Following on from our recent reports on the InPrint Show, taking place on November 10-12, 2015 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany, co-director Frazer Chesterman spoke to Converter about what areas of industrial print will feature at the event.
The InPrint Show will cover the production of screen, speciality, digital, inkjet and 3D technologies for printing and package printing, and a range of exhibitors will be representing these sectors.
The value of digital printing technology in industrial markets – Episode 1[This is the first in the series of video blogs from Frazer Chesterman, co-founder of InPrint. Here he begins with a short introduction on the ‘Value of Digital Print for the Industrial Market’. The speakers (in order) are Keith Ramsey, Kurt Fischer, David Lyus, Mark Ritchie and Tim Phillips, they all share their experiences and understanding of this developing sector.]
“You will see new industrial print technology and applications from some of the recognisable print names, such as Konica Minolta, HP, Agfa, Canon, Durst, Ricoh and Heidelberg,” said Chesterman. “They will show their technology and applications for the first time, as well as more unique and specialised technology from the developers and integrators who have created technology that you would not see at any other print event.
“Industrial print has benefited from rapid technological development and from the increased variety and broadness of the potential application. It is the only sector of the printing industry to show double-digit growth rate; InPrint research partner, I.T. Strategies, predicts a cumulative overall growth of 36 per cent for the years 2014-2020.
“As well as the considerable ‘push’ for development and the energy of the developing community, the fact is that there are also considerable ‘pull’ factors from the consumer market which is also fuelling this drive for change,” Chesterman continued. “In order to align with this and to synchronise with the changes within traditional manufacturing, production simply requires innovation through the adoption of new technologies.
“With any new event idea, you want to create a concept that really excites the industry that it serves, and our vision was always to develop a new market opportunity for the print industry and to broaden the visitor audience and potential opportunities. We, like many others, had observed that the effects of digitalisation, promotional budget cuts and the volatility of the publishing house industry are challenging traditional printing segments.”
InPrint 2015 will cover three broad topic areas: function and future, design and décor, and packaging. The event has over 150 exhibiting companies, it features over 50 conference sessions and a raft of product launches of new technologies for industrial print.
After the inaugural InPrint Show last year, this year’s boasts 50 per cent more exhibition space, and it is co-located with productronica 2015 in Munich, providing added value for visitors interested in the electronics market.