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Big end of town digs deep for PacPrint 05

Thursday, 26 February 2004
By Print 21 Online Article

In the face of enthusiastic supplier interest in larger stands, the PacPrint board has ditched the idea of having a bare bones, booth-style exhibition in favour of old style ‘throw everything you’ve got at ‘em’ showtime.

“We took the idea out for a spin in an effort to help keep down exhibitors’ stand construction costs,” explained Ron Patterson, Chairman of the Board for PacPrint 05, “But the major exhibitors were not in favour of limiting the design scope of the exhibits and as a result the Board determined to allow multi-storey stands as has been the case in the past. No doubt we will be seeing some truly innovative stands which is always exciting for visitors.”

He said that response from the major suppliers has been tremendous, with, for instance, both IPP Print & Pack and Canon taking significantly larger stands than at previous shows.

“The board is extremely pleased with the response from industry to the next PacPrint which promises to once again deliver a spectacular event. Space bookings and applications from almost 80 organisations represent over 70 percent of the target size. With over 15 months left before the exhibition opens in Melbourne this is a tremendous result. Visitors to PacPrint can expect to see the cream of the industry displaying the latest technology, solutions and equipment available.”

In addition to the exhibits, PacPrint 05 will feature a dedicated workshop area where a high calibre seminar programme will be mounted in support of the industry’s move to promote further education and grow its knowledge base. All seminars and educationals will be complimentary.

Changes at the Helm
In February the PacPrint Board farewelled Exhibition Director, Tony Farrington who has retired. Brian Bradford, former chairman of Reed Exhibitions, has taken up the helm.

Norm Lembke of Reed Exhibitions, who was account manager on PacPrint, is also on the move and has handed over the reins to Thurain Aye, who is contactable for stand applications on 02 9422 2472.

About PacPrint 05
Spanning five days, PacPrint05 will bring the world of printing and graphic technologies to Melbourne and is once again anticipated to fill the halls of the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Presented by the Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia (GAMAA), and the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA), PacPrint 05 will provide the industry with access to the latest technologies, solutions, services, equipment and products.

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