Three major trade shows on the horizon

And our first-ever Wide-Format Guide

I hope you found time to relax with your family and friends over the summer, and got your batteries recharged. You’ll likely need that energy with three key trade shows coming this month and next. There’s the Sign Association of Canada’s Sign Expo Canada event Sept. 21-22 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Print 18 is Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at McCormack Place in Chicago. Finally, the SGIA Expo will take place October 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We’ll be attending all three, and will have booths at Sign Expo Canada (#641) and Print 18 (#3939). So please stop by, say hello, and discover how we can help you boost your business through our printed and digital marketing programs. We have previews of Print 18 and the SGIA in this issue. We’ll also be running news items on our website (www.graphicartsmag.com) in advance of these shows, as well as wrap-up features after the events conclude.

We worked extra hard throughout the summer to bring you our first-ever 40-page Wide-Format Guide that you’re receiving with this issue. We trust that you’ll find it helpful, especially if you intend to enter this growing, lucrative market. In it you’ll discover information on wide-format’s growth and impact, new markets, technology and equipment, inks, substrates, finishing, business opportunities, and more. We feel it will have a very long shelf life because of the detail it contains. I’d like to thank the advertisers who supported us in this project, along with our editor-in-chief Filomena Tamburri and editor Tony Curcio. We’ll also be posting a free digital version for download on our website.

Please make sure you fill out the renewal form on page 41 to continue to get your FREE copies of our magazine. We’re audited every two years by the CMCA, that verifies the circulations of over 600 Canadian publications. Finally, congratulations to Heidelberg and Manroland Sheetfed for their exceptional sales performances during the first part of 2018. Their success bodes well for our industry.

As always, stay positive and stay focused.

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Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine joe@graphicartsmag.com