SGIA draws over 24,000 to Las Vegas

As organizers prepare for Printing United trade show next year in Dallas

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) 2018 SGIA Expo (the last event before launching its much-anticipated Printing United tradeshow with NAPCO Media in 2019) attracted over 24,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center October 18–20. With 612 suppliers on the sold-out exhibit floor, 72 expert-led educational sessions, and a host of networking events, attendees were inspired by the latest innovations and what’s on the horizon for our industry. “This was a special year. We not only celebrated the SGIA Expo’s legacy, but its future as Printing United,” said Ford Bowers, president and CEO of SGIA. “The Expo has always been about advancing the industry, showcasing new technologies and providing education that helps printers succeed in an ever-changing climate. That same foundation will carry into Printing United, which will introduce even more markets and business opportunities.” The opening night reception drew over 1,100 and featured a preview of what to expect at next year’s Printing United October 23–25, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. At press time, pre-registration exceeded 6,000. Here are some photos from this year’s event.