While it feels as though the industry is only beginning to come down off of the high of drupa 2012, it’s officially just 100 days until Graph Expo 2012 kicks off in Chicago. What should we expect?
Overwhelmingly, this year’s was an “inkjet” drupa, and manufacturers hosted a number of technology showings and previews, all largely focused on inkjet and providing a clear indication of precisely where this industry is headed. But, the show wasn’t focused much on where the industry is now. Most of the technologies and devices that were shown were said to be 18-24 months from commercial availability – and that’s a long time for business owners watching their profits rapidly decline.
Will this, then, be an “inkjet” Graph Expo? Will attendees in Chicago get a similar glimpse of things to come?
Not at Booth # 414. (That’s Fujifilm’s booth, in case you were wondering.) There, they’ll get a look at things that have arrived.
Admittedly, that’s why I see Fujifilm as being different and why the company really is leading the way for change. We showed our J Press 720 inkjet press at drupa 2008 and already have nine installations around the world. We wanted to ensure that our customers have both options and opportunities for their businesses today and that’s the rationale for the tremendous R&D efforts and investments Fujifilm has made over the last several years.
Inkjet is clearly the future of the printing industry and we’re anxious to show you our latest solutions and what they can do.
See you in 100 days…and counting.