PRINT 13 is the gathering place for a record 66 and counting co-located events, users’ groups, and conferences, across 12 market segments representing the full breadth of the graphic communications industry. Whether the event is big or small, the same goals hold true: to maximize attendees’ time and investment as they learn from and network with industry experts and colleagues.
For the first time, CPP EXPO—The Converting and Package Printing Expo, is co-locating with the Chicago event, bringing together the premier converting and package printing expo with the graphic communications industry’s leading global exhibition. Attendees have the opportunity to see firsthand all the latest equipment, supplies, and products addressing the package printing and converting segment. Both PRINT 13 and CPP EXPO 2013 show-goers have complete access to the combined offerings of both events, with a full entry pass to all of the exhibits in the South Hall of McCormick Place.
One of the key benefits for attendees involved in the packaging and converting segment is the birds-eye view into the future that the show offers, says Leo Nadolske, President, of CPP EXPO. “There is no greater opportunity for converters/package printers to get a glimpse of what they can expect—it is inherent in this type of co-location. We see it time and time again in European co-locations. The innovations in prepress and digital that will transfer into package printing will provide an edge to the converters looking to innovate. And, conversely, commercial printers who are immersed in digital are looking to expand into package printing. The opportunities abound for all in attendance!”
Adds Nadolske, “At the end of the day, we hope and anticipate that CPP EXPO will address the issues keeping attendees up at night now, but will also provide a road map for the future.“
“Having the two expos in the same location provides efficiencies for suppliers and attendees. Given the educational programs, as well as potential growth opportunities, it’s a homerun for all participants,” adds Nadolske.
A critical technology for this segment that will be in evidence is digital printing—expecially digital flexo printing. “For sure this process is a key to growth for flexo converters. It’s no longer in R&D,” says Nadolske. “In fact, one of our sessions in the educational program focuses on digital printing in the converting/packaging arena.”
In addition, with the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) as a co-sponsor of CPP EXPO, one of the key takeaways from its 2013 Forum will be featured right on the expo floor, says Nadolske. Topics will range from prepress, workflow automation, and barrier films/food safety—hot buttons for all those involved—or who want to be involved—in package printing.
For the 22-year-old senior executive networking association, The Imaging Network Group, holding its fall workshop in Chicago has become an annual GRAPH EXPO/PRINT event. “We gather a lot of value from hosting our Fall Workshop event the day before the show opens” says Join Dietz, Board President, “The show brings tremendous value to our members where after meeting and discussing key business trends and the latest technologies in the print industry they can attend the show to meet with our vendor partners and see the latest technology in action.”
“PRINT 13 lets the ISA Sign Expo partner with the Graphic Arts Show Company to provide the most relevant information on the growing sign industry,” states Brandon Hensley, Chief Operating Officer of the International Sign Association. “Our partnership enables both organizations/events to reach out beyond our traditional customers to highlight key opportunities for business development. The ISA Wide Format Innovation & Application Theater highlights the latest wide format applications on various media and substrates. We look forward to continuing this win-win collaboration and offering a year-round home to companies looking to expand their business offerings.”
“For the International Newspaper Group (ING), the focus of its annual conference has always been only those things of interest and importance to newspaper operational managers and executives,” reports Kristy Gerry, 2013 ING President. “This is the fourth year of co-locating the annual ING conference with GRAPH EXPO/PRINT. Co-locating ING and GRAPH EXPO/PRINT provides maximum value for the newspaper executives and member suppliers’ travel dollars. For the same travel cost newspaper executives have the opportunity to attend two events specifically devoted to printing and distribution.”