PRINT 09 Overcomes Challenges, Delivers for Attendees and Exhibitors
As Mike Jeziak, president of Inkslingers USA, an experienced show goer and owner of a chain of tattoo studios, the patent for tattoos on clothing, and a large clothing line, remarked about the scope and breadth of PRINT 09, “We’ve gone to shows at the Rosemont Center and in New York, Las Vegas and Florida for years looking for one that has all the machines, graphics and packaging we need for our unique application, and this is the one I really needed to be at.”
Ultimately, “as trade shows have consolidated, our customers point to this show to find the solution to every application that’s keeping them up at night,” said Michael Aumann, president, Buhrs Americas, Inc. And, due in part to GASC’s efforts to make PRINT 09 a valuable and educational experience for those who were there, exhibitors and attendees alike expressed great satisfaction with the show.
“In spite of the economy, we had good attendance at our booth,” said Karen Gross, executive director of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. “We were able to reach a large number of our target audience in a short amount of time with a very concentrated effort by our staff. It’s difficult to reach these numbers in any other available format in such a short amount of time.”
Noted Jackson of EP Graphics, “We’ve been attending PRINT and GRAPH EXPO shows for 20-plus years, and this was the most productive show I’ve attended. All of our show goals were accomplished, and we are looking forward to the future with much optimism.”
Echoing the positive feedback about PRINT 09, Shamez Asaria, senior global trade show & applications manager of Gandinnovations stated, “We’re trying to pull people from different parts of the industry and this is a perfect show for us; Gandinnovations attends 32 show each year around the world, but we are planning to exhibit a GRAPH EXPO 2010 and anticipating a better economy to showcase new products—PRINT and GRAPH EXPO are good venues for that.”
Next up for the industry is GRAPH EXPO 2010, with the return of PackPrint, set to take place October 3-6, 2010, at Chicago’s McCormick Place South. Considered the commercial printing, publishing, package printing, mailing and transactional exposition for the Western Hemisphere, GRAPH EXPO 2010 is expected to welcome more than 550 vendors. Attendees will be able to see the latest graphic communications technologies, ‘live’ running equipment on the show floor, explore the newest applications, and learn about the most in-demand products and profit-making opportunities at six special-interest pavilions planned for the show that will include the debut of the new Newspaper Pavilion.