5 October 2010
News and releases from Graph Expo
CHICAGO—Graph Expo, the largest trade show in North America this year, is currently humming in the windy city. The bad news is the smaller size of the show relative to previous editions, and the absence of several offset manufacturers. Indeed the show is regularly being referred to as a digital show, with HP, Kodak, Xerox, Canon, Océ, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, EFI, among others taking prominent places.

But the good news is that this show is decidedly much more upbeat than Print 09 last year, when the industry was gripped by hard times. Andy Paparozzi, chief economist at NAPL, noted during a presentation that the recovery would be slow and unpredictable, but the industry has moved beyond the bottom and is on a road to better health.

Among the announcements from press conferences and meetings so far:

  • Manroland will begin distributing Tensor products in Canada; it has signed a deal with web-to-print provider RedTie; and is actively looking at developing a digital platform strategy.
  • Ricoh introduced its new ProC901, a 90 ppm device for the high production market.
  • HP is expanding its digital inkjet web press line with a new model: the T350, a 30" model that boastss 50% more productivity.
  • KBA, in a positive bit of news for offset, said it sold more 41" presses this year than other years. It also announced plans to come out with a new Rapida 75E, a mid-size option for printer who need a smaller format.
  • Screen has two new models in its Truepress Jet 520 family: the 520ZZ, a fast colour inkjet press, and the 520EX, a more affordable and compact option in the line.
  • Fujifilm announced the inkjet J-Press 720 is being launched for commercial availability at the show; expect it to be available in Canada in early 2011.
  • Xerox released its iGen EXP (for expansion), which grows the format of the press line from 14" x 22" to 14" x 26"; retrofits for existing iGen models will be available shortly.
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