Tradeshow Week 2008, an annual directory of trade shows, ranked Graph Expo No. 42 on its list of the largest shows, as determined by paid square feet of exhibition space. Graph Expo 2007 welcomed more than 640 exhibitors in 460,984 net square feet of exhibit space.

Graph Expo 2008, one of the world’s most comprehensive prepress, package printing, converting and digital equipment trade shows, will descend upon Chicago’s McCormick place on Oct. 26-28.

Visitors will witness live “running” applications of the latest offset and digital technologies and software for creative services, packaging and specialty printing, wide-format printing, enterprise/high-volume output printing and in-plant operations. Of the 600-plus exhibitors in attendance at the show, 80% of them will be featuring new technologies, services and products.

Special events

Graph Expo 2008 will feature a packed line-up of special sessions and educational seminars covering nearly every segment of the graphics and printing industry.

The Executive Outlook all-day conference is entitled “Where Technology Meets the Marketplace-Tomorrow’s Trends in Technology-Today.” The program will be presented by leading printers, suppliers, industry editors and consultants, including experts Dr. Joe Webb and Frank Romano. Press materials for the session state that the Executive Outlook will focus on the technologies required to remain competitive-software, hardware, and services from conventional analog to digital.

The two-day Print Buyers Forum will comprised five special sessions including: “Technology for the Serious Print Buyer,” “Print Buyer Brain­storming,” “The State of Graphic Design & Production,” “Maximizing the New Media Potential,” and “Print Buyers Speak Out.” Designed for print buyers, the program will focus on new technologies, applications and trends in print manufacturing.

In addition to a full plate of special single- and double-sessions, the educational portion of the expo also features use of a computer lab where attendees can brush up on computer programs and software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Adobe Creative Suite and other variable-data printing programs.

A sampling of the shorter special sessions include seminars such as: “Streamlining Your Workflow: How to Analyze & Repair;” “Stop The Profit Drain-Controlling Waste in a Printing Plant;” “Justifying Your Next Equipment Investment;” and many more. 



AT-A-GLANCE

What: Graph Expo 2008

Where: McCormick Place South, Chicago

When: Sun., Oct. 26, 10 am - 5 pm

Mon., Oct. 27, 10 am - 5 pm

Tues., Oct. 28, 10 am - 5 pm

Wed., Oct. 29, 10 am - 4 pm

Website: www.graphexpo.gasc.org