In the mid of March, Japan Printing Machinery Association (JPMA) and Japan Association of Pre-Press & Digital Printing Systems Suppliers hosted a media conference to present the latest information on IGAS 2018. IGAS 2018 (International Graphic Arts Show 2018) will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight from 26 July (Thursday) to 31 July (Tuesday), 2018.
IGAS2018 Media Conference at The Foreign Press Center Japan
Makoto Nishioka, Executive Director of the JPMA, introduced the general informaiton of the exhibition. They expected that the exhibition will include 2,605 booths for 285 exhibitors. These exhibitors will come from a wide range of industrial fields including pre-press, printing and post-press, and also from prominent companies in the field of digital communications.
Makoto Nishioka, Managing Director of JPMA
The theme to be shared among the exhibitors is "Venture into the Next! ˇV Change the Future, Print is being changed." In particular, from the standpoint of the brand owners who are customers of the printing companies, IGAS 2018 will showcase technologies and solutions that are applicable to printing and cross-media communication. Moreover, they plan to increase the number of visitors from foreign countries further; in particular, from countries in Asia even further.
The key events during the exhibition are panel discussions and seminars, guided exhibition tours, the Theme Zone, the Small Start Zone, and the exhibition organized by the Japan Printing Exhibition (JPEX). In the panel discussions and seminars, various themes will be discussed from the standpoint of the brand owners. The themes will cover practical issues that are directly related to this business field: for example, the trends in the latest printing technologies, marketing activities for printing and cross-media communications, transformations in business operations, and new business projects. There will also be professionally guided tours available
for thousands of participants. These tours will cover the key features of the IGAS. In addition, there will be a Theme Zones that includes the Flexography Zone, the Zone of the Tokyo Metropolitan Small and Medium Enterprise Support Center, the Research and Academic Zone for exhibiting next-generation printing technologies developed by various laboratories at universities, and the Zone of the Japan Color Certification Systems. In another zone called the Small Start Zone, special technologies and products, which mainly consist of compact and economical products that have been developed in response to todayˇ¦s market where there is a rising demand for services based on smaller lots, will be exhibited, targeting small and medium-sized printing companies.
Furthermore, the JPEX will arrange an exhibit, in one place, of the print products awarded with prizes in the definitive print contests in Japan organized by the Japan Federation of Printing Industries (JFPI) and its 10 subsidiary organizations. The products to be displayed will include calendars, catalogs, book covers, packages, seals and labels, and universal media designs. The JPEX will also showcase the presentation panels of today's printing industry in Japan.
The IGAS2018 - one of the largest systematically organized events in the printing industry and the related industries - will provide opportunities for the participants to present the latest machines, technologies, and services and will serve as a venue for energetic business communications.
This year, IGAS 2018 invited ten companies to join the media conference and present what they will introduce in their booth. For example, the new idea, concepts, solution or workflow system. It includes Komori Corporation, Horizon Internatioal, Inc., RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd., FUJIFILM Global Graphic Systems Co., LTD., HP Inc., SCREEN Graphic Solution Co., Ltd., RICOH Co, Ltd., KONICA MINOLTA JAPAN, INC., Canon Inc.and Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co., Ltd.
Ms. Masami Yamashita
Horizon International, Inc.
Mr. Yasuo Taketsugu
RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd.
Mr. Tatsuhiro Watanabe
FUJIFILM Global Graphic Systems Co., LTD.
Mr. Toshiyuki Suyama
Ms. Lisa Watson
SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd.
Ms. Michiko Nakatani
RIOCH Co, Ltd.
Mr. Hideki Okamura
KONICA MINOLTA JAPAN, INC.
Mr. Toru Suda
Mr. Osami Abiko
Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co., Ltd
Mr. Takeshi Amano
Exhibition: 26 July (Thursday) to 31 July (Tuesday), 2018
Move in: 21 July (Saturday) to 25 July (Wednesday), 2018
Move out: 31 July (Tuesday) to 2 August (Thursday), 2018
10:00a.m. to 17:00p.m. (11:00a.m. to 17:00p.m. for the first day on 26 July)
Admission Tickets (2,000 yen)
(Online pre-registration will enable free admission.)
Tokyo Big Sight (East Halls)
3-10-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 125-0063, Japan
Site Area: About 51,380 m2 (TBD)
Exhibition Area: About 24,000 m2 (TBD)