Duplo’s London Calling has been hailed yet another success by the organisers, with deals signed at the show worth almost £750,000 and a pipeline of new sales prospects for the print finishing pioneer and its partners.
Hundreds of visitors over the two days had real-live demonstrations of innovative workflows where showgoers could trail-blaze around the stalls and print their own personalised products ranging from fridge mats, Christmas cards and photobooks.
First deal signed by Duplo involved Rapidity, which has embarked on a new wave of investment for its modern digital hub at its headquarters in central London. Central to its expansion is a raft of new systems from Duplo, of which the latest – a Duplo iSaddle Booklet System – was formally signed at the print finishing pioneer’s London Calling event on Tuesday.
Rapidity Production Director Ben Manning said: “Our old finishing systems just couldn’t keep up nor do A4 landscape work, which is a massive new business opportunity for us going forward. We love the automation and precision provided through the Duplo systems. It’s transformed our business in a fantastic way. I’ve got nothing but praise for Duplo, which is head and shoulders above other suppliers.”
Manor Printing Services, of Wooton-under Edge, Gloucestershire, also took a Duplo iSaddle Booklet System. Other deals included Berkamsted-based The Print Centre, a long-established Duplo customer that will ramp up capacity by becoming the UK’s first user of Duplo’s recently-launched 600i Booklet System. MPC Printing Solutions at Enfield has also signed for the Duplo 600i Booklet System.
Held at Sunbeam Studios, in Ladbroke Hall, North Kensington, Duplo’s partners at London Calling 7 – which had a James Bond theme – were Antalis, Apogee, BPIF, Fujifilm, Grafitec, Infigo, Neopost, Proskills, Renz and Vivid.
Highlights of the show included seven product launches, the inaugural London meeting of the Duplo Owners’ Club, focusing on the Best Bond for perfect binding solutions, and a meeting of the HP Young Entrepreneurs’ Network and a BPIF Apprentices’ Forum.
There was also a PrintIT! School visit for winners of their annual competition – all designed to promote and showcase young talent into the print industry – and the handover of a £4,340 cheque to the Proskills PrintIT! Schools into Industry programme. The money came through a year-long fundraising campaign pioneered by Duplo and its partners.
Peter Jolly, Duplo UK Managing Director, said: “From small beginnings, Duplo’s London Calling has grown into an incredible success story – and this year was no exception. Starting with a core team of five people around a table, it evolves into a show that has been given genuine direction from the feedback of our customers. It’s our crown jewels – and we love the event, as do our customers.”
He added: “It’s clear from the positive atmosphere throughout the two days that the print industry is in increasingly good shape.”