Graphics Canada 2011 Roundup
Toronto’s International Centre once again hosted the Graphics Canada tradeshow on Nov 10-12. Held once every two years, the show is widely recognized as Canada’s largest graphic based tradeshow. Because a number of industry segments converge at Graphics Canada, it’s always a good barometer for the condition of the industry – and a good show to attend for anyone interested in identifying emerging industry trends.
Slightly Smaller, Still Healthy
Overall, I would say that the show itself seemed a bit smaller than in years past, but it was nice to see Heidelberg make it`s return after not exhibiting at Graphics Canada in 2009. Attendance was a little light on the Thursday, the first day of the show, but Friday and Saturday numbers kept the ND staff busy and engaged around the booth.
Lest We Forget
Show organizers marked Remembrance Day with “One Minute of Silence” at 11am. Not that I didn’t appreciate the attempt, but I couldn’t help but remember when the show piped veterans in for a flag ceremony about six years ago. That set the bar for me – and was a more suitable representation of the debt of gratitude I think most Canadians still feel to those who sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Apologies: Not a Full Report
The ND Graphics exhibit was busy enough each day to keep me from taking in the rest of the show – so I’m afraid I can only report on our presence from this point forward. If you happened to attend the show, please consider sharing whatever you care to highlight about the your experience by adding a comment below.
Wide Format Digital Printers Showcased
ND showcased the Agfa Anapurna M4f UV flatbed, Mimaki’s JV33 light solvent printer, and a Mutoh ValueJet 1624 – featuring Mutoh’s new and very snazzy SpectroVue colour measurement device – a compact spectrophotometer for accurate, on-the-fly colour calibration.
A North American Debut
We were also thrilled to introduce the Aristo TL48 digital flatbed cutter – which made it’s North American debut in our booth. The Aristo cutter performed fantastically throughout the show, cutting thousands of “coasters” printed on 3mm Excel PVC, Converd Enviroboard, and 3mm Alumabrite (ND’s answer to DiBond). We cut all of the substrates with the Aristo’s oscillating knife – a cleaner, more efficient alternative to routering.
Once again, if you were at Graphics Canada and care share your insights or highlights from the show, please do leave us a comment below.
Photo Credits: Many thanks to Paul Strak, Gridwork Photography, Stouffville ON for joining us at the show – and for supplying images for this post!