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Dscoop Asia draws over 1300 to Singapore three-day forum

Friday, 26 August 2011
By Print 21 Online Article

The second annual meeting of the HP Indigo users regional group surprised many by its growth and the numbers that attended the conference and networking event. More than 30 print professionals from Australia and NZ made the journey to take part.

David Minnett, chairman Dscoop Asia and MD of Sydney-based Group Momentum, said the attendance proved the value members saw in being able to meet and share their experiences. Organisers singled out his contribution to the event as a major factor in its success.

“Dscoop Asia has grown significantly since our formation last year followed by the inaugural conference in Seoul. Dscoop has done this by providing industry members in the region opportunities to build their knowledge along with partnerships, alliances, knowledge and relationships with their peers and industry leaders,” said Minnett. “More importantly, the success of Dscoop Asia reinforces our believe that companies in the graphic arts industry are now increasingly realizing the competitive edge that HP Indigo digital printing provides as they seek to clearly differentiate their businesses from competitors.”

The HP-backed users group event had 45 speakers from around the world as well and over 30 partner companies presenting in the Conference venue on Sentosa Island Singapore. Top-level HP executives, including Christopher Morgan, head of the Graphics Solutions Group, were at the event, an indication of the importance the company attaches to the region, which is the fastest growing market.
Among the presenters were two from GEON,  Sam Carter, Digital Print Manager Australia and Andrew Durrans, GM NZ and (pictured with David Minnett.) They shared with the audience the challenges in transiting from a purely offset printing company to one where 10% is digital print. They revealed that while some of the work is from new variable data products, most comes from offset to digital conversion.
According to Durrans the move to digital was a deciding factor in the success of the company in riding out the GFC.

A feature of the three days was the presentation of the 4th Asia Pacific and Japan HP Digital Print Awards 2011. NZ Post subsidiary, Datam, was the only local winner, taking out the DM prize for the second year in a row. There were more than 470 submissions from 14 countries for this year’s awards.

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