Drupa Reality Check part 1

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Laurel Brunner

Trade shows are great places to see what’s in the development pipeline. This is the first of a two-part story one year on from drupa 2016.

There is no better show for getting a glimpse at the future of graphics technologies than drupa. And at drupa 2016 there was an unprecedented number of new digital press technologies on show. Some of what was promised is on track and some of it is certainly offtrack, so here is an update to help with your investment planning.

Best in Show
The Heidelberg Fujifilm deal saw the introduction of the Primefire 106 at the show. This digital press is Heidelberg’s breakthrough effort for the commercial print sector and it caused huge interest, particularly since Heidelberg had announced an agreement with Landa for the nano technology at drupa 2012. This deal is now defunct and instead Heidelberg is working with Fujfilm on the Primefire 106.

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