PacPrint day two saw numbers up from Tuesday, and organisers say it represented a pleasing improvement over the same day at PacPrint 2013, with numbers up by a decent 15 per cent.
One in every four people through the door either CEO, managing director or owner of a print business.
Those visitors were faced with a mainly digital show, with only Cyber having an offset press on the stand, its Ryobi A1 920 series. Both Currie and Konica Minolta have B2 digital presses on show with the Indigo 12000 and KM-1 Accuriojet respectively.
One of the more interesting developments is robots, with Currie Group having a robot that takes sheets from an Indigo and puts them in a Horizon SmartStacker, while Canon revealed its Scandinavian business has been working with a local robot developer and now has a robot that will take printed media from its Arizona UV flatbed printer and transport it to its Oce ProCut cutting system. Expect to see robots making an entry into print in the next few years.
A spokesperson for Pacprint says crowds were further boosted by the late opening, with many visitors staying to enjoy canapes and drinks in the last couple of hours, and others travelling in later in the day to take advantage of the after-work hours.
The day’s visitors also included a large cohort of students, including interior design and graphic design students from Holmesglen Institute, who described their tour of the show as a ‘revelation’ of what print can offer them in their future careers.
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Throughout the day, sold stickers were beginning to appear on equipment throughout the exhibition hall. Exhibitors reported an extremely busy and productive day and once again commented on the quality of visitors, with senior management and decision makers once again clearly dominating the visitor cohort.
PacPrint organisers say the Forum and Workshop sessions throughout the day were well attended.
Adrian Fleming, PacPrint chair says there was strong numbers, an outstanding range of solutions on exhibit, and a willingness by visitors to engage and invest.
“We are delighted with the success of the show so far. PacPrint 2017 is already delivering on its goals of connecting print and sign businesses with the suppliers of equipment, systems and services in a true, B2B environment – to the benefit of both. Today has been a positive day, and we are looking forward to even busier and better days for Thursday and Friday.”
PacPrint 2017 is open until 6pm tonight and opens tomorrow morning at 10am, closing at 4pm.
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