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Blog Post By Brendan Perring

The world turns to print

When I penned this missive to the industry, I was sitting in a hotel room in Frankfurt on the eve of Viscom Germany. This trade show has traditionally situated itself squarely in the fields of wide-format print and sign-making, but in recent years has seen growing interest from commercial printers. This has in-turn spurred exhibitor interest, with this year for the first time seeing a range of companies from the sector plying their trade.

The organisation's press day was certainly no mean event, as we were whisked into the hills around the city and visited Boelling, a truly astonishing print business that has no less than four vintage Heidelberg presses, a Boston hand press, and a range of other historic equipment. Each and every machine has been lovingly restored by the founder's son and sees them produce the highest quality products for high-end Germany clientele, who not only value uniqueness but also the authenticity and heritage of the company's output.

We were whisked into the hills around the city and visited Boelling, a truly astonishing print business that has no less than four vintage Heidelberg presses

We were then moved onto the polar opposite of AR Packaging, which is a true giant in this sector of print, with clients that are a who's who of bluechip companies. With predominately Manroland and Bobst technology, its site is gargantuan and the noise of its pristine and clinically controlled production areas is deafening. The common denominator though was that at both ends of the spectrum print is very much alive and well.

With this in mind it brings me nicely to the major news that we have a new exhibition organiser in the UK print industry in the form of Link Exhibitions, part of the same umbrella group that owns Print Monthly. The company has launched The Print Show  and has bold and bright visions for the annual exhibition. Event director Chris Davies says the event will not only do what it says on the tin, but fundamentally work to both celebrate the industry's rich culture and provide a solid platform for suppliers, manufacturers, and printers in our sector to prosper. This time next year, Rodney...

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