Print 05 & Converting 05 — Show Offers Total Package

For commercial printers, wide format production offers an attractive combination of high-value finished products, significant growth potential and a modest initial investment—particularly if the printer already has wide format ink-jet printers in the shop for proofing or other functions.

“Our goal in promoting the Wide Format Pavilion has been both to help our attendees seize one of the most promising growth opportunities in the marketplace and to help them anticipate and respond to new competition,” says Regis J. Delmontagne, president of the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC), organizers of PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05.

Another area not to be missed is the Mailing & Fulfillment Center pavilion which, this year, will exceed the total square footage of exhibit space at the most recent national mailing exhibition.

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.

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