Online Printing Education Opportunities in December 2020 and January 2021

Online opportunities to learn about evolving print business practices and technologies continue through January, 2021.

Event organizers at ISA, drupa, and PRINTING United Alliance have scheduled new events. Plus, you can watch replays of all of the presentations at the FuturePrint Virtual Summit until December 20 and all of the PRINTING United DIgital Experience sessions through January 31. Scroll down to see New Events and On-Demand Replays.

New Events

ISA’s The Link: Soft Signage
December 8-9, 2020
Organized by the International Sign Association

Learn how digitally printing fabric signs and displays (“soft signage”) can help grow your graphics, sign, or visual communications business. Expert will cover the ins and outs of the soft signage market and explore ways you can increase profit by entering this space.

Printers, fabricators, suppliers and distributors will share insights, tips and resources related to fabric selection, equipment required to make soft signage, installation methods, and best practices. See live demonstrations in the exhibitor showcases and enjoy networking opportunities with other participants. There is no fee to register. Visit: https://www.signs.org/softsignage

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Digital Textile Printing Conference
December 9-10, 2020
Organized by the PRINTING United Alliance
and American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)

Key trends and technologies in digitally printed textiles. Morning and afternoon sessions highlight the latest on automation, color management, sustainability, state of the industry, supply chain, and more

Ray Weiss, director, Digital Print Programs, PRINTING United Alliance, and Kerry King, senior VP R&D, Spoonflower, will host the event.

Speakers include:

  • Andy Arkin, strategic account manager, Industrial Segments, Zünd America
  • Andy Paparozzi, chief economist, PRINTING United Alliance
  • Chad Bolick, business development, Unifi Manufacturing Inc.
  • Dan Gillespie, director of Technical Services, Alder Technology
  • David Clark, business development manager, Inks, Huntsman Textile Effects
  • Frank Henderson, President, Henderson Sewing Co.
  • Jaime Herand, VP, Graphics Operations, Orbus Exhibit and Display Group
  • Kimmy Schenter, global color operations, Design, Nike
  • Lewis Shuler, senior R&D manager, Fabric/Color/Print, Old Navy
  • Luke Harris, VP of Manufacturing, Solid Stone Fabrics
  • Ray Weiss, director, Digital Print Programs, PRINTING United Alliance
  • Raylene Marasco, founder, DYE-NAMIX
  • Ron Ciccone, director of Digital Services, Roysons Corp.
  • Will Duncan, CEO, WDA, and executive director, SEAMS Association

“While we cannot meet together in person this year, we are looking forward to bringing this exemplary program to the homes and offices of all involved in digital textile printing,” said Weiss. “Our speaker lineup is second to none. We look forward to offering attendees actionable and usable programming and content in the current business climate.”

For the complete agenda and to register for the event, visit sgia.org/events/digital-textile-printing-conference.

Drupa Previews
December 18, 2020
Organized by Messe Dusseldorf

On October 27, drupa opened an online conference area, exhibition space, and networking plaza where you can learn more about the topics and products that will be presented at the hybrid (virtual/live event) drupa trade fair scheduled for April 20-28 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Each month’s preview day features live web sessions during which you can chat with the scheduled. The next live preview day will take place December 18, 2020. Registered visitors can view replays of the sessions from the first two preview days held October 27 and November 17.

Presentations currently available include:

  • The inkjet revolution in digital production
  • Inspection systems in flexible packaging
  • Trends in retail and packaging
  • Print in a digital world: through intelligent linkage to return on investment
  • Additive production technologies and options for smart packaging
  • The value of print in multi-channel publishing

In the “Exhibition Space” you can preview some of the products and innovations that will be featured in the live drupa exhibition areas. Meetings with company representatives can be scheduled through the “Networking Plaza”. These networking options allow companies and interested parties to establish live online contact in advance of the live event in April 2021.

“Even in times of crisis we can offer solutions to keep the industries interacting and networking,” explained Erhard Wienkamp, COO, Messe Dusseldorf. “We are working intensively on strengthening global communications not only through our local events, but also be expanding new virtual formats.”

“From now on, it is our goal to create a hybrid concept,” said Sabine Galdermann, Project Director of Print Technologies for drupa. She says they would like to achieve the best of both a digital event and a live event.

On-Demand Replays of October Events

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FuturePrint Virtual Summit
Organized by FM Future

Replays of the 79 talks presented during the second FuturePrint Virtual Summit (October 12-15) are available through December 20, 2020 on the event website: .https://virtualsummit.futureprint.tech/

Access is free, but registration is required.

Sessions covered trends and technologies in industrial print, wide format print, packaging and labels, and commercial print. A full day of sessions was devoted to “Young Guns in Print.” This day of programming featured sessions led by young printpreneurs and was devoted to the 57% of FuturePrint Virtual Summit attendees who were between the ages of 18 and 35.

According to event organizations, the two most popular sessions attracted more than 700 attendees each. These sessions were:

Xaar: The New Roadmap for Inkjet
Speaker: John Mills, CEO, Xaar

Nanography: Where Print Meets the Future Today
Speaker: Nick Clements, Strategic Business Planner, Landa Digital Printing

Other sessions discussed

  • The Rise, Fall, and Restructuring of the Print Economy in 2020
  • The Essential Sales Channel in 2020: How to Win New Clients on LinkedIn
  • Software: The Key to Successful Adaptation
  • Direct to Object: Introducing Actega Decorating
  • COVID and the Silver Lining for Production Print
  • Global Design and Digital Wallcoverings
  • The Mystery of Pricing
  • The Future of Flexible Packaging
  • Why Digital Print for Corrugated Packaging

The October, 2020 version of the FuturePrint Virtual Summit was attended by 3,908 people from over 80 countries. This is up from the 1,550 people from 65 countries who attended the inaugural FuturePrint Summit in June, 2020.


PRINTING United Digital Experience
Presented by PRINTING United Alliance and NAPCO Media

All programming from the PRINTING United Digital Experience (Oct. 26-Nov. 12) is now available on-demand through January 31, 2021. It is completely free to those who register. Visit: digital.printingunited.com.

Choose to watch more than 100 educational sessions and over 40 product launches and demonstrations. Many sessions address market trends for 2021 and present ideas for growing your business in the post-COVID economy.

Market segments across the industry were represented, including: graphics and wide-format; apparel; commercial; packaging; in-plant; mailing and fulfillment; workflow and software; industrial; and digital textile. 

Sessions include:

  • Panel Discussion: Making Capital Investments in the Shadow of COVID-19
  • Panel Discussion: Driving Profitability and Efficiency in Apparel Decorating
  • Keynote: Opportunities Enabled by Post COVID by Production Inkjet Printing
  • Keynote: Trends and Opportunities in Labels and Flexible Packaging
  • Panel Discussion: The Science and Skill of Graphics Installation
  • Panel Discussion: In-Plant Trends in the Midst of the Pandemic
  • Keynote: Thrive in a Transformative Marketplace with the Latest Sheetfed Offset Technology
  • Keynote: Trends and Opportunities in Folding Cartons and Corrugated
  • Panel Discussion: Emerging Direct Mail Trends for COVID-19 and Beyond
  • Panel Discussion: Effective Selling through Online Portals
  • Panel Discussion: The Rise of E-Commerce in Apparel Printing
  • Keynote: Electrophotography- Digital Print of the Past and Future
  • Keynote: Industrial Print -What’s Hot and Where is it Headed?
  • Panel Discussion: Textiles and Color Assurance

More than 8,200 registrants from 5,700 companies in 108 countries engaged with the PRINTING United Digital Experience platform during the 14 business days of programming. Registrants watched more than 7,500 hours of video and accounted for more than 100,000 pageviews.

Daily Guides developed by NAPCO editorial teams provide attendees a deep-dive into each
market segment day’s schedule and are accessible at https://digital.printingunited.com/virtual-public-bin/

In addition to the schedule of educational sessions and research that is available
on-demand to attendees, the Guides contain an overview and editorial featuring a closer look
at companies championing the technology within each market.

“We are incredibly thankful to those who participated both as exhibitors and attendees to this powerful platform,” said Mark J. Subers, president of PRINTING United. “We encourage those searching for the latest statistics and trends, and for those considering new technology implementation, to bookmark this site and take advantage of the invaluable content. Stay tuned for even more resources and programming to come!”

PRINTING United Digital Experience Highlights Growth Opportunities

Registration is now open for the online PRINTING United Digital Experience Oct. 26 – Nov. 12. There is no charge to attend the three weeks of live, guided programming, educational sessions, and panel discussions. Attendees can also view product launches, get 24/7 access to the Exhibitor Product Showcase and virtual booths, and speak with exhibitor reprensentatives.

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Insights from leading analysts, researchers, subject matter experts, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers will enable printing companies and their employees to understand the current landscape, optimize recovery, and see the latest technology to drive their businesses forward.

Each of the 14 days of programming will run from 10 am to 2 pm ET and spotlight the specific market segments below. Each day’s program will include a summary of industry research, a keynote address, global product debuts, new product demonstrations, and educational sessions.

Week 1

October 26: Graphics/Wide-Format – Hardware and Consumables
October 27: Apparel – Screen Printing/Decorating
October 28: Commercial Printing – Digital Inkjet
October 29: Packaging – Labels and Flexible Packaging
October 30: Graphics/Wide-Format – Finishing and Workflow

Week 2

November 2: In-Plant Forum
November 3: Commercial – Offset Printing
November 4: Packaging – Folding Carton and Corrugated
November 5: Mailing and Fulfillment
November 6: Workflow and Software – All segments

Week 3

November 9: Apparel – Direct-to-Garment/Direct-to-Substate
November 10: Commercial Printing – Digital Dry and Liquid Toner
November 11: Industrial
November 12: Digital Textile

“In creating all aspects of the event, we were mindful to offer education at no cost to the industry,” said Mark J. Subers, president of PRINTING United. He points out that companies that are usually limited to sending only a handful of employees to the in-person Expo due to budget constraints can make world-class education available to every employee of their company, regardless of their position or years of experience.

Attendees of the PRINTING United Digital Experience can listen to panel discussions about market trends and hear how companies have navigated the pandemic and are planning for the future.

Growth Opportunities

As the industry looks ahead to 2021, many sessions will present research into areas companies should consider for future growth.

“We recently asked our 450-member COVID-19 Print Business Indicators Panel where they see opportunity in the years ahead,” says Andy Paparozzi, Chief Economist, PRINTING United Alliance. “Offering a diversified line of products and services was near the top of the list. In fact, a number told us diversification has been the difference maker for them during the COVID crisis and will continue to be the difference maker long after the crisis has passed.”

“Every printing company should investigate the long-term benefits of diversification,” adds Paparozzi. Once your company decides diversification is a good strategy, sessions at the PRINTING United Digital Experience can help answer two key questions: In which directions should I diversify? And how do I diversify profitably?’

The PRINTING United Digital Experience offers insight from industry leaders Marco Boer and David Zwang that focus on convergence considerations in direct-to-garment printing, commercial printing, digital textile printing, graphics/wide-format, high-speed production inkjet, industrial printing, mailing and fulfillment, and packaging.

The PRINTING United Digital Experience opening day research industry outlook, presented by analyst Lisa Cross, dives into trends in buyer markets, addresses the rise of pandemic products, and offers insight into what to expect in 2021.

Keynote Addresses

The opening day keynote address being presented by IDC’s Tim Greene. He will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of the wide-format graphics sector and how the industry has responded. Session attendees can learn how to capitalize on the “new normal.” Some other keynote sessions include:

Establishing Today’s Successful Screen Printing Business
Presenter: Marshall Atkinson, Atkinson Consulting
Tues., Oct. 27

Opportunities Enabled Post-COVID by Production Inkjet Printing
Presenter: Marco Boer, IT Strategies
Wed., Oct. 28

Building a Manufacturing Mindset
Presenters: Ryan McAbee and Eric Zimmerman, Keypoint Intelligence
Fri. Oct. 30

Workflow and Automation: From Date Night to Marriage
Presenter: Pat McGrew, McGrew Group
Fri., Nov. 6

How Sustainability is Driving the Next Generation of Fashion
Presenter: Debbie McKeegan, Texintel
Mon., Nov. 9

Electrophotography – Digital Print of the Past and Future!
Presenter: David Zwang, Zwang & Company
Tues., Nov. 10

Business, Human Resources, and Goverment Relations Sessions

PRINTING United Digital Experience programming supplements technology-centric education with sessions covering HR-related issues, environmental and safety, government regulations and marketing and sales. A sample of programming in these areas include:

COVID-19 Updates and Impact on Your Workforce
Presented by Adriane Harrison, PRINTING United Alliance

Air Permitting for Inkjet Presses
Presented by Gary Jones, PRINTING United Alliance

Is Your Safety Program COVID-19 Compliant?
Presented by Marci Kinter, PRINTING United Alliance  

USPS: The Politics of Logistics and Delivery on Capitol Hill
Presented by Lisbeth Lyons, PRINTING United Alliance

How to Research New Markets
Presented by David Zwang, Zwang & Co. 

Product Launches

Major printing equipment manufacturers and software developers are preparing to launch new technology on a worldwide state for the first time in 2020.

Attendees can expect to see nwe technology from

  • Canon
  • Fujifilm
  • Heidelberg
  • HP
  • Kodak
  • Konica Minolta
  • Rochester Software Associates
  • Ricoh
  • Roland DGA
  • Standard Finishing Systems
  • Xeikon

“We built the PRINTING United Digital Experience to keep the industry united and moving forward. We also provide an elevated stage for companies to debut the products they have worked so hard to bring to maket this year,” said Subers. “During a year when launching new products has been a real challenge, we are thrilled to learn about the new technology that will be featured on the PRINTING United Digital Experience platform from companies around the world.”

To register, visit https://digital.printingunited.com/

About PRINTED United Alliance

PRINTING United Alliance is the new organization formed by the 2020 merger of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and Printing Industries of America (PIA).

PRINTING United Alliance also produces the PRINTING United Expo, an expansive display of technology and supplies, education, programming, and services representing all segments of the printing industry. The next live PRINTING UNITED Expo will be held October 6-8, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Multiple Print Industry Online Events Scheduled in October and November

Organizations that typically host live print industry conferences and trade shows in the spring and fall pivoted to a slew of online events in the fall of 2020. Below are some of the print industry online events planned in October and November to help printing, graphics, and visual communications professionals make new connections, learn about new products, and gear up for a better 2021.

Scroll down to learn about events planned by the following organizations:

  • FM Future
  • APTech
  • Smithers
  • PRINTING UNTIED Alliance
  • International Sign Association

FuturePrint Virtual Summit
October 12-16, 2020

Hosted by FM Future

Week-long event includes 120 speakers from 15 countries delivering more than 70 sessions. Each day will feature education and networking in a specific categegory:

October 12: Young Guns in Print
October 13: Industrial Print
October 14: Wide Format Print
October 15: Packaging and Labels
October 16: Commercial Print

John Mills, CEO of Xaar, will outline how Xaar’s new bulk printhead will enable equipment manufacturers to push the boundaries of what’s possible with powerful, reliable, and efficient inkjet technology.

Global retail innovation expert Steve Lister will provide up-to-the-minute insights of what is happening in retail and how it could affect companies that produce retail-related print.

Georgia Parker, Innovation Manager of Fashion for Good, will talk about how digital is accelerating sustainable innovation in the fashion industry,

Nick Landa of Landa Digital Printing will take you on a tour of a Nanographic printing press and explain why its different than any other print process.

Young print entrepreneurs and other young print-industry professionals will help business owners learn how to make print-related careers a more attractive and deliberate choice for the next generation.

Other sessions will provide

  • updates on ink developments
  • a 2040 forecast for the packaging industry,
  • high-speed inkjet printing
  • the mysteries of pricing
  • multi-material inkjet 3D printing
  • new opportunities with 3D sublimation printing

Leading PRINT Summit
October 13, 2020

Hosted by Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech)
Fee: Free for members, $79 for non-members

Four-hour program (11 am to 3 pm ET) on post-COVID-shutdown business operations focuses on four key areas impacted by 2020 disruptive events: Culture, Operations, Sales, Business Development, and Customer Dynamics.

In a headline session on Print 5.0, print-industry expert and author Frank Romano will discuss how printing is evolving in 2020 and beyond. APTech’s Ken Garner will discuss the quest for the elusive, sustainable competitive advantage. Consultant Leslie Groene will talk about sales management for the new reality.

Other speakers will discuss how to

  • recalibrate your business to thrive in challenging times
  • navigate customer dynamics to develop a competitive position
  • prepare for our next-generation industry leaders, and
  • nurture and convert leads to sales.


Digital Print for Packaging US
October 12-14, 2020

Hosted by Smithers
Fee: $399

Online event for brand owners, converters, printing equipment suppliers, and packaging designers. Content will focus on the market need for digital print from the brand’s perspective.

Stephen Kaufman, Chief Product Officer for Esko, will discuss how workflows and color management can solve real problems.
Rob Day, CEO of Tonejet, will discuss Tonejet’s first end-to-end beverage can printing system that went live at the end of 2019.
Alexis Tonneau, Project Manager of Kurz, will discuss how to combine attractive package design and sustainability.

Other sessions will cover topics such as:

  • the efficient production of digital preprint for corrugated packaging
  • special requirements for pigments used for package printing
  • designs for canabis packaging
  • emerging technologies such as NFC, ioT, and AR cam will enable greater efficiencies in strategic packaging management
  • leveraging digital print to create one-of-a-kind customer experiences
  • how artificial intelligence can automate design for digital print projects

Case studies look at some of the pros and cons of integrating digital printing capabilities into an analog flexographic printing line and digitl designs for folding cartons printed on high-speed inkjet presses.

In addition to attending live and recorded presentations, you can join live Q&A sessions and/or facilitated virtual networking rooms.

Digital Textile Printing US
October 15-16, 2020

Hosted by Smithers
Fee: $399

High-level insights from textile printers, end users, fashion designers, retail brands, and equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and technology providers. Live and recorded sessions will focus on how business models, technology , and collaboration can accelerate the commercial adoption of digital print for textiles.

Speakers include: Gart Davis, CEO & Co-founder of Spoonflower; Luca Zaconi, Director of Raw Materials Print, Lululemon Athletica; Jena Nesbitt, Product Strategy Director, Pine Crest Fabrics; Reid Lutter, CEO and Founder, PodiumWear Custom Sports Apparel; Francesca Rosella, Chief Creative Director and Co-Founder, CuteCircuit; and Jessica Schreiber, Founder & CEO at FABSCRAP; Scott Aitken, Managing Director, SPGPrints.

Sessions will cover topics such as:

  • how color and the chemical evolutions are affecting new-century printers
  • how digital textile printing is pushing the boundaries of conventional textile printing
  • using digital print and high-end fabrics for team uniforms
  • innovation to fast track the textile industry to a circular future
  • pretreatment and pigment inkjet ink for textile printing
  • sustainability through innovative textile printing solutions
  • the role of testing in evaluating print textiles
  • color and pattern trends for fashion and apparel
  • color lifecycle management in printed textiles

Attend live Q&A sessions and/or facilitated virtual networking rooms.

PRINTING UNITED Digital Experience
October 26-Nov. 12, 2020

Hosted by PRINTING United Alliance and NAPCO Media.

During 14 business days of no-fee programming, print business owners, operations managers, and employees can choose from 100 educational sessions and 40 product launches. Each day will feature a different focus for educational programming and product demonstrations from exhibitors:

October 26: Graphics/Wide-Format – Hardware and Consumables
October 27: Apparel – Screen Printing/Decorating
October 28: Commercial Printing – Digital Inkjet
October 29: Packaging – Labels and Flexible Packaging
October 30: Graphics/Wide-Format – Finishing and Workflow
November 2: In-Plant Forum
November 3: Commercial – Offset Printing
November 4: Packaging – Folding Carton and Corrugated
November 5: Mailing and Fulfillment
November 6: Workflow and Software – All segments
November 9: Apparel – Direct-to-Garment/Direct-to-Substate
November 10: Commercial Printing – Digital Dry and Liquid Toner
November 11: Industrial
November 12: Digital Textile

Some of the topics the program will cover include:

  • Building a manufacturing mindset for wide-format graphics
  • Opportunities post-COVID in production inkjet printing
  • Wide-format growth markets for 2020 and beyond
  • Thrive in a transformative marketplace with the sheetfed offset technology
  • Trends and opportunities in folding carton and corrugated packaging
  • Workflow and automation: from date night to marriage
  • Dazzling prints with digital embellishments
  • How to research new markets
  • Developing your sales team
  • Direct-to-consumer marketing leadership
  • Emerging direct mail trends for COVID 19 and beyond
  • Establishing today’s successful screen printing business
  • The rise of e-commerce in apparel printing
  • Driving profitability and efficiency in apparel decoration
  • Essential strategies for equipment purchases
  • Facing new competition in core markets
  • How a focus on finishing can help you finish first
  • How commercial offset printers are shrinking turn times to meet short-run demands
  • How high-speed digital production inkjet printing is redefining commercial printing
  • The digital future for labels and flexible packaging
  • By the numbers: KPIs. metrics, and ratios
  • Migrating into industrial printing
  • Modern strategies for stand-out package design
  • Industrial printing: What’s hot and where is it headed
  • In-plant printing trends in the midst of the pandemic
  • Production inkjet printing in the In-plant shop
  • The science and skill of graphics installation
  • Paperboard packaging: differentiation through digital
  • Effective selling through online portals
  • Managing client color expectations
  • How sustainability is driving the next generation of fashion
  • Finding success with digital toner vs. inkjet printing processes
  • Electrophotography-digital print of the past and future
  • Beyond wallpaper: industrial printing for home decor
  • How to build a digital textile business
  • Textiles and color assurance
  • The future of signs and graphics

To see the the full program and register, visit: https://digital.printingunited.com/

The Wrap Experience Digital
November 11-12, 2020

Hosted by the International Sign Association and the Wrap Institute

Networking, education, exhibits, and demonstrations will help wrap installers explore ways to expand into new products and use cutting-edge technologies.

Sessions will focus on design, visualization tools, and upsells such as architectural items, ceramic coatings, vehicle paint protection films (PPF), and more. In the after-hours Speakeasy Area, attendees can connect with some of the wrap industry’s top influencers and shop owners.

Dan Antonelli, of the KickCharge Creative small-business marketing agency, will discuss vehicle wrap design and related brand identity design topics.

The Wrap Institute, co-founded by installer/instructor Justin Pate, is regarded as the world’s top online wrap training program. For the past two years, the Institute brought hands-on instruction to ISA in-person events. In 2020, The Wrap Experience Digital will be part of ISA’s The Link series of virtual events to help sign, graphics and visual communications companies sustain and grow their businesses.

Agfa to Host Virtual Event about Offset Printing Technologies June 18-26

Agfa has announced Studio 4D48, a six-session virtual event that will coincide with the original June dates for the drupa 2020 international print technology exposition. From June 18 to June 26, Agfa will conduct sessions that can help printing companies worldwide navigate current business challenges and plan for the future.

The targeted educational webinars will discuss market and technology trends and how printing companies can benefit from Agfa’s latest made-to-measure printing innovations for the offset printing industry. These include printing plates, hardware, and a range of workflow, color management, print standardization and screening software. All of them underpin Agfa’s ECO³ approach, aimed at making print operations more economical, ecological and extra convenient.

“4D48 would have been our booth number at drupa,” says Guy Desmet, Head of Marketing for Agfa’s business division Offset Solutions. “Drupa and other trade shows may have been postponed or even cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but our commitment to the printing industry stands strong. We want to inspire and engage printing companies. In Studio 4D48, our experts will give them an update on our offering, and how it can move their businesses forward in a cost-effective way.”

Six webinars will be conducted twice a day, focusing on specific market segments, such as commercial heatset and sheet-fed printing, offset packaging, and newspaper print production. Common threads will include various kinds of automation, efficiency increases, and cost reductions.

All webinars will be streamed in English from Agfa’s headquarters in Belgium. Each webinar will last between 30 and 45 minutes each.

To see the full list of Studio 4D48 sessions and to register, visit www.studio4d48.com. Links to the recordings will be made available at the conclusion of the event.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the drupa printing equipment exhibition originally scheduled for June 16-26, 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany was rescheduled for April 20-30, 2021.

Two Virtual Print Industry Events Scheduled for June

The postponement of print-industry networking and product-launch events such as Drupa, FESPA, and ISA Sign Expo has prompted the launch of “virtual events” conducted exclusively online. Events scheduled for June include The Future Print Virtual Summit organized by the FM Future strategic consultancy and the year-round Printing Expo Virtual Exhibition hosted by Resolve Business Management.

FuturePrint Virtual Summit

FM Future will host a FuturePrint Virtual Summit, June 2 to 4, 2020. This not-for-profit online conference for the print community is designed to share essential knowledge, best practice, and inspiration for successful business recovery beyond COVID-19. The summit will bring together global experts and thought leaders from the worlds of commercial, packaging, wide format, and industrial printing.

The conference program will include more than 20 unique sessions and more than 30 speakers from Europe and the US.  There is no charge to attend the summit.

This FuturePrint Virtual Summit June 2-4, 2020 will include presentations in Commercial Print, Wide Format Print, Industrial Print ,and Packaging.

The virtual summit is being organized by two print-industry conference veterans. Co-directors Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson ran the FESPA printing shows in Europe from 2003 to 2011 and the EcoPrint and InPrint shows for FM Brooks. They established the strategic consultancy FM Future in 2019 to help print and events businesses improve their communications and storytelling.

“We have been blown away by the hugely positive response that we are receiving for the Virtual Summit,” says Timson. “It’s inspiring to see so many of our industry’s most influential speakers so keen to be involved. We are proud to play our part in helping the industry come together, share knowledge, and stay connected to colleagues and peers during this challenging period.” 

Ben Dodson of the Bespoke marketing and PR agency for graphic-arts companies notes the FuturePrint summit isn’t designed to replace trade shows that couldn’t run in 2020. Instead, “It will be a one-off source of help to stimulate ideas and enable businesses to make critical changes and smart plans for a successful reboot once life returns to normal.”

Partners of the FuturePrint Virtual Summit include: Ricoh, Integration Technology, Bespoke Marketing and PR, Sun Chemical, Meteor Inkjet, Inca Digital, Kao Collins, Memjet, Global Inkjet Systems, Kavalan, Sihl, and InPrint Show.

Content and Supporting Partners include: VIGC, SGIA, ThePackHub, Inkish, LMNS, IMI Europe, TCM, Keypoint Intelligence, IDC, IT Strategies, and PICON. A full schedule of the event will be available shortly. 

“COVID-19 has had a very significant short-term effect on the printing industry. So now we need to come together, via the FuturePrint Virtual Summit to discuss the best possible ways to navigate the future,” explains Arnaud Linquette, Senior Vice President, EMEA, Memjet. “We see a very positive future for Inkjet and when the lockdown eases, we will undoubtedly see an increase in adoption as demand returns.”

To register your interest in participating, visit https://futureprint.tech/futureprintvirtualsummit.

Printing Expo Virtual Exhibition

Resolve Business Management is organizing the Printing Expo Virtual Exhibition. The virtual trade show for printers is scheduled to open in June 2020 and will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Anyone can visit the show from anywhere in the world without the cost of flights and hotels.

The Printing Expo Virtual Exhibition will work the same way a live exhibition does, except that anyone can visit the show 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere in the world without incurring travel expenses. (Photo: Resolve Business Management)

Show Directors Wayne Beckett and Chris Watson believe the time is right to launch a virtual print show — not only because of current travel restrictions, but also because a virtual event offers sustainability advantages and accessibility for more visitors.

“We know.a lot of companies are geared up for new product launches later this year,” said Beckett. “The expo is designed to give suppliers a regular stream of inquiries throughout the year.” Exhibitors can also use the URLs for their exhibits for advertising and marketing opportunities outside of the Printing Expo Virtual Exhibition.

Each exhibit space will be real physical dimensions in a 10,000 square meter venue. When the show opens in June, registered visitors can navigate through the hall and see 3D products and HD videos in the booths they visit. They can download literature and submit real-time sales inquiries.

Throughout the year, exhibitors can update the products on their stands with a range of interactive content that visitors can explore and download. Through the admin back office of each virtual booth, exhibitors can change the content of videos and brochures as required.

Printing Expo Virtual Exhibition will run a monthly conference program, through which exhibitors can run seminars and demonstrations to a global market.

The inaugural Printing Expo Virtual Exhibition is co-locating with another virtual trade show, IndustryExpo, which opened in January 2020. Printing Expo Virtual Exhibition will be located in Hall 2 on the V-Ex Virtual Exhibition Platform.

For more information, visit: https://www.printing-expo.online/

PRINT 19 to Recognize RED HOT Technologies

APTech has announced the the return of the RED HOT Technology Recognition Program at PRINT 19 in Chicago (McCormick Place North, October 3-5). The RED HOT Technology Recognition Program highlights “what’s new” on the show floor, by showcasing publishing and printing technology, equipment, or services that have come to market within the past 12 months.

RED HOT Technologies will be recognized in 10 categories:

  • Analog presses and add-on devices
  • Color management, prepress, and pre-media
  • Consumables and substrates
  • Digital production printing devices
  • Imprinting, mailing, shipping and fulfillment
  • Marketing and multi-channel solutions
  • Post-press, specialty, and finishing
  • Sales and management systems
  • Wide-format digital printing devices

Each of the RED HOT Technologies identified at a show may also be eligible to win one of three RED HOT Vanguard Awards:

  • The RED HOT Vanguard Awards recognize products that may be industry game-changers.
  • The RED HOT Collaboration Awards recognize innovative new products that result from a collaboration among different manufacturers.
  • The RED HOT Pioneer Award will be given to a product that is the first of its kind or entirely new to the industry.

“The RED HOT program showcases ‘what’s new’ without judgement,” explains Thayer Long, president of APTech. “The Vanguard Awards recognize technology that breaks new ground, opening new markets and business opportunities that the industry needs.”

Produced by the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech), PRINT 19 will feature an array of printing equipment and technology and 80+ educational sessions including hands-on labs,

SGIA Pre-Conference Workshops Focus on Small Business Success

If you are new to the printing business or seeking to expand into wide-format printing, consider attending one of the two half-day education sessions that the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is offering the day before the 2018 SGIA Expo (October 18-20 in Las Vegas). Both SGIA pre-conference workshops will be offered from 1:30 to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 17. One workshop will cover essential skills for success in wide-format printing; the other will cover essential strategies for small businesses.

Wide-Format 101: Essential Skills for Success discusses expanding opportunities in wide-format inkjet printing and some of technology, processes, and business strategies needed for success.

Travis Barcelona of Nazdar will explain how to decide what type of wide-format inkjet printer is best for your business and applications.

Jim Raffel of ColorCasters and Ray Weiss of SGIA will explain why the ability to produce accurate, repeatable color is critical to landing top, quality-driven accounts. They will unlock the secrets or producing great color in wide-format printing.

Chuck Payne of Image 360 will explain why setting up your equipment and getting your process in check is only part of the wide-format path to success. He will discuss strategies for business growth and how to make your wide-format business stand out from others.

The SGIA Expo October 18-20 in Las Vegas will feature more than 550 exhibitors of printing technology, products, and services.

Essential Small Business Strategies includes thought-provoking presentations by five experts in key business functions, including branding, sales, online marketing, employee retention, and meeting regulatory and sustainability requirements. Speakers include Marci Kinter of SGIA,  Brian Adam of Olympus Flag & Banner, and business consultants Dave Fellman, Ryan Sauers, and Aaron Montgomery.

“If you plan to join us in Las Vegas this October, you will not want to miss these exclusive sessions,” said Dan Marx, Director of Content Development, SGIA. “The expert instructors and comprehensive agendas we have assembled will give small business owners and wide-format printing companies the skills needed to take advantage of growth opportunities.”

Tickets for these pre-conference workshops are $49 and are not included with the Expo + Education pass. To learn more about education at the 2018 SGIA Expo and to register, visit SGIA.org/expo.

Marketing Guru Seth Godin to Keynote PRINT 18

Best-selling author Seth Godin will be the Opening Keynote speaker at the PRINT® 18 conference and exposition from September 30 through October 2, 2018 in Chicago. PRINT® is the annual printing conference and exhibition sponsored by The Association for Print Technologies (APTech℠).

Godin’s presentation will kick-off The Learning Experience at PRINT 18 on Sunday, September 30. Afterwards, he will sign copies of his best-selling book, What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and It’s Always Your Turn).

During the presentation, Godin will look back (briefly) on a century of marketing, industrialism and print, and paint a picture for how we can each make a dent in the future with the work we do. Godin promises the PRINT 18 audience will leave with actionable takeaways that can shape their personal and professional lives into the future. “If I could put it all in a memo, I would,” he says. “But bullet points just don’t work. If you are in the room, I will be able to help you think differently.”

Godin is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. His most popular books include LinchpinTribesThe Dip and Purple Cow.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Godin founded both Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. In May, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame.

The keynote session with Seth Godin is included with PRINT 18 registration. For more information about PRINT 18 and to register, visit www.PRINTevent.com.

 

Attendance at ISA Sign Expo 2018 in Orlando Topped 20,300

The ISA International Sign Expo is the largest expo for the on-premise sign, graphics and visual communication industry. Held each spring in either Las Vegas or Orlando, the event features hundreds of exhibitors and dozens of education and networking events.

The ISA International Sign Expo 2018 in Orlando in March attracted more than 20,387 attendees, making it the largest ISA Sign Expo in Orlando and one of the largest in ISA Sign Expo history.

At 221,000 square feet, the trade show floor was the largest footprint in ISA International Sign Expo history. Nearly 600 exhibitors were in attendance, many offering tremendous specials and introducing new products.

“Significant weather issues throughout the country affected air travel, but attendees found a way to get here anyway,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “And they came in a mood to buy. Exhibitors reported that sales were outstanding. This reinforces that ISA International Sign Expo is the only industry event connecting sign and print companies with vendors who can help them capitalize on the expansions in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry.”

Throughout the event, attendees learned more about products, innovations and ideas to help them expand and grow their businesses.

More than 54 products nominated for ISA Sign Expo 2018 Innovation Awards. The top three award-winning innovations were: the Mimaki UCJV300-160 UV-LED integrated printer/cutter; Cirrus Sight digital analytics software for digital signage; and the INCISEON Skeletonized 12v replacement for high-voltage glass-tube neon signs.

The Mimaki UCJV300-160 UV-LED integrated printer/cutter is designed to print labels, decals, window clings, and vehicle markings all on one unit. The 64-inch printer uses flexible UV-curable inks, including a white ink.

Its four-layer printing capabilities makes it possible to create transitional graphics that change colors depending on whether the image is frontlit or backlit.

Cirrus Sight digital analytics reporting software allows marketing teams to track and optimize the effectiveness of campaigns on digital displays. Next-gen features such as car counting and facial recognition open new opportunities for measuring success, conducting A/B tests, and attracting new customers.

INCISEON Skeletonized is a 12v direct replacement for high-voltage glass tube neon systems. Offering a 92% reduction in energy consumption, the system is extremely cost-effective. It was used to create a brightly lit logo at the ISA Rocks party for Expo attendees.

Networking Opportunities

The ISA (International Sign Association) excels in organizing game-changing educational sessions and networking events.

At the International Sign Expo 2018 the Networking Reception for National and Custom Sign Companies enabled local sign companies to connect with national companies that need subcontractors.

The Experiential Design Program (XDP) enabled sign fabricators and sign material suppliers to interact with designers, architects, and brand marketers engaged in experiential design.

At the co-located National Sign Research and Education Conference conducted by The Sign Research Foundation, ISA members facilitated dialog with architects, urban planners, code officials, business owners, and designers who share an interest in designing more navigable cities.

About ISA International Sign Expo

ISA International Sign Expo has been named to the Trade Show News Network’s List of Top 250 Trade Shows and ranked in the Top 100 Largest Events by Trade Show Executive three consecutive years

ISA will mark its 75th anniversary as an association at ISA International Sign Expo 2019.

ISA International Sign Expo will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and C Convention Center in Las Vegas from April 24-27, 2019. The trade show floor will be open April 25-27. Registration will open this fall at www.signexpo.org.

Executive Boot Camp for Sign Shop Managers Precedes ISA Sign Expo

Leaders of sign, graphics, and visual communications companies who want their businesses to thrive and grow should check out the day-long Executive Boot Camp prior to this year’s ISA Sign Expo. This sign shop management boot camp will be conducted by instructors from the Florida State University College of Business on Wednesday, March 21.  It is one of the in-depth pre-conference workshops that will be held before the start of the ISA International Sign Expo, March 22-24  at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

This sign-shop management and leadership boot camp will include expert insight into financial strategies, change management, and organizational performance.

“This exciting pre-conference workshop will give leaders the tools and knowledge to transform their businesses,” said Alison Kent, ISA’s director of workforce development. “We’re excited to partner with Florida State University’s College of Business.”

The Executive Boot Camp is just one of the ways that leaders can get an edge at ISA Sign Expo 2018. The ISA Elite program, now in its fourth year, brings together up-and-coming leaders for networking and targeted education throughout ISA Sign Expo 2018.

Registration for the pre-conference workshops, and the ISA International Sign Expo is now open at signexpo.org.

About ISA

The International Sign Association (ISA) supports, promotes, and improves the sign industry through government advocacy, education and training programs, technical resources, stakeholder outreach and industry networking events. The ISA strives to be the leader in shaping and developing the sign, graphics, and visual communications community worldwide.

About ISA International Sign Expo

ISA International Sign Expo is the on-premise sign and visual communication industry’s largest expo. Held each spring, the International Sign Expo features education and networking events, and exhibits from more than 600 vendors. Exhibits feature products for sign fabrication and installation, wide-format graphics production, digital signage, lighting, architectural graphics/ADA signage, and signmaking and printing software.

The event has been named to the Trade Show News Network’s List of Top 250 Trade Shows. ISA International Sign Expo ranked in the Top 100 Largest Events by Trade Show Executive for three consecutive years. Learn more at www.signexpo.org.