Above: Awagami paper being hand-made from Mulberry (Kozo) in Japan. Awagami is distributed in Australia by Starleaton-DES.
PacPrint, the trade event for printing, sign and graphic communications industries, takes place at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 23-26 May 2017, and Starleaton has already announced its largest-ever trade show stand, which is to include a significant focus on professional photography and fine art digital reproduction.
“DES has built a very substantial following in this area with photo-art inkjet papers from Hahnemuhle, Breathing Colour, hand-made Awagami (pictured), its own-brand ChromaJet plus Epson printers and original media,” says Ben Eaton, CEO of the merged operation of Starleaton with newly-acquired DES. “We see an opportunity to reach out to professional image creators, print labs, schools, colleges and TAFEs, and present a comprehensive display of photo/fine art technology, media, colour management and know-how.”
Starleaton is a 100% Australian-owned and operated importer, converter and distributor of materials, hardware, software and know-how for the Signage, Display, Exhibition, Photography, Graphic Arts and Packaging industries. In 2016 Starleaton acquired DES, a leading Australian supplier in similar fields, to create “the ANZ region’s most dynamic supplier in these industries”.
Eaton says that its 483 sqm area at PacPrint 2017 will widen PacPrint’s appeal further to a new audience that covers both professionals and ‘prosumers’.
“There is no dedicated photography trade show in 2017,” says Eaton. “And our PacPrint presence is the largest of any dedicated wide-format supplier, and that includes the major equipment manufacturers. Now that Visual Impact is co-located with PacPrint and organisation is by the Visual Connections team, we feel very positive about the timing and success of the event.”
The Starleaton/DES area will be dynamically themed and will also feature Eizo calibratable monitors, X-Rite colour measurement and profiling products plus free profiling services for users of Starleaton-supplied media.