Inkjet Summit Reaches Peak in Debut

Conference Chair Charlie Corr talks with a panel of experts at the first ever Inkjet Summit. From left: Marco Boer, Elizabeth Gooding and Howie Fenton.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL—The inaugural 2013 Inkjet Summit came to a successful conclusion here at the exclusive Ponte Vedra Inn & Club on April 11, leaving the roughly 65 printers who attended full of inspiration and ideas for implementing inkjet technology in their operations. The key message seemed to be that continuous-feed and cut-sheet production inkjet adoption will be a disruptive technology as it supplants offset and electrophotographic digital printing technologies, so start planning for it if you haven’t yet taken the leap.

“This market’s moving faster than even I anticipated it would,” remarked conference chair Charlie Corr, during a wrap-up session that featured leading industry consultants who participated in the three-day event. They included Gilles Biscos, president of Interquest; Marco Boer, vice president of IT Strategies; Howie Fenton, senior consultant, NAPL; and Elizabeth Gooding, president of Gooding Communications Group. “Inkjet’s evolution is happening significantly faster than [what’s occurred] with toner-based technologies,” Fenton added. “People are making money with it now.” There are also ample opportunities for today’s early inkjet adopters. “It hasn’t crossed the chasm and become commoditized.”

The summit was packed with non-stop activities: keynotes, panel discussions, case studies, user conversations and more, providing a near constant flow of information. The enthusiasm of attendees and sponsors alike was very high, with many compliments going to organizers for bringing the two groups together in such an intimate setting, which included scheduled one-on-one meetings and case history presentations by segment.

The first of its kind summit, organized by nGage Events and North American Publishing Co. (the publisher of Printing Impressions and In-plant Graphics), featured leading commercial printing executives, in-plant printers and transactional print providers. Aside from educational sessions featuring leading industry consultants and ample opportunity for all printer attendees to network and compare experiences during the three-day event, simultaneous breakout tracks focused on inkjet technology opportunities and roadblocks, as well as real-life user experiences for book, direct mail and transactional printing.

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