Inkjet Summit Triumphs Again

In one panel discussion, Printing Impressions Editor Mark Michelson (right) talks with inkjet users about the implementation process. From left: Dave Johannes, IWCO; Gene Rauch, Incepture; Jimmy Vainstein, The World Bank; Bob Radzis, SG360°; and Robert Kolva, Action Mailers. 

In a breakout session for commercial printers, Dave Gilson, Gilson Graphics,  Paul Gardner, Hudson Printing, and Larry Durso, Diversified Global Graphics Group, relate their inkjet experiences and offer best practices advice.

Now in its second year, the Inkjet Summit did not disappoint. With better content, a wider range of speakers and more participants, it brought attendees a wealth of knowledge about production inkjet printing.

Inkjet is hot and getting hotter. Last month, more than 200 people flocked to the elegant Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to attend the second annual Inkjet Summit. These included almost 90 senior managers and business executives interested in purchasing a production inkjet press—in some cases their second or third machine.

Following its successful debut last year, Inkjet Summit 2014 was even more impressive, with better content, a wider range of speakers and nearly twice the attendees. This year a new track for commercial printers was added to the three existing tracks for direct marketers, book printers and transactional printers.

Paper mills had a stronger turnout this year, and they showed a variety of new sheets, many designed for pigment ink sets.

“Paper continues to be a great challenge for all inkjet users out there. It was one of the main topics discussed both during and in between sessions,” remarks returning attendee Jimmy Vainstein, senior project manager at The World Bank’s Printing & Multimedia Services operation, which installed an HP Inkjet T-230 production inkjet press last year. “I was able to share some of our experience with certain substrates and also got valuable tips from other fellow users.”

Speakers and panelists discussed how to make money with inkjet, how to pick the right inkjet technology, the implementation process and how to sell the value of inkjet. End users offered case study presentations in which they talked about challenges they faced, strategies and the future.

A $2 Billion Market

Conference Chair Marco Boer, vice president of IT Strategies, opened the summit with a keynote address in which he noted the tremendous growth of production inkjet—from nothing to $2 billion in six years, with the potential to double by 2020. He offered his views on the future of this expanding technology.

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Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.

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