31 May 2010
Trends and news from Ipex
BIRMINGHAM, UK—Ipex, the largest printing trade show on the planet for this year, wrapped up earlier this week after pulling in crowds that surprised and pleased many who had gone into the show with a wait and see attitude.

PrintCAN was at the event and here’s a brief re-cap of trends and tidbits from the show floor. For more details, look to an upcoming issue of Graphic Monthly Canada.

• After the dormant performance of Print 09, many in the industry weren’t quite sure whether this show would have legs. In fact, it showed great gams. The crowds came; the buzz was good.

• Most presenters are reporting uptick in sales—not like three to five years ago, but better than last year. The consensus was the worst of the crisis is behind us.

• Inkjet presses were definitely the star of the show. HP released a new scaled-down version of its inkjet web press. The new model, the T200, is a 20.5” version with commercial availability promised for early next year. Kodak debuted its Prosper inkjet press to great fanfare and enthusiastic reception. Fujifilm showcased it J-Press 720, also available in 2011. Xerox did a technology demo of a solid ink inkjet device, that’s going into customer testing in the fall. Others, including Oce, Screen, and Agfa, all showed their inkjet wares as well.

• In digital presses, Presstek debuted its 75DI press, HP brought out a new flagship model: the Indigo 7500, and Xeikon unveiled the 3500, a new 20” label press.

• Both Heidelberg and KBA announced intentions to enter, or re-enter, the digital press space. Heidelberg said it should have a partner and a strategy in place by the end of the year, but it was non-committal as to whether it would lean to inkjet or toner technology.

• In business news, Océ and Canon are moving beyond the legalities of their merger, and have begun the integration at an operational level. Shangai Electric is now the largest Goss shareholder, with Akiyama also now part of the fold. InfoPrint ownership shifts to Ricoh from a joint venture with IBM. The company now sports a new logo and brand identity.

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