|The Print Show Review
Build it, and they will come –
And you did, in your thousands!
Thanks to The Print Show organisers, our fellow exhibitors and most of all the 5384 visitors, for making this trade print event such a success. This review will be spread over the coming issues as not everyone has completely landed back from Birmingham and counted up the contacts made to follow up.
Our own stand was inundated with some of our best friends in print and we met many new kindred spirits willing to share their recent successes and plans for the future. The UK’s frontline printers never cease to encourage me with their positive attitude to today’s opportunities in serving our eight million end users.
We have taken instructions on what you want to see in your 2016 QPP magazines and the areas of growth are exciting and will be mutually rewarding with our suppliers.
Chatting to the exhibitors and visiting suppliers, they are all firmly backing our sector of the print industry. We have been promised case study equipment to beta test pre-launch and Mark Spicer from Morgana has already followed up with a delivery of a desk top square back book finisher – watch this space to see how this has improved the presentation of print in our own Brighton print shop.
Lots more to look forward to with a personalised gift shop online opportunity from Harrier. Their stand was very impressive. We will be producing our own anniversary photobook with them next year.
The show encouraged team spirit with many big manufacturers also presenting their print partners including great demonstrations on the OKI stand with Caslon and the Magic Touch.
QPP must thank our neighbours Intec Print Solutions for re-printing our nominated supplier forms and Presstek for replenishing our stands supply of QPP print quality test sheets and CSR certificates all of which proved very popular with our visitors.
We have a ton of print samples from Konica Minolta, Xerox, Ricoh, OKI Presstek, Riso, Intec, and X-Press. Also lots of LFP samples and finishing finesse you will want to aspire to.
Our friends at Premier Paper covered all media in every weight and size that you could ever require, plus a great chat and professional advice, plus the gift of a rugby ball celebrating their Magno promotion.
Marketing Director David Jones told QPP, “Quality, performance and consistency are the attributes that will enable the winning team to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, the same qualities that have kept Magno as the world’s most trusted coated paper for over twenty years”.
The rugby themed Magno promotion has now ended, but the great work continues with probably the most exciting element of the promotion supporting junior/youth rugby with Magno. The top Magno customers will be invited to nominate a local junior or youth team to receive a team kit courtesy of Premier and the Magno promotion.”
PrintIT! Students are blown away
The charity Proskills’ exhibited at The Print Show and were blown away by the support and interest shown towards the PrintIT! Schools into Industry programme from visitors and exhibitors.
Proskills’ were delighted to announce that the winner of the Print Show 2015 Mini Competition was Louis Wood, from St Ives’ School. All mini competition entries were judged online by a panel of experts within the industry, who chose Louis’s outstanding work as the winning entry. He was awarded a brand new Lenovo laptop, sponsored by The Print Show, which was presented by Event Director, Chris Davies. The Print Show also donated three luxury hampers to the competition runner ups: Chloe Hess from St Ives’ School, Mia Hargreaves and April Whitely from the Morecambe Community High School, who were all delighted to receive them.
Chris Davies, Event Director of The Print Show 2015 commented: "For me, the PrintIT! competition was one of the highlights of the event. The whole idea behind the show is to provide the industry with a blueprint for the future, and what better way to do that than to get some of the best young minds in the UK involved with print.
I would like to thank all the exhibitors that took part in the tours, for taking the time to speak to the students about the print industry and the many opportunities it offers. I would also like to say thank you to the PrintIT! and Proskills’ teams for not only helping run and organise the tours, but also for supporting our inaugural event. I look forward to welcoming them back next year for our 2016 event, which will run at the NEC from October 11th to 13th."
Both St. Ives and Morecombe High School attended the show to not only receive their awards but were also given exclusive tours of the latest printing technologies.
Their tour began at St Bride Foundation’s Traditional Print Masterclass where they learnt about traditional letterpress printing, wood engraving, bookbinding and linocutting. Their second stop was at Morgana, where the students were given demonstrations of Morgana’s finishing products and systems such as DigiFold Pro, AutoCreaser Pro and booklet making systems.
This was followed by a stop at Ricoh, where the students were shown an impressive large format display printer and given a talk on how Ricoh’s office imaging equipment and production print solutions work. The next stop was Vivid Laminating, where students were given demonstrations of small and wide format laminating systems, cutters and binding systems. Then last, but not least stop on the tour was Konica Minolta, where students learnt about ‘the art of the possible’ with Konica’s new technology, such as their lightboxes where images are printed onto acrylic.
Quote from Gizela Daemi-Rashidi, teacher of St Ives School: “My students were really impressed with the technology in the machines that created spot varnishing on posters and the printing on Perspex by Konica Minolta. Seeing the old methods of printing at the Traditional Print Masterclass next to the 3D printing machines at Antalis was amazing. There now seems to be a machine that can do almost any process within the chain of creating a printed product.
Jonathan Ledger, CEO of Proskills UK Group commented: “Many thanks to the fabulous Print Show team for affording the Proskills’ PrintIT! team the opportunity to share the wonders of print with schools and for sponsoring The Print Show Mini Competition. Also, huge thanks to all the PrintIT! friends who showcased print to the students. The Print Show demonstrated the huge value that print has in the UK and certainly opened the students eyes to the career potential that’s out there. It was also a great opportunity for Proskills to talk to print companies about how best to get involved with PrintIT!“
The show was a fantastic opportunity for Proskills’ to spread the word about how PrintIT! can change the future of print and how more print, paper and packaging companies can get involved in the programme
To find out more about sponsorship opportunities and involvement,
please visit: www.proskills.co.uk/schoolsintoindustry
Success for Smart Print
Smart Print had a fantastic time at the Print Show and thanked Luke, Nicky, Karis and their team for their hard work and support… ‘A great bunch of people and an excellent show!!’
Additional thanks went to Mitesh Vara, Ian Mitchell, Sejal Waghela and Mike Holyoake, all of Xerox UK for their amazing support in helping to make this event such a big success for Smart Print.
Their stand featured information on Xerox document publishing, wide format printing, extended digital colour gamut with the Xerox iGen and the acclaimed Xerox Versant 80.
They were also demonstrating a 3D printer, something that received a lot of attention and was eventually ‘given away’ in a prize draw.
The photo shows Martin Eastwood, Smart Print’s resident 3D guru talking with Karis Copp of The Print Show team.
Karis drew the winning ticket and the winner was announced as Adam Court of Full Square Leicester who will soon be receiving his 3D printer.
‘Congratulations to Adam and many thanks to Karis’
Vivid show three new technologies
Vivid’s best-selling Matrix OPP Film Laminating System can now add specialist finishing effects to print, including foiling, spot UV-style effects and holographic finishes.
Sales Director Richard Marlow said: “The Matrix doesn’t require special dies to create these new effects. It’s achievable due to the extra pressure from the pneumatic rollers. The process to create such effects on-demand still works by using heat transfer technology, but at a fraction of the cost of producing individual dies for each job. For those with a Pneumatic Matrix already in-house, being able to offer these stunning effects to customers offers huge cost savings and even a new source of revenue”.
The Leicestershire-based firm also demonstrated their new Feeder for the Matrix 530 Systems. “The all-new Feeder uses patented underfed technology for prints, speeding up production and finishing times,” continued Marlow “It’s a completely modular system and can retrofit to the existing Matrix”.
Along with new Matrix features, Vivid also showcased the new Easymount Air to the UK print industry.
Vivid’s Technical Manager Gavin Ward said: “The Easymount Air is a revolutionary product in the wide format lamination and mounting market. The patented technology uses one of the most advanced concepts ever seen in a wide format laminator. Pneumatic air pressure controls the laminating rollers, allowing you to mount and laminate with incredible accuracy and speed”.
The pneumatic air allows the roller to adjust to the exact thickness and pressure required, giving faster production times. The new technology also allows the roller to float down; ensuring Foamex and Correx boards aren’t crushed. When the rollers achieve the correct board thickness, they can be locked in place to keep the required gap, making board feeding more accurate.
OKI Showcased New Graphics Arts Solutions
Groundbreaking graphics arts solutions for professional print applications, which provide added revenue-making opportunities were the highlight of OKI Systems UK ‘s stand.
Centre stage was the five colour digital LED ES9541 which can print white or clear on colour media, offering print shops and designers the opportunity to take on high gloss finish short-run jobs without the need for expensive lithographic equipment. This printer is also highly versatile when it comes to media. OKI’s pioneering digital LED technology enables a complete range of sizes form A6 to SRA3 or banners up to 1.3m on weights up to 360 gsm single-sided and 320 gsm duplex.
As a value added solution, OKI has teamed up with foiling experts, Caslon. “When applying a foil application to print jobs like invitations or certificates for example, you can provide your customer with a true luxury finished product. We are very pleased to have Caslon alongside OKI on our stand and see them as a value added solution to our products and offering,” added Andrew Hall, marketing manager, Oki Systems UK.
In addition, the PC Pro recommended OKI C711WT is the ideal printer to provide the flexibility of printing on different substrates including glass bottles, leather and plastics. This paves the way for print shops to innovate further and add to their capabilities by printing packaging or offering personalised products on the spot.
“Achieving vibrant full colour printing plus white is an advantage to any print or graphics business offering individual and short run display materials, bespoke stationery, concepts, t-shirts or promotional merchandise. White toner printing offers unprecedented capability for printing, proofing and production,” adds Hall.
OKI Distributor for the C711WT, The Magic Touch was on hand to demonstrate the latest in transfer media applications and advise on how to maximise your investment.
Following Oki Data Corporations recent acquisition of Seiko I Infotech Inc, the ColorPainter M64-s solvent based wide format printer was also on display on the Signmaster stand.
“The Print Show has proved to be the ideal platform for us to showcase our breadth of solutions to the graphic arts sector,” concludes Hall.
Visit www.okieurope.com for further information.