You know it’s big, you know it’s fabulous, but what you didn’t realize is how diverse this show’s offerings – on and off the floor – truly are.
When SGIA sought to rebrand its identity beginning in 1995 (first as the Screen Printing and Graphic Imaging Association and later as the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association), the idea was to more easily embrace the wide range of processes and applications that characterized its membership. Many wondered at the time if this signaled the looming demise of screen printing, but in hindsight, SGIA was preparing for the age of imaging that exists today: Digital and analog processes each flourishing in their own right in a myriad of uses.
This year’s SGIA show promises to be the most diverse in the nearly 70-year history of the convention. With full-day educational programs dedicated to industrial printing, printed electronics, wide format, and, for the first time, garment decoration, it’s hard to argue that there’s not something for everyone at this imaging extravaganza.
Last year, an impressive 20,000 attendees gathered in Atlanta. Since the show’s Vegas editions tend to be its best attended – even without the promise of printers drawn by the US debuts of much-hyped technologies revealed at drupa – it seems reasonable to expect an even better turnout. It’s a show populated by commercial printers, industrial manufacturers, garment decorators, vinyl installers, even engineers and academics – and they’re not just coming for free drinks at the blackjack table. Below, find weeklong highlights for every type of printer; then, hear straight from other print providers in the garment, graphics, and industrial sectors what they hope to accomplish at this year’s convention.
Las Vegas Convention Center – Central Hall
The Expo Floor
When: Wednesday/Thursday, 9-5; Friday, 9-3
Who: 500+ exhibitors
• The Garment Zone, booth #4617 Check out sales-free demos showcasing CTS imaging, DTG printing, special effect inks, color separations, all-over dye-sub, and more.
• Golden Image Competition Entrants from one of the most extensive annual competitions in the industry will be displayed in a gallery-like setting throughout the show, showcasing top projects across a range of specialty imaging categories.
• Products of the Year Awarded to products that SGIA says “keep the specialty imaging industry moving forward,” you’ll see signs for winning products all around the show floor.
• Educator Row, booths #3985-3999 Interact with SGIA Educator Members and their students (read: future employees), and learn more about graphic communications programs around the country.
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