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Heidelberg pulls out of Ipex 2014

Friday, 17 August 2012
By Print 21 Online Article

Following on the heels of both HP and Agfa, the industry’s largest press manufacturer has headed for the exit from the London show. Organizers fear others may follow in a rush for the doors.

The pullout changes the dynamic of the world’s largest English-language printing exhibition being held for the first time in years in London. It reflects the local situation where Heidelberg (HAN) has also pulled out of next year’s PacPrint show in Melbourne.

Ipex organizers are continuing to engage with the company but the loss of its two largest exhibitors can only make life difficult for the show.

According to David Preskett, president of Ipex 2014, and print director of Canon Europe, the loss will not close down the show. “Heidelberg’s decision is obviously a disappointment. However, Ipex has a rich heritage and tradition for innovation, and plans are well underway with the IAC and other industry associations to ensure that Ipex 2014 captures the rapid changes taking place in our industry as print continues to evolve as a key element in the new order marketing mix.”

A disappointed Trevor Crawford, event director of the show’s organizers, Informa Exhibitions, echoed the disappointment. “We are very disappointed in Heidelberg’s decision to withdraw from Ipex 2014 – one of the industry’s major global events. Heidelberg has long been synonymous with printing and has a long association with Ipex. As organizers of a range of exhibitions around the world, we will continue to have an ongoing dialogue with them.”

Heidelberg is now under the control of a new CEO, Dr. Gerold Linzbach, who has no baggage or tradition in the printing industry. The company and the printing industry can expect even more changes as the industry icon struggles to turn itself around. Ipex has long been regarded as the Australian and NZ industry’s ‘home’ show, with many practitioners here holding trade certificates’ from the London School of Printing.





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