Graph Expo 2010: Binding & Finishing - Pushing Postpress Progress
Coming off a very solid third quarter, Duplo USA was counting on Graph Expo to be a catalyst for success coming into the home stretch of 2010, reports Si Nguyen, marketing director. "We came into the show with very high expectations," he says. "I've seen studies that say the bindery is high on peoples' buying lists, and that loan applications are on the rise. I think we'll see things turn around for everyone."
Nguyen was particularly excited about Duplo's DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser, which will likely be integrated into Xerox's color production presses. The model boasts faster processing speeds, quick and easy setup and changeovers, along with new cross- and micro-perforation options.
MBM Corp. is boasting an aggressive campaign that will see the first quarter 2011 release of several complementary products geared for the digital market, such as hydraulic cutters, air-feed folders and creasers. Mike Venitelli, MBM senior vice president of sales and marketing, noted that the company's new 1500S air suction tabletop folder, released late this past summer, was receiving plenty of attention at Graph Expo.
"Attendance has been good for us; I definitely have no problem with it," he notes. "It's still a difficult economy, though. We've been told that the recession is over, but it still hasn't trickled down to printers yet."
With some of the incentives extended to vendors by the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC), Spiel Associates decided to roll out an oldie but a goodie—the Sterling S59 gatherer/collator. The S59 can collate up to 6,000 sets/hr., and handles NCR paper, greeting cards, index stock and stitched books, among others.
David Spiel, president of the Long Island-based firm, said expectations were limited, but noted that activity is picking up on the East Coast and in the Midwest.
Muller Martini showcased a pair of newer products, the Orbit three-knife trimmer and the Primera 160 saddlestitcher, which debuted at Ipex in the United Kingdom earlier this year. The Orbit boasts speeds up to 7,200 cycles/hr., while the Primera 160 is available in two versions: the C160 with partial automation and flexible expansion, and the highly automated E160 with flexible expansion.