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InPrint 2017 Show Preview A Q&Awith the co-founder of InPrint


Marcus Timson, co-founder of InPrint, informs Converter of the ways in which the printing industry is developing andhow the show responds to this year on year


FOR OUR READERS THAT DON’T KNOW, WHAT IS THE INPRINT SHOW? MT: InPrint is a unique event focused on industrial print technology. Any production or commercial professional interested in developing technology for printing for manufacturing should attend. The technology focus is principally digital inkjet and screen printing and the applications are widespread, from pharmaceutical and packaging through to automotive, décor and smart technology. Print that works in manufacturing has to


exist in challenging conditions. This event focuses on how to solve these challenges, whilst creating new possibilities for production, inline with a shift to Industry 4.0.


HOW DID THE IDEA FOR INPRINT ARISE? MT: The idea came from connecting and listening to the industry and discovering what problems and challenges were being faced, then thinking how a new event could provide a solution. Clearly, there were enough traditional print shows, but there was no event that connected people from the world of manufacturing with cutting edge print technology. InPrint is the event that provides a forum


for the development of new technological solutions for industrial manufacturing for functional, decorative or packaging printing.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ASPECT OF THIS YEAR’S SHOW? MT: A number of new product launches will take place at InPrint this year. InPrint is established as the place to announce new developments and show new machinery. Along with our 140 exhibiting companies,


our conference content is also really valuable; it provides information on new products and how new print technologies can be used in a manufacturing segment. This is a very important component of the event – discussing, networking and learning. We also have an InPrint Innovations


Award programme that will profile excellence with industrial printing technology, sponsored by Ricoh.


HOW HAS THE PRINTING INDUSTRY CHANGED WITH THE EMERGENCE OF INDUSTRIAL AND DIGITAL PRINTING? MT: I think InPrint has certainly provided a tremendous focus for industrial printing and to a large extent has helped to place it on the map. This is an appealing sector for a variety of reasons, not least because unlike traditional printing, it is unaffected by the continued growth of online media.


12 September 2017 Whilst industrial printing itself has been in


existence as long as manufacturing has, digital inkjet printing is an enabler for the shift to digital manufacturing.


ARE THERE COMPANIES THAT HAVE FOUND SUCCESS SINCE INPRINT? MT: There is a significant number of companies who have successfully built new business by exhibiting at InPrint. These include Agfa, Xaar, Fujifilm, Heidelberg, INX Digital, Marabu, Mankiewicz, Hinterkopf, Martinenghi, Tonejet, Staedtler, Konica Minolta and Cefla JetSet. They have gained high-quality new connections that have led to significant business gains and technological development.


WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR INPRINT? MT: InPrint really is about future possibilities and technologies. Undoubtedly, inkjet will grow in its use within manufacturing. As the awareness of what this new technology can do for production grows, and success stories are shared, the industry and the show will certainly move onto another level. From all of our research and discussions,


it does seem that the next big area we know the market to be interested in is flexible packaging. So we are likely to see more of a development of technology that serves this market.


ARE THERE ANY OTHER TRENDS YOU COULD IDENTIFY COMPARING SHOW TO SHOW? MT: Yes, at the first show in 2014, it was clear many companies were getting to grips with the definition of industrial printing. In 2015, the show was improved largely as the connections made in 2014 enabled exhibitors to understand how to present products. We expect the third edition of InPrint to result in an even better event. Growth expectations remain very strong


for industrial printing, and in particular for packaging. But according to our surveys these growth expectations reached a peak


in 2015/16. This, we think, is due to exhibiting companies acquiring a better understanding of the time it takes for a new technology to work effectively in a traditional manufacturing process. In terms of integration, it appears that


many projects take five years to effectively integrate. To a large extent, the role of InPrint is to help the customer understand challenges, provide access to expertise, and then solve them over time. It is certainly a journey, and the winners


are the companies that accept the fact it may take longer than expected. For a traditional market, converters and printers require help and nurturing as they see digital inkjet as both an opportunity and a risk. Whilst sticking with existing processes may


be comforting and safe, the risk is customers may begin to provide their own solution! InPrint 2017 will take place on November


14-16, at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Munich, Germany. uwww.inprintshow.com


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