Graph Expo Review: Postpress - Leveraging the New Normal
“We were excited about the interest shown in the Kama ProCut and ProFold because it shows that even in a difficult market, there are many opportunities for value-added and unique products,” notes Chris Raney, vice president, packaging, for Heidelberg. “Both Kama offerings are ideally positioned to enable our customers to respond to these needs by delivering great performance at a reasonable price. These products are just one more example of how Heidelberg’s product range meets our customers’ needs.”
Brandtjen & Kluge touted its EHG foil stamping, embossing and diecutting press, ideal for producing items including pocket folders, greeting cards, stationery, labels and packaging. According to President Hank Brandtjen, pent-up demand exists, but the ability for printers and finishers to pull the trigger from a financial standpoint is a different matter. Still, he was encouraged by the visitors to his booth, and knows his work has just begun. “The shows provide the leads, and then you have to follow up,” he says.
The Bobst Group decided to do a little thinking outside the McCormick Place box by hosting a “Finish the Day” event at the W.H. Leary Co. in Tinley Park, IL. Visitors were treated to food, drink, live entertainment and, of course, a demo of the Bobst Expertfold A-2 CS folder/gluer producing a Chicago-themed folder.
Spiral Binding/James Burn USA touted the redesign of its Alpha-Doc automatic punch, which now has three different speeds and can handle up to 48,000 sph. Also trumpeted was the high-speed Lhermite BB400 in-line Wire-O binder, with speeds up to 3,000 booklets per hour.
A slow and steady pace gave way to a doubling of visitors on the second day of the show (Monday), according to Andre Palko, president of Technifold USA. The sometimes publisher was in full bloom with the latest issue of his magazine, Bindery Success, the Graph Expo 2011 edition. Among the newer items on the Technifold menu is its new spine creaser for saddlestitchers. The spine creaser can be installed in 30 minutes or less using allen keys.