By DPS Staff
Part 4 of 4
Print 18 took place from September 30 to October 2, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Print professionals convened at the event to investigate the latest technologies. Several consumable companies were represented, including paper and substrate manufacturers and ink suppliers.
Inks and Substrates
Diversified Nano Solutions Corp. launched smartINK solutions to address secure printing concerns. The company offers functional content printing and total security delivered cost effectively by integrating copy proof, unique, and customer-specific smartQR biomarkers within the spectrum of digital inks.
Domtar featured information on its array of paper products, including Domtar’s Collection of Inkjet Papers and Xerox Paper and Specialty Media selections. Attendees were able to chat with industry experts and learn how to make their business more effective, productive, and competitive.
In addition to a range of wide format printing solutions, Epson showcased its DS Transfer Photo Paper.
GPA revealed developments that are changing the way people look at the company, giving visitors a first look at its latest evolution.
Hop Industries, manufacturer of the durable and environmentally friendly Hop-Syn synthetic paper, presented the company’s new how-to booklet and product guide for its synthetic paper line. Hop experts were on hand to answer questions about the various uses of Hop-Syn synthetic paper for digital or conventional offset printing.
Magnum Magnetics highlighted its printable magnetic sheeting and magnetic rolls, magnetic strip, and extruded magnetic products. The company’s flexible magnets are made in the U.S. and can be found all over the world.
Attendees could pick up samples and a swatchbook of innovative printable substrates for digital presses at the Masterpiece Graphix booth. The company offers a comprehensive package of printing materials including pressure sensitive, cling, synthetic paper, PVC, styrene, polyester, metalized, and soft touch. The substrates are engineered to perform on digital presses including Xerox, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, MGI, HP Indigo, and Canon, as well as many offset and flexographic machines. Several of the company’s materials are certified for Konica, Ricoh, and HP Indigo presses.
Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) Inc. introduces SWORDiJet 5.5 High Gloss to the company’s portfolio of high-speed production inkjet coated papers. The company’s coating technology allows presses to run at maximum speeds without precoating. MPM partnered with HP to license SWORDiJET 5.5 High Gloss with HP ColorPro Technology.
Relyco, a supplier of unique paper products, showcased its Revlar Premium waterproof synthetic paper. The paper is waterproof, tear proof, impervious to grease and chemicals, and designed to withstand high/low temperature fluctuations. The paper is tested and certified to run smoothly on most major OEM dry toner laser printers, and is also compatible with offset and flexographic presses. The Revlar paper line also includes Revlar Select and Revlar Soft.
In addition several solutions to produce their own print, trade printers were also on the floor offering services that enable print providers to say yes to more jobs before investing in new technologies.
4Over highlighted its range of trade printing services, which include luxury print products; specialty printed solutions for marketing; traditional marketing products like business cards, postcards, flyers and brochures, letterhead, envelopes, booklets, posters, and notepads; and large format printing including posters, banners, signage, and displays. The company also showcased its customizable, white label print site, Printer Bridge. With this service, print providers are able to offer pre-designed website themes, preloaded products ready to order, and full customer service.
Founded in 1998 as Millenium Printing, MPI Print has grown to occupy two production plants with 95,000 square feet of space. The company aims to provide customers with a complete line of competitive priced, high-quality print services that are flexible and responsive to client needs. The company offers an extensive assortment of print products including office stationary, collateral materials, direct mail, and business printing.
The right partners can make or break an application, or even enable vendors to expand service offerings. Many media options were on display, as well as specialty inks and toners and print services.
This concludes our wrap up of the Print 18 event. We look forward to seeing you next year at the show, which is being held once again in Chicago from October 3 to 5, 2019.
Oct2018, DPS Magazine