Though attendance was noticeably down on the first three days of Print 09, by Monday morning it was starting to look like a trade show again. Booths were packed with attendees, and vendors were busy giving demos, trying to capitalize of the sudden resurgence of interest after a lackluster weekend.
IPG spent four days at the show, and the first three...let's just say we never had any problem finding someone to talk with at vendors' booths. Perhaps the beautiful Chicago weekend weather lured many to delay their arrival. (Or maybe it was the questionable wisdom of starting a trade show on a Friday.) Whatever the reason, though, by Monday morning, attendees arrived with a vengeance, including scores of in-plants managers. For them, Monday kicked off with a breakfast roundtable, hosted by IPG and sponsored by Ricoh. It was standing-room only in the session, as IPG Editor Bob Neubauer questioned attendees about their digital color printing experience and moderated discussions between in-plant managers.
After the successful roundtable, managers joined the throngs on the show floor to check out the latest equipment. We will provide updates on what we saw in the coming days, but for now we'll say that there didn't seem to be as many brand new products as at past shows. Still, the "Must See 'ems" list alone had some impressive technologies on it, and the in-plant managers we spoke with had specific pieces of equipment they were there to check out.
Watch for more details on Print 09 on this site and in our October issue.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.