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Major litho players commit to The Print Show 2017

Organisers of The Print Show have revealed that this year’s edition of the event will have a significant presence from litho manufacturers and suppliers, after KBA and Printers Superstore (Hans Grohni’s UK distributor) signed up to exhibit at the show.

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Andrew Pang, managing director of KBA UK, beams on its expansive stand at Drupa. The manufacturer has stated its decision to exhibit at The Print Show is to continue its market share expansion strategy

Taking place from October 11th to 13th at the International Centre in Telford, The Print Show 2017 will build on the huge success of the first two events by not only bringing the biggest names in the industry to the show floor, but also developing an in-depth content and feature programme that address all key sections of the print market.

With this in mind, the event has demonstrated its commitment to litho print by bringing in two major names in KBA and Printers Superstore—which is also a distributor for Shinohara, Saxin, and MGI print technology. KBA has taken stand B14 at the International Centre, while visitors can find Printers Superstore on stand B08.

Commenting on KBA’s decision to sign up for The Print Show, Craig Bretherton, product and marketing manager at the manufacturer’s UK operation said: “We are proud to supporting The Print Show as it will enable us to continue the phenomenal successes of Drupa 2016. 

“Our market share has risen steadily over the last few years and attendance at major events like the print show have contributed towards our successes. This is a great opportunity to network and inform clients of the latest developments at KBA.”

This is a great opportunity to network and inform clients of the latest developments at KBA

Meanwhile, Graham Moorby, joint managing director of Printers Superstore, also spoke very highly about The Print Show, having attended both the 2015 and 2016 events.

Moorby said: “The Print Show offers us a different opportunity to market compared to the more ‘traditional’ or ‘established’ trade shows. We were happily surprised by the different mix of exhibitors and attendees at The Print Show in 2015 and 2016. It was a refreshing change to the standard show format we had seen in previous years.

Hans Gronhi’s LC laser die-cutters are available in either SRA2 or SRA3 formats. Pictured: LC340S SRA3 Sheetfed model. The technology will go on display at The Print Show

“The Print Show delivered a UK show for UK focused companies when there wasn’t really a great deal of appetite from the industry for shows and made it a success. There seemed to be a real buzz from exhibitors and attendees and we are getting the same feedback again for this year.”

Looking to the background of the two new exhibitors; KBA’s Rapida series of sheet-fed litho presses combine cutting-edge technologies with robust build quality and precision engineering to create the most productive presses ever seen across all formats from B2 to Super-Large Format. 

KBA is also one of the world’s leading suppliers of large-format presses and market-leader in the security printing sector. It is a major player in the newspaper and commercial web sectors and is the UK’s second placed offset litho press supplier with a major presence in all sectors from general commercial print, packaging and POS to magazines and book printing. KBA is also expanding its digital printing press technology, partnering with the likes of Xerox to address this market segment. The KBA VariJET 106 is powered by Xerox and integrates Xerox Impika inkjet technology. The press prints 4,500 B1 (750 x 1060mm/29.5 x 41.7in) sheets per hour.

We were happily surprised by the different mix of exhibitors and attendees at The Print Show in 2015 and 2016

Printers Superstore meanwhile has established itself as a highly successful supplier of new offset presses, due in part to the range of Hans Gronhi and Shinohara technology it offers to the market. The firm also offers a wide selection of pre-owned presses from other manufacturers.

Aside from litho presses, Printers Superstore is an authorised seller for the MGI range of digital printing equipment and also stocks finishing products for both litho and digital kit, including binding, folding, laminating and creasing solutions. 

Moorby also gave an insight into one of the pieces of technology that Printers Superstore will showcase at the event this year, picking out Hans Gronhi kit in particular: “With all that the show has previously delivered, it will be a no brainer to take our Hans Gronhi laser die cutter to The Print Show 2017. 

“Like the show, our laser cutters are a revelation and have a diverse appeal, so there is a great synergy with the event. I hope people again take the time to come and see us, our products and the show—between us, we can help businesses be progressive and think differently.”

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