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COVID-19 Impact on Trade Shows – List of Canceled and Postponed Events

India Tatro
Apr 9, 2020

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As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, many trade shows and industry events have been postponed or canceled in order to protect the health of attendees, exhibitors, and employees. Many shows with an original date in March-June 2020 have postponed with hopes to hold the show in the fall, while others have canceled altogether with the intention of returning in 2021. Some canceled events will have a virtual experience instead, utilizing web conferencing services like Zoom.

In the table below, Keypoint Intelligence has assembled a list of upcoming trade shows, with their current status and any new show dates where applicable: Read more »

Canon Launches varioPRINT iX-Series of Sheetfed Presses

India Tatro
Apr 1, 2020

On April 1, 2020, Canon announced the latest update to its varioPRINT series of digital printers. Designed with commercial printers in mind, the varioPRINT iX-Series offers a wide variety of capabilities to improve automation, productivity, and media handling. Following on the success of the original varioPRINT platform that was introduced in 2015, this announcement demonstrates Canon’s continued efforts to combine digital capabilities with the quality and productivity of offset.

Canon’s varioPRINT iX-Series

The varioPRINT iX-Series is capable of producing over 9,000 SRA3 images per hour (320 A4 pages per minute) with over 90% average uptime and no need for daily calibration or maintenance. This makes it particularly suitable for customers whose print volumes exceed one million A4 pages per month. The press also features an extended media range with compatibility from 60 to 350 gsm, making it compatible with a wide variety of commercial applications.

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Coronavirus Resets the drupa Countdown Clock to April 2021

German Sacristan
Mar 13, 2020

For the past few weeks, the business and financial worlds have been reacting to fears surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) by implementing measures that will increase public safety and slow down the spread of the disease. As a result, numerous trade shows have been cancelled or rescheduled. The much-anticipated drupa 2020 event was the latest victim of this trend, and has now been rescheduled to April 20 – 30, 2021. This marks only the second time that a 5-year gap has occurred between two drupa events; the first was between 1995 and 2000. To help compensate for this gap, print equipment manufacturers have been proactively organizing virtual events to help keep the market informed about upcoming technologies and solutions.

In addition to the printing and packaging industries, drupa attracts a variety of other vertical markets like consumer goods, luxury goods, cosmetics, banks, and safety technology. According to the drupa website, half of the event’s visitors come to the show with specific investment plans. Of course, these plans are likely to change; in addition to delaying the drupa event, the virus will have an impact on the market as a whole.

As we navigate through the COVID-19 epidemic, many business-related questions will emerge. For example:

  • How will the cancellation of major events like drupa affect trade show vendors?
  • How many more people will make temporary adjustments to their life- and work-related activities to keep themselves safe?
  • Will this change the way we might work in the future?
  • Will there be any permanent shifts in applications and/or communication strategies?
  • How will ongoing industry trends change as a result, and how will these changes affect the printing industry as a whole?

The analysts at Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends are working vigilantly to better understand how COVID-19 will impact the printing market. Armed with new insights, we hope to be able to help our customers and the general market make better strategic decisions that lower their risks in the near future. We will provide more updates as they become available!

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Digital Flexible Packaging: ePac Orders 24 More HP Indigo 20000s

Bob Leahey
Nov 14, 2019

HP Indigo, the Israeli maker of production-level EP printers for flexible packaging, recently announced an order for 24 units of the HP Indigo 20000, the company’s 30” EP web for that application. The deal is the biggest to date for the 20000 and, same as last year, the buyer is the Israeli company’s best customer for the printer, ePac Flexible Packaging (Middleton, WI); ePac set the previous record by ordering 20 units in 2018. ePac currently operates 28 of the 20000s at 12 locations and expects to operate 52 at 20 locations after all the latest batch are installed next year. In money terms, the deal is also big: Pricing for one HP Indigo 20000 is unpublished but, even assuming a discount for buying 24, this latest purchase will likely total well over $20 million just for hardware; spending over time for toner, parts, and service will add substantially to that. Read more »

Diversity on Display at PRINTING United 2019

Pat McGrew
Nov 12, 2019

A show like the first edition of PRINTING United, hosted by SGIA in partnership with NAPCO Media, brings optimism to the print community. It was a large show that filled 6 halls and 720,000 square feet. Over 600 exhibitors gathered at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, and the event attracted printers from a diverse range of segments. The show floor was divided in to three main areas, including decorative printing (screen printing and direct-to-garment), sign & graphics printing, and document printing and finishing (new to the SGIA visitors but right at home for PRINTING United).

A view of the show floor at PRINTING United
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Getting Ready for Print 19: The Keypoint Intelligence Pre-show Guide

Pat McGrew
Sep 23, 2019

Each year the schedule of shows changes slightly. Some shows merge, others grow organically, and still others disappear from the calendar. This year Print 19 closes out is long run with more than 80 education sessions, the Red Hot Technology awards, TechTalk panels, TechWalk guided tours, and a keynote from Nick Thomson of WIRED Magazine that should be on everyone’s agenda. Once again, Keypoint Intelligence will host the InfoLunch at noon on Thursday, reviewing the most impactful insights you can use to guide your business. Four members of the Keypoint Intelligence staff will also be presenting in the education forums. Print19 promises three days of opportunity for print service providers, in-plant printers, marketing service providers, and the users of those services.

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Memjet Announces Third Generation Inkjet Technology: ‘DuraFlex’

Bob Leahey
Sep 12, 2019

Inkjet technology supplier Memjet recently announced a new category of inkjet heads, inks and supporting print modules called ‘DuraFlex.’ The news marks a major addition to the offerings of the San Diego company, which now supplies thermal inkjet heads and dye-based inks to about 40 makers of systems that print labels, mail, office documents, corrugated, and other applications. DuraFlex will differ from the longstanding ‘VersaPass’ technology inside most current Memjet-based printers because of two main features: the heads are long-lasting and the inks are pigmented, yielding durable print; DuraFlex shares these two features and the “Dura” prefix of Memjet DuraLink, the head technology announced last year for use in industrial print applications. DuraFlex thus is a third generation of Memjet technology, one that will occupy a space between VersaPass (mostly for benchtops, starting in 2010) and DuraLink (industrial printers, just now commercially available), and it will be marketed to OEMs accordingly.

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Should You Make a Purchase at the Next Print Show?

Colin McMahon
Aug 30, 2019

Are you an executive or decision-maker working for an organization that provides printing services? Do you have a plan in place to stay up to date with the ever-changing hardware and software landscape? Are you taking steps to ensure your continued profitability and revenue growth? Remember, your business plan is an on-going, live document that should be reviewed against these criteria on a regular cadence. Print is arguably a more competitive industry than most, as players aren’t just competing with each other but with online print aggregators and online marketing communication solutions. In response to this added competition, as well as continued consolidation of the market, many PSPs have turned to new products to help drive profits.

However, which new products are worthy of investment? And, what hardware will best enable these products? These are the questions that decision-makers must address as they look to the year ahead, on top of assessing maintenance levels, renewing lease agreements, and other factors that can impact the bottom line. With so many variables, updating the business plan for the coming year is an essential step for those at the executive level. Flying blind with no specific set of objectives removes a company’s ability to proactively control their future, leaving them reacting to events as they occur instead of laying the infrastructure to be prepared for market changes.

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Landa’s S10P Analyst and Press Launch at Mercury Print Productions

German Sacristan
Jul 15, 2019

On June 27, 2019, Landa introduced its first installation of an S10P Nanographic Printing Press with a perfector to a group of analyst and media professionals at Mercury Print Productions (Rochester, NY). The media event included presentations from Nachum Korman (Vice President and General Manager of Landa Americas) and John Place (CEO of Mercury), a product demonstration, a tour of the factory, and a Q&A session. The S10P offers two-sided B1 printing, and is suited to general commercial printing, publishing, and related applications.

Nachum Korman kicked off the analyst briefing by stating that the S10, which is engineered for packaging and converting, has officially launched after first being unveiled at Drupa 2016. Korman provided details on the first four installations of the Landa Nanographic presses —one in Israel, two in Europe, and one in the United States. The installation at Mercury in Rochester marks the first North American installation of an S10P that focuses on commercial printing. He also talked about several additional S10s, S10Ps, and W10 installations that will be coming in the near future, including an S10P in China, an S10 in Mexico, and a W10 in Germany

Korman also discussed one of Landa’s greatest differentiators—Nanography Technology. He elaborated, “The Landa presses use fewer pigments than offset to create inks while producing a comparable image quality at half the thickness and amount of ink on the paper (0.5 microns vs. 1 micron for offset). The Landa Nanographic printing process does not require substrates to be pretreated or primed, and any type of offset media (coated or uncoated) can be fed through the press at rated speed. What is especially interesting is how Landa deals with the constant challenge of drying the printed image on the paper. Landa’s technology does this by building the image into a heated blanket that evaporates most of the water, leaving the image ready to be transferred to the paper. Additional hot air drying systems are applied.

Figure 1: Landa’s S10P Product Demonstration

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Epson Announces Revamped EcoTank All-in-One Printers & Multi-Year Partnership with Shaquille O’Neal to Promote Brand

Barbara Richards
Jul 9, 2019

On July 9th Epson America, Inc. announced six new additions to its Supertank line of EcoTank printers.  The new all-in-one printers offer cartridge-free printing, using bottles and easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks for zero cartridge waste. End-users get up to two year of ink with each included or replacement ink set.  According to Epson, this unique printing technology empowers users to print by saving them up to 90 percent on ink with low-cost replacement bottles versus traditional cartridge-based systems.

Epson’s New EcoTank All-in-One Portfolio

Branded as “easy, economical, ecological,” the new printers offer standard wireless and borderless printing and color displays that are easy to set up and navigate. One of the key benefits to this technology is the long-life consumables. According Epson, one set of replacement bottles is equivalent to about 80 individual cartridges, which helps save on costs, trips to the store, and environmental impact. Additionally , Epson has stated cost per page is only one cent for color and 1/3 of a cent for black. Furthermore, Epson’s integrated front-facing ink tanks and unique keyed EcoFit™ bottles make it easy to fill each color tank, providing added convenience and ease of use. The new printers are available in a clean, sleek white finish and all include a two-year limited warranty. Epson’s EcoTank printers are available through major computer, office and electronic superstores and online at the Epson store.

In addition to the new EcoTank printer announcement, Epson has unveiled a multi-year partnership with NBA Hall of Famer, business leader and philanthropist  Shaquille O’Neal. This partnership will include several high-profile commercials and ad-campaign around the benefits of the EcoTank technology. The marketing campaign is expected to start in time for the back to school activities. https://epson.com/ecotank-ink-tank-printers

Epson’s New EcoTank Commercials “Just Fill & Chill” with SHAQ

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