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Print 05 & Converting 05 -- Show Offers Total Package

August 2005

The Mailing & Fulfillment Center originated in 2003 at GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO, with 33 exhibitors occupying 11,000 square feet of exhibit space. The center has nearly doubled in size every year since. Exhibitors here will display their latest equipment and technology solutions geared toward print professionals seeking diversification in their company's service offering.

"Printers have much of the infrastructure already in place to be able to offer this service, with the addition of some specific equipment and expertise," adds Delmontagne. "Many are already embracing mailing services as a way of adding value for their customers who create direct mail programs."

Package printing specialists who want to adopt the latest print production workflows, as well as commercial printers diversifying into folding carton, label and other converting businesses, will both find valuable sessions among the 80-plus educational seminars being presented.

Industry observers have been remarking on the convergence of printing and converting technologies for more than a decade, and this convergence underlies such integrated, comprehensive trade exhibitions as PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05.

The trade show will feature more than 200 companies displaying equipment and other products designed for folding carton converting, label printing, flexible packaging and other packaging applications. These exhibits will occupy about 425,000 net square feet.

Hot New Market

A related possible growth market for commercial printers will be highlighted in a special exhibit focused on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and related technologies. Attendees will see the latest in this cutting-edge technology, including printed antennas, smart tags, printed batteries and circuits, differing radio frequencies and antenna designs, and other uses and applications for RFID.

RFID is emerging as a growth avenue for printers because familiar commercial printing processes can easily be adapted to handle the right combinations of coatings and substrates, and because America's leading retailers and other large organizations are actively promoting RFID.

As of presstime, GASC officials were expecting eight exhibitors in this special area devoted to vendors of RFID-related products—inks, substrates, presses, software and the like for producing RFID tags and labels in a variety of forms and formats. GASC has recognized that RFID is a potentially lucrative and profitable diversification option for commercial printers, especially those with previous or existing tag and label production expertise.

Complete information about exhibits, seminars, special events and other features of PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05, including the versatile "Attendee Assistant" planning tool, are available at Online hotel reservations and online registration are also available. Visitors are urged to make arrangements early. Hotel space is expected to be limited.

Hall of Famers To be Honored

The Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame will welcome four new members during the annual Gold Ink Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet held during PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05 Monday evening, September 12. Joining the distinguished ranks of the men and women who have been a leading force for their own companies, as well as the industry at large, are:

* Thomas Engdahl, CEO, Brown Printing, Waseca, MN;

* Roy Grossman, CEO, Sandy Alexander, Clifton, NJ;

* Michael Marcian Sr., president, Corporate Press, Landover, MD; and

* Donald Samuels, managing partner, Pictorial Offset, Carlstadt, NJ.

A special Printing Industry Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented to Regis J. Delmontagne, long-time president of both NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies and the Graphic Arts Show Co.

Four print production executives will also be honored by PrintMedia, Printing Impressions' sister publication. They are: Dora Braschi Cardinale, executive vice president of print production, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; Anthony Crouch, director of design and production, University of California Press; Ken Lantz, senior vice president and director of print creative services, Foote Cone & Belding New York; and Barry Meinerth, senior vice president, production and fulfillment, Time Inc.

Advance registration for the gala event is required. For more information on attending, call Mike Cooper at (215) 238-5434 or e-mail


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