“We have brought about 70 people to the show, including 60 franchisees representing 70 AlphaGraphics locations that together produce about $100 million in annual sales. All of the franchisees are paying their own way and making personal investments of their time to be here. This is my first GRAPH EXPO, and frankly, I’m overwhelmed by the response. We probably have the largest single contingent of any group at the show.” Art Coley, President, AlphaGraphics
GRAPH EXPO, customized to offer the latest profit solutions, education and networking for 12 key industry segments, this year focused keen attention on in-plant printers from education, government and corporate print centers. In addition to creating a special in-plant education track, this year’s show also marked the debut of The InPlant Place—an instant hit among in-plant print professionals who came to meet up and connect with peers on the show floor in ‘their own’ dedicated education and networking hub.
The timing was ideal to launch The InPlant Place at GRAPH EXPO says Linda Casey Editor-in-Chief, Package Design magazine who states, “As the former chief editor of Small Commercial & In-Plant Printing, I’m glad to see the focus on in-plant operations. The time seems ripe for rethinking in-plant printing especially considering high shipping costs. I also think more small consumer packaged goods companies will be embracing in-plant printing for packages and labels.”
Whether print pros came to the show to see the latest technology, explore new profit opportunities, take in some of the many education sessions offered, or gather with peers to discuss and debate our industry’s “Print Integrated” future, the consensus among attendees and exhibitors alike was, as Roger Spooner, Upper Midwest Sales Manager, MCS Inc. states, it was “A great show…GRAPH EXPO is the place to be.”
Next up for the industry is the global PRINT 13 exhibition, themed “Innovate, Integrate, Communicate,” set to take place on September 8-12, 2013 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
Recognized as the commercial printing, publishing, converting & package printing, newspaper, mailing & fulfillment, transactional, marketing and photo imaging exposition for the Americas, PRINT 13 will welcome co-show CPP Expo 2013 and also debut its newest show floor feature—the Photo Imaging pavilion—for Photo Imagers and Retailers.
Spanning the realm of print, online and mobile, PRINT 13 attendees will be able to see the most advanced graphic communications technologies, ‘live’ running equipment on the show floor, explore the newest applications, and learn about the most in-demand products and profit-making opportunities in the nine special-interest sections planned for the show. A host of 50 new and returning co-located events will provide show goers even greater incentive to attend next year’s show.
For more information about PRINT 13 visit: www.print2013.com.