The 2015 SGIA Expo (Atlanta, 4-6 November 2015) showcased the most innovative technologies in the specialty imaging marketplace, while establishing it as the premier marketplace for educated attendees looking to buy.
Each day, the more than 23000 registered attendees lined up outside the Expo doors hoping to be among the first to hit the well-known SGIA red carpet. More than 64 percent of attendees reported having direct purchasing authority.
‘This is my 17th show, and it’s been one of the best,’ said David Haas of Proell, Inc. ‘We’ve seen a lot of high-quality contacts come through and even some direct contacts.’ The following results came from the Expo this week at the Georgia World Congress Centre. For more details, look for the complete Expo recap online next week.
• Total number of exhibitors: 545 (Expo floor 100 percent sold out).
• Many industry sectors saw significant growth of attendees at the 2015 SGIA Expo, including:
– Five percent growth in sign makers.
– 14 percent growth in apparel decorators.
– 6.8 percent increase in commercial printers, marking the third year of growth for this industry sector.
– 26 percent increase in printers using flexography, marking a significant move to digital solutions in packaging.
‘This is one of the best shows we’ve ever been to,’ said Jason Kammes, Business Development Manager of FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division.
2015-2016 SGIA Chairman of the Board: Hoddy Peck, Meisel
2014-2015 SGIA Chairman of the Board: Tim Markley, Markley Enterprises
2015 SGIA Expo Platinum Sponsors: Agfa Graphics, Durst Image Technology US LLC (Durst US), EFI, FUJIFILM North America Corporation Graphic Systems Division, Hewlett Packard
2015 SGIA Gold Sponsors: INX Digital International Co, Kornit Digital, Marabu, Mimaki USA, OKI Data Americas, Piedmont Plastics, Roland DGA Corporation and STAHLS’.
The 2016 SGIA Expo will be held in Las Vegas, 14-16 September at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
‘If you’re looking to improve, expand or revolutionise your shop with the latest technology the world has to offer, than the SGIA Expo is where you want to be,’ said Heath Lollar, Designer at Extreme Printing and Signs and 2015 Expo attendee. ‘If you’re looking for education classes, business management or marketing solutions, then the Expo is where you want to go. If you have the opportunity to attend the Expo, I strongly encourage that you visit the companies, both large and small, that have served our industry for decades.’
On the trade show floor, the biggest names in the industry hosted worldwide debuts of new printer lines, the most high-tech inks and never-before-seen applications. Exhibitors at every turn were showing off how quickly their machine could finish a garment; displaying the most accurate colour on outdoor banners; or showcasing the newest technique in dye sublimation.