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Fuji Xerox 2019 Premier Partner Conference: Building Growth for Your Future

For the 16th year, Fuji Xerox has successfully concluded its annual Premier Partner Conference and Workshop in Tokyo, Japan. Holding the theme, “Building Growth for Your Future”, the event hosted about 160 delegates at the prestigious Hilton Tokyo Bay from 15 to 17 October 2019.

Day 1 kicked off with a series of customer site visits. Delegates were able to choose different tours according to their interests. The sites include Kyoshin Paper and Package, Toyo Bijutsu Printing Co. Ltd., KPrint Co. Ltd., New Book Inc., Toyo Shigyo Printing Inc., Taiyodo Printing Inc., and the FujiFilm Open Innovation Hub.

The day ended with a welcome reception and solution showcase. Premier Partners and guests were able to visit the Solution Partners booths, and collected cards in return. A token for a special cocktail drink was exchanged for four or more cards, turning the showcase into an interactive activity.

The conference program took off on day 2 of the event. The theme for the 2019 edition of the event is “Building Growth for Your Future”. The conference focused on building growth strategies whilst enabling its Premier Partners to build relationships with leading experts in the field of digital printing, marketing and business development.

The conference was opened by the host country representative of the Advisory Board, Hisaki Yamamoto, President of Toyo Bijutsu Printing Co., Ltd. Following after is Fuji Xerox’s Executive General Manager, Hiroshi Kida to deliver a welcome message and the opening keynote on Fuji Xerox’s business strategy. Fuji Xerox expressed its intentions to shift towards setting up an open environment of a self-sufficient business model.

Renowned print expert Pat McGrew from KeyPoint Intelligence then took the stage to present on market trends, growth strategies and guidance to equip for the future. Following after, is Manish Prabhune from Adobe Systems to deliver on the future of customer experience from a digital and creative angle.

Customer presentations by Zoltan Kanowits of Slovakia’s Print Shop and Matsuoka from Asapri Group Holdings provided a different perspective on how to expand a business beyond CMYK and grow a business with mergers and acquisitions. Perfectly rounding off the conference programme is a motivational presentation by communications coach Steve Dawson.

In between the presentations were breakout sessions led by experts in top subject matters in the industry. Solution Partners took over some of the sessions to share the latest innovations that help add value to the business.

The day ended with the official conference dinner and guests were able to socialise and network even more amidst special performances. A special highlight of the evening was an awards ceremony honouring and recognising the winners of the annual PIXI Awards.

The final day of the event were workshop sessions entitled: “Sharpen the Edge for the Future”. Delegates were ferried from Hilton to Future Edge, Fuji Xerox’s facility located in Ebina Centre. The Future Edge centre was first opened in May 2018 and houses the entire lineup of Fuji Xerox production printers, related software and services.

The workshop day at Future Edge focused on industry trends that covered automation and book publishing. Participants were broken up into groups before going on a Smart Factory Demo tour. Fujifilm was also on hand to showcase successful case studies of the Jetpress. Some delegates were also brought on a manufacturing tour and assembly line of the Iridesse at the end of the day.

The Fuji Xerox 2019 Premier Partner Conference and Workshop programme ended on a high note. Delegates were reportedly more than satisfied, as they were able to leave with new knowledge and viewpoints on how to take their businesses into the future.

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