Posts tagged: Chicago

What’s Next for Graph Expo?

Jim Hamilton
 Oct 13, 2016

Graph Expo’s first visit to Orlando can be considered a qualified success, in part based on the low expectations that most exhibitors had for the show. It followed drupa, and a drupa year will always be a challenge for Graph Expo. What the future holds for this venerable show is up for discussion.

Let’s first consider attendance in Orlando. Thayer Long, the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) president, said in a WhatTheyThink interview that the number of visitors (including booth staff) exceeded 13,000. This is down significantly from Graph Expo 2015 in Chicago, but is more or less in line with a reduced show that had at least 30% less exhibit space than in 2015.

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Graph Expo Expectations

Jim Hamilton
 Sep 8, 2015

Graph Expo 2015 (September 13-16, Chicago) begins on Sunday and whether you are able to be there or not, here are a few things you should know in advance.

Who Has the Biggest Booths on the Show Floor?

One good way of assessing the level of marketing spend that an exhibitor has made on a trade show is to measure the size of their booth. InfoTrends has been doing this for shows like Graph Expo, Print, IPEX, and drupa for many years. This year, the biggest exhibitors (by square foot of exhibit space as measured from the publicly available show floor map) are shown below.

Canon, as was the case at Graph Expo 2014, has the largest booth, followed by Konica Minolta. HP is in the number three spot, up from number six last year. Xerox dropped down a spot and is followed by Ricoh, EFI, Pitney Bowes, and Standard Finishing. KIP America breaks into the top ten at number nine. Last year’s number nine, Muller Martini, is not exhibiting. The top twelve is rounded out by Kodak, KBA, and Scodix. Traditional offset vendors (including some with new digital offerings) will be exhibiting, but not in the biggest booths (KBA is the only one in the top twelve). Offset system providers with booths include Goss, Komori, manroland, Presstek, Ryobi MHI, and TKS, but not Heidelberg, which hasn’t been a Graph Expo exhibitor since 2011.

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Gearing Up for Print ’13: Production Software Trends

Other Posts
 Sep 6, 2013

Each year in preparation for Graph Expo or PRINT(depending on the year), InfoTrends analysts scan various industry news feeds for the latest press releases and announcements distributed by vendors to spark interests and inform the media on the new and upcoming announcements that they will be demonstrating on the show floor, in Chicago.  In this blog we will be discussing the recent announcements that vendors have been distributing to the media that relate to introductions and advancements being made in the production workflow software space, gearing up for PRINT 13. Read more »

All Eyes on PRINT 13

Jim Hamilton
 

PRINT 13 (September 8th through 12th at McCormick Place in Chicago) will test the validity of print trade shows in an era of always connected mobile access. Combined with the CPP EXPO (Converting & Package Printing) EXPO, the show runs once every four years and is a day longer than Graph Expo. The show used to be massive. It has contracted and now is about the size of a Graph Expo from the days of yore. In light of the sad decline of IPEX (March 24th to 29th, 2014, London), which virtually all of the possible major exhibitors are avoiding, all eyes will be on PRINT 13 this year as a test of the level that the industry will support a large printing trade show.

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Graph Expo Attendance Up Compared to 2011

Jim Hamilton
 Nov 7, 2012

If trade show numbers can be believed (and let’s hope they can), the attendance numbers from the Graph Expo 2012 organizers are encouraging. Overall attendance was up by close to 3% and the all-important ‘verified attendee/buyers’ category was up around 2%. This is particularly encouraging in light of the staggering drop in drupa 2012 attendance. Yet before we all get too excited about this, keep in mind that this only amounts to about 270 more verified buyers than in 2011. The bigger increase was in non-verified buyers (presumably booth staff and maybe some analysts and press).

Graph Expo 2011 2012 Difference % Change
Participants (exhibitors & attendees) 20,451 21,022 +571 2.8%
Verified attendee/buyers 13,426 13,694 +268 2.0%
Unique buyer companies represented 8,026 8,252 +226 2.8%

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Take a Closer Look at Screen

Jim Hamilton
 Jul 16, 2012

In June, Screen USA invited a group of industry analysts and trade press editors to its U.S. headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, not far from Chicago, for a briefing that they called “A Closer Look.” The title is apt, because if you are like me, you may not have understood the full breadth of Screen’s graphic arts offerings.

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Benny Landa Comments on drupa 2012

Jim Hamilton
 Jul 9, 2012

A couple of months before drupa 2012, an article appeared in the Israeli press about Benny Landa and Landa Corporation. Given that it was in Hebrew, and only later appeared in English translation, I published a blog with some of the key points from the article. Now another Israeli publication, The Marker, has written about Landa. This time I don’t believe it exists in an English version but I have received a translation from Lior Meron, InfoTrends’ Asia Pacific director, who is in touch with the Landa team. The article (here’s the link if you can read Hebrew) is entitled “Benny Landa’s Printing Revolution” and includes a number of interesting details, which I list below:

  • Benny Landa reports that his company signed hundreds of letters of intent at 10,000 Euros per machine. He says that if they had had more sales people they would have signed even more.
  • The prices for the various configurations range from $1 to $3 million.
  • The configuration that garnered the most interest was the S10 (the B1-format cut-sheet model) but he notes that the letters of intent were evenly split between the cut-sheet and the roll-fed offerings.
  • Landa: “The first press will be ready to go out to the market at the end of 2013.”
  • Landa: “The ink is the fuel of the presses. Every press, within its first five years, produces ink sales that represent fifteen times its value.”
  • It has been five years since Landa started working on developing the nano-pigment technology and adapting it to digital print heads.
  • There are more than 200 employees at Landa Labs; 150 of them are in development and 50 are in the alternative energy field (some of them do both).
  • Marker magazine estimates that Landa’s invested between $150 and $250 million of his personal fortune to fund the development. (Note: It is fairly safe to assume that Landa will use the positive response from the many letters of intent to drive interest in external funding from investors.)
  • Landa: “It’s obvious that one day there will be no print other than packaging…If your business is packaging then your future is bright, but in 200 years, people won’t be communicating through ground-up trees.
  • Landa will soon establish an ink production facility in Israel and then later will add more sites elsewhere. Landa also expects to have an overseas product assembly site where the work will mostly be done through subcontractors.
  • Landa acknowledges that what he wants to achieve cannot be done in a timely fashion with 200 engineers and that is why he is working with a number of industry partners. (Note: Heidelberg, Komori, and manroland have all signed partnerships with Landa.)
  • Landa: “When people ask me what they should do until they receive our presses, I suggest that they buy an Indigo.”

This last point is an important one since with all of the digital announcements from drupa, particularly those related to cut-sheet B2-format digital printers, I’m sure that many print service providers will consider delaying purchases until some of these technology demonstrations become available as released products. I think this would be a mistake. A3- and B2-format digital printers are available today to meet market demand for short run, quick turnaround, targeted, and/or personalized jobs. It would be tempting to wait, and it’s certainly true that some long-hoped for capabilities are on the horizon, but it would be unfortunate if print service providers ignored today’s products and opportunities.

Landa Corporation is in a growth phase and is building an infrastructure to support administrative, business development, sales, and other infrastructure. When asked in the article whether he is hiring HP Indigo employees, Landa responded, “We have never turned to an Indigo employee and asked him to come work for us, and we won’t do so in the future. In the few cases that Indigo employees have come to me, I didn’t take them quickly. First we sent them back to HP to see if they could solve their issues. If they could, they stayed there.”

The next opportunity for the public to see the Landa offerings will be China Print in 2013 (May 14-18, 2013). This will be an excellent opportunity for the company to bring their message of high speed, low running cost, and strong print quality to the world. It will also give Landa an opportunity to update the market on the progress it has made. A key factor will be showing an improvement in print quality over what was displayed at drupa.

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