Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

CFPR at IPEX 2010

The Centre for Fine Print Research was given a free stand at IPEX -18-25 May 2010 at the NEC, Birmingham to showcase their research in the heart of the IPEX Knowledge Centre. 

IPEX is the world’s biggest English-speaking event for print, publishing and media. It is the international industry event to find out where the market’s going.  Nearly 50,000 visitors attended from 135 countries, as well as 20,000 exhibitors, and 500 international media personnel.   

The largest overseas visitor groups came from France, Germany and the Netherlands with notable numbers of companies from Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Africa as well as China and India. 77% of attendees were senior managers, company directors and owner/managers.

Nigel Roche, librarian from the St Bride Library in London was quoted in the IPEX Daily, (Issue 6, 23 May 2010) “I’m particularly taken with some technology I’ve seen for the 3-D printing of objects (Centre for Fine Print Research stand). It seems sci-fi now but I reckon in 20 years’ time it will be run of the mill.”

As a result of the event several companies have expressed an interest n the potential of working with CFPR.  These include Octi-Tech, Futures (Wales) Ltd, Canon (UK) Ltd, Sun Chemical, Russell & Chapple Fine Art Textiles, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University. 

Current CFPR industry partners include Hewlett Packard Labs, Tate Gallery, British Museum and Inveresk Paper.  New commercial clients in the last twelve months include Roland DRG, Minuteman Press, A.J. Wells and Dycem.

Joanna Montgomery, (Research Manager, CFPR) said, “The 3D print technology which we have in CFPR is truly ground breaking.  We are finding that once we talk to industrial partners they are very impressed with the potential of working with us and this technology.  We also want to ensure that researchers in our own Faculty and throughout the University understand what we are doing in CFPR, and the wide range of potential applications.  Our discussions with the NHS show there are many areas for the application of CFPR technology.”

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CFPR were given a free stand at IPEX 2010
IPEX 2010
Several open evenings were held at CFPR labs :
CFPR Spring Open days
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
CFPR KTP funding awards

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