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IPEX 2017 – “Print in action” in Birmingham

Source: IPEX

UK • This year IPEX returns to Birmingham. Taking place from 31 October to 3 November 2017 the theme of the show is “Print In Action” providing visitors with the opportunity to see the latest print technologies and applications.   The event hosts “a first” for the print industry, with its collaboration with students from the University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion, who will showcase designs incorporating creative, digitally printed, textiles and print capable-substrates through “Print In Performance”.

The Future Skills Theatre will run conference sessions each afternoon and also the Smart Directions Conference with speaker case studies and debates hosted by Digital Printer each morning. Topics for discussion cover Trade Print, The Future of Print, GDPR and Brands.  Visitors will be able to join in with the discussions to share opinions and experiences, providing a fantastic opportunity to exchange print industry knowledge.

The British printing association  BPIF are offering free, one-to-one sessions on a first come, first served basis. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with experts such as Anna Stretton, BPIF head of HR, who has over 13 years’ experience and can advise on HR health checks, terms and conditions of employment, employee handbooks and more.  BPIF programme director Ursula Daly, will advise on apprentices, the apprenticeship levy, new funding rules and how to engage with schools. For legal queries, Nicola Langley, BPIF Head of Legal, will use her 25 years of commercial solicitor experience to discuss customer disputes, intellectual property, standard terms and conditions. Senior process improvement engineer Garry Mellor will advise on how to improve business efficiency, while BPIF heads of health and safety and specialist services are offering a wealth of industry expertise on GDPR regulations and Health and Safety compliance regulations respectively.

Dscoop – a cooperative of HP Graphic Arts users will be rolling out their seminar programme for Dscoop members and non-members at the Dscoop Theatre, with additional networking at the Dscoop lounge on stands B100 and C100.

A range of exhibitors are attending the show, such as:

  • Ricoh will launch additions to the company’s portfolio. The ‘direct to garment’ printer (Ri 6000) is suited to commercial printers looking for ways to cross-skill their employees with ‘”simple to understand” processes. The Pro (C7110sx) will be displaying its fifth colour capability enhanced by the recent launch of the new neon pink colour option.
  • Phoseon will showcase the latest UV LED curing solutions for printing applications at the upcoming IPEX 2017 event in Birmingham.
  • Apex Digital Graphics  will present its SRA1 range of RMGT (Ryobi) presses with LED-UV drying and will launch a new range of CtP devices from Cron with internal punching. Apex will further display the new durable Fuji Superia ZD develop-on-press thermal plate, with extended run life for LED-UV applications, according to managing director Bob Usher.

According to the organiser, IPEX is the longest running print event in the UK, dating back to the 1880’s and is an open, independent and professional print show which passionately supports a diverse printing industry. The event takes place from 31 October to 3 November 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Online visitor registration (click here) is open and IPEX 2017 is free to attend.

Rosina Obermayer

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