The hottest new technologies, the industry's most comprehensive educational slate, debuting show floor features and attractions, plus a record number of co-located events highlight PRINT 13 which opens tomorrow in Chicago's McCormick Place and runs through Thursday, September 12. This year also marks the first time that CPP EXPO which serves package printers and converters will be co-located with PRINT 13.
With the theme of "Integrate, Innovate, Communicate," PRINT 13, together with CPP EXPO, will bring more than 100 targeted educational sessions in 12 specialized learning tracks. PRINT 13 will also feature 14 show floor pavilions and specialty sections, four show floor Learning Theaters, plus offering individualized guidance and direction are four "Ask the Expert" stations for the 12 major graphic communications industry segments: 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.
Educational opportunities kick off September 7 with the popular EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference which annually precedes PRINT [and GRAPH EXPO]. Sponsored by EFI, Xerox, and OutputLinks Communications Group and themed "Driving Profits Through Innovation, Integration, and Communication" this fast paced half-day session will showcase the issues and trends most relevant to graphic communications professionals. At the conclusion of the session, the "Best of Category" awards from the PRINT 13 MUST SEE 'EMS technology competition will be announced, along with The Legacy Award for a past MUST SEE 'EMS winning technology that has had the most profound impact on the graphic communications industry. NPES President Ralph Nappi will then announce the winner of the 2013 Positively Print Award. Positively Print is a print advocacy program designed to promote the power of print in today's media mix.
The 66 co-located conferences, users' group meetings, workshops, and social events offer a record opportunity for networking and education having grown from 22 in 2010, to 34 in 2011, and 48 co-located events in 2012. The PRINT 13 and CPP EXPO 100-plus seminar sessions and computer labs plus continuous sessions in the Learning Theaters and individualized guidance in "Ask the Expert" stations on the show floor offer unprecedented learning opportunities for graphic communications professionals from every segment of the industry.
On the Floor:
Headlining the attractions at this year's PRINT 13 is a host of new and "reimagined" show floor features. They include BIG - The Wide Format Pavilion with all of the latest output equipment, software, media/substrates, inks, finishing equipment and supplies plus new applications and solutions to expand and build profits. Also at BIG is the ISA Wide Format Innovation & Application Theater sponsored by the International Sign Association and "Ask the Wide Format Expert" station sponsored by Big Picture Magazine.
An exciting new show floor attraction making its world debut at PRINT 13 this year is The Inkjet Candy Store-a consolidated feature where show goers will see in action, side-by-side, live demonstrations of some the hottest Wide Format Inkjet Printers from many of the foremost manufacturers-all together in one featured space!