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fter three days of high
intensity action from the
Showground the doors
were closed and the last
6000 printers who visited were making
their way home, having experienced
the industry buzz that only a show can
provide. Whether this translates into
an industry uplift remains to be seen.
PrintEx 2015 will be remembered as
the first print show in Australia with no
offset presses on the floor. There are
reasons of course, not the least of which
is the high cost of installing and
de-installing presses, especially
compared with digital print systems,
which are in essence take off the back of
the van and plug in.
However it is also indicative of the
direction the industry is going in, both
with the drive to digital and the
changing of the established order. Four
of the big five stands at PrintEx were
from companies that at the start of the
century were barely involved in print –
Fuji Xerox, Canon, Ricoh and Konica
Minolta. In fact the latter two weren’t at
all. Currie Group had the biggest stand,
16 years ago it would have had a
Shinohara offset press as its centrepiece,
this time it was the HP Indigo.
Responses to the show were mixed,
not everyone was impressed with the
lack of offset action, not only were there
no presses, there were no CTP units,
and no finishing for non-digital print.
Vendors are hailing PrintEx15 as a
success with millions of dollars worth of
printing kit sold off stands at the show
to printers across the country.
Fuji Xerox is claiming the most sales
of the major digital manufacturers with
20 printers worth more than $2m
snapped up from its stand.
The bumper sales include a
Nuvera144MX MICR production
printer to Lamson Paragon subsidiar y
Cheque-Mates, which chief executive
Rodney Frost says he will use to attract
more cheque printing trade work.
“A lot of cheque printers have old
machines that need updating, but with
cheques declining so fast it might not be
worth the investment,” he says.
Other Fuji Xerox sales include two
Versant 80 Presses to Lexdata and one
to D&O Printing, Doculink and Kwik
Kopy Gosford; Versant 2100 Presses to
The biggest event of Australian print
this year took place last month,
with plenty of sales on the floor
Printers opened their
wallets at PrintEx 2015
On Time Print and Any Colour You
Like; Color 1000i Presses to Bambra
Press and Fine Line Print & Copy; an
Acuity LED 1600 to Pronto Direct; an
Epson T7200 to Kwik Kopy St
Leonards, and a Color J75 Press and
D110 copier/printer to Law Image.
Executive general manager of
marketing Simon Lane says: “The
industry is excited by this new era in
printing and agrees with us that
effective print is a combination of
intelligent content , creative design,
targeted marketing, brilliant output and
Currie got a good return on
investment for its monster stand, selling
22 machines including Scodix Ultra Pro
digital enhancement presses to both
CMYKhub and NZ outfit Fuzed.
CMYKhub managing director Trent
Nankervis says the machine will allow
the trade printer to bring spot UV work
it had been outsourcing back in-house.
CMYKhub also picked up a Jet Mira,
the first global order of the wide format
printer, and Anapurna 2540i from Agfa.
Currie has also sold HP Indigo
10000s to Port Printing and Print
Media Group, which also bought a HP
T230 inkjet, and an Indigo 7800 to
Dashing Print, and Horizon finishing
kits to Twin Loops, Clarke Murphy
Print, NPS Corporate, Monotone, New
Litho, and TNE Tools. It also sold a HP
Indigo WS6800, an AB Graphics
converting machine, three Cron CTP
machines, three Horizon RD 4055
diecutters, a BQ280 perfect binder, and
a Hof 400 to unnamed printers.
In addition to its two sales to
CMYKhub, Agfa also sold a Jet Mira
and two Anapurna 2540is to Longbeach
Printing, another Mira to Peak Digital,
and an Acorta cutter.
Ricoh made 14 sales for a $2m
windfall, including C7100/110s to DNA
Labels, Zipform, Midway Print
Solutions, Frontline Printing, Shire
Print ‘n’ Graphics, and Trendsetting;
made its first Australian sale of the Pro
C9100 to Inhouse Print & Design - plus
another four C7100s and three Pro
8120s. National sales manager Raj
Chandiok says 260 people came by.
Konica Minolta moved six printers
including a bizhub C1070 Press to
Hobart printer Typeface, and a bizhub
C1085 and C1070 to Ulladulla Printing.
Canon, which has its entire stand
printed by Canon equipment including
banners, posters, decals, coasters, tables
and all its marketing collateral is
keeping its sold cards close to its chest.
Kodak focused on promoting its
Achieve platemaker and managed two
sales, but is waiting for deposits from
the buyers before releasing names.
Wide format manufacturers and their
resellers made bundles of sales, Spicers
made $3m in 11 sales including EFI
Vutek GS335LX printers to ADS
Australia and Imagebox, and the first
Elitron Kombo SD+ cutting table in
Queensla nd to Queensland
Screenprints (QPS). QPS manager Katie
Ripper says it will consolidate three
finishing machines, streamlining its
operations and allowing it to expand.
Spicers says it has also sold one other
GS335LX and Kombo SD+, two
Mimaki JV400LX and one JFX200-
2513 printers, and three Rollsroller
SwissQprint reseller Pozitive has sold
one big Nyala 2 flatbed printer to
Sydney firm Look Print, with more
expected, and Epson says its various
distributors around the show have sold
eight T5200 and five T7200 wide
format printers; six F2000 t-shirt
printer; and two SureColor S5600 and
one S7600 eco-solvent models.
The numbers should of course not be
taken as gospel. As Konica Minolta
national sales manager George Fryer
points out, a lot of suppliers claim that
they have had huge sales ‘but they are
just confirmation of sales that they have
worked on for weeks a nd months’.
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