By far the biggest section of GRAPH EXPO 2011 is the Press/Finishing Pavilion. With more than 150 bindery and finishing exhibitors and nearly 100 press-related exhibitors, it has something for everyone.
From start to finish, this show floor section is where attendees can come to find exactly what they need to produce printed and finished products. Printers can explore the newest array of sheetfed offset and digital presses and finishing innovations for runs of all sizes and types. In addition, wide-format is featured here and throughout the show floor, providing attendees with the latest technologies, applications, and solutions to expand their offerings and add new profit opportunities.
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On the finishing side, exhibitors are offering a variety of binding and finishing choices, including but not limited to: binding, bookbinding, coating, cold foil, collating, cornering, cutting, diecutting, embossing, folding, gathering, gluing, jogging, laminating, numbering, padding, perforating, punching, slitting, stacking, stamping, tabbing, trimming, tying, and wrapping.
On the press side, attendees can find: CTP presses, digital color presses, digital copiers/duplicators, digital web presses, flexographic presses, inkjet presses, letterpresses, sheetfed and web offset presses of all sizes, screen presses, thermographic presses, waterless presses, and wide-format presses.
The wide-format offerings include flatbed printers with near photographic quality and the ability to print on textiles and produce vehicle wraps. There also are high-speed, high-resolution, roll-to-roll printers for applications ranging from RFID to solar cells and tag and label printing.
In an age where electronic media are all the rage, print is still the backbone of the graphic arts industry and the Press and Finishing Pavilion at GRAPH EXPO 2011 is a showcase for its value and versatility. Print can stand alone or function as part of multi-media communications efforts and, even though its nature and role may be changing, print is in no danger of going away. Print is just as important now as it was in Charles Dickens’ time when he wrote: “Print is the only product of civilization necessary to the existence of free men.”