Invited guests gained in-depth knowledge of wide format applications, and opportunities to serve this growth market. Presentations included insights into different substrates used to create wide format displays as well as software and finishing solutions.
Attendees experienced hands on demonstrations of Fujifilm’s wide format solutions, including the Inca Onset S40i and Q40i; the Acuity Series of flatbeds; the Acuity LED 1600; the Uvistar Pro-8W; the Esko Kongsberg Cutting Table iXP24; and ColorGATE RIP software. In addition to interactive technology demonstrations and a user panel Q&A session, other highlights included presentations by John Mills, CEO, Inca Digital; Steve Bennet, vice president, Esko, digital finishing business; and Tim Greene, director of wide format, Info Trends.
Tim Greene provided a broad industry view on trends in the marketplace, and during his presentation, titled “Moving to Inkjet: Where, Why, When?” Greene shared numerous industry statistics, including data showing that wide format digital is a growth market with better profit margins than other print markets.
Specifically, shops that are in wide format reported 6.5% year-over-year revenue growth, compared to shops that are not in wide format reported 4.9% growth. Additionally, Greene says shops that are in wide format report a net income of nearly 20% higher than non-wide format shops.
The customer user panel featured three Fujifilm customers sharing their real-life experiences with Fujifilm solutions.
Future summits are planned later this year at Fujifilm’s Technology Center in Hanover Park, IL. The facility is undergoing a major expansion and is expected to be ready for customer events and demonstrations by September.