Every four years, Dusseldorf, Germany is transformed into the printing capital of the world for two weeks. drupa 2012, the largest printing equipment exhibition in the world, was held from May 3 to May 16 this year with thousands of industry experts and corporate representation from the biggest names in printing equipment – Agfa Graphics, HP, EIZO, Canon, Xerox, etc.
The major themes this year were “automation, packaging printing, digital printing, hybrid technologies, web-to-print application and environmentally sound printing." The drupa 2012 tumblr also points out that there is a trend emerging of growing capital investment in the print industry. Sales were high during the show, and many exhibitors reported a high number of generated strong leads. Overall, many are hopeful that the main damage from the economic recession is over.
As with most years, drupa 2012 featured many new and advanced printing technologies. One of the more popular processes presented was Nanographic Printing. Landa Corporation announced their groundbreaking Landa Nanographic Printing Presses this year, which could completely transform conventional printing as we know it.
Nanographic Printing uses water-based nanoink, which is formulated with small (50- to 70-nanometers wide) pigment particles. The ink is ejected onto a heated transfer blanket which evaporates the water and leaves an impossibly thin film of ink. This film is highly adhesive and will bond to a wide range of paper and plastic.
The nano-size pigments are reportedly “powerful absorbers of light and produce sharp dots, high image density and uniformity, abrasion resistance and a broad CMYK color gamut.”
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