Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.

Recalling 2012: The highs, the lows, the tradeshows and the “cool stuff”

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.

Print World show closes out a busy year

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.

Print World preview

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.

Graph Expo a resounding success

“Graph Expo 2012 met our expectations in several ways,” said Ralph Nappi, President of show organizer GASC. “First, no matter how our industry and the economy have changed, people demonstrated by their attendance in Chicago the need for an industry event. They came to network, to learn and to buy. Drawing expanded audiences, this year we added our 12th successful industry segment – Photo Imaging.

SGIA makes history with record-breaking show

The SGIA Expo in Las Vegas welcomed more than 22,000 last month, making it the strongest show to date. Over 230,000 sq. ft. of floor space showcased the most innovative technologies in signage. “The SGIA Expo is the one place to see the full range of wide-format printing and imaging,” said Michael Robertson, SGIA President and CEO. “This year we saw a big increase in first-time attendees as wide-format expands to other printing and imaging sectors.”

Graph Expo 2012: The drupa of North America!

What it may lack in sheer physical size compared to drupa, Graph Expo 2012 makes up for in comprehensive new content, cutting-edge features and stunning technology.

If you’re lucky enough to visit Graph Expo, October 7-10 in Chicago, you may find your neck getting a bit sore. That’s because its organizer, the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), has gone to great lengths in attracting new “head-turning” pavilions, sections, information-packed seminars, and of course, hundreds of exhibitors anxious to show off their latest products, services and technologies.

Printing Survivor II wrap-up

Printing Survivor II, the second-annual town-hall-style event organized by Graphic Arts Magazine, was held Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Paradise Convention Centre in Concord, Ontario. Those who attended got practical, workable strategies from four renowned industry leaders, enjoyed a great dinner and met some new and familiar faces.

Meet the Benny Landa you never knew

You’re likely familiar with Benzion (Benny) Landa as founder of the Indigo, the world’s first digital offset colour press which changed the course of the printing industry when it was unveiled almost 20 years ago at IPEX in Birmingham, England. What you may not know is that his fascinating odyssey began in the back of a small tobacco shop in Edmonton, Alberta. I found the story of his early years no less compelling than the remarkable technology he pioneered.

Canadians rate this year’s drupa

Several Canadian companies, as well as international companies with locations in Canada, made the trip to Düsseldorf. Below are some timely comments from a few Canadian exhibitors and visitors. We also asked them to give the world’s largest printing industry trade show a rating – from ‘One Star’ (poor) to ‘Five Star’ (excellent). We wish we could have included every Canadian who made the trip, but we would need another entire issue for that!

New products

Agfa Graphics launches new high-speed platesetters

The new platesetters for the high-volume newspaper market – the :Advantage N PL HS (Pallet Load, High-Speed) and the :Advantage N TR HS (Trolley Load, High-Speed) – both run at speeds up to 350 plates per hour, 50 plates more than the :Advantage N.