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Expectations surpassed as Print Show 2016 wraps up

On the last day of The Print Show, you would think things would start to wind down, but walking through the hall it is clear that the visitors just keep coming and there is plenty left to see.

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GMP launched the QTopic-380 Auto at The Print Show 2016, which is ideal for those entering the laminating market

GMP’s business development director, Will Duggins, explains how he spoke to many of the company’s existing customers on day one, but over the next two days saw many new faces pop by the stand for more information on its laminating machines and sleeking technology.

GMP sold two machines at the show, the QTopic-380 semi-automatic laminating machine and the Excelam Q1670RS. A fully automatic version of the QTopic-380 was launched at the show by GMP (QTopic-380) and Duggins says there has been a lot of interest in the machine due to its affordability, making it a good option for those entering the market.

Daniel Pretot from Eazyprint was on hand again at this year’s Print Show to demonstrate the impressive capabilities of sleeking technology with GMP, and showcased one particular project for a high-end champagne brand, produced using the QTopic-380, and has also been nominated for the Digital Print Awards.

With the paper projects on display, Pretot notes how The Print Show has helped open some exciting doors with the clientele visiting the show.

Tech-ni-fold is another company that has had a successful show, selling two CreaseStream Mini Auto-feed machines, one of its new manual card creasers, and a range of tools, with many appointments made for after the show.

The show has gone really well and has exceeded our expectations

Graham Harris, managing director of Tech-ni-fold, says: “The show has gone really well and has exceeded our expectations. We took one of the last stands as we don’t do a lot of UK shows, but as soon as the doors opened on the first day, it was crazy. We have had the same amount of leads the second day as we did on the first day. It’s a lively show and we’re glad we did it.”

Encore Machinery had a lot of interest in its APR Athos semi-automatic tape applicator at the exhibition

Although a UK-focused show, what is positive to hear is that Tech-ni-fold has been approached by international companies from Australia as well as Germany and Ireland, in regards to distributing the company’s products, therefore, this could mean there are new international partnerships for Tech-ni-fold to come.

Encore Machinery has secured many leads from The Print Show and has arranged lots of specific equipment demonstrations for after the show. The company tells me that more than 50 percent of the people who came to their stand were new faces, making it a worthwhile trip for Encore.

Bringing its rotary die cutting, automatic taping machines, and more to the show, it is the automatic taping machines that drew in the most interest as many people were unaware that this process can now be automated.

As The Print Show 2016 draws to a close once again, there has again been plenty of optimism from exhibitors and visitors. On top of that, there have been several equipment sales and a plethora of leads obtained, making next year’s show, from the 11th to the 13th October, one not to miss.

The final Print7 News bulletin from The Print Show 2016

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