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Antalis cites importance of skill in industry

The Print Show 2016 is the ideal place to take a look at the latest equipment in action, however it is not just about the technology, you also need the skills to go alongside it.

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Antalis has a wide range of courses on offer at its Digital Academy to get the skills to match the equipment

One exhibitor demonstrating this perfectly is Antalis. Mike Bennett, marketing manager of Antalis, says: “We want to support commercial printers and communicate with them through many different channels. One way of doing this is through our Digital Academy with our wide range of courses, as it’s not just about selling products, it’s about giving people skills.”

In terms of trends, Chris Green, head of channel sign and display at Antalis, comments: “Diversification is a real trend. You’ve got the machine, now there are so many other things you can do with it. Direct mail is also coming back as people like to touch and interact with something physical rather than email these days.”

Antalis partnered up with Drytac this year to demonstrate many of its large-format graphics, such as Polar, Spot On, Chalkmate, and Floortac.

Environmentally-friendly printing was a key theme on Presstek’s stand with the Presstek 52DI ECO-UV digital offset printing press. On this machine, sheets are dried instantly and users can print on more substrates such as plastics, vinyl, and paper, increasing opportunities for printers.

There is a low cost per page and automatic printing cycle including plate loading, imaging, registration, inking, and cleaning, making the whole process more automated.

We want to support commercial printers and communicate with them through many different channels

More environmentally-friendly options are available on Presstek’s stand in the form of its GemPlate, Nytro, and Zahara plates. Whilst Zahara is for waterless offset printing, GemPlate and Nytro is used for conventional presses. GemPlate is a chemistry-free develop on press plate and Nytro is a high performance thermal CTP plate, both of which are better for the environment.

The ComColor GD9630 from Riso is a five colour machine including CMYK and the addition of grey

Riso was pleased to showcased several new pieces of technology, one of which is not being launched until March next year, still retaining its Japanese user interface. The ComColor GD9630 is a five colour machine including CMYK and the addition of grey. The 160ppm machine is billed as the world’s fastest cut-sheet printer and is an exciting extension to the Riso brand.

Also new to the show is the ComColor FW Series, including the 5230, a compact and easy to use inkjet printer. Debbie Callaghan, marketing manager at Riso, says there has been massive interest in its DigiFeed envelope system due to the simplicity of application, which is appealing to printers, offering them a high-volume, high capacity system. Callaghan also notes how more printers are bringing equipment in-house.

Stay tuned for the last show report tomorrow coming to you from The Print Show 2016 where we will be chatting to more interesting exhibitors and seeing what is on offer.

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