When Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and NAPCO Media first announced their plan to combine forces to create a trade show that the print world had never seen before, professionals eagerly waited for what was to come. We are very proud to report that after a week in Dallas, Texas, the decision to create PRINTING United in 2019 was nothing short of a grand slam success!
A tornado wreaked havoc in North Dallas earlier on in the week. But on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 the weather calmed, and business leaders from every North American state, province and territory began visiting the beautiful Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to begin exploring the massive show floor.
Being the third-largest city in Texas, Dallas was smaller than anticipated but was a very clean and friendly city, and a metropolis that is on track for tremendous economic growth. And an absolutely perfect location for our industry to unite, learn and grow together in.
One main focus of PRINTING United was one that has been seen more and more across the industry lately, which is the vast convergence that’s currently taking place in almost every sector of print.
Printers today are seeking to offer services and products that were traditionally beyond their scope, and PRINTING United allowed all the leading Equipment Manufacturers an opportunity to showcase their advancements to an engaged audience of print professionals. This was on full display at the PRINTING United Experience Zone. Here, attendees traveled through a 4000 Square Foot area, which brilliantly highlighted the ever-expanding capabilities of print in today’s modern world. Denise Gustavson and her team painted a wonderful picture of the vast possibilities available to us. Walking through the Experience Zone, visitors could see first-hand examples of print in action, with many different retail packaging designs, many printed wallpaper decals, a beautifully wrapped vehicle, and even an imprinted foosball table! This installation was top-notch, and really helped showcase to printers all the new products and services they can offer customers in 2019 and beyond.
By having all the latest technologies from a wide variety of commercial, in-plant, packaging, wide-format and garment printing equipment manufacturers, this show was successful in showing attendees what their businesses can transform into, by using the latest tools available.
Exhibitors across the floor were very excited to have found their new home at PRINTING United. OEM’s such as FujiFilm, EFI, Heidelberg, Konica Minolta, and Kirk-Rudy all had great showings, and sold multiples units on the show floor. Kirk-Rudy President Rick Marshall.revealed that with support from their Canadian distributor Insource, they had an outstanding response to the launch of their new FireJet 4c at Printing United and took numerous orders at the event. “We were pleasantly surprised at the high turnout at the inaugural Printing United show in Dallas and are looking forward to next year when it comes to Atlanta,”
President of NAPCO Media’s printing and packaging group, and PRINTING United President Mark Subers, also echoed the excitement of the show when saying, “I couldn’t be more pleased with the amount of people and diversity of the equipment. It’s really representing the theme of convergence. It has been great to see people really digging in and looking at the equipment.”
TEAM HP INDIGO
Steve Daigle, Eastern Canada; Paul McCarthy, Country Manager
(Canada); Greg Running, Western Canada
C.P. BOURG Team ( Left to Right)
Robert Leander, Donald Schroeder, Dick Bennett, James Tressler, and Jayme VaraoWorldwide Director of Corporate Communications at EFI, Holly Hokrein O’Rourke
Russell Pritchard, CEO, Yvette Pritchard, Director, Jake Pritchard and Costas Dagres, Sales,
Pritchard Paper & Graphic Media, Concord, Ontario
FUJIFILM Media Luncheon
Clive Buckley, Product Manager, Ricoh Canada Inc.
Andrew Lewellen, Marketing & Events Coordinator, Mutoh America Inc.
TEAM DOCKET MANAGER, London, Ontario
TEAM DELPHAX SOLUTIONS (Left to right)
Operator with CEO, Richard Lee, and Channel Sales Manager, Grant Robinson
Christian Knapp, Managing Director of CMD Insights, Scodix
Raymond Brideau, National Sales Manager and Gareth McCullough, Technical Services Manager-Graphics, Fujifilm Canada Inc.
Ruben Silva, Vice President, Sales and Managing Director, Agfa Canada
(Left) Zul Hirji, Channel Sales, Mimaki USA Inc. with
(Right) Carl Martin, Branch Manager, All Graphic Supplies
Beatrice Drury, Director of Marketing & Communications, Zund America, Inc.
Isaiah Jackson, Marketing Manager with Elyse Klein, Inside Sales Specialist, Kornit Digital Americas
Marc Arsenault, Business Developer and Instructor with Dennison H., of SinaLite, Markham, Ontario
John Falsetto, Senior Director of Products, CorelDRAW
A longtime friend of Graphic Arts Magazine, and industry legend, Jack Noonan, Marketing Manager, MGI.
Mackenzi Farsheed, Director of Demand Generation and Marketing, MindFire, Inc
Tim Wakefield, President, Insource, Markham, Ontario
ENFOCUS TEAM (Left to right):
Andrew Bailes-Collins, Maxim Heyndrickx, Marc Raad, Sean Davis, and Frank Loversky
YUL TEAM, Laval, Quebec
4OVER TEAM (left to right):
Todd Kamali, Victor Delgado, Jose Valencia, Christopher McKim, Aurailia Arnold, and Vince Koski.
The inaugural PRINTING United was a blast for all, and moving forward will be an important industry event to attend. Our industry is in a state of constant convergence, and PRINTING United is the perfect solution to allow for the best in our industry to unite, connect and grow together. With its hugely successful PRINTING United debut, Graphic Arts encourages everyone to begin plans to attend the second PRINTING United, which will be held Oct. 21-23, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Next year’s event is set to have an even bigger show floor and an even more diverse range of equipment for a printers needs. Hope to see you all in Atlanta!