Duplo International has hailed the sixth London Calling event, which closed its doors yesterday (16 October), as a success after taking around £750,000 in sales across the two-day show.
According to Duplo UK managing director Peter Jolly, around 300 visitors attended the event at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden.
The post-press vendor’s sales on the final day of the event included a DC-645i slitter-cutter-creaser to Spingold Design & Print, an iSaddle System A4 landscape saddle stitcher, two DBM-150 bookletmakers, a Touchline CF375 creaser, a System 5000 bookletmaker, a System 3500 bookletmaker, a Schneider guillotine and a DC-745 slitter-cutter-creaser.
Deals signed on the first day had included the sale of an £88,000 cutting table to Brilliant Media, Altaimage's acquisition of a Mitamax lay-flat binder, and Doveton Press was one of two Duplo customers to sign up for iSaddle Systems.
The iSaddle System was one of a raft of new Duplo products launched at the event. Other UK launches included the DC-646 multi-finisher, an integrated folding system for the new DC-646, the DC-646Pro and the iSaddle Duetto System and iSaddle Digital System stitching systems.
The entry-level DC-616Pro slitter-cutter-creaser, the DP-F850 digital duplicator and DM230Vi direct mail collator were also launched.
Duplo UK marketing manager Sarah Crumpler said: “We’ve been crunching numbers non-stop and for us that’s more of a measure of success than how many people we’ve had through the door.
“The new partners have brought in more interest to the show and it’s been a good opportunity for their customers to see what else is on offer.”
Jolly added: “The new products have been of real interest, certainly the iSaddle range. And we’ve also got strong leads, which look like they will equate to around 50 further sales across the board before the end of the year.”
The 10 partners at the show included established partners Balreed, Esko, Renz, Vivid and Vpress. New partners included Antalis, Optimus, Taopix, Neopost and Lumejet, which was exhibiting its S200 photonic printer in public for the first time.
Lumejet commercial director Miles Bentley said: “We’ve got quite a good brand awareness now but we’re working on converting that awareness into consideration. We’ve really moved that forward over the last two days and we’ve got some good new leads.”
Neopost UK head of marketing programmes Anthony Paul said: “It’s been a really good event for us that has helped to cement our profile within the print industry. We’ve had a lot of activity and have some interesting conversations to follow up on when we get back to base.”