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Organisers of The Print Show have revealed the full list of speakers for this year’s seminar programme, with highlights including Q&A sessions with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Chris Eubank and Gregg Wallace.

The speaker programme reflects the event’s ethos of helping visitors to access the tools and information they need to remain competitive in the modern print market.

All sessions on the programme will be focused around the key topics in the UK print market, and will cover such issues as the development of digital printing and the importance of running an efficient and effective business, as well as the opportunities for growth in the exciting 3D print market.

Sessions will be split between the Business Seminar Theatre, a key feature of the show for the past five years, and a dedicated celebrity area where the three famous faces will also meet with visitors for photographs and a free book signing session.

Event Director Chris Davies commented: “We’re delighted to have such a high calibre of speakers at the show this year. Visitors will hear from the leading voices in the print and related sectors about how they can improve their business and expand into new and profitable markets and the fact that we also have three special celebrity speakers, who will be talking about their own achievements means that The Print Show 2019 is shaping up to be an inspirational event for all attendees.”

Day one kicks off in style with Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE taking to the stage to discuss his remarkable life story and detail his many incredible achievements. Up next is Frazer Chesterman, the co-founder of the FM Future Consultancy and a former director at FESPA, who will examine the future of digital print.

Maryam Qureshi of HP will then discuss the opportunities in the 3D printing market and explain how sign and print companies can access this exciting sector, before Marcus Timson –co-founder of the FM Future Consultancy – hosts a panel session on the importance of sustainability, with input from Epson’s Phil McMullin and Brendan Perring of the IPIA.

Later on day one, Tara Pickles will look at JICMAIL, the media metric for mail, before Rachel Hembery of FSC UK explains the benefits of the FSC system and relates how this can help print companies improve their green image.

On day two, Nick Devine, AKA The Print Coach, will focus on selling print in the age of the internet, before returning later in the day to suggest strategies that can be used to increase sales and margins in just 90 days.

Sandwiched in between The Print Coach – no pun intended – is the second of The Print Show’s celebrity speakers, celebrity chef and television personality Gregg Wallace. In this session, Wallace will reveal how he made his way from the Covent Garden Fruit and Veg Market to presenting Masterchef on the BBC.

Guy Martin from Epson UK will trace the adoption of inkjet technology in the print industry, before a panel session examines the innovative new PVC Banner Recycling Scheme from Soyang Europe and Blue Castle Group.

On the final day, Tim Bond from the DMA will discuss consumer engagement and consider how brands can use print to interact with customers, before boxing legend Chris Eubank takes to the stage to talk about some of his greatest achievements in the sporting world.

Next, Paul Holohan, founder and Chief Executive of Richmond Capital Partners, will lead an interesting session on mergers and acquisitions, before Marian Stefani, chief executive of the IPIA, ends the 2019 speaker programme with a session that highlights how and why the print industry needs to educate and reach out to buyers.

To see the full list of sessions and speakers for The Print Show 2019, visit: https://www.theprintshow.co.uk/sessions-2019

Confirmation of the speaker programme comes as Hall 9 nears capacity, with organisers having confirmed a number of key signings in recent weeks. Among the latest additions to the exhibitor list are Bursali Towels, Exel Printing Machinery, Hybrid Services (Mimaki), KAS Paper Systems, printMAX, PCL Avery, RGBuk, and Vpress.

Regular exhibitor Hybrid Services will be showing the new Mimaki JFX200-2513EX flatbed LED UV printer for the first time on its stand. The machine features a new printhead configuration that manufacturer Mimaki claims will double output speeds when printing with white ink in all print modes.

In addition, a new draft mode will help users to achieve a 280 percent increase in speed, resulting in a maximum speed of 35sq m/h.

Brett Newman, Chief Operations Manager at Hybrid Services, said: “Higher print speeds reduce the pressure with time-sensitive jobs and help our customers to reduce lead times. With the majority of existing JFX200 printers being commissioned with white ink, the new ‘EX’ model will deliver a powerful solution that will make a difference right at the heart of the graphics industry.

“Mimaki’s JFX200 range has always offered the perfect flatbed printing solution, hence its enduring popularity in the UK and Ireland. Now, with the launch of the new JFX200-2513EX, Mimaki has made substantial speed improvements, as well as adding some highly useful functionality.”

Newman added: “The timing is perfect for us to present this important addition to our direct-to-substrate line-up. With the broader adoption of flatbed printers within the commercial printing sector, The Print Show offers us the ideal opportunity to introduce the new printer and we look forward to demonstrating its impressive speed and creative capabilities during the exhibition.”

Alongside the new JFX200-2513EX, Hybrid Services will also be presenting the UCJV Series LED UV printer/cutters, which have proved a major hit with the market since first being shown in the UK at The Print Show 2017.

Visitors to the Hybrid Services stand will also be able to see the Mimaki CJV150 wide-format solvent printer/cutter in action. Featuring orange, white and light black inks that add both gamut and detail to a standard four- or six-colour inkset, the machine is billed as being a ‘highly versatile solution’ for those seeking a creative and productive edge.

In addition, Hybrid Services will be showcasing the Mimaki UJF-MkII direct to object printers and demonstrating how these machines can produce creative and highly customisable prints onto many items.

 The Print Show 2019 will take place from September 17th to 19th at the NEC in Birmingham. Registration is free and now open at The Print Show’s website: https://www.theprintshow.co.uk/

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