Graph EXPO and Converting expo 2003 -- Value-Added Opportunities
The pavilion was added to the show for the first time in 2002 in response to attendees' requests for new growth market segments. This year's pavilion will be more than double the size of the 2002 version, and include both rollfed and flatbed printers, laminating and finishing equipment, as well as a host of RIPs, software and ink options for visitors to experience and compare.
GASC has also added seminars to offer attendees the critical information they need to incorporate this versatile and profitable technology into their capability mix. These sessions will afford visitors the opportunity to explore the various business aspects of wide-format ink-jet printing in all its forms, and investigate how the variety of equipment, substrates and application combinations work together to produce a full range of finished products.
Finishing techniques and equipment figure large in the wide-format market, and visitors to the pavilion will see a variety of those, as well. While mailing/fulfillment and wide-format printing will be featured, attendees will also find much to hold their attention amongst the show's nearly 500 exhibitors occupying more than 360,000 square feet of exhibit space—the largest event in the Americas.
Familiar Names Abound
Major players in all segments of the industry are planning significant displays at McCormick Place. The 10 largest exhibitors by square footage are, in order: Heidelberg, Xerox, MAN Roland, HP Indigo, Creo, Komori America, Enovation Graphic Systems (Fuji), Muller Martini, KBA and Kodak Polychrome Graphics.
"Our 10 or 15 largest exhibitors would comprise a very complete exhibition all by themselves, embracing every product type from prepress to pressroom to finishing, offering something for companies of every type and size," reveals Regis Delmontagne, president of GASC. "The power of GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO, though, is that these very large displays represent only a fraction of the total show. In addition to the top 15, we anticipate that more than 450 other companies will display their products and services.