Voting has now closed for the Innovation Awards, which acknowledges progressive developments and partnerships that drive important changes in industrial print and manufacturing. The winners of this award will be announced at the InPrint 2017 exhibition, November 14-16, 2017, at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany.
With the new Innovation Awards, InPrint recognises smart and powerful printing solutions that can help transform the manufacturing sector. Over the past weeks, industry professionals have cast votes for their favourite entries in two categories: ‘Innovative Partnerships’ for forward-thinking co-operations of companies in the industrial print industry, and ‘Extraordinary Products’ for unusual products made using industrial print technologies.
Large scope of practical solutions
The broad spectrum of award entries shows the enormous scope of practical solutions that are currently being developed to open up new opportunities within the manufacturing industry. All contestants demonstrate a high level of commitment to provide innovative equipment and technologies that help manufacturers improve their automation and production processes, with a focus on creating added value with individualised products and high-quality finishes.
The diversity of technologies portrayed above indicates that industrial print is reaching a new level. “The industry has moved from the initial hype over the sheer potential of new technologies to a more pragmatic and practical understanding of the opportunities and challenges,” says Nicola Hamann, managing director at the organisers of InPrint, Mack Brooks Exhibitions.
“Consumer behaviour is changing rapidly, calling for customised products that reach the markets faster than ever before. Retailers need a swift and flexible production to meet these demands and improve their business agility. There is a growing community of innovators looking to open up new markets and form new partnerships that will lead to the development of powerful printing solutions capable of improving manufacturing processes.
“However, more communication and collaboration between manufacturing professionals and technology suppliers are needed to boost the adoption of new printing technologies. By introducing the InPrint Innovation Awards, we would like to recognise excellence in industrial print and put the spotlight on technologies and partnerships that help optimise fabrication processes and allow on-demand production with better design possibilities,” adds Hamann.
Award sponsor Ricoh takes a similar view and underlines the importance of the awards in further promoting the opportunities of industrial print: “Ricoh is delighted to be the first headline sponsor for the InPrint Innovation Awards,” says Graham Kennedy, head of commercial ink jet business at Ricoh. “We believe that highlighting excellence, and recognising progress is really important with this fast developing technology in order for it to grow and benefit the diverse set of markets it already serves. We look forward to InPrint 2017 and presenting the award to the worthy winners at the ceremony.”
The winners will be announced at 11.30am on November 14, 2017, Hall A6.
For the latest exhibitor list and information on the exhibition and conference programme visit: www.inprintshow.com/germany.