It's only been one day since the offical start of drupa 2012 and I have to admit that while the dogs are tired of walking already--the show takes up 17 buildings on how many acres I don't know--but there is a lot of wide-format news already announced.
Press conferences on the first day included news from companies such as Durst--with several new introductions including a corragated packaging press configuration for the Rho 1000 and a high speed label press; Ricoh--with an entrance to the wide-format market with a latex inkjet printer (perhaps because of the arrangement with Mimaki who is using Ricoh heads in their printers...haven't had the chance to ask that question yet.); HP--with the official introduction of the FB7600; Mutoh's new textile/dye sub printer; Mimaki's new printers; Matan's new grand-format...
And that's just the first day.
The message I've heard from all the major manufacturers here: Print is NOT dead and the industry is recovering--and wide-format is on of the sweet spots for PSPs. So, you wide-formt professionals be on the watch! Commercial printers and others will be coming your way even more so now as the new technologies launched here hit the streets and start production.
Stay tuned for more news and keep your eyes on MyPrintResource.com for the latest as we report the news directly from drupa.