GOA–A Silver Lining

Celebrating its 25th (silver) anniversary, Graphics of the Americas 2000—held February 4th to 6th in Miami Beach—was the first international printing and converting trade show of the new millennium. But, unlike the Y2K fears that generated false media headlines as the new millennium approached, this event lived up to all of its advanced billing.

Catering to both the U.S. and Latin American graphic arts industries, Graphics of the Americas 2000 featured more than 23,000 attendees and 1,500+ exhibit booths encompassed within more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space. For the first time, the show occupied all four halls of the Miami Beach Convention Center and exhibitors represented four continents, including the Republic of China, Taiwan, Latin America and Europe. With seminars conducted in both English and Spanish, a record 1,300 seminar attendees chose from 64 total seminars—also a show record.

Second Largest Exhibition
The second largest graphic arts/printing trade show in the United States—surpassed only by Graph Expo & Converting Expo—the annual exhibition is sponsored and managed by the Printing Association of Florida (PAF). Products on display included state-of-the-art printing presses and electronic prepress systems; color digital printing presses and accessories; binding, folding and finishing equipment; and the latest in plant automation, converting and flexo equipment, and management information systems.

There were also special exhibits and events held during the show that deserve special mention, including:

The annual PAF Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas (GALA) awards banquet was held February 4th, the opening night of Graphics of the Americas. More than 275 attended the dinner, a 51 percent increase over the previous year. Robert Murphy—chairman and CEO of St. Louis Park, MN-based Japs-Olson—and Antonio Tabanelli—president of Boldt Inc. in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a past president of the Conlatingraf consortium—were the newest GALA inductees honored. They were each presented with the association’s signature “Eagle Award” that evening and received “keys to the city” by the City of Miami Beach at a ceremony held earlier the same day.

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