IPEX 2002 -- Set to Spring Up
New Business Model
The exhibit's theme is derived from what Xerox sees as the "new business" of printing, the company exec explains. This includes a shift to ever greater use of color, a mix of digital and offset production, and implementation of business strategies such as one-to-one marketing, just-in-time production and ship-then-print production, he says.
What kind of showing, if any, Xerox' new emulsion aggregation (ET) toner technology will have at IPEX 2002 is yet to be determined, Govaerts reports. The technology is said to "grow" toner particles with well-defined shapes and smaller sizes. Reported benefits include lower operating costs, improved image quality and reduced environmental impact.
Global Graphics will have its own branded exhibit at the international trade show, but also will have a much broader presence through the product displays of some 20 of its OEMs. Violet-laser CTP systems, vertical drum scanners and flexo plate processors reportedly will be among the equipment highlighted by its Global Graphics Hardware division. Global Graphics Software plans to showcase its new Jaws PDF Courier (PDF-based print job submission over the Internet) and Server (for network-based PDF generation) products. It also expects to demonstrate a high-end digital prepress workflow solution.
If things go according to plan, IPEX 2002 will mark the official debut of the new Indigo under Hewlett-Packard ownership. There will be a certain symmetry in this development, since Indigo unveiled its first digital press at IPEX 1993. This time around the company expects to have more than 15 presses on its stand. Two presses will be notably absent, though, at least in terms of being commercially available products. Benny Landa, Indigo chairman and CEO, told the assembled journalists that the company's larger-format XB2 color press was a very important development, but a mammoth task so it will not be commercialized in the "near future." In addition, he characterized the Ebony black-and-white press as having an "uncertain" future and its development currently being on hold.