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Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM
The 2009 SGIA Expo took place October 7-9 in New Orleans, with 405 exhibitors on the 170,000-sq.-ft. show floor. While the show was smaller and its attendance lower than in past years — 14,245 registrants — vendors reported a high level of interest among this year's attendees.
“The trend on the high end is clearly about the tools that make up solutions and help customers build and operate their wide-format business more effectively,” says Tim Greene, director of wide format and jetting technologies for InfoTrends (www.infotrends.com).
Caldera Graphics' GrandRIP+ with Adobe PDF Print Engine won a 2009 “Product of the Year” award during the show, as did Nazdar SourceOne's CATZper color tolerancing software.
Greene notes, “Durst had its new Rho 900 flatbed printer and Rho 1000 printer, EFI was leading with the new GS-3200 and new Fiery XF RIP product, Fujifilm was demonstrating the [Inca] Onset S20, and the new UviStar 3.2- and 5-meter wide UV-curable inkjet printers. HP has the widest portfolio of products in the wide format segment.” Gold sponsor Agfa Graphics brought the two newest: Anapurna UV inkjet systems.
Durst, Roland and Océ took home “Product of the Year” honors for equipment, as well as finishing equipment vendors FLEXcon, Maverick Innovations and Xcel Products.
“The other big development was on the ink side,” Greene adds. “HP's Latex ink has a lot of appeal because of the low VOC emission and good image durability. On the eco-/light-/mild-solvent inkjet side…Roland DG's new printer is the first to use a metallic silver inkjet ink, [and] Seiko I Infotech announced a new lower-cost ink set called EG Outdoor-LX, which has a price almost 20% lower than the original ink ‘EX’ set.”
Roland's Metallic Silver Ink took “Product of the Year,” along with media from vendors Ultraflex Systems, Dreamscape, Vapor Apparel/Source Substrates, and Rochling Engineering Plastics Ltd.