Posts tagged: Graph Expo 2008

Automation a Key Theme at Graph Expo

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 Nov 7, 2008

While I may not have seen everything I wanted to while on the show floor at Graph Expo this year, there is one reccurring theme that I heard about from print service providers and saw from vendors: the need for automation. This theme is emerging at a very crucial time in our industry, especially considering the current economic climate and the increasing need for printers to reduce costs, increase turnaround time, and still add value to the print-related services and other services that they are offering.

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Top Ten Exhibitors at Graph Expo 2008

Jim Hamilton
 Nov 4, 2008

The table below shows the top ten exhibitors from Graph Expo 2008 as measured by booth space. Heidelberg has been the number one exhibitor by this measure since I started tracking this in 2004, and they were likely the top exhibitor for many shows prior to Graph Expo 2004. Initially I began conducting this exercise to show the impact of the digital vendors on a trade show that had been dominated by traditional printing press vendors. This point has long since been made. For all practical purposes as you look at the list of top vendors, Graph Expo is now a digital show. Heidelberg’s booth space, which used to be much larger than any other exhibitor’s space, was not that much bigger than either HP’s or Xerox’s booths. It would not be a surprise if a digital vendor took over the top spot at Graph Expo in 2010 (or even at Print 09). Benny Landa, founder of Indigo, predicted at drupa 2008 that HP would be the largest graphic arts company in the world by drupa 2012. (HP, based on show floor space, was the third largest exhibitor at drupa 2008 after Heidelberg and manroland.) What sounded like a bold statement at the time is very likely to come true.


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Tie 6/7


Tie 6/7


Tie 8/9/10

Böwe Bell + Howell

Tie 8/9/10


Tie 8/9/10



Tour of RISO’s new Chicago Office, Graph Expo 08

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 Oct 27, 2008

Tim Greene and I had the opportunity to visit the new RISO customer demo center in downtown Chicago this morning. In addition to the spectaular views, we were introduced to David Murphy, who spoke to us a bit about the future direction of RISO. Highlighting the HC5500, David stated that inkjet is valuable to the future of their product line and that it was time for them to begin an active push into the production, commercial space. Read more »

Live-blogging From Graph Expo

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 Oct 21, 2008

A few people from the InfoTrends production team will be blogging live from Graph Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago from Sunday, October 26 to Wednesday, October 29. Myself, along with Tim Greene (Director, Wide Format Printing and Jetting Technology Opportunities Consulting Sevices) and some others will providing you with some updates on new, innovative hardware and software technology being showcased in Chicago. We’ll be starting the coverage this weekend. Just check out the posts tagged with “Graph Expo 2008”.

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