(continued on page 61) (continued on page 61) NEWS BRIEFS CAREER AWARENESS DAY for high school students is today. Make sure to welcome our industry’s employees of the future! THE PRINTERVERSE THEATER (Booth 701) at 2:15 pm will host a 2016 recap with Deborah Corn. THE HOUSE THAT PRINT BUILT (Booth 2566) is where today’s hottest new print applications hit home. GRAPH EXPO 16: James Matthews-Paul Interviews Robert Stabler, SVP/ GM, Xerox. PrintingNews.com/12262151 GRAPH EXPO 16: James Matthews-Paul Interviews Ed Wong, Director of Product Marketing, Ricoh PrintingNews.com/12262623 INSIDE DAY 4 PIA: Minding the Skills Gap ..........18 Exhibitor List ...................................30 Exhibitor Map .................................32 Materials Matter ................................40 They Came! They Saw! They Bought! GRAPH EXPO 16 attendees bask in show’s leading-edge technologies. By Richard Romano GRAPH EXPO 16 show fl oor activity began with a “refreshing” day one, “branched out” on day two, and “grew” on day three. The move to Orlando turned out to have been a positive boon, with exhibitors seeing booth traffi c—and, more importantly, booth sales—on a par with, or even exceeding, Chicago shows. Orlando has also attracted a diverse crowd of new show visitors. The show kicked off with KBA (Booth 1435) and Xerox (Booth 1625) showing the fruits of their collaboration, the VariJET 160 powered by Xerox, a hybrid inkjet press tailored for the folding carton printing market. “KBA North America has found Orlando to be easy to do business in,” says Eric Frank, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, KBA North America. “We’re pleasantly surprised by the attendance. We’ve met with key clients and are very pleased with the results.” “We wanted to build on the momentum started at drupa,” says Robert Stabler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Graphic Communications Business Group, Xerox. “The show has given us the opportunity to see a different geographic mix of prospects. The booth has been busy from start to fi nish each day, and the depth of conversations we’ve had with customers has been impressive. ” MAbased printing services company Flagship Press purchased a Xerox iGen 5 150 Press with clear and orange stations. “The show has been good for us, the booth has been busy, and we’ve had a few deals made,” says John Fulena, VP Production, Printing Business Group, Ricoh (Booth 2035). “There was concern about what the show was going to be, but it’s been good for us. We’re happy, and we’ve had really good Meeting the Needs of Today’s Graphic Communication Professionals Change is a constant in the graphic communications world, a reality fully embraced by Idealliance and David J. Steinhardt, who serves as President and CEO. Read about the thought process behind the Idealliance merger with Epicomm, and the strategies the organization will employ moving forward. Show Daily: Idealliance recently completed a merger with Epicomm. How will the synergies of this combined organization benefi t its membership? David J. Steinhardt: As consumer demands evolve, our members and our industry evolve, and so must our industry associations. Combining our individual memberships refl ects the ways in which the diverse segments of our industry—from media creation to production and distribution—are coming together. Our members are meeting the demands of content creators and their consumers on the substrates or platforms each wants. So goes our association, where we are meeting the education, training, strategic, and David Steinhardt, President and CEO, Idealliance The Future is Now. Meet the Future. Daily Presentations 10am, 11am, 2pm & 3pm Booth #1849 The show fl oor was abuzz with activity, with print service providers coming to GRAPH EXPO ready to buy, as they look to invest in their companies' futures.
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