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Mimeo's Chuck Gehman's drupa impressions

Published on May 11, 2012

Cary Sherburne asks Mimeo's VP of Product Platforms Chuck Gehman what his impressions were during the opening days of drupa.

Cary Sherburne:  Hi, I'm Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor at WhatTheyThink.com and I'm here with Chuck Gehman, who is Vice President of Product Platforms for Mimeo.com.

Chuck Gehman:  I am.  Hi.

Cary Sherburne:  Hi.

Chuck Gehman:  How you doing?

Cary Sherburne:  Good.

Chuck Gehman:  Good.

Cary Sherburne:  And Mimeo's a pretty interesting company, and you guys have made some huge strides in recent times and I think you've contributed a lot to that.  You've been with them...

Chuck Gehman:  Four years.

Cary Sherburne:  Four years.

Chuck Gehman:  Yeah.

Cary Sherburne:  So online printer.

Chuck Gehman:  It seems like just yesterday, actually.  Yeah.

Cary Sherburne:  Yeah.  It goes fast.  Move to New York to join them there and...

Chuck Gehman:  Yes.

Cary Sherburne:  So, here we are at Drupa 2012 and as a printer, online printer, I'm just curious why you're here and what you're looking for and that kind of thing.

Chuck Gehman:  Yeah, I'm looking at everything really.  I mean, as much as I can in the short time I'm here.  But we're interested in workflow stuff; we're interested in all the software.  I was just over at the innovation park and I'm looking at little companies that are doing interesting things over there; got a few friends over there whose companies are there.  So that's always great.  I'm also looking at all the inkjet stuff; we're 100 percent digital printing company that uses toner-based presses right now.  And we think inkjet is in our future but we haven't really, you know, picked a platform for inkjet yet and other people from production engineering will be here looking at kind of the stuff that I'm looking at too but from different angles than I'm looking at.

Cary Sherburne:  So what do you think about all the B2 sheet-fed stuff?  Inkjet and toner.

Chuck Gehman:  I think it's -- yeah, I think it's fantastic.  I think that there are a lot of applications for us, definitely.  I always brag to commercial offset printers that one big advantage that we have is that we only do 8 1/2 by 11 and A4 but that's not true, and even if it is we could still get some efficiency with the kind of applications we do with larger sheet sizes, so.

Cary Sherburne:  And have you visited Landa Land yet?

Chuck Gehman:  I did go to Landa and, you know, I've got to say it's incredibly impressive.

Cary Sherburne:  Well the user interface is.

Chuck Gehman:  Oh, my gosh.  Yeah, I've never seen anything like that.  I love that; being in to user interface, I mean, a **** touch screen display.  I've never seen that anywhere let alone on a printing press.

Cary Sherburne:  But then, you know, that's out a little bit.  There's some that are maybe closer, like we have the Delphex offering.

Chuck Gehman:  I went and looked at that today actually and I actually sent a note to our guys to go look at that too and ask harder questions than I was asking.

Cary Sherburne:  And then we've got the Xycon liquid toner; that's not sheet, but...

Chuck Gehman:  I didn't get to see that yet but I'll certainly -- I'm going to go over there.

Cary Sherburne:  Yeah, so there's a lot happening in that space.

Chuck Gehman:  There is.

Cary Sherburne:  Both liquid toner with Indigo and...

Chuck Gehman:  There are companies that I've never even heard of.

Cary Sherburne:  Right.

Chuck Gehman:  I mean, I never heard of the Simpica.  So I went and looked at their stuff; I guess they're French.  And there's -- and then there's some Chinese companies with inkjets that, you know, I don't know if I'm going to go see them because --

Cary Sherburne:  You don't speak Chinese?

Chuck Gehman:  Exactly.  I mean, maybe I can get a translator but that's hard, you know.  I mean, there's lots -- there's companies from all over the world that, you know, have stuff that you haven't seen before, so.

Cary Sherburne:  So it's a productive visit then?

Chuck Gehman:  Very much so.

Cary Sherburne:  That's terrific.

Chuck Gehman:  I'm only here for a few days but they've been really long days, so it's been great, yeah.

Cary Sherburne:  Well, terrific.  Well we hope to see you back in 2016. 

Chuck Gehman:  Definitely.

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