Inkjet Summit a Huge SuccessApril 2013 By Bob Neubauer
"This market's moving faster than even I anticipated it would," remarked conference chair Charlie Corr, during the landmark event's wrap-up session.
Added Charlie Pesko, founder of InfoTrends, “I sincerely believe that inkjet is the next big game changer in the printing industry.”
Held in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., the first of its kind summit, organized by nGage Events and North American Publishing Company (owner of In-plant Graphics and Printing Impressions), drew dozens of printers, including seven in-plants. They spent three days networking and learning from each other, and left the event full of inspiration and ideas for implementing inkjet technology. Most of the in-plant attendees either have already installed an inkjet press (e.g., World Bank, Allstate) or were about to (e.g., Excellus BCBS, State of Colorado).
The summit was packed with non-stop activities: keynotes, panel discussions, case studies, user conversations and more, providing a near constant flow of information. The enthusiasm of attendees and sponsors alike was very high, with many compliments going to organizers for bringing the two groups together in such an intimate setting, which included scheduled one-on-one meetings.
Another frequent refrain at the sessions was the message that the quality of today's inkjet equipment may not match offset, but there are plenty of applications where it is good enough to run with. Discussions on cost of operation of inkjet seemed to all come back to the idea that it was hard to get a handle on costs, which will differ for each user, depending on factors like ink coverage and type of paper used.