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IPEX says offset to stay strong at 2010 show

Feb 26, 2010 12:00 AM

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Almost 150 lithographic technology companies from across the globe will take over one third of the Ipex 2010 net floorspace when the international exhibition opens at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, May 18 - 25, 2010. Major offset manufacturers with a presence at the show include Goss, Heidelberg, KBA, Komori,  Mitsubishi, Presstek, Sakurai, Ryobi, Shinohara, UPGroup and Shangahi Electric.

Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2010 event director says, "Close on 30% of the show's floorspace will be devoted to offset, proving that despite tough competition from other printing technologies, it continues to play a highly important role in print production. Feedback from exhibitors indicates that visitors can expect innovative new equipment at the show with a strong focus on automation, productivity and added value options to help printers stay competitive and create new business opportunities in this tough market."

"Lean manufacturing, environmental solutions and color control will be key issues at this show. The printers' customers care much more about quality and sustainability than ever before. Certification, accreditations and proven control mechanisms are expected and often need to be specified in tender documents,” says George Clarke, managing director, Heidelberg UK. “At the same time printers are competing not only against each other but against rival media so they need solutions that allow them to be responsive and extremely cost-competitive. We live in a world of much more bespoke presses with many more inline options so that printers can still find niche which allow them to stand out from the crowd.” At Ipex, Heidelberg will replicate a typical print shop with presses of various formats, handling a range of stocks, paper types, inks and jobs and switching over quickly and efficiently to continuously produce first rate print.

Philip Dunn, Komori’s European marketing manager, says, "We've always enjoyed great success at Ipex; the show presents the ideal opportunity to talk with our existing customers and meet printers who are not familiar with Komori technology, from across the world.  We receive very positive feedback from visitors to Ipex: for example, our distributors find it a manageable show to visit, thanks to the exhibition layout. Visitors to the Komori stand 06-B520 will be able to see live demonstrations of our new technologies and will be able to witness the production of the official Ipex Daily publication on our stand."

Jacques Navarre, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Goss Intl. comments, "Ipex 2010 provides the perfect opportunity to present the latest updates on key Goss technology developments first presented at Drupa 2008, which are now successfully installed and fulfilling expectations. We participate because we believe the unique show environment delivers value for our customers and for our industry, generating enthusiasm for new technologies and ideas. It is also the first major event for Goss International following the ownership investment by Shanghai Electric Corporation and, as such, is an ideal platform for presenting the strengthened structure, our innovative press and finishing technology and an expanding product range. In exhibiting jointly with Shanghai Electric - a large and financially strong organization with an industrial focus, an international outlook and a long-term commitment to the print sector - we will be sending a strong signal about our continued ability to innovate, execute and deliver value through a worldwide manufacturing and support platform."