or calibrated workflow, was embraced by various segments of the graphic arts industry—some faster than others. The large-format printing industry was quick to adopt colour management as a way of coming to grips with the wide variety of printers, inks, media, RIPs, and settings. Likewise, photographers, whose darkrooms got replaced with inkjet printers, quickly appreciated the potential for accurate on-screen previews and matching output.
As we head toward the holiday season it’s a good time to reflect on the past year. I find that December is a great time to bring together everything you learned during the year and share it. I’m going to do just that during the month. Here are two areas I explored that I thought might help your brain percolate as well.
It’s been quite an eventful year. There was drupa in May that attracted over 314,500 visitors from more than 130 countries. There were other industry shows that set new attendance records. There was the emergence of a promising new technology – Landa Nanography – that could change the course of this industry in the years to come. For me, one of the best news items was that national printing shipments increased according to Statistics Canada. With the exception of March, every month this year (up to August) has surpassed figures for the corresponding month in 2011. Let’s hope this trend continues.
On October 14th and 15th Montreal was host to the packaging and processing trade show, PackEx. For two days, PackEx took over the halls of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. We are three Ryerson University students from the School of Graphic Communications Management who were lucky enough to attend day two of the show. It was this opportunity to learn and connect with industry professionals which gave us access to the most advanced technologies in packaging, processing, and converting. We would like to share with you some of what we found to be interesting and innovative.