After 20 years exhibiting in Chicago, Graph Expo remained a big success in its move to Orlando this year. The change of venue marked a lot of uncertainty for the trade show, as Chicago is obviously much more convenient for Midwest companies. However, GASC President Thayer Long noted that there are more printing establishments in the Southeast, and that they continued to expect a strong attendance. Vendors indicated that the show was very focused, with exhibitors being sought out to solve specific business problems. Not only was Graph Expo a wonderful chance for exhibitors to catch up with existing clientele, but a huge opportunity to discover new leads.
Much of the excitement for Graph Expo 2016 carried over from drupa, as the convention presented an opportunity for many North Americans to see groundbreaking solutions first-hand if they were not able to attend the show in Düsseldorf. Just about every digital press manufacturer was present at the show. Canon and Konica Minolta featured the largest booths with new products to show, such as the Canon VarioPrint i300 sheetfed offset, and two new mid-range printers for the creativity community and print service providers. HP, Ricoh, and Xerox also showed off a wide range of digital presses, from Ricoh’s brand-new black and white digital platform, the Ricoh Pro 8220s series, to Xerox’s Star-Trek like direct-to-object printing solution. RISO, having had a big presence at drupa, showed off its RISO ComoColor GD series of inkjet presses featuring speeds up to 160 ppm with significantly improved quality. It’s evident that Graph Expo answered a lot of questions about the digital transformation of the printing industry.
Traditional print finishing wasn’t left out by any means at Graph Expo 2016 though, as exhibitors brought a wide variety of equipment ranging including folders, inserters, coaters, cutters, binding machines and more. Hardware equipment is definitely still a big draw for the show, and numerous manufacturers made new product announcements such as Standard Horizon, Graphic Whizard, Photobook, Speil, and Coulter Peterson. Standard Horizon, for example, featured an impressive sub-$100,000 scoring and creasing machine that is highly automated.
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