SGIA ’07…bigger and better

The major theme of SGIA ’07 was that creativity leads to innovation, and innovation results in new revenue sources. Attendees easily saw this on the show floor, from high-production digital printers and integrated direct-to-garment equipment to highly developed finishing tools. Exhibitors were treated to well-qualified and educated attendees, who were on a buying spree.

With the largest show floor in the history, the expo hall was the perfect stage for new technologies, excellent presentations, and complete imaging solutions. The show has evolved well in past few years and has become digitally more prominent.

This year, the most impressive thing was the relatively new competitiveness of high production digital printers with traditional screen-printing and short-run litho. About two years ago, digital printers were most efficient and cost-effective for runs smaller than 150 to 200 pieces. With some of the new technology featured at SGIA ’07, this number could go much higher and the output wouldn’t lose any of the inherent digital benefits.

The UV curable, LED and cationic inks move were displayed well at the show. While the market has been hot for roll-to-roll cutting systems for some time now, the increase in cutters for rigid media used on flatbed systems was evident at the show.

Using the same digital file that was used for the print, these cutting systems were using blades, lasers and routers to efficiently and effectively cut through a variety of substrates. The integration of printing and finishing systems as one combined unit was also featured strongly on the show floor.

On the direct-to-garment side, attendees saw new developments in existing technology. There was a new router for decorating garments with rhinestones, a much lower-cost solution for a typically high-priced product and at least two automatic pre-treatment devices for dark shirts present on the show floor.

 In the Future Forum, “Corporate sustainability: opportunity and challenge,” two members, Brian Hart, Ivey Imaging and Eric Henry, TS Designs, were invited to speak with Marci Kinter, SGIA’s VP Government and Business Information and Shell, about their company’s efforts to become sustainable. Both noted sustainability is becoming a major consideration for the industry.

Outside the expo hall, attendees were able to view the Golden Image/André Schellenberg award galleries and the interior design display.

In the gallery, attendees were able to view more than 600 entries of eye-popping applications from the specialty imaging community. When all was said and done, gold, silver and honourable mention ribbons adorned much of the walls, with a few stand-out pieces taking home the “Best of Show” awards. “Jade” by Dye Into Print took home both the DPI André Schellenberg Best in Digital Creativity and DPI André Schellenberg Best of Show awards; “Schwartz” by Atelier Fur Siebdruck won the ASPT Golden Image Best of Show”– Graphics; “Boat on Glass” by ETF Tekstil won the ASPT Golden Image Best of Show – Garments; and, for the first-ever Golden Image/André Schellenberg People’s Choice Award, “Zeugma” by ETF Tekstil was chosen.

All in all…it was a complete event, which had offered much and still have got much to offer.

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Ipex South Asia 2007… a big hit!

 The inaugural Ipex South Asia (24-27 October 2007), finally hailed great success…this exciting new event for the South Asia, graphic arts and printing industry has put an end to all 18-month long buzz regarding the success or failure of this event…it was surely a hit.

There was an outstanding line up of major international and national players in the signage industry as well, including Apsom Technologies, Canon India Pvt Ltd, EFI India Pvt Ltd, Epson India, Hewlett Packard, Negi Sign Systems & Supplies Co, Oce, Siare Technologies, Max Films, etc.

Apsom Infotex also participated in IPEX SA with a host of new products. In an enlightening seminar on 25th October, they unveiled Roland’s Soljet Pro III XJ Series, which included Roland XJ 740. Kosuke Suzuki and Keita Yamasaki from Roland DG Corp, Japan made interesting presentations on Roland’s innovations and excellence in the digital printing industry and the commitment to excellence exhibited by Apsom Infotex.

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Ad, Print, Pack, Paper Expo 2008

After the grand success of APPPEXPO 2007 – the largest global trade fair, the organizers are all set to touch newer heights with its 2008 edition. The 16th Shanghai Int’l Ad, Print, Pack, Paper Expo (APPPEXPO) will be held from July 2-5, 2008 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China. It will also feature Ad & Sign 2008 for the ad and sign industry.

 It is the great opportunity to develop advertising, print, pack and paper industries in China, especially in Shanghai, not only for its key position in China even in all over the world, but also for this magical city will hold a fantastic event – 2010 World Expo, which is a perfect and large stage to show China’s latest technology level and managerial ability. 2010 World Expo will also need a lot of new technologies and equipment and materials to build the beautiful and modern venue. So, it’s a must-visit event to enlarge businesses.

This expo will cover a 150000 sqm showing area, including nine previous halls and two newly-built ones of Shanghai New International Expo Centre. It is a number one show of the globe with the largest number of exhibitors and visitors and the widest variety of exhibits, also all the exhibiting services are at the first level.

APPPEXPO will be divided into 11 special zones for every type of industrial products, including Ad & sign making equipment and materials; Displaying, POP and commercial facility; New media technology and equipment, innovative design industry; LED, neon, large video screen displaying and applied technology and equipment; Landscape illumination equipment; to name a few.

The number of exhibitors of APPPEXPO is growing every year. 1200 domestic and international exhibitors took part in APPPEXPO 2007. Besides, the exhibition attracted more than 100000 trade visitors from 85 regions/countries. The scale of this event is singularly large compared to same type of exhibitions. If you want to expand your business, it is a best way for you to find appropriate partners. According to an investigation about APPPEXPO 2007, the rate of the regular clients who have taken part in APPPEXPO for successive 5 years or even long accounts at 75%.

This is an ideal opportunity to build business relationships with the global renowned suppliers of ad equipments and materials and to have face-to-face contact with them, ranging from digital printers’ consuming material, signage, exhibition stands, LED outdoor lighting to prepress systems, print equipments, and postpress finishing equipments, etc.

For further info, visit : www.apppexpo.com

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SIM 2008: all set to cover MARCOM industry

Signage, Imaging and Media (SIM), the region’s most comprehensive trade show for the Marketing Communication (MARCOM) industry is all set to take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from November 25-27, 2008.

The show will be a combination of three vertical sectors – signage, imaging and media – under one roof and will provide access to important decision-makers from across the Middle East.

Besides providing a larger platform for relevant companies to showcase their products and solutions, the event will also exploit the synergistic components of the signage, imaging and media industry sectors, providing visitors with a wide array of potential suppliers to meet and do business with, thus guaranteeing a strong attendance regionally. This show will host concurrently industry specific awards, conferences and competitions.

For more info, visit: www.sim-expo.com

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