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The Print World Comes to Chicago

(August 2013) posted on Wed Jul 31, 2013

Print13 will showcase the latest graphics technologies and profit opportunities.

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“Innovate, integrate, communicate.” That’s the tag line for Print13, the graphics extravaganza that replaces Graph Expo every four years and is the largest North American print show. And indeed, the event – which takes place September 8-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place – is designed to prod graphics professionals to take just those steps in finding success and profitability.

One way it does so is by providing show segments for just about every type of specialized graphics. The 2013 version of the Print event, produced by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), will feature: a dozen show areas devoted to graphics specialties; more than 60 co-located industry events (including the Converting & Package Printing Expo); a Print13 Conference Program comprising 70 educational sessions; a variety of show-floor theaters and market-segment presentations; “ask the expert” stations located around the show floor, and much more.

And, of course, there’s the technology. This year, nearly 600 exhibitors will be on hand to demonstrate their latest printers and presses, software, equipment, supplies, and so on. To help show attendees more quickly find products and technology, the show floor offers a variety of niche areas: Wide Format, Photo Imaging, Prepress/Software/Design, GreenSpace, Marketing, Converting & Package Printing, Deliver (mailing and fulfillment), and others. (A complete exhibitor list is available on the Print13 website,; visitors can search by product category or by exhibitor name/keywords.)

Going big on the show floor
Print13 welcomes a new “Big – Wide Format Pavilion” to the show. Sponsored by the International Sign Association (ISA), this section of the expo floor will feature the latest wide-format output equipment, media, inks, finishing, equipment, and more.

In addition, the Wide Format Pavilion will include:
• Ask the Wide-Format Expert, sponsored by The Big Picture magazine: Here, attendees will be able to garner detailed information on the wide-format marketplace, and be steered in the right direction for future profits. Please stop by Stand 3590 and meet the editors and staff of The Big Picture.
• Wide-Format Application and Innovation Feature, produced by ISA: “For display and sign professionals – and also those looking to enhance their range of offerings with the next big thing – they will find here the hottest trending wide-format applications on different media/substrates, plus the tricks on how to sell, create, and finish them,” says Ralph Nappi, president of GASC.