Number 01 in PRINT
PRINT 01's largest single exhibitor will be Heidelberg, with approximately 100,000 square feet. Xerox is second with nearly 50,000 square feet. The show's top 10 exhibitors include MANRoland, Komori, CreoScitex, Indigo America, KBA, Muller Martini, Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses and Agfa. More than 150 exhibitors are scheduled to mount displays of more than 1,000 square feet.
But GASC stresses that this roster of big booths only tells part of PRINT's story. "PRINT is also the premier venue in the world this year for start-ups, new market entries, and small companies seeking to reach large markets with new ideas," Delmontagne says. "Often these smaller, less familiar exhibitors offer some of the most exciting discoveries for PRINT attendees."
When trend creates opportunity
PRINT arrives in Chicago at a particularly promising time in terms of major technological trends. Coming about 16 months after DRUPA 2000, PRINT will present market-ready products that have evolved from technological demonstrations and prototypes seen at the German show. PRINT also comes at a time when adoption of digital workflows is spreading rapidly throughout the industry, with profound results.
Among the major themes of PRINT's exhibits will be:
-New presses and pressroom systems that combine high quality with extensive automation to boost productivity as never before. These displays will embrace sheetfed and web offset, flexography, gravure and other technologies.
-Digital workflows that unite all steps and processes in print design and production in a single data flow, and link print to other elements of the broad communications and marketing environment.
-Digital printing, in both toner-based variable data (VDP) and direct imaging configurations. Both strategies are being widely adopted throughout the industry, and many thousands of company managers will look at PRINT to inform and support their investment decisions in this area.
-Package printing and converting. Continuing the strong trend of GASC events in the 1990s, PRINT will bring the closely related printing and converting disciplines side by side so that specialists in both areas can explore all the opportunities created by their convergence.