How industry pioneers Amazing Print Tech and PrintSites2Go are making a huge difference helping print shops here and around the world. InfoTrends is the leading worldwide market research firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry. I recently visited its website to get a handle on what it considers as the best companies in … Read more →
Posts by Tony Curcio
Just as e-mail and the Internet would mean the end of print (I read that in a newspaper recently), the death of direct mail is a manufactured, self-serving myth. In fact, today’s inboxes are getting so clogged, the colour, personalization and tactile nature of direct mail is almost always a refreshing change. Oh and by … Read more →
The sixth edition of Grafik’Art took place April 25-27 at Place Bonaventure in Montreal. Overall, there was mixed reaction. Some exhibitors felt crowds were small, but most agreed that the atmosphere was upbeat and some reported strong sales. By show’s end, there were many “sold” signs taped to equipment. “I had lots of positive comments,” … Read more →
To get the answers we asked two of the most knowledgeable veterans in our industry – Michael Steele, President of Sydney Stone in Toronto, Ontario, and Kris Bovay, President of Pacific Bindery in Burnaby, British Columbia. Then we showcased some of the best products from the leading OEMs. We wish we could highlight all of … Read more →
When it comes to consumables, basic mistakes we all make in the hectic race to meet deadlines usually increase costs down the road. As one press operator once told me, “sometimes we know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.” Here are some comments and advice from the experts. Plates We asked Fujifilm, … Read more →
Today’s sophisticated business workflow software performs many functions you may currently be doing manually or not doing at all. This software will save money, employee hours, resources and other expenses. One recent U.S. study estimated that employees not using this software can waste up to 25% of their time with tasks not involved in their … Read more →
Too often taken for granted in this industry, OEMs continue to be leaders not just in innovation, but in partnering with printers to help them maximize revenues in just about every conceivable market segment – commercial offset, wide-format, packaging, newspapers and more. Their presses are sophisticated creations that constantly push the boundaries of technology. To … Read more →
What began in the early 1990s as a highly specialized niche – pressure-sensitive PVC which is calendered, perforated, printed and attached to the windows of transit buses – has evolved into a huge industry that every printer should consider. Popular applications of what’s now called “window perf” include building wraps, corporate identity campaigns, retail signage … Read more →
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.
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.
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.