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The Print Show encourages young talent into print

On day one of The Print Show, we were treated to a prize giving ceremony led to Neil Lovell, chief executive officer of The Printing Charity, in regards to a design competition held with the Print Futures Awards winners.

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(L to R) Brendan Perring, editor of Print Monthly, winners Paula, Melanie, and Keir, and Neil Lovell, chief executive officer of The Printing Charity

The talented designers were asked to design a flyer for unlimited sweets on the Print Monthly stand. Melanie, Keir, and Paula were the lucky winners, taking away £250 of Amazon vouchers and luxury hampers. Lovell explains how there is a skills drain and it is essential to encourage young talent into the print industry.

Exhibiting at The Print Show for the second time was Newtown Tapes. Showing how the exhibition has developed since last year, the company is showcasing not only its X-Treme Light, which the company brought to the show last year, but also the X-Treme Pro, which made its UK debut. The machines both apply double and single sided tapes, however, the Light version is ideal for small and medium sized businesses, and the Pro is suitable for large-format and POS businesses.

Jacob Underwood, head of machine sales and marketing for Newtown Tapes, comments: “We have had a couple of enquiries already. We really heavily marketed ourselves for The Print Show as we have brought such niche products to the show, which we’ll be constantly demonstrating throughout the show, so it’s a really hands-on stand. We are hoping to pick up some new customers and it’s a great opportunity to get out in front of people.”

We are hoping to pick up some new customers and it's a great opportunity to get out in front of people

Intec brought a number of new products to this year’s Print Show with on-demand digital print a key focus of theirs. The company debuted its ColorCut 500 label cutter which is ideal for labels and packaging, featuring pneumatic vacuum feed technology which separates the sheets to avoid misfeeds caused by static.

Intec launched the ColorCut 500 label cutter, which features clever pneumatic vacuum feed technology

Also launched at the show was the new ColorFlare, demonstrating the finishing effects achievable using lamination films, spot gloss films, and special effect ‘flaring’ foils. What is unique about the machine is you can load two rolls onto the system, meaning users will no longer have to move heavy rolls on and off the machine, making the whole process quicker.

Terri Winstanley, head of marketing and PR at Intec UK, says: “There is a real trend for premium products at the moment and for something a bit more special. You can still do it fairly cheaply with the equipment available today.”

Over on the Spandex stand, there is so much to feast your eyes upon as the company has brought a broad range of products along, as well as demonstrating live vehicle wrapping using 3M materials. Alongside its own ImagePerfect brand of materials, from digital vinyls to meshes and textiles, Spandex showcased a range of its partner brands’ equipment such as Roland DG, Epson, and HP.

Stephen Pridham, Swiss Q Print and Zund sales manager at Spandex UK, showed visitors all that the Swiss Q Print Impala 2 has to offer. The six-colour digital flatbed printer with a 2.5 × 2m printing table is running on a roll-to-roll system at the show, and Pridham has seen a lot of interest from the screen and litho market already. Spandex is another company offering a discounted show price, so head over to the stand for more information.

Stay tuned for two more special show reports coming to you from The Print Show 2016, where I will talk to more exhibitors to find out what exciting opportunities are up for grabs.

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