By Editor Morten B. Reitoft
IGAS is Japan's major print event, with several hundred exhibitors still the most important. However, IGAS was much more significant in the past, with more exhibition space, more exhibitors, more halls, and visitors from many countries. As one guy told me, IGAS was one of the four big - drupa, Ipex, print (Chicago), and IGAS.
We have been invited to cover IGAS by Horizon; in this context, Horizon is the biggest exhibitor, and for a good reason. They continue the great tradition from The Think Smart Factory event in Kyoto and other/previous events, showing end-to-end solutions. The solutions are developed with print OEMs like Screen, Fujifilm, Ricoh, RGMT (Ryobi), Miyakoshi, Canon, Konica-Minolta, and several software partners for Horizon's ICE Link workflow technology. As we are being introduced to the various solutions by the General Manager of Market Products, Yasuo Taketsugu, he also 'breaks' that Heidelberg is now a partner with Horizon integrating Prinect with ICE link.
Horizon Booth at IGAS
Integrated solution on display
Carefully rehearsed presentations
The end-to-end solutions demonstrate the binding solutions from Horizon and, of course, with an emphasis on the newest products and integration to robotic solutions.
IGAS takes place in two halls - and we will try to give you an overview of the newest and latest during the next few days. A few 'breaking news' products are being introduced at the show. Or at least to me, as I haven't heard about these before. The new B2 toner-based Revoria is an interesting participant in the B2 digital market - competing with Fujifilm's S750, HP Indigo, and the new Ricoh Z75.
Fujifilm also introduces an exciting robot solution that we will show in a film. It has been developed together with Yaskawa. It was a pleasure for me to meet Katsumi Masumoto finally.
One of the bigger challenges covering IGAS is the language barrier. To overcome this, we have developed a format where we ask questions in Japanese and get these answered in Japanese with English subtitles. It will take slightly more time to produce, but we also believe it will give great insight to people from outside Japan as we will try to understand more about the Japanese market.
We have already met many friends and followers - and it is incredible to be approached by people who appreciate our work - thank you for that—encouraging for both my team and me!
Check back to INKISH (both NEWS and TV) for updates the next day!