SOLD OUT! Graphics Canada on course for most successful event in years!

The Graphics Canada tradeshow, the largest event in the country for the printing and graphic arts industry, will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 11, 12 and 13, 2019 at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, Ontario. The show will feature three days of the latest technology, learning opportunities, networking and much more, encompassing virtually all industry sectors. Taking place every two years, the event draws more than 7,000 attendees from the key areas of commercial printing, packaging, large format and more. In total, the show occupies more than 100,000 square feet.

Dan Mustata.

Already sold out, the show floor will feature booths by leading suppliers to the graphic arts industry – including Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Xerox, HP, Epson, Fujifilm, Mimaki, Zund, Roland, GBC, Mark Andy, Domino, INX, Xeikon, Kodak and close to 200 other leading names. “We’re having our most successful event in recent years,” said Show Manager Dan Mustata. “Our tradeshow floor is sold out, and the show footprint has grown by 6% over 2017. In addition, we have one of largest conference programs ever assembled in Canada, and co-located events with the leading industry associations.”

Some of the major  attractions on the show floor will include areas and pavilions that reflect where this printing is heading – including an Automation and Workflow Partners Pavilion, a Dye Sublimation Zone, and a Package Printing Area. In addition to the tradeshow, a series of keynotes, panel discussions, seminars and co-located events will round out the event. This year Graphics Canada is also mounting a Print Executive Forum featuring a senior partners from consulting firm KPMG, who’ll discuss the digital transformation of businesses with insights drawn from the firm’s propriety research, as well as a special presentation from James Aziz, SVP at TC Transcontinental’s Premedia Services for Printing and Packaging, and a strategic overview of major trends from IT Strategies, one of the industry’s leading research firms.

Frank Romano.

Also making a return appearance for a keynote presentation will be Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus at RIT, and one of the most knowledgeable and respected commentators on our industry. Other conference attractions will include a panel of graphic arts leaders who’ll provide insights into the forces shaping this business, a panel of CEOs drawn from the largest suppliers, a panel focusing on women in the printing industry, and a full complement of seminars on topics from workflow automation, industrial printing and postal issues, to entrepreneurship and fabric printing, to millennials and social-media strategies.

Co-located events from relevant industry associations include: IdeAlliance G7 Summit for Color Management, Canadian Labels & Package Printing Conference, intelliFLEX Smart Packaging Workshops, PAC Opportunities in Package Printing, Ryerson University Expanded Gamut Summit, NAMMU Postal Series and the DIA Breakfast meeting. For more information and to stay on top of the latest developments, please visit www.graphicscanada.com.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.