Smithers-Pira Digital Print Week a resounding success

One of the many well-attended sessions from Smithers-Pira’s Digital Print Week events June 4-5 and June 6-7 in Florida. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Norton).

Print industry marketing research leader Smithers-Pira’s 2019 Digital Print Week U.S. took place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. Two exceptional, informative and well-attended events included Digital Print for Packaging U.S. June 4-5, followed by Digital Print for Textiles U.S. June 6-7. Digital Print for Packaging U.S. featured an impressive line-up of experts from the digital print and packaging industry. They explained how brand owners, converters, printing equipment suppliers and packaging designers can capitalize on what’s really happening in the digital print for packaging sector. In addition to some compelling presentations, this year’s conference also featured a half-day workshop on How Digital Print is Changing the Established Packaging Sectors.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida was the venue for this year’s events.

The 2019 Digital Print for Packaging U.S. conference featured keynote presentations from Colgate-Palmolive, Diageo North America, FedEx, EFI, ePac, Avery Dennison, Georgia-Pacific, HP, and many others. Special sessions and educational tracks included: Branding for the Future – The Digital Age of Print; Opportunties in E-Commerce; Emerging Applications and Value Drivers for Digital Print, Case Studies in Workflow Management; Colour Management and Ink Innovations; Folded Carton & Corrugate; Flexible Packaging & Labels; and more. Speakers included: Luis Arevalo, Design & Packaging Director Latin-America Business for Colgate-Palmolive, Mexico; Matthew Church, Manager of Workflow Automation & Logistics at FedEx; Melianthe Leeman, Global Innovation Platform Director at O-I Europe Sàrl; Paul Lender, Business Development Manager of Digital for Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials; Simon Smith, Managing Director for CS Labels; and Savvas Tsoukalas, President of Savco Worldwide.

Digital Textile Printing U.S. Closing out Smithers-Pira’s Digital Print Week was its second well-attended conference – Digital Print for Textiles U.S. June 6-7. The event welcomed key players from the digital print and textiles industry value chain to discuss how business models, technology and collaboration can accelerate the commercial adoption of digital printing for textiles. Keynote presentations included: Innovations in Digital Print for Textiles; Digital Hybrid and Variable Data; Digital Textile Printing in Soft Signage; The Future of Colour Management for Textiles; The Digital Age of Textiles and How Digital Print is Changing the Textiles Landscape; How Singe-Pass Inkjet Accelerates Digital Adoption; Dye-Sublimation Reaches New Heights; Software Developments for Soft Signage; Digital Print for Sports Wear and Retailing; Digitally Connected Micro-Factories in an On-Demand World; and many, many more.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.