SGIA launches new conference for wide-format leaders

Sarah Perkins.
Sarah Perkins.

Industry leaders and executives are supporting WFX – The Wide-Format Exchange – a new conference from the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and ST Media Group, coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota May 21–23, 2018. With three days of networking, educational sessions and thought-provoking keynote speakers, WFX 2018 will focus on the convergence of markets and technologies currently driving the wide-format graphics industry in a setting that encourages personal connections and networking.

“WFX is all about connecting with peers to discuss solutions to common challenges,” said Sarah Perkins, Director of Community Development at the SGIA. “Networking events, interactive peer discussions and case studies featuring executives who have transformed their printing businesses, will encourage attendees to learn from each other.”

Steve Duccilli.
Steve Duccilli.

Sponsors include: 3M, Canon, Lexjet and Mimaki (Diamond level); Durst, EFI, M&R/Novus, Marabu North America and Vanguard Digital Printing Systems (Platinum level); and Roland, swissQprint and Zünd (Gold level). An advisory council comprising 30 of the top printing companies is supporting content creation efforts. “It’s a time of great change in wide-format printing, but also of great possibilities,” said Steve Duccilli, Senior VP of content for ST Media Group, and the chair of the inaugural WFX. “We’ll be emphasizing both of those themes in the program – the strategic challenges that face executives across the printing industry today, but also the new markets and applications that are emerging as tremendous growth opportunities.”

WFX is specifically designed for top executives from high-volume, wide-format print providers, as well as printers poised to add wide-format inkjet printing to their businesses. Its agenda features extensive networking opportunities and more than 25 educational sessions including:

  • Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel.
    The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot.

    Case studies in which executives who have transformed their printing businesses will share strategies that propelled their success – and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

  • Sessions exploring workflow automation, successful technology adoption, workforce diversity, identifying and assessing competitive threats, and innovation,
  • Interactive peer round-table discussions on the pressing strategic and industry challenges in the wide-format sector.
  • A special educational track on emerging opportunities, new applications and developing markets.

WFX, will take place May 21–23 at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To be notified when registration opens, please visit


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.