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Posted on June 16, 2017
Awesome. A print revolution. That was the feedback to Duplo’s Summer Festival, which was music to the ears of organisers who’ve pledged it will be even bigger and better next year.
A fun-filled atmosphere for this unique event, titled a “Celebration of Creativity in Print”, in a real festival-like setting complete with artificial ‘green grass’ brought out 350 people over the two days.
But there was also a serious side with real business done. Andy Bird, Bristol Managing Director of Folio Print Finishing, was so impressed by the capabilities of the Duplo 600i Booklet System that he signed on the day with Duplo salesman Jason Davies for a Twin Tower model to complement existing equipment. It will run at speeds of up to 5,200 booklets an hour.
“I was blown away by the quality and the speed,” said Andy. “We’ve been looking for additional options and this helps meet the changing demands of customer requirements. I’m delighted to be going for the Duplo 600i Booklet System rather than heavy duty traditional finishing kit. This will really help us.”
Duplo’s Addlestone, Surrey-based head office and warehouse was transformed into a festival field, with a stage, comedy tent, bar and festival-style food concessions. Homegrown talent from the print industry took to stage over two days with performances by the great and the good from the industry.
Duplo’s print finishing systems were decked out in festival colours. Starring was Duplo’s DuSense, a sensory coater that is designed for embellishing short-run digital print with highly creative and intricate special effects, at a fraction of the cost of alternative analogue technologies – that was officially launched at the festival.
“It’s been awesome,” said Peter. “This is a print revolution. My vision to create a uniquely different event for our industry went even better than even we expected. We were blessed by perfect weather too for this perfect opportunity to celebrate print in the sun while enjoying music from some of the industry’s best talent. And doing real business was the icing on the cake.
“Typical comments we got back were along the lines of, ‘amazing event with a surreal atmosphere’, ‘thoroughly creative day’ and a ‘really great gig’.”
In the weeks preceding the event, Peter ran 172 kilometres – the distance from Duplo HQ to Glastonbury – to raise money for Addlestone-based Shooting Star Chase, a children’s hospice charity. He is set to hit his four-figure charity sum. You can still donate via this link
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