SGIA Closes "Monster" of a Show
For three days, the 2013 SGIA Expo (Orlando, October 23–25) took over the Orange County Convention Center to showcase the most innovative technologies in the specialty imaging marketplace. From high-end, high-speed flatbed and roll-to-roll printers, to digitally printed textiles, and the latest in garment decoration techniques, 534 exhibitors — did we mention that the show floor was 100 percent sold out? — proved themselves the industry’s best and brightest, sending attendees home with new equipment, newfound knowledge, and new opportunities. Not to mention, attendees packed the 212,000 sq. foot exhibit hall, 40+ educational sessions, and 7 networking receptions.
Even more exciting this year, was the first-ever co-location with the Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo — offering attendees of both shows the chance to see new opportunities, in action.
A Gold Sponsor for the 2014 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, Mimaki’s Marketing & Promotions Manager Paul McGovern had a similarly exciting experience in Orlando:
No-Nonsense Zones Provide Tremendous Educational Opportunity
Seven Expo-exclusive Zones — including those brand new for 2013: Strategic Sustainable Solutions Zone and Digital Textile Printing Zone — gave attendees the opportunity to benefit from a wealth of knowledge across specialty imaging’s full spectrum. Industry experts on-hand to give informative presentations, lead instructional (and fascinating!) demonstrations and answer a myriad of questions included Charlie Taublieb of Taublieb Consulting, Lon Winters of GraphicElephants.com (both in the Screen Printed Apparel Training Zone), Syd Northup of Gans Ink and Supply Co. (in the Color Management & Workflow Solutions Zone) and John Carthey of Corporate Installations (in the PDAA Graphics Application Zone).
Classic Expo Education Wows
With more than 40 expert-led education sessions spanning two days, and reports of record seminar attendance, it’s fair to say the potential to learn at the SGIA Expo is at an all-time high. Topics ranged from “Color Matching Secrets for Screen Printed Apparel” to “How to Select Your First (or Next) Wide-Format Printer” and “Industrial Inkjet Technologies: State of the Art .” Graphics producer, garment decorator or professional installer, SGIA’s educational program provided all the information necessary to help take your business to the next level.
Mix, Mingle & Make the Right Connections
A whistle blows, “No running by the pool!” “Everyone out of the water!” I guess you kind of had to be there, huh? Attendees to the 2013 SGIA Expo were heckled by and interacted with four professional lifeguards, stationed on 14-foot stands in the lobby of the Orange County Convention Center. There to show Expo-goers the way, and to provide a bit of entertainment, what is an SGIA Expo without a little fun mixed in with all that business. From the laughter echoing through the lobby to continued technology discussions on the shuttle buses, and over drinks in Wednesday evening’s community receptions, the industry’s premier event never limits itself to the trade show floor.