It’s showtime on many fronts

I attended Mimaki Canada’s Future of Fabrics seminar January 17 at its showroom in Concord, Ontario. The inaugural event had over 80 pre-registered attendees, but many more showed up during the day. Officials from Mimaki and Imaging Alignment Corporation (IMAC) discussed how to expand a printer’s business opportunities with the OEM’s products. There were live demos of Mimaki dye-sub and direct-to-textile printers, as well as its UV-LED and eco-solvent printers. Technical specialists discussed future fabric and textile-printing technologies. Presentations from Mimaki’s Lucas Crossley, Victoria Nelson-Hall, Ryosuke Nakayama, and IMAC’s Al Whittaker, were extremely informative.

I also attended an equally interesting event January 23 at HP Canada’s headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. The Digital Imaging Association meeting explored opportunities in short-run digital packaging – and how the future of many print businesses will be “selling less of more.” A panel of industry experts from both the vendor and the converter side revealed why short-run packaging will be a huge opportunity for commercial printers moving forward.

Speaking of events, Canada’s largest biennial showcase for the graphic communications and printing industry will take place April 11-13 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The 2019 version of Graphics Canada will feature one of the largest and most inclusive lists of leading equipment suppliers in recent years. Plus, several educational conferences, sponsored pavilions and other co-located events will also be available. Watch for online updates of the tradeshow and a preview in our March printed issue. And please do stop by and visit our booth (#5662), say hello, subscribe to our free printed and digital editions, learn about our marketing and lead-generation programs, and enter our special draw for a fabulous prize.

Finally, congratulations to Heidelberg, who won the 2019 Digital Edge 50 Award in the US for its Heidelberg Assistant customer portal. Basically, the digitization solution ensures the smooth operation of a print shop’s new digital business models. Congratulations also to Canadian print MIS leader Avanti for being named to DPS Magazine’s 8th Annual Top 30 Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards highlight the most innovative publishing solutions created by forward-thinking companies for today’s digital revolution.

As always, stay positive and stay focused.

 

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Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine joe@graphicartsmag.com