With more than 80% of available floor space at Melbourne’s convention and exhibition centre already allocated to exhibitors, organisers of PacPrint 09, set down for May 26-30 2009, say it looks on to be one of Australasia’s largest and most comprehensive trade shows.Alastair Hadley, chairman of the PacPrint board, says that, following the recent drupa exhibition in Dusseldorf, interest is growing for PacPrint. He says, “We are delighted with the unprecedented response from suppliers across the entire graphic arts industry to our invitation to become involved at PacPrint 09, and we look forward to welcoming even more exhibitors in the coming weeks as we fill the remaining 20 per cent of available space.”
Major names like Agfa, Heidelberg, Kodak, Currie Group, CPI Group, Dainippon Screen, Fuji-Xerox, Fujifilm and MAN Ferrostaal will join a host of smaller companies displaying and demonstrating a range of products from prepress systems and printing equipment, to papers and substrates, management information systems and software programs, copiers and ink-jet technology, finishing systems, mailing and paper handling systems, ink and chemistry and even financial and business services.
Garry Murratore, Agfa Graphics’ business manager, Marcom and National Dealers, says that as well as being a ‘must see’ destination for all serious members of the graphic arts in this region, supply companies consider it virtually compulsory. He says, “PacPrint is perfectly timed for exhibitors to bring the excitement of drupa onto home soil with solid commercial releases that confirm the trends set at that international forum. For Agfa, that will mean showing new products like our drupa release ink-jet technology and environmentally friendly chemical-free offset plates, as fully-fledged, commercial releases.”
Hadley believes a key benefit of PacPrint is its relatively small footprint. He says, “It provides a more manageable, personal, and specific forum for business owners to explore how new technology and trends will impact on their businesses, discuss their options in detail with local sales and service staff, and bring key staff members along to see the technology in their specific areas of expertise.
“As well as the exhibition, which promises to be the largest and most diverse graphic arts show ever staged in this country, there will be a range of other attractions for graphic arts businesses, print buyers and designers, including a range of forums, displays, special events and new hospitality options. Given these outstanding attractions, I’d urge anyone with an interest in the graphic arts to mark it in their diary now.”