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Expo Spotlight: GRAPH Expo, Chicago

If you are in the graphic communications industry, you’ll certainly want to check out the GRAPH Expo 2014 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. It runs from September 28 to October 1, and will feature tradeshow displays from the most innovative companies in the industry, the latest and greatest products, technologies, and services available to attendees.

Whether you are work with physical print, or online and mobile graphic design, this expo can’t be missed. Even if you miss the tradeshow booths showcasing up-and-coming products and services, the networking opportunities and educational workshops are reason alone to attend. Here’s a look at the highlights.

Who’s Exhibiting?

You’ll be treated to over 550 exhibitors, so you’re sure to find a tradeshow display of interest to your industry. You’ll find names like Acutech, Central Ink Corporation, Diversified Graphic Machinery, Goss International, Graphic Communications Education Association, HP, Mitsubishi Imaging Inc., OKI Data Americas, and SoftSolutions Inc. just to name a few.

Stop by the PLASTIC Print Pavilion to explore the exciting and growing world of 3D printing, brought to you by The Society for the Plastics Industry (SPI). You will learn how to put this technology to use for your business, whether it’s packaging printing, manufacturing, or commercial printing.

Maybe the Wide Format Application Zone is for you, an area where you can try out wide format inkjet print applications. You’ll see just how these applications can translate into big money for your business. The best of the best applications will be available to try out for yourself, showing you how to offer your customers more than ever before in order to increase that bottom line.

The Inkjet Candy Store is a must-see! You’ll be treated to the very latest in inkjet technology – a gathering of the newest equipment and solutions from the biggest names in the inkjet industry. You can compare them side-by-side to decide which is the best solution for your business.

If you’re looking for the latest in prepress, a collection of the newest software and equipment is there for you to try out for yourself. You can find the best in press as well – the latest offerings in offset, digital, flexo, and hybrid print technologies along with finishing supplies and equipment, like binding.

Things to Do

You can’t miss the networking opportunities offered here. Head to News Print – The Newspaper Pavilion where all the newspaper production professionals go to network. It doubles as a marketplace, where you can check out cutting-edge technologies to improve workflow and help you increase profits. The Printverse, sponsored by PrintMediaCentr, is another networking mecca where you can interact with others in the industry, tweet about your experience, and discover the latest products and ideas from the perspective of your peers.

If the green movement is important to your business, GREENspace is designed with you in mind. You’ll find only eco-friendly products and solutions here, along with educational opportunities to help you be more mindful of your impact on the planet.

How about you register for a class? There are many to choose from – “Color Matching Magic Across Multiple Devices and Substrates,” “The Future of the American Printer,” “How to Get Your message Into the Mailbox,” 3D Packaging Graphics: ABCs of Adobe Illustrator Plug-ins,” and “Amped Up Print Automation: What You Must Know NOW” are only a few of the many being offered. There will be a few presentations from tradeshow display exhibitors as well, such as “Profit with LED UV in Sheetfed Offset Printing” from Air Motion Systems, Inc. President and CEO.

The Photo IMPACT Pavilion will feature a slew of products and services focused on photo, wide format, photo book, imaging, and anything you can imagine involving photos, brought to you by Photo Imaging News. Wondering where the industry is headed? Stop by Future Print and see the newest technologies making their way to the printing world, like RFID, 3D Printing, and printed electronics to name a few.

Are you planning on attending? Let us know!

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