Frank Romano Talks Trends at Trilogy of Sessions
Printing industry veteran Frank Romano offers up a trilogy of sessions this week that look at top trends in various parts of the printing industry.
On Monday, September 11, from 9 to 9:50 am, in Room S101a, join Romano for “Romano on Digital Printing and Inkjet Trends.”
The traditional toner-based cut-sheet digital press is being complemented, supplemented, and even replaced by 4-up, 8-up, and other configurations of equipment using inkjet and nanographic printing.
At the same time, roll-fed digital printers abound. Inkjet is permeating every aspect of printing. Wide-format printing for signage has been joined by sheetfed and roll-fed models for direct mail and general commercial work. There has been a lot of activity in digital printing, and this session will cover what is new and trending, and where the action is.
Tuesday, September 12, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm (Room S102cd), offers a peek into the industry crystal ball for a session entitled “Romano on the Future of Print.”
For more than 50 years, Romano has offered his opinion about where the industry is now, and where it’s going.
In 1995, there were 65,000 printing companies in the U.S.; today, there are fewer than half that number. Despite the shrinking and consolidation, there will be a future for print—and this session will describe what that future looks like.
Of course, print’s future will involve new markets. So on Wednesday, September 13, from 8 to 8:50 am (Room S101a), the last of Romano’s Tolkien-like trilogy of sessions identifies growth areas for print.
In “Romano on New Print Markets,” functional and industrial print will be seen as the hot new print applications, and new markets will be based on non-paper substrates such as textiles, plastics, glass, fabric, metal, and more. Flatbed and 3D printers are helping printers develop new products and new high-value applications, and take advantage of new markets.
Just as printers adopted wide-format inkjet, they will adopt new technology for new products for new sources of revenue. Find out how.
“Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions,” says Romano. “We can no longer afford bad decisions. Printers need good information to help them make good decisions. And good information comes from PRINT seminars.”