Three quick observations from SGIA

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013, was the start of SGIA Expo, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association annual trade show. The first day has to be considered a success as large crowds came into the Orange County Convention Center and there were numerous new products launched at the show. There were a few things that struck me from the first day.

1. Three big digital textile printing equipment suppliers (Hollanders, MS Srl and Reggiani) were at the show either on their own or through new distributors here in the United States. It is clear that all three were drawn by the growing soft signage market as they were featuring smaller soft signage-oriented printers, not their high-end production textile printing solutions. Textiles are generally pretty hot here, as Agfa also debuted a textile printing system here today.

2. Solvent is a big target – both HP (Latex 3000) and EFI (VUTEk GS3250lxr Pro) positioned their new solutions as replacements for solvent for production wide format graphics printing. I don’t envy PSPs who are facing the decision between these technologies, both offer a long set of advantages over older technology and promise the ability to print a range of new applications.

3. More action at the high-end – SGIA generally caters to bigger PSPs, so it is not surprising that some of the vendors highlight their high-end system advancements at this show. Inca Digital, HP, Agfa, Matan, Durst and EFI all have news related to their top-of-the-line printers.