The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Expo, was held October 13 to 15, 2010, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Michael Robertson, president/CEO, SGIA, cited an hour before the show opened that the association recorded the highest number of pre-show registered non-exhibitor attendees in its history, over 16,000. The total number of attendees, including exhibitors, was 21,956, a new SGIA record.
Personifying the industry’s further transition from analog to digital, 44 percent of expo attendees were exclusively digital shops. Another statistic, exhibitors rose from around 400 to 487 between 2009 and 2010. Numbers were certainly a factor at the expo, with exhibitors reporting sales of digital printers, finishing equipment, and more right off the show floor.
SGIA announced future initiatives at the show. First, the next few months will include heightened advocacy efforts for North American print service providers (PSPs) to compete in a global marketplace with more efforts in affecting legislation and working with global partners to increase partnerships. Also, SGIA plans to expand its surveys and statistics into different market segments beyond the graphic arts. Robertson provided retail as one such example, hoping to reach out and educate on how PSPs can benefit this marketplace. Lastly, the organization announced its future relationship with Industrial Fabrics Association International, creating a co-location with the association in Orlando, FL on October 23 to 25, 2013. SGIA hopes to create more partnerships with associations as well.
Product of the Year Awards were presented to a variety of exhibiting companies in a range of categories. For example, Mimaki USA, Inc. racked up honors in the digital ink, poster size - solvent/latex printers, flatbed - rigid white ink UV <$200K MSRP, grand format roll-to-roll - solvent and latex inks, and grand format roll-to-roll - UV-cured ink segments. Océ North America received accolades for its Arizona 550 XT and GT printers. Caldera Graphics won the business or other workflow software category for its Costview 2.0 product. Regarding media, Ultraflex Systems, Inc. won best vinyl for Glow Mesh and Neschen Americas won in the finishing - laminates, adhesives, films, coatings category with its Print Shield Anti-Graffiti Laminating Film. Continental Grafix won the best media - films with its HydroSol Satin Textured LightBlock 230STL. Xcel Products took home best media - paper, for TerraSkin XP. Also, best textile went to Vapor Apparel/SourceSubstrates and best rigid media to Panel Processing, Inc.
Nov2010, Digital Output