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May 21, 2010 12:00 AM
At the mid-way stage of Ipex 2010, the organizers report that the overall
visitor numbers are in line with those of 2006, despite industry
consolidation. By the end of day three, over 35,000 visitors from
more than 120 countries had walked through Ipex's doors, with
international attendance up by 16%, representing 56% of the overall
The largest visitor groups to date have come from Germany, France and Benelux. Notable increases to 2006 in attendance levels have come from Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, China and India, following a number of dedicated country-specific International Days.
Early feedback indicates that exhibitors are achieving or exceeding sales targets, with a significant number of orders signed during the first half of the show. Exhibitors are equally enthusiastic about the turnout at product demonstrations, the number of serious business discussions, as well as the strong attendance from senior personnel from both overseas and UK companies. Three-quarters of attendees were senior managers, managing directors or business owners.
Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2010 event director, says, "The industry has shown enormous resilience despite the ongoing global economic challenges. Encouraging preregistration figures in excess of 75,000 combined with the strong international attendance throughout the first half of Ipex reiterates the importance of the Ipex brand within the global exhibition calendar. Anecdotally, we are hearing from exhibitors that for the first time, printers are bringing a number of their customers to the show, signalling its growing importance to the marketing audience."
David Preskett, European professional print director for Canon Europe, has been appointed the president for Ipex 2014. He adds, "Canon came to Ipex 2010 with high hopes and so far it is proving to be a fantastic show for us. Ipex provides an ideal platform to talk to an international audience about the opportunities in the industry for business growth and from investment in the complementary technologies of offset and digital. It's clear from feedback at the show that customers are investing now."
During a well-attended Opening Ceremony, the Ipex “Champions in Print” were honoured, with Crosfield Electronics founder John Crosfield, Indigo founder Benny Landa, St Ives founder Lord Gavron, and Professor Frank Romano, of the Rochester Institute of Technology, all present to receive their awards.