PacPrint opens for business

The country’s biggest print event opened its doors this morning, with the industry suppliers investing in a great set of stands at PacPrint designed to show print business owners and managers where the opportunities are in the rapidly changing print environment.

Running at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from Tuesday to Friday, with a later night on Wednesday, the show has attracted more than 150 exhibitors from the major players to the new entrants, and the organisers believe the pre-show registrations, which are running ahead of target, point to a good attendance from the nation’s printers, with another 400 already registered to come from overseas.

Adrian Fleming, PacPrint president says, “The show looks fantastic, hats off to the exhibitors who are demonstrating their confidence in the printing industry by investing in the exhibition and have some terrific stands. Printers who come to the show are in for a great time, they will have the opportunity to see the latest developments in technology, both hardware and software, and talk to the people who are developing it, with a lot of overseas guests here from the exhibitors.”

Many exhibitors have booked their biggest ever stands at the show, including Epson, Konica Minolta and Starleaton, which now incorporates DES. Cyber is the only supplier showing an offset press, with a new A1 Ryobi LED UV on the stand bound to draw the crowds. There are a host of digital printer launches taking place, including Konica Minolta with its new digital B2 sheetfed inkjet AccurioJet.

Lily D’Ambrosio, the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change opened the show, praising the Board and exhibitors for their efforts, and saying that her focus was to show strong leadership and support for new sources of energy being developed. She says, “We need new technology in energy. There are exciting developments in R+D, and we will make sure that they get all the support needed to get them to commercialisation”

PacPrint itself has a solar energy display, and printers will hear a presentation from a university professor on printing solar films, which he says could be a real revenue driver.

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