The region’s largesdt print event opened its doors yesterday as 150 industry suppliers attempt to gain a return on their investment in floor space at the show.

Keen to show print, sign and packaging comapnies just what opportunities they can gain access to in an incrreasingly competitive businesst environment.

Running at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from until Friday, with a late night tonight, the show has attracted more exhibitors than the previous show organisers say the pre-show registrations, which ran ahead of target, point to a good attendance, with a few hundred coming from Aotearoa.

Adrian Fleming, chair for PacPrint says, “The show looks fantastic. Hats off to the exhibitors who are demonstrating their confidence in the printing industry by investing in the exhibition and have some terrific stands. Printers who come to the show are in for a great time, they will have the opportunity to see the latest developments in technology, both hardware and software, and talk to the people who are developing it, with a lot of overseas guests here from the exhibitors.”

Many exhibitors have booked their biggest ever stands at the show, including Epson, Konica Minolta and Starleaton, which now incorporates DES. Cyber is the only supplier showing an offset press, with a new A1 Ryobi LED UV on the stand bound to draw the crowds. There are a host of digital printer launches taking place, including Konica Minolta with its new digital B2 sheetfed inkjet AccurioJet.

Lily D’Ambrosio, the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change opened the show, praising the Board and exhibitors for their efforts, and saying that her focus was to show strong leadership and support for new sources of energy being developed. She says, “We need new technology in energy. There are exciting developments in R+D, and we will make sure that they get all the support needed to get them to commercialisation”

PacPrint itself has a solar energy display, and printers will hear a presentation from a university professor on printing solar films, which he says could be a real revenue driver.

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