PrintAction Adds to PrintForum Speaker Lineup

PrintAction Staff
February 16, 2016
By PrintAction Staff
Focused on providing insight about technological innovations coming out of drupa 2016 to the Canadian printing community, PrintAction’s upcoming PrintForum, taking place on June 22 at the Mississauga Convention Centre, is a unique 1-day event that is free to attend with registration.

In addition to a booth-driven exhibition featuring leading Canadian suppliers and distributors, demonstrating and discussing their newest products, PrintForum will consist of at least five distinct conference sessions. The conference sessions currently include three firsthand technology reports from industry leaders attending drupa, taking place just two weeks earlier in Germany, and two sessions focused on how printing company owners, managers and department leads should consider capitial equipment financing and return on investment in today’s low-dollar environment.

Dr. Martin Habekost, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management will present a session called Is It All Digital Now. While at drupa, Habekost plans to investigate the progress of key emerging digital technologies and their potential impact on offset printing. From advances in offset lithography to cutting-edge inkjet and toner production, Habekost will share a unique view on the near future of printing technologies. He will also look at the progress of some of the stars from drupa 2012, including Benny Landa’s Nanography.

PrintAction Editor Jon Robinson will also provide a session focused on his impressions from drupa, primarily looking at the current and near-term position of commercial printing as it relates to innovations from drupa. As Editor of PrintAction for more than 13 years, he will relate how digital technologies are shifting the overall communications market. Robinson will also moderate a panel of Canadian technology leaders in a session called drupa for Canadian Printers. The panel discussion will specifically focus on how innovations, primarily for offset, inkjet and toner production, relate to the current state of the Canadian printing and realistic near-future production opportunities.

Intermixed with these three drupa-tech reports will be two critical sessions describing how commercial printers should consider return on investment and financing. In a session called Capital Investment for Printers, Nick Howard, with more than four decades of experience in capital investment spending specifically within Canadian and global printing markets, will discuss what company owners and managers need to consider when evaluating emerging offset, inkjet and toner technologies for real-world production. With his unique knowledge set, Howard will also discuss how to best position your department or company for Return on Investment, fluctuating exchange rates, and ensuring optimal delivery of technology.

The final session of the day, called Secrets to Access Financing, will be presented by Rob McLean, Vice President of Commercial Banking of BMO Financial Group. McLean will discuss the best methods for printers to obtain financing for their businesses, including your existing business and for future acquisitions. Learn what bankers look for and the secret formulas they use to determine how much money you can borrow to grow your business.

The five conference sessions are free to attend and will run through the day directly beside the exhibition floor at the Mississauga Convention Centre, providing easy access to some of Canada’s leading technology suppliers.

Visit PrintForum.ca for more information about this uqniue Canadian printing event.

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