Business brisk at IPEX 2017 – show back in 2019

IPEX 2017 organisers confirmed that exhibitors are reporting brisk business during the show. Exhibitors including: Duplo, Fastbind, Friedheim International Ltd, International Finishing Systems (IFS), Lamina, Midland Machinery Supplies, Ricoh and Watkiss, have each confirmed that they have sold a number of pieces of equipment from their stands.

“I am extremely pleased with how the event is going. The feedback we are receiving from various exhibitors, speakers and visitors about the event has been really positive. The level of interest and sales activity has been impressive. We have not only seen local new equipment sales, but also export sales. We have also heard of healthy sales activity in used equipment as well”, commented IPEX Event Director, Rob Fisher.

Friedheim International has secured the first UK sale of its MBO K80 combination folder which was launched on the opening day of the show, as well as an MBO B26 and many other pieces of equipment.

Friedheim’s Managing Director, Mark Bristow commented, “We are extremely pleased with the show, and the success we have had with our new product launch. To have taken one order of a new product in the UK is great, but to have taken more than one is exceptional. The level of interest that we have seen not only in the MBO K80, but also the general level of interest at our stand, is testimony to the pedigree of IPEX.”

Additionally, Jo Watkiss, Communications Director at Watkiss said, “We are very pleased with the high level of interest and attention which has been shown in all of our products. In particular, there has been strong sales activity on our stand for both Watkiss PowerSquare booklet makers.”

Marine Kerivel-Brown, Duplo International Marketing Manager, adds, “IPEX was an important platform for our customers to see at first hand our new and innovative finishing applications, especially as we were launching our DuSense Sensory Coater. The DuSense drew a huge amount of visitors to our stand and certainly made people realise how they can elevate print to a very tactile, sensory experience. We also signed a number of deals such as an iSaddle for Epic Creative Print and a DBM600 for Deltor so the show was a real success for us.”

Living up to the IPEX international reputation, export sales have also been a highlight of the show. Fastbind has been taking orders for book-binding equipment that will be on its way to Guyana and Nigeria.

As well as interest shown by visitors in new equipment, there has also been positive sales activity in used equipment, according to Midland Machinery Supplies. “I’m really pleased that I made the right decision to invest in participating as an exhibitor at IPEX this year. The volume of visitors and business has been great. We’ve sold several machines already”, commented Managing Director, James Gunn.

IPEX is the longest running print event in the UK, dating back to the 1880’s and is an open, independent and professional print show which passionately supports a diverse printing industry. The event is open from Tuesday 31st October until 3rd November 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham.


Rob van den Braak

Printer’s devil (1964), phototypesetter, offsetprinter, teacher of graphic techniques, salesmanager, productmanager, trade journalist, founder of BlokBoek e-zine (2011). But above all husband, father, friend and lover of life in southern Spain (since 2010).

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