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Countdown to the Ipex 2010 Exhibition - 100 Days to Go

February 8, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, UK—February 8, 2010—With only 100 days to go until the NEC in Birmingham, UK, opens its doors on May 18, 2010 for eight days, Ipex 2010 has entered the final countdown stage. More than 550 stand holders are signed up thus far, representing over 1,000 companies and accounting for more than 60,000 square metres of floor space.

Suppliers’ commitment reflects the exhibition’s premier status as an international event. All the major industry players are signed up and cover a wide section of the entire print production workflow, including Agfa Graphics, Apex/Ryobi, Bobst, Buhrs, Canon, Duplo, Ferag, Fujifilm, Heidelberg, Horizon, HP, KBA, Kern, Kodak, Komori, manroland, Muller Martini, Océ, Pitney Bowes, Ricoh and Xerox to name just a few. Exhibitors will come from over 40 countries. Over half (55%) of the companies will come from overseas, notably from Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, France, India, USA and China.

Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2010 Event Director says, “Ipex is almost 95% sold out so we’re extremely pleased with the event’s progress and development, in particular when you consider how the industry has consolidated in the last few years and the difficult economic climate effecting many regions of the world. Many industry figures consider this Ipex to be the most important in its history: many of the latest innovations will be coming to commercial fruition at Ipex and there have been positive signs that recent adverse economic conditions will begin to ease. As a result, we’d expect that our exhibitors’ customers will continue to view Ipex as a major buying and research event.

“With over 1,000 exhibiting companies, visitors will have unrivalled opportunities to see the current and future shape of our industry and plan their investment decisions accordingly. We’ll continue to promote the event globally and this combined with our many business-focussed event features will build a compelling case as to why companies need to visit Ipex to plan for their futures.”

Some exhibitors have increased the size of their stands. In particular, Konica Minolta has increased its footprint by 400%, Océ by 110%; Canon by 100%; Pitney Bowes by 65%; Fuji by 55% and Ultrachem by 15%. HP, who has increased its footprint by 50% to 2,870m2 and will be the largest stand holder at Ipex 2010, followed by Heidelberg with 2,448 square metres and Xerox with 1980 square metres.

Almost 40% of floorspace will be dedicated to pre-press and digital solutions suppliers, whilst press manufacturers and post-press companies will occupy around 34% and 26% of the exhibition respectively.


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