Built upon the foundation of its predecessor show, the SGIA Expo, the inaugural PRINTING United trade show brought approximately 30,000 individuals representing all facets of the printing industry to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas Oct. 23-25.
Occupying 724,000 gross square feet, the event — developed by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and NAPCO Media; featured a sold-out show floor of more than 680 exhibitors, over 100 educational sessions and several events to further connect industry players.
Pre-show registration for PRINTING United 2020 (October 21 - 23, Atlanta) has already topped 6,000 attendees. With over 1 million gross square feet in Atlanta, more than two-thirds of the 2020 show floor has been reserved.
"The feedback we continuously received throughout the show, and following the event from both exhibitors and attendees, has been overwhelmingly positive and powerful,” said Ford Bowers, president and CEO, SGIA. “Many commented on how revitalizing it was to see such a full, and comprehensive, event. We were most thrilled about all the buying taking place on the show floor. This is the best testament that our industry, indeed, is thriving. We just needed the right model, and we are confident that we have produced that with PRINTING United.” The PRINTING United show floor featured an array of equipment, software and consumables to meet printers’ — and their customers’ — needs. Many products were worldwide debuts; others were shown in North America for the very first time
“PRINTING United set out to create one environment centered on the convergence of innovations in our industry. Based on the traffic we had in our booth, from commercial printers to sign shops and many in between, that goal was achieved,” said Heather Poulin, senior director, marketing, commercial printing business, Ricoh USA Inc. “The interactions with customers were unstoppable and have already resulted in profits. The experiences we gave attendees, all in one booth wrapped with software and professional services, also presented them with an opportunity to share their feedback, helping us to develop the right future technologies and solutions to meet their needs and further our alliance."
PRINTING United 2020 will take place Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Show details can be found soon at www.PRINTINGUnited.com.