Graph Expo–On the Verge
Obviously, GRAPH EXPO did not lack in content; the event featured technology announcements, marketing alliances and joint development initiatives, as well as industry forecasts. In total, GRAPH EXPO 99 and CONVERTING EXPO 99 set a new record for exhibit size and number of exhibitors: 45,217 people took part in the show. With 622 exhibitors occupying more than 430,000 net square feet of booth space, it was the largest national prepress, printing and converting trade show presented in 1999.
Looking to 2000, more than 300 exhibitors have already booked nearly 375,000 square feet of booth space for GRAPH EXPO 2000 and CONVERTING EXPO 2000, making it 86 percent sold out. Operated by the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC), the 2000 show will be held at McCormick Place North from Sept. 24th to Sept. 27th.
With DRUPA 2000 running in Düsseldorf, Germany, from May 18th to May 31st, 2000, GRAPH EXPO 2000 will surely be a major event. For one, it will be the first occasion for the majority of American graphic arts professionals to see first-hand DRUPA 2000 product introductions and technology previews. Stay tuned.
GRAPH EXPO 99: NEWSROOM TALK
MAN Roland and Logic Associates entered into a partnership to create an interface between Logic’s PlantManager data collection system and MAN Roland’s PECOM ServerNet software. The interface will enable users of Logic’s real-time DMI data collection technology to both send and receive information from MAN Roland presses.
Komori America and Colter & Peterson announced a marketing agreement for North America covering the sale of SABER paper cutters and KNORR material handling systems. In making the announcement, Komori’s Mark Kilgore, vice president of sales and marketing, stated that including such bindery equipment is a natural extension to Komori’s core activity.
Vio Worldwide and Markzware announced the formation of a marketing and technology development, through which Markzware’s preflight and workflow software will be integrated with Vio’s managed network service, so that Vio customers will be able to preflight files before transmitting them over the Vio network.