GRAPH EXPO ’03 Proves Profitable
Komori announced at the show that it had signed a $50 million deal with Houston-based Consolidated Graphics.
“We are pleased with the activity at GRAPH EXPO and are optimistic about the state of the printing market,” stated Komori America President and COO Stephan Carter. “We had a full house at all the demonstrations of our Lithrone 28P and at the demonstrations we conducted in our showroom in Rolling Meadows. From our perspective, GRAPH EXPO was the launching pad for a strong finish to this year,” said Carter. “With our current product offering and the products we’ll be introducing in the next several months, we believe we’re in a position to see some significant sales activity. We’ve got some real momentum going, and look forward to sustaining this high level of activity,” the exec concludes.
Kazem Samandari, vice president/global marketing and product management at Scitex Digital Printing, also reported that “we’ve closed sales in our booth, which we ordinarily don’t expect to do. We’ve been very busy and had a lot of interest. The show has been a great success for us.”
In addition to its exhibits, GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO offered a program of more than 60 educational seminars, which drew almost 1,500 registrants. A variety of free general sessions, brunch presentations, free vendor presentations and mini-seminars staged on the show floor also drew steady crowds throughout the show.
GASC staged a special new Mailing & Fulfillment Center, complete with a seminar theater that drew capacity attendance for a number of sessions throughout the show, and a pavilion devoted to new binding technology, co-sponsored by the Binding Industries of America, along with its Wide Format exhibit area.
“As a multi-dimensional industry rallying point, GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO has always been number one,” noted Regis J. Delmontagne, president of the show’s managing company, the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC). “With the added excitement of a distinct economic resurgence, this year’s show clearly became the most successful and encouraging event in several years.”