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Panpa Bulletin : July 2010
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Executives of print manufacturers have returned to Australia and New Zealand from a recent Ipex show in Birmingham in Britain with a mix of positive and rave reviews, especially about the profile being gained by digital equipment. Organisers said the show attracted more than 100,000 delegates from 135 countries, an 8 per cent increase on the previous '06 event. Some 20,000 exhibitor staff were present, representing manufacturers, dis- tributors, agents and OEM partners. PANPA members who exhibited said that after the UK and Germany, the largest delegation came from Australia and New Zealand. An estimated 800-plus print ex- ecutives from this region took part, according to local exhibitors. Delegates saw for the first time digital technologies that were little more than concept-machines at the previous global print equipment show, drupa, in 2008. Manufacturers of web offset press- es, such as Manroland and Goss International, also reported strong sales and prospecting at Ipex, which is held every four years. Goss used Ipex to showcase its expanded range of products following the announcement of its sale to Shang- hai Electric (see separate story). Matt Sharkady, of Goss Interna- tional, said: "We were not sure what to expect because the industry has been in a bit of a slump. Just from the number of visitors, and their view of the industry, we were all pleasantly surprised. "We did not have any equipment on the floor because that becomes really expensive. We really pushed the Sun- day 5000 and the Folia press, as well as the Vpak packaging press, which is a new product in a new area." Heidelberg said it had sold more than 140 units at Ipex, having launched two new offset models. Rival Komori also had two product launches. However, no manufacturer topped the number of sales claimed by Manroland -- 250 units. Managing Director of local firm Colorpak, Alex Commins, said: "Manroland's approach to Ipex this year was a refreshing change. They focused on all aspects of printing and demonstrated the full capabilities of their machines. "There was a great range of appli- cations and products, and I thought the 3D presentation was excellent." Heidelberg and KBA used Ipex as the platform to announce their digital print strategies. Independent print consultant Andy McCourt told The Bulletin: "Ipex certainly favoured digital. The largest exhibitor was Hewlett- Packard. Heidelberg normally takes that laurel, but more floor space was dedicated to digital presses than to offset." Mr McCourt said newspaper ex- ecutives needed to see digital presses as creating new opportunities, rather than replacing offset machinery. "Digital opens up new opportu- nities to create new products and services, so we may see non-core newspaper people providing digit- ally-printed newspapers," he said. "This is what is happening in Dubai with Atlas Printing and with Océ in Berlin where the "Nuii" daily digital paper is printed." The PANPA Bulletin's previous edi- tion was reprinted on the Océ stand, and by the end of the show all 2,000 copies had gone. Océ Marketing Manager Herbert Kieleithner said he was surprised by the upbeat mood. "We went there with a post-GFC outlook. But it was not like that. There is great optimism in the industry," he said. Most delegates were commercial printers but Mr Kieleithner said he saw executives from Fairfax Media, as well as representatives of training institutions keen to understand the dynamics of digital printing. "The first few days were buzzing," continued Mr Kieleithner. "It proved one thing to us -- that the various dig- ital and inkjet technologies are here in force now. "Traditionally, Ipex is seen as a follow-on from the drupa event, but this time Ipex took the centre-stage with new technology announce- ments." A competitor in the digital print- ing sector, Kodak's Anthony Har- vey, told The Bulletin: "Ipex was very exciting. "It represented a changing of the guard in terms of technologies. "Regardless of the vendor, dele- gates were able to see demonstrations of high-speed, inkjet technologies. "Many delegates began to under- stand digital printing has moved from being cutting edge to being actively feasible." New technologies capture imagination at global show The PANPA Bulletin | JULY 2010 | 17 Digital flex at Ipex The PANPA Bulletin was reprinted on a digital press at the Ipex print industry show in Britain -- and we were a sell-out! Herbert Kieleithner, of Océ, shows off a copy MAJOR printing press supplier, Goss In- ternational, will become wholly-owned by a Chinese company, Shanghai Electric (Group) Corporation (SEG) next month. Goss is a major supplier to a number of newspaper publishers, including Fairfax Media. SEG bought equity in Goss last Septem- ber and its unopposed acquisition of the remaining shares was a contracted option as part of that initial deal. Current shareholders, including major- ity shareholder MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners, will now sell their shares. Goss said in a statement that SEG brought substantial resources and it would accelerate co-operation among its affili- ated printing equipment suppliers, which have a worldwide network. The company has development and manufacturing operations in the United States, Netherlands, France, Japan and China, plus a worldwide sales and support network. It supplies web offset presses and fin- ishing systems for newspaper, magazine, catalogue, direct mail, packaging and other printing applications. SEG is one of the largest mechanical and electrical equipment manufacturing groups in China with 60 core manufactur- ing sites, more than 40,000 employees and 2009 revenues of $8.6 billion. "We are taking this step because Goss International is a market leader with inno- vative technology and an effective global manufacturing, sales and support plat- form," said SEG chairman Xu Jianguo. "We will continue to support the organ- isation in sustaining these differentiating advantages over the long term." Chinese buy out Goss