China Print and Fespa set records on two continents. China Print held May 9th to the 13th and held every 4 years attracted over 200,000 visitors. It's now the second largest industry show in the world following Drupa at 240,000. Fespa the worlds largest show for wide format pulled attendance from 139 countries with 700 exhibitors in nine halls. It is now held every year in Europe. Attendance was about 20,000. New Speedmaster CX 75-4 China Print had the world intoduction of Heidelbergs new Speedmaster CX 75-4 press. The press has a smaller foot print of similar presses and also has the new DryStar Led technology allowing no drying time.
Fespa this year overlapped with Interpack in Dusseldorf and Techtextil show in Frankfurt but organizers do not feel attandance was effected.The next Fespa is May 15 to 18th 2018 in Berlin.
Landa has been blocked from entering the PacPrint tradeshow. The show manager blocked them after Landa refused to buy booth space but wanted to piggyback on the show holding presentations and meetings. Adrian Fleming of PacPrint said " We will not allow grorilla or ambush marketing". At a previous show the Komori agent had a small booth and flew customers to a show room in Braeside. PacPrint is Australia's largest printing trade show.
Benny Landa inventor of nano technology Landa had a huge booth at the last Drupa and developed the nano printing technology. Landa is placing several beta presses around the world. The chairman of Landa is Benny Landa a Canadian ( now lives in Israel) grew up in Edmonton. He also created the Indigo presses and sold the company to HP.
Ontario Health Card The provincial government is scrambling because of a printing error in provincial health card renewal forms. The error exposed health card numbers, birth dates and home addresses. The forms are double-sided.Mailing information for the recipient is printed one side and the other side contains renewal information. Mailing information on the front did not match with renewal information on the back. Further printing and mailing has suspended until it can be determined what caused the error. It is possible that some health cards could expire before renewal notices are received.
Scott Gray who has been at Met Fine Printers for 29 years has gone over to Mitchell Press. He has left on good terms and said " My career at MET has been a dream, the Kallas family have afforded me every opportunity".
Met Fine Printers was number 45 on Graphic Monthly's list of Canada's Top printers. They bought Rino Print in Calgary and have offices in 4 US cities. MET has sheet fed presses in both provinces. Mitchell Press also of Vancouver was number 64 on the Top Canadian printers list at about $18 million in sales. Mitchell Press, a family run company is a heat set web shop.
Scott Gray is comming on as VP Sales and Marketing. At MET he started out in shipping , than prepress, production than sales.
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