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Apex Digital Graphics and Intelligent Finishing Systems’ (IFS) successful co-operation will continue to offer printers real-life production and performance benefits in 2016 with “The Real Print and Finish Open House” on March 15, 16 and 17 at Apex’s premises in Hemel Hempstead.

Joining Apex and IFS for the first time will be Graphic Arts Supplies and the KURZ range of metalized foils including gold, silver and a variety of colours which will be digitally imprinted using the Foliant Taurus 530SF B2 laminator with sheets digitally printed on the Konica Minolta C1060. Regular event partners Imprint, KAS Paper Systems, Vpress, Renz and TSS will also be showcasing a range of different solutions for 'real' and everyday applications. Premier will be supplying paper for the event.

The IPIA will be on hand offering free consultations with business experts via pre-booked appointments and visitors will also benefit from specially selected “Real Deal” event promotions.

Apex will showcase a Ryobi 755G B2 five colour offset press equipped with LED-UV curing. “Appropriately for a show with ‘real’ solutions as its theme, Ryobi’s LED-UV system was the first of its kind and unlike some of the alternatives on the market, it uses genuine LED and is not simply a low power conventional UV system,” says Apex Sales and Marketing Director Neil Handforth. “A fully equipped Ryobi press is a supremely versatile piece of kit,” he continues, “and we’ll be demonstrating the machine printing on plastic substrates for the first time at our March open house.”

Apex will also show one of Konica Minolta’s most successful production print machines, the C1060 digital press, alongside the C71HC wide gamut digital press - and the exciting new CTP range from Cron. The latter has invigorated short run litho by enabling the rapid production of a four colour plate set for as little as £1 per plate.

Apex MD Bob Usher comments: “We ran the first ‘Real Print and Finish’ show last March to showcase genuine production solutions, not promises or possibilities – and encouraged visitors to challenge us to produce real work samples. It worked, so this year we are doing it again, and expanding!”

IFS will feature best-selling Horizon print finishing and perfect binding systems, including its market leading Stitchliner 5500 bookletmaking line, fully automated SPF-200L A4 landscape booklet production system along with two perfect binders (BQ-270V EVA single-clamp and BQ-470 PUR 4-clamp), the AFC-566F fully automatic B2 cross-folder and CRF-362 digital creaser/folder. It will host Graphic Arts Supplies and its KURZ range of metalized foils being digitally imprinted by a Foliant Taurus 530SF B2 laminator and die-cut using the innovative Horizon RD-4055 rotary die-cutter.

IFS MD Bryan Godwyn adds: “We are always looking to present new ideas and solutions to our customers to help them open up potential new markets and new products and innovation for their customers. Visitors who pre-register for the open house will be given the option of having 'real' high quality digitally foiled business cards produced in a choice of designs which can be collected during the event. Anyone involved in producing high quality business cards with foiling must see this efficient and low cost solution."

Imprint MIS will be providing MIS solutions which link the various pre-press, press and finishing systems at the show; KAS are bringing their Compact Envelope Inserter; Renz will bring a selection of punching and binding equipment, and Vpress will demonstrate its Web-2-Print solution.

The Open House will run from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day.

Customers who wish to produce samples of their own 'real' work at the Open House should indicate so on the registration form.


UK first: See a new generation Ryobi LED-UV litho press print on a plastic substrate

Added value foiling - we’ll produce a set of superb foil blocked business cards for you - live!


Exclusive offers available only to attendees


Book a FREE CONSULTATION with one of the IPIA’s industry and business experts at the event

Put us to the test - produce your own work samples

Equipment on show:


Ryobi 755G five colour B2 press with LED-UV

Konica Minolta C1060 digital press

Konica Minolta C71HC wide gamut digital press

Cron CtP 26" for UV or thermal plates
Cron CtP 36" configured for live production of UV plates


Horizon Stitchliner SL5500

Horizon SPF-200L Landscape Bookletmaker

Horizon BQ-470EVA/PUR Perfect Binder

Horizon BQ-270EVA/PUR Perfect Binder

Horizon AFC-566FG Fully Automated Folder

Horizon RD-4055 Rotary die-cutter

Horizon HT-30c Trimmer

Horizon CRF-362 Folder/Creaser

Foliant Taurus 530 B2 Laminator

Perfecta 115 SE Guillotine


Mailmaster Compact C4


P500 ESHD Automated punching system

DTP 340A Semi-automatic desktop punch

Mobi 500 Semi-auto mobile ring binding machine

Bindomatic 7000 Thermal binding machine

ECL 360 Ring wire closing machine


MIS software solutions

Graphic Arts Supplies:

Foiling solutions, on live demonstration in conjunction with Apex/IFS


Web2Print solutions


Consultations with business and industry experts


A huge range of papers for both litho and digital

For location details, see our registration page