A Look Ahead at Print 05
Several vendors recently revealed their plans for the big September show.
By Bob Neubauer
The Print 05 and Converting 05 trade show is right around the corner. To get a taste of what's in store, IPG was recently invited to Chicago along with other journalists to hear a handful of vendors discuss their plans for the show, which will take place September 9-15 in downtown Chicago.
The two-day press conference, called MediaDays 2005, was organized by the Broadford & Maloney PR firm.
Dave Poulos, of the Graphic Arts Show Co., told attendees that 80,000 people are expected to attend Print 05 and visit its nearly 800 exhibits covering more than 750,000 square feet of floor space. In addition to the new converting exhibition and exhibits on RFID (radio frequency identification), Print 05 will feature special interest pavilions, including:
• Mailing & Fulfillment, expected to exceed the total net square footage of the MailCom show.
• Wide Format, featuring more than 30 exhibitors.
Xerox will have a large presence at Print 05, with a two-story exhibit totalling 35,200 square feet, about three times as large as what the company had at Graph Expo 2004. This space will feature five solution zones:
• United offset and digital
• Print-on-demand and Web-to-print
• Book publishing
• Personalized communications
• Promotional transactional
Though Xerox executives told journalists about several new products and enhancements it plans to reveal at Print 05, we were asked not to publish this information until after the show. One new product, unveiled last month at On Demand, was the DocuColor 7000, a 70-page-per-minute (ppm) full-color device intended to fill the gap between the DocuColor 6060 and the 8000. It was built on the DocuColor 8000 platform.
Kodak Ready to Lead
Top executives from Kodak's Graphic Communications Group, including President Jim Langley, addressed journalists about Kodak's recent acquisitions and future plans.