Wide Format Pavilion to Showcase Must-see Technologies, Equipment at Graph Expo
RESTON, VA—Graphic communications professionals seeking the latest wide format imaging technologies and equipment will find them at GRAPH EXPO® 2008, all highly visible across the show floor and more densely clustered in the Wide Format Pavilion. This year’s show, the largest graphic communications exhibition and conference in the Western Hemisphere will be held October 26 - 29, in Chicago’s McCormick Place. More than 600 exhibitors, including the industry’s top wide format manufacturers and suppliers, will showcase a full range of graphic communications equipment across 450,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.
The Wide Format Pavilion debuted six years ago with a mere five companies in a 30 x 40-ft. space and has since become a must-see showcase for everything wide format. With three months remaining before the show, this year’s wide format offerings have already surpassed last year’s space by 3% for a total of 40,050 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a trend expected to continue to show time.
“Wide format imaging has emerged from being a specialty segment to a fully integrated, vital and growing element of both GRAPH EXPO and the graphic communications industry,” said Ralph Nappi, president of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC®). “And with the plethora of cutting-edge wide format equipment and technology to be found here, the Wide Format Pavilion remains a powerful place for attendees to visit and gather new ideas for business success.”
“Mimaki USA will be displaying our products for the fourth year in the Wide Format Pavilion at GRAPH EXPO. We believe that our market development of the commercial printing space for digital wide format printing equipment is best accomplished at GRAPH EXPO. We look forward to returning”, says Steve Urmano, Mimaki USA’s manager of marketing.
GRAPH EXPO’s show floor has evolved with the changing industry landscape. The past three to four years have seen an epidemic of mergers and acquisitions in the wide format imaging area. Many necessitated parent companies taking larger booth space to accommodate their expanding product offerings. This need for larger spaces necessitated the move of some vendors out of the Wide Format Pavilion and throughout the show.