Graph Expo 2015 – yet another success for Canadians

There were so many great moments I enjoyed at this year’s show that I could fill every page of this magazine telling you about them. Since we don’t have the room, here are some personal observations. Graph Expo has always been touted as the “be all and end all” of printing tradeshows in North America. I’m happy to announce that show organizer GASC (Graphic Arts Show Company) lived up to its promise. Graph Expo 2015 once again thrived on innovation while providing some amazing educational opportunities. All of the booths – especially Canadians companies and their technologies, products and services – were well worth the visit.

Though final attendance figures were not available at press time, the comments we received about this year’s show in Chicago were extremely positive – a sense of optimism seemed to fill the halls as I spoke to dozens of exhibitors and visitors. The show’s three new areas – Applications Island, Materials Matter and the Industrial Printing Pavilion – turned a lot of heads. So, on a scale of 1 to 10, my rating for Graph Expo 2015 would be a 9. In every great opportunity, there’s always room for improvement.

By the way, KBR Graphics Canada’s Karl Belafi Jr. and his wife Stephanie Balayan did a tremendous amount of work at the RMGT booth introducing show visitors to the RMGT (Ryobi Mitsubishi Graphic Technology) 9 Series LED UV Press. In fact, this was the only working press on the show floor! Huge crowds were treated to live demonstrations every hour. So on a scale of 1 to 10, let’s give KBR an 11. I’d also like to congratulate first-time Canadian exhibitor Dennis Low and C.K. Low from Point One Graphics in Etobicoke, Ontario.

Ending it with a great night out

A printing trade show is not complete without a few nights out on the town. So a huge “thank you” to Standard Finishing for booking Brother John and his band for a stellar night out at Buddy Guy’s Legends. Talk about a treat! In addition, both Avanti Systems and Fujifilm Canada treated guests to private events, with the latter held at Chicago’s famous Shedd Aquarium. We’d also like to give Avanti a shout-out for its Must See’Em Award at this year’s Graph Expo for its two newest Avanti Slingshot modules – Grand Format Estimating and Automated Press Sheet Optimizer. I can’t wait for next year!


Kristin Hawryluk (L) and Bob Winkler of Lumapix.


Dave Gaut (L) and Andy Dwivedi from Xeikon America.

MPI Print Group

From left are Gurpreet Chandi, Rob Dhanju, Rachel Buchanon, Martin Perkins and Stuart Charlesworth of MPI Print Group.


From left are Christopher McKim, Sarah Khodavandi, Patrick Green, Preston Herrin and Virdiana Gonzalez of trade-only 4over.


From left are Keiji Katayama of RMGT, Karl Belafi, Jr of KBR Graphics, and Kozac Takata of RMGT (Ryobi Mitsubishi Graphic Technology).

Graphic Arts Magazine

Graphic Whizard’s Liz Allen, with Graphic Arts Magazine Publisher Joe Mulcahy, selects the winner during our booth prize draw.

Graphic Whizard

Burlington, Ontario print finishing manufacturer Graphic Whizard showcased several popular products.

Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta’s MGI JetVarnish 3DS and bizhub Press C71cf digital label printer technology turned a lot of heads.

Magnum Magnetics

Mangum Magnetics showcased its direct-printable magnetic media and introduced its new line of aqueous inks.


Presstek demonstrated its eco-friendly plate and printing solutions with its Presstek 52DI Digital Offset Press taking centre stage.