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Back from Print 09 in Chicago

Posted: September 18th, 2009 in ,

Visited the Print 09 trade show in Chicago this week.  How the industry has changed!  8 years ago went I first started going to this trade show it was all about offset printing.  There were hundreds of booths with vendors that supported the offset equipment (gears, blankets, platemakers, etc.).  The big booths were full of heavy iron equipment churning out printed paper by the ton.  The digital equipment vendors all had smaller booths and were on the sidelines.  This year the show was all about digital.  The offset booths had one piece of equipment at the most.  The big names in offset equipment had very little traffic in their booths. By contrast HP with their Indigo line of digital equipment and Xerox with their iGen digital equipment had very busy booths with demonstrations of their latest technologies.  MGI was demonstrating their new digital press which drew a lot of interest.  In addition there was in big increase in the number of software vendors supporting the digital presses.  A very different show then in years past!  Kodak even decided not to bring a single piece of equipment to the show choosing instead to put on a high tech media show.

Influence Graphics New York uses the HP Indigo digital press for all of it’s short run digital printing

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