Graphics Canada ready to rock!

gcfinal1-inGraphics Canada, our largest and longest running printing tradeshow, is celebrating 52 years. More than 200 exhibitors will display the latest technology covering just about every sector imaginable. On April 16-18 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, one of the best line-ups of exhibitors in recent years will include leading suppliers such as Canon, Xerox, Konica Minolta, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Agfa, Epson, GBC, Sydney Stone, Riso, Scodix, Neopost, Mutoh, Roland, KIP, Grimco, Access Imaging, KBR, Drafting Clinic, Cansel, BRMoll, PDS, Mimaki and others. The show’s expanded educational programs include 5 co-located conferences, the return of the Print Sales Training Day, a Print Software Training Day and other industry seminars covering software, packaging, new technologies, cross-media marketing, wide format and more.

More large-format opportunities

New this year is the SGIA Specialty Graphics Opportunity Zone. One session of particular interest to Ontario large-format printers is Understanding Changes to WHMIS and New Ontario Safety Requirements, by Rick Hartwig on Friday, April 17. Some of the other topics include: An Introduction to Wide-Format Digital Printing; Best Practices of the Most Profitable Digital Printing Companies; Finding the Right Wide-Format Machine; How to Profit From Wide-Format; and others.

Impressive line-up of seminars and speakers

There are other helpful educational sessions including the Graphics Canada Seminar Series, Cross Media & Integrated Marketing Conference, Innovations Theatre, Label & Packaging Panels and the DIA Breakfast Meeting. Jay Mandarino, President of the ever-expanding C.J. Group of Companies, will be discussing mergers and acquisitions.

 IDEAlliance Summit

Don Hutcheson.
Don Hutcheson, G7 Inventor.

Another first will be the IDEAlliance 2015 G7 Summit. IDEAlliance G7 methods are used worldwide to ensure consistent proof-to-press matches. The Summit will explore the latest developments in G7 methods and best production practices. Both G7 novices and experienced pre-media and production professionals should attend. Presenters include Don Hutcheson (the inventor of G7 methodology), Ron Ellis, David Hunter, Mike Ruff and Steve Smiley. Sessions will address: Expanded Gamut and G7; Breakthroughs in Spot Colour Process Control; M1 – Impact on Lighting, Measurement and G7; Beyond Sheetfed – G7 for Wide Format, Screen, Digital and Flexo; Using G7 to Grow Your Business; and The Future of G7. There’s no cost to attend, but advance registration is required.

Printing software training opportunities

Another key event is the Printing Software Training Day Thursday, April 16. Affordable sessions will explore how online, diversified, data-driven print software is the primary tool for thriving in the digital age. The event will also focus on web-to-print and print MIS (Management Information Systems).

New products galore

Exhibitors will showcase an impressive array of the latest technology. You might check out the Canon C800 imagePress, the Roland VersaUV Flatbed, the Ricoh PRO C7100 Series, the Mutoh ValueJet 1624, Rollem’s Delta 7 Rotary Die Cutter, the Vortex 4200 Memjet wide-format printer (Drafting Clinic booth), the Morgana 350/500 Digital Booklet Making Systems (Sydney Stone booth), the DigiXPress Hybrid (PDS booth), and the Hans-Gronhi sheetfed and roll-to-roll laser die cutters/engravers and NewBind PUR binders (Hans Shinohara booth).

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You can enter a free draw for a Niagara Falls Getaway and learn about our exclusive, all-new and evolutionary lead-generation software!

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.