The Print Show returns to the NEC on 2018
Following this year’s edition of The Print Show, it has been confirmed that the event will return to the NEC in Birmingham on 18th-20th September 2018.
The 2017 event, which took place at Telford’s International Centre during October, attracted a total of 5,335 visitors across the three- day duration of the show. Commenting on its success, Chris Davies, the event’s Director said: “Telford was fantastic for us this year, but the move back to the NEC next year is the latest step in our on-going growth strategy, as we seek out new exhibitors and work with returning companies to deliver exactly what they want from the show.”
Although definitive plans for next year’s event are still under wraps, it has been revealed that HP has already confirmed its booking for a 140sq.m stand for the 2018 show. Charlie MacGregor of Brand Management Group, a business partner of HP, reported that The Print Show was a big success for HP. He said: “We’re very pleased with how the show has went – we’ve got a lot of good leads, but perhaps more importantly, visitors left thinking about what HP can do for their businesses.”
Konica Minolta, which has supported The Print Show since its inauguration, was equally enthusiastic about its participation at the event. Bernard Cassidy, Senior Marketing Manager, said: “It was a really good few days for us. We had plenty of positive conversations with new and potential customers and a lot of interest in our new kit, particularly the AccurioPress C6100. Visitors were blown away by what the machine can do.”
Mark Szeliga, National Sales Manager at Canon UK, observed that the company generated a high level of interest in its new UVgel technology, which was shown on an Océ Colorado 1640 printer. Canon also displayed an Océ VarioPrint 6000 Titan monochrome printer, together with a selection of its broad product portfolio.
Mark Szeliga commented: “It was nice to see a lot of familiar faces, plus a lot of people who are new to us too. We had a steady flow of visitors on the stand across the three days and accumulated a lot of good leads.
OKI, which took a smaller stand this year so that its reseller partners could enjoy a greater presence at the event, made several sales during the show. Andrew Hall, the company’s Marketing and PR Manager, said: “We sold a number of ColorPainter E-64s models and there was also a lot of interest in the Pro9542. Many of the visitors we spoke to were genuinely interested in investing in OKI kit, which is great for us!”
Two partners of Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services, also made sales at the show, with printMAX selling the first Mimaki UCJV300-160 in the UK and Your Print Specialists (YPS), finalising the sale of the new Mimaki UCJV150-160.
While much of the action took place on the show floor, The Print Show also hosted special gala dinner on the middle day of the event. Attendees were treated to a three-course meal with entertainment from a jazz band and an after-party that went on into the early hours. Richard Fyson, Director of Smart Print, won the charity raffle, which offered a top prize of a racing experience day at Silverstone. While Fyson can look forward to following in the footsteps of Lewis Hamilton when he takes to the track, the money collected from the raffle, totalling £1,560, will go to Keech Hospice Choice.
For further information on The Print Show, visit: www.theprintshow.com