PRINT 05 - Seven Days in September
PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05 drew an international audience to the Windy City for a week of new technology demonstrations.
THE STATISTICS ARE in from the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05, held last month in Chicago, was a big success by many of the reported metrics.
Attendance was in the neighborhood of 62,000. The number of exhibitors, 954, was up from the 893 at the last PRINT show in 2001. The international flavor of the show was demonstrated by the more than 7,200 international attendees from 99 countries, up from 75 in 2001.
Clearly, the show had the printing industry spotlight for its week-long run. Some would argue, with merit, that seven days is too long for a trade show, but as one part of an international series of shows that rotate around the globe on a four-year basis, the length of the show was set to meet the needs of its international audience.
For the GASC, the show met or exceeded its goals, said Regis Delmontagne, president of GASC. "This show exceeded many of our expectations as well. The positive response to our initiative to significantly enter the package printing sector and the success of those exhibitors serving that sector, the increase in international attendance, and the continued success of the educational program all contributed to a very successful event overall for everyone involved."
The trend for more commercial printers getting into package printing was clearly evident at the show as more than 200 exhibitors displayed products geared toward the package printing and converting markets.
Chris Raney, vice president, folding carton products for Bobst Group, felt that PRINT 05 was the busiest trade show in North America in the last five years. "I was surprised by how many folding carton clients attended this show."