If we’re honest, last week’s InPrint was a very small show. It didn’t even fill a single hall at the Munich Messe, and was tucked away around the back at the Eastern Entrance, which is closer to the tube station but lacks the grand entranceway with the pond full of swans and the broad driveway with all the flags fluttering languidly in the breeze, as flags do.
The graphic arts have become increasingly industrialised over the last five to ten years, as standardisation has taken much of the craft aspect out of the business. So it’s hardly surprising that many equipment vendors are now looking for opportunities in manufacturing industries. But what are those opportunities, and what exactly is industrial printing?
This week sees the second outing of the InPrint show, this time in Munich, starting on Tuesday. It’s hard to define industrial printing. It includes conventional print technologies such as screen and wide format, but also more niche elements like 3D printing and some novel approaches to inkjet. It covers a wide market, from automotive, electronics and white goods to interior décor, as well as a fair bit of packaging.
There’s a technical conference with some 60 sessions and a second show, Productronica, which covers electronic manufacturing. I’ll be there so look out for a report later this week.
Now that this year’s label show is all done – and I’ve had a chance to write the stories that people actually pay me for – it’s time for a final appraisal of the show.
I foolishly broke my own rule about not going to press conferences and then wasted half of the first day at Label Expo listening to various corporate heads waffling on that they had the fastest press with the best imaging quality and that these things would sell faster than sliced bread.
This year there are several trade shows taking place in the major cities around the world under the umbrella title 3D Printshow to showcase developments in this technology. There was one in London recently and so, in between visiting and writing about Fespa, I went to see how the 3D world is developing.
So, last week’s Fespa show has closed and we’ve all survived blisters, after show parties and a general lack of decent coffee. Here’s a second story on the show, now that I’ve been home for a few days, with a catch up to some of the things that I saw in the last couple of days. But I’ll deal with some of the more important themes in subsequent posts.
The Hunkeler Innovation Days, better known to most people as ‘the Hunkeler’, or ‘Unkla’ for those of us from the East End of London, has once again proven to be the most interesting of the many print-related shows around the world.
Last week I went to the 3D Printshow in Old Billingsgate, London. I’m greatly interested in 3D print technology though I’m still not sure what it’s for. The people on the stands say that it’s only limited by your imagination but most of the stuff at the show could have been produced quicker and cheaper by conventional means. Still, the same was true of digital photography in the early days and look where we are with that now. Continue reading “The third dimension”
There are quite a number of conferences and seminars on offer to printers – they’re a useful way of raising an organisation’s profile and of bringing in revenue. The question, of course, is how much use they are to the printers who attend? Continue reading “Talking the talk”