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PANPA conference goes troppo – report by Peter Coleman

Thursday, 11 August 2005
By Print 21 Online Article

Perhaps it’s the cheap fares and the fact that exhibitors need little more than a laptop and a couple of rented plasma screens these days. And the winning of Qantas as an extra sponsor, joining a long list of industry suppliers.

The deal flew in Adam Joseph from the Daily Mail’s Metro’ commuter paper, now the UK’s fourth-largest daily.

Newsmakers were among the news men too: Kevin Rudd used his politician’ s tongue (twice) to deflect questions about when he would become Leader of the Oppostion, while an outspoken Noel Pearson peppered steaks at the editors’ dinner.
Despite a gag – from advertising agency veteran Harold Mitchell – about the presence of 600 new people in town, all with identitcal backpacks, Rudd explained the drivers in the ‘war on terror’… and why it was no joke.

The full programme led to an early start and less time for delegates in the exhibition hall which will no doubt lead to complaints later. But in laid-back Cairns with its tourist delights and tropical climate, no one seems worried.

The Panexpo area is dominated by systems vendors, busy with demonstrations
and hopeful of a sale to one of the major groups. And the news of a big
press order for the West Australian – they will buy two KBA press lines,
one of them heatset, along with QI register controls – is proof there’s
money around.

Responding to demands for colour, which drives investments such as this, new
draft PANPAspecs guidelines have been launched, encouraging printing to
international standards –

Peter Coleman, GXpress

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