The event will span the industry’s entire technology spectrum, from the smallest consumables and media suppliers, to the largest players in the supply of offset litho and digital print equipment. It will take place annually, celebrating the history and culture of the industry and providing UK printers with a clear blueprint for its future.
“We’re delighted to welcome The Print Show to the NEC for 2015, especially considering the pivotal role the venue has played in the industry’s history,” said David Gallagher, the NEC’s New Business Development Manager. “As the UK’s best connected venue, we’re the perfect fit for a national event which aims to fill a crucial knowledge gap in a fast evolving trade.
“We’re also about to become an exciting 24/7 destination with the opening of Resorts World Birmingham in spring 2015, the UK’s first integrated destination leisure and entertainment complex. Not only will that add value to our existing offer, but it presents greater opportunities for event organisers and their visitors.”
The Print Show will host an educational seminar programme on everything from sales training to green print practices, in addition to a series of ‘Diversification Zones’ and hands-on demonstrations and tutorials on traditional print skills and techniques on historic equipment.
The Print Show Event Director Page Tuck said: “This new and exciting development was inspired by key challenges facing our industry.
“Every printer in the UK today essentially wants the answer to one simple question: ‘How am I going to remain profitable and grow my business?’ And while the question might be simple, the answer is not. What is clear, is that compared to the boom days of the 90’s, printers have to be leaner, fitter, and more flexible in their approach to the products they manufacture, the services they offer, and who they identify as a customer base.
“Besides trade media and the internet, the lack of any solid annual exhibition platform for such a prestigious UK industry means that the information needed to stay ahead of the curve is only readily available by waiting four years for the next internationally focussed show to come round. In such a dynamic market, The Print Show will give access to the latest technology and trends as they are evolving.”