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GRAPH EXPO 2012 Hailed a Success by Exhibitors, Attendees

November 1, 2012
“Baumfolder had an excellent GRAPH EXPO this year, with substantially more leads generated than last year. By Monday [day 2 of 4], we had exceeded last year’s count. The overall attendance seemed vastly improved over last year. We were especially encouraged by the traffic and quality of visitors on Sunday. This was the best ‘Sunday attendance’ we have seen for years,” Ulrik Nygaard, president/CEO, Baumfolder

“We had a strong GRAPH EXPO in terms of orders written and confirmed interest in our new technologies, plus we surpassed our qualified lead total from 2011. All in all… a great show!” Giselle de la Moriniere, marketing & communications manager, MGI

“GRAPH EXPO 2012 was an awesome show for GLUNZ & JENSEN. We engaged with very high quality industry professionals in our booth. We have 22 real orders for our new inkjet CTP, seven of those from Latin America as a direct result of exhibiting!” Michael C. Bugge, vice president sales Americas, Glunz & Jensen.

“GRAPH EXPO 2012 was a successful show for W+D. We have doubled the size of our booth space from 2,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet in PRINT 13,” Andrew Schipke, vp sales and marketing, W+D North America.

In addition to the latest technologies displayed across the show floor were the record 48 co-located events—user group meetings, award galas, and host of education conferences—that took advantage of the synergy at GRAPH EXPO, including Print Buyers International’s (PBI’s) 7th annual Print & Media Conference. As PBI President Margie Dana confirmed once again, “…this event in Chicago reaped kudos from attendees and sponsors alike.”

Other co-located event organizers and special session presenters agreed, as well, that their events held in tandem with GRAPH EXPO created a winning combo:

• “Our ING Conference attendees voted 100% to have this newspaper conference at PRINT 13. They love our conference in conjunction with GRAPH EXPO and PRINT,” Kristy Gerry, President, International Newspaper Group

• “The manroland User Group at GRAPH EXPO Conference was a super success. We doubled our member attendance in 2012; we will be back at PRINT 2013!” Kristy Gerry, Director of Production, Omaha World-Herald

Show goers impressed with the educational offerings and technology demonstrated, also placed a high value on the face-to-face connections to be made during the show.

• “I thought the expo was great. It is always great to see the new products and services coming out in the industry and meet those vendors we currently do business with that we are not always able to see in person,” Mike Ferretti, Owner, PostNet Printing & Graphics, Charlotte, N.C.

• “We have brought about 70 people to the show, including 60 franchisees representing 70 AlphaGraphics locations that together produce about $100 million in annual sales. All of the franchisees are paying their own way and making personal investments of their time to be here. This is my first GRAPH EXPO, and frankly, I’m overwhelmed by the response. We probably have the largest single contingent of any group at the show,” Art Coley, President, AlphaGraphics

GRAPH EXPO, customized to offer the latest profit solutions, education and networking for 12 key industry segments, this year focused keen attention on in-plant printers from education, government and corporate print centers. In addition to creating a special in-plant education track, this year’s show also marked the debut of The InPlant Place—an instant hit among in-plant print professionals who came to meet up and connect with peers on the show floor in ‘their own’ dedicated education and networking hub.

The timing was ideal to launch The InPlant Place at GRAPH EXPO says Linda Casey Editor-in-Chief, Package Design magazine who states, “As the former chief editor of Small Commercial & In-Plant Printing, I’m glad to see the focus on in-plant operations. The time seems ripe for rethinking in-plant printing especially considering high shipping costs. I also think more small consumer packaged goods companies will be embracing in-plant printing for packages and labels.”

Whether print pros came to the show to see the latest technology, explore new profit opportunities, take in some of the many education sessions offered, or gather with peers to discuss and debate our industry’s “Print Integrated” future, the consensus among attendees and exhibitors alike was, as Roger Spooner, Upper Midwest Sales Manager, MCS Inc. states, it was “A great show…GRAPH EXPO is the place to be.”

Next up for the industry is the global PRINT 13 exhibition, themed “Innovate, Integrate, Communicate,” set to take place on September 8-12, 2013 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Recognized as the commercial printing, publishing, converting & package printing, newspaper, mailing & fulfillment, transactional, marketing and photo imaging exposition for the Americas, PRINT 13 will welcome co-show CPP Expo 2013 and also debut its newest show floor feature—the Photo Imaging pavilion—for Photo Imagers and Retailers.

Spanning the realm of print, online and mobile, PRINT 13 attendees will be able to see the most graphic communications technologies, ‘live’ running equipment on the show floor, explore the newest applications, and learn about the most in-demand products and profit-making opportunities in the nine special-interest sections planned for the show. A host of 50 new and returning co-located events will provide show goers even greater incentive to attend next year’s show.

For more information about PRINT 13 visit

About GASC
GRAPH EXPO and PRINT are produced by the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC). GASC is owned by the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (NPES), and the Printing Industries of America.

Source: GASC.


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