Graph EXPO and Converting expo 2003 -- Value-Added Opportunities
The upcoming 2003 show is projected at 345,000 to 350,000 net square feet—the "normal" size for GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO.
Ongoing industry shrinkage has affected attendance. Between 1993 and 2002 the printing industry lost, by one count, some 8,400 firms.
On the other hand, GASC notes, the show's audience among the larger and more successful companies remains strong. Of the 100 largest printing companies in the United States, 76 percent sent representatives to GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO 2002, and those companies sent an average of 13 people, according to GASC. Of the 400 largest companies, more than 60 percent were represented at the show, by an average of six people each.
Although companies may be sending fewer people to the show, GASC says they're sending the people exhibitors want to see. In 2002, more than half of all visitors gave their job titles as owner, president, CEO, vice president, department head, manager or supervisor. And more than 76 percent said they were directly involved in company investment decisions.
So, as the old saying goes, it's quality that's important, not necessarily quantity.
2003 Hall of Famers Announced
Industry leaders Wayne Angstrom, Donald Roland, Nicholas Simon and Don Walsworth have been named the 2003 Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame inductees.
The four men will be honored during GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO at the Gold Ink Awards and Hall of Fame Gala. The event is scheduled for Monday evening, September 29, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The gala recognizes award-winning printing and outstanding individual achievement.
* Wayne Angstrom is the CEO for St Ives Group, U.S. Division, in Miami. He is responsible for the group's commercial and magazine printing interests in the United States. He was appointed to the parent company main board in 1997. He has been active in industry associations throughout his career. Angstrom currently serves as chairman of the Printing Association of Florida (PAF), chairs the PAF Education Committee and is a member of the Graphics of Americas Show committee. He began his printing career at RR Donnelley in 1962.