Largest North American Print Show Highlights Strength of the Industry

More than 19,000 people attended the 2017 SGIA Expo (New Orleans; October 10-12) this week. The show, which took over the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, featured nearly 600 exhibitors showcasing the most innovative technologies and products in the printing marketplace.

“The Expo is always exciting, and not just because it’s the largest printing show in North America,” said SGIA President and CEO, Ford Bowers. “It’s where you go to see and learn about the evolution of the print industry.”

The show floor bustled with attendees and exhibitors doing business, with attendees clearly ready to make purchases and add innovation to their organizations. New attendee Nathanial Kastelic, owner of 11th Loop, was here seeking information about eco-friendly textiles and processes.

“I’m hoping to learn how to digitally print on the most sustainable/trackable textiles in the universe,” he said. “I’m learning a lot and have made some great contacts at the Expo. It has assisted me to understand there is a big deficiency in the eco/sustainable conversation.”

“We’ve already sold everything we brought,” said exhibitor Daniel Kane, Royal Soverign, during the welcome reception at the end of the first day of the 2017 Expo. “Actually, it got so busy we’ve sold everything three times over.”

Sean Lanigan of Modico Corp. added the only time traffic slowed was at lunchtime. “The buyers are educated. They take a look at something, and they understand the process and what needs to be done. They’re knowledgeable about the digital printing process and they ask the right questions.”

“I’d done my research by studying the Product of the Year award winners, so I knew who had received honors and who I needed to see, but there were still some surprises on the Expo floor,” said Ann Crum of Phoenix Inkjet and Colour Solutions LLC. “But then again, that’s not surprising, SGIA’s show is always the most impressive.”
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