Printing industry professionals from around the world are convening at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL to attend PRINT 13, the most comprehensive global graphic communications industry event held in the largest print market in the world.
For the "Innovate, Integrate, Communicate" themed PRINT 13, demonstrating print driven multi-channel communications for the show's audience of 12 key market segments—from attendee and exhibitor communiqués, to the social media outreach—every aspect of the show has been crafted to stimulate 24/7 networking between industry experts and peers, and to facilitate connections among buyers and vendors to find the solutions that are just right for them.
Beyond the presence of co-show CPP EXPO, which will amplify for show goers the array of package printing and converting technology plus related education and networking opportunities, PRINT 13 also welcomes more than 60 other individual co-located events—conferences, user-groups, galas, meetings, and more—to be held in tandem with the global show.
"Increasingly, the printing industry's expanding array of innovative products and processes are changing the role of print. Recognizing their impact on increasing the effectiveness of communications today, we've integrated these tools into our own outreach, and aptly themed our 2013 event 'Innovate, Integrate, Communicate'," says Ralph Nappi, president of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC).
PRINT 13 is welcoming nearly 600 exhibitors who will fill the South Hall of McCormick Place and cater to a diverse spectrum of attendees including: Commercial Printers, In-Plant Printers/Corporate/Government/Education Print Centers; Sign & Display Shops/Wide Format Printers; Package & Label Printers & Converters; Quick /Small Commercial Printers; Photo Imagers & Retailers; Transactional Printers; Mailing & Fulfillment Professionals, Book Printers/Publishers, Newspaper Printers/Publishers, Marketing/Creative Services Professionals, and Media/Print Buyers. It is significant to note that 80% of attendees at this global marketplace are decision makers and key influencers.
At PRINT 13 together with co-located CPP EXPO, attendees will experience the entire gamut of printing-related equipment, products, and services in 'live' running applications that will demonstrate all the latest technologies and unique new applications in commercial and quick printing, publishing, converting, package printing, and high-volume enterprise output and more.
"A working knowledge of these new products and applications is critical to the future of the printing industry, because printing is no longer just about the printing press. It's about the entire process, from design through fulfillment and resulting engagement, and now integrating innovative new applications such as printed electronics to enhance the engagement and results," says Nappi.
Attendees will also find a host of new and exciting show floor attractions that demonstrate this year's theme. Among the debuting and newly "re-imagined" show floor attractions at PRINT 13 is the Inkjet Candy Store, a special Wide Format Inkjet feature to help attendees discover and observe LIVE demonstrations of the cream of the crop newest Wide Format inkjet printers from the hottest manufacturers in one space and easy-to-compare feature. DELIVER—The NEW Mailing & Fulfillment Center, this year is sponsored by the industry authorities the United States Postal Service (USPS) and Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP), formerly MFSA. Still the world's largest mailing show anywhere, here attendees will find an unprecedented one-stop resource for all the latest equipment, software & supplies, research, market data, best practices and solutions for bridging print with marketing.
Also new for 2013 is Photo Finish - The Photo Imaging Pavilion, sponsored by Photo Imaging News and SPI Convention & Shoot-Out which will feature leading suppliers of: services for photo, photo book, wide format and all-sized imaging, creation, finishing related equipment, products, software, substrates, and more.
Another exciting new feature for this year's show is Sidelines—The Expanded Revenue Streams Pavilion, sponsored by Print + Promo Magazine. For attendees seeking to expand their range of service offerings, here they will discover a full gamut of new revenue sources from specialty printed products to a vast array of advertising specialties.
Responding to the burgeoning profit opportunities in wide format printing, PRINT 13 will unveil BIG—The NEW Wide Format Pavilion, sponsored by the International Sign Association (ISA). In this dedicated show floor section attendees will see and explore the hottest output equipment, software, media/substrates, inks, finishing equipment and supplies, plus new applications and innovations from which to expand and profit.
These innovative new show floor attractions join familiar favorites including the popular Marketing Pavilion, sponsored by the Chicago American Marketing Association and Canvas Magazine, where attendees will find daily fast-paced 'hot topic' sessions in The Marketing Theater along with a myriad of resources and networking opportunities for today's marketers. Additionally eight other special interest sections on the show floor include: News Print—the Newspaper Pavilion, sponsored by News & Tech, a dedicated show floor section for newspaper printers and production executives; The In-Plant Place sponsored by IPMA, exclusively for In-Plant and Print Center pros from every industry segment—Government, Corporate and Education—to come meet, unwind, learn, share, and more; Future Print, sponsored by Flex Tech Alliance, featuring today's hottest technologies including Printed Electronics, 3-D printing and RFID; GREENspace, a showcase on sustainability and eco-friendly products and services; the Prepress/Software: Workflow & Design and Press/Finishing sections; the Printerverse, sponsored by PrintMediaCentr, for the ultimate "social media" face-to-face; and, Education Main Street, for attendees seeking well-educated, talented industry newcomers to augment their company's workforce.
Industry gurus will be available at four "Ask the Expert" Stations on the show floor. Free consulting by Photo Imaging News in the Photo Finish Pavilion (Booth 3190) offers the perfect blend of direction on how to adapt your business in photo imaging and commercial printing. AMSP encourages attendees to “Ask the Mailing Expert” in Booth 5418 in the DELIVER Pavilion while Big Picture Magazine sponsors BIG's “Ask the Wide Format Expert” in Booth 3590. GREENspace will also host an "As the Expert" Station sponsored by Graphic Design USA.
There are also four Learning Theaters on the exhibition floor. The ISA Wide Format Innovation & Application Theater (Booth 3988) is located inside BIG — The Wide Format Pavilion and is sponsored by the International Sign Association. The Deliver ROI Theater (Booth 5219) inside the Deliver—The NEW Mailing & Fulfillment Center is sponsored by the United States Postal Service. The Marketing Theater (Booth 4670) inside the Marketing Pavilion is sponsored by the Chicago American Marketing Association (CAMA) and Canvas Magazine. The Future Print “Experiential Lab” (Booth 4286) is sponsored by FlexTech Alliance.
Show goers planning to attend either PRINT 13 or CPP EXPO will gain single-pass entry to both events, along with unprecedented industry networking opportunities among the co-located events being held in tandem with PRINT 13.