Graphics of the Americas Expo & Conference (GOA) reports major success of its 39th annual show. Reports indicate that exhibit space and attendance grew by 23% and 14%, respectively, over 2013 figures. GOA was held February 27-March 1, 2014, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL.
With a significant growth in attendance, over 8,300 people attended GOA 2014 from 70 countries. Forty three percent of attendees were international, further cementing this international show as a key worldwide industry event.
"Graphics of the Americas 2014 was an outstanding success!" George Ryan, GOA President, exclaims. "Numerous accolades from exhibitors and attendees continue to come in, describing GOA 2014 once again as a "buying show" and a great way to start off the year in an improving economy.
"The attitude of the exhibitors and attendees was very positive about the future and it reaffirms the 2013 GOA study that the economies in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean are growing at a robust rate of 2.6% and 3.1%, respectively. We are optimistic that the printing industry is at a turning point, and that is this is the start of a robust turnaround after several challenging years."
What the Exhibitors are Saying
"We were very pleased with this year's show! There was a steady stream of foot traffic within the exhibit hall and within the OKI Data booth, in particular, and we secured several strong leads as a result of our engagement with show attendees.
OKI's investment in development of new professional digital printing solutions, and in the Graphics of the Americas show, demonstrates and underscores the company's long-term commitment to this evolving market segment," said Rich Egert, General Manager of the Strategic Technology Provider Business Group for OKI Data Americas.
"Based on the equipment sold on the show floor, the multitude of sales leads, and firm orders already received; I am happy to say that the 2014 Graphics of the Americas Expo was an overwhelming success for Perez Trading," said Noel Alcantara, Division Manager, Perez Trading Company.
"PrintGuard has exhibited at GOA each year for the past decade. This has been a very productive show over the years, but 2014 was full of surprises. We met and brought on two fabulous new Dealers in Central and South America, won Best Booth Award, and successfully launched a new antimarking product - PrintGuard Regular - our high quality, low cost White glass bead jackets for Heidelberg Printers, who needed an alternative to blue, green or gold lower priced jackets," said Daniel J. Rizika, President, PrintGuard, Inc.
A popular destination for the latest industry education, 1,250 people participated in GOA's renowned educational programs, including 360 attending the Spanish seminars.
The keynote by Peter Muir, President of Bizucate, Inc. provided a futuristic view of "Where will Your Profits Come From Tomorrow." His "hands on" examples of how data coupled with print increased revenues ten-fold for customers provided an insightful look into the future of print into integrated marketing campaigns.
Twenty Digital Classroom Live seminars were presented by the American Graphics Institute (AGI), where seminars were offered for prepress, production, digital printing, sales, marketing, management and wide format printing.
On the Show Floor
The GOA 2014 show floor was packed with a variety of offerings for attendees, including: the Vehicle Wrap Center (sponsored by ARLON, SAI and Mutoh America), Direct-to-Substrate Center (sponsored by Sewing Machine.com), Wide Format Print Shop Live! (sponsored by Caldera, Mutoh, Converd and Zund), FlexoZone (sponsored by Nilpeter) - and the 3D Printing Zone (sponsored by Afinia and MaQeo).
Game Changers Debut
The first-ever Game Changer showcase at GOA 2014 honored manufacturers and developers who are building solutions that will have "lasting and positive efffect" on the industry. The following solutions have been given the special distinction of being a GOA 2014 Game Changer:
- HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press
- Enfocus Connect ALL
- Printware LLC iJetPress Digital Inkjet Printer with iJet Color Workflow
- Nilpeter FB-3300 flexo-press
- MGI Digital Graphic Technology JETvarnish 3D and JETvarnish 3D Twin w/iFoil
- Ricoh Critical Communications Solutions Suite
Best Booth Award Winners - Konica Minolta and PrintGuard
This year, the GOA Trade Show Council awarded Konica Minolta and PrintGuard with the "best booth" based on the following five criteria: creativity and originality; use of the company's featured product and images in its booth design; booth staff's enthusiasm, friendliness and interaction with attendees; promotional giveaways; and overall appearance and experience.
Curt Kreisler, First Vice Chairman, Printing Association of Florida and Chairman of the GOA Trade Show Council, says, "Congratulations to PrintGuard and Konica Minolta! It was very obvious that these exhibitors put the "extra" effort into their booths. Great curb appeal, good giveaways and an outgoing staff made these two stand out among a bunch of other really impressive exhibitor booths.
"Based on the amount of traffic both of these exhibitors had in their booths and interaction I am sure that they both had a terrific show."
GOA 2015 Registration
Exhibitor registration for GOA 2015 is available by visiting: http://www.goaexpo.com, or 1-800-331-0461.