The Telford International Centre becomes the latest venue to stage an industry exhibition when it opens its doors to the Print Show on Wednesday this week.
Organiser Link Exhibitions had hoped to continue a residency at the NEC but found the dates double booked by Ipex which takes place there at the end of the month. But the move to Telford does not appear to have harmed the young event. The entire space allocation has been filled and pre registration of visitors has topped last year.
As a consequence more than 130 companies will be present across 10,000m2 with another 50 present in parallel event SignLink Live. This is a similar number of exhibitors with an increase in floor space from 8,000m2 in 2016.
The Print Show attracted 5,916 visitors last year and the organiser hopes to top that this year. It has persuaded 13,602 to pre register and anticipates close to half of these making the trip. There will also be some cross over from SignLink Live where a further 6,552 have registered their intention to attend. The popularity is endorsed by the shortage of available hotels in Telford and the surrounding areas.
As with last year visitors will see a good spread of technology from across the industry, though litho representation is thin. Koenig & Bauer is the only press manufacturer to attend and it is not bringing equipment. Bluprint and IST will have UV technology that can be retrofitted to sheetfed litho presses.
This is in contrast to the numbers of digital suppliers present. This ranges from HP (showing large format rather than Indigo machines), Canon, Konica Minolta and via Xeretec, Xerox. A Ricoh will also be on show through dealer Smart Print.
Likewise a full sweep of finishing equipment will be on show from the likes of Duplo, Morgana, Renz and IML, including a new perfect binder from the latter and binder able to bind A3 landscape from Morgana.
Wide format inkjet comes courtesy of Mimaki, CMYUK, Oki, Epson and InkTec as well as Canon and HP. A number of online print companies, paper companies and a continuous programme of seminars, masterclasses and workshops completes the line up. And the clincher: parking at the Telford International Centre is free of charge.
The Telford International Centre is the new, perhaps temporary, home for the Print Show this year. Its move was necessary to avoid a clash with Ipex which takes place at the NEC later this month. However, this does not seem to inflicted harm on the Print Show as preregistration numbers have increased over 2016.