GRAPH EXPO 2010: Something for Everyone
One of the aspects of GRAPH EXPO 2010 that Nappi finds most compelling is the trend of print-related organizations co-locating their annual meetings or holding special sessions during the show. Among the reported 19 party goers: quick printers; International Newspaper Group (ING); mailing equipment dealers; digital press user groups; Goss, KBA and manroland web offset user groups; XPLOR Document University; the IDEAlliance/IPA G7 summit; and more.
"We've had a number of organizations say that GRAPH EXPO is the place to be and that they want to hold their event here," Nappi says. In all, 450 exhibitors will be on hand, augmented by the more than 50 seminars focusing on 11 print-related markets.
Craig Lauder, who heads up the Reed College (Portland, OR) Printing Services in-plant, will be making the trek to Chicago for the first time. He has high expectations for Graph Expo.
One of the priorities on Lauder's shopping list is finding a binding solution to replace the channel bind that Reed College's in-plant has relied upon the past 20 or so years for student theses. He's also doing some preliminary investigating for a high-volume digital press as an upgrade to their Canon C1.
"They want to bring more of the short-run color work in-house that we're currently sending out to a broker," he says. "About eight years ago we had offset presses. They decided to outsource all of that stuff, and now they're thinking of bringing it back in. Sound familiar?"
From a $10 million commercial printer to an in-plant with two employees, GRAPH EXPO serves a purpose to its attendees, regardless of the state of the economy. PI