PRINT 19Coming to Chicago’s McCormick Place North, October 3-5, 2019, PRINT 19 will offer many opportunities for learning, networking and more. Those in attendance will see what’s RED HOT at the PRINT 19 event, network with peers and attend the Celebrate PRINT 19 Opening Reception on October 3. Some 80-plus learning sessions will be available to attendees, in addition to TechWalks, the hot ticket from PRINT 18. Lastly, learning sessions, or TechTalks, hosted by manufacturers will offer help in learning about products and services.

There will be three full days of educational seminars fostering collaboration. For creative leaders and future leaders, PRINT 19 provides a forum to inspire the development of new ideas and products to move business forward. These education sessions will promote collaboration between those who create and those who imagine, with the focus on the future of print and the print industry. Dozens of sessions will be available, and they will range in topics from business management to sales and operational improvement to hands-on labs and more.

PRINT 19PRINT 19 is full of groundbreaking vendor products and equipment, and it can be a challenge to get a look at all the innovative products on display. To showcase the newest products at the annual PRINT 19 event, the Association for PRINT Technologies is bringing back the RED HOT Technology Recognition Program. RED HOT Technology features technology or equipment that has come to market within the past 12 months. The on-site event guide will indicate where each RED HOT Technology is located in the Exhibit Hall, and each recognized product will have RED HOT Technology markers. Each of these technologies then is eligible to win one of the RED HOT Vanguard Awards based on its merit as a game-changer in the industry.

Multiple opportunities also are available for students and educators. Workforce Solutions is designed to increase awareness among those exploring and/or presenting career paths. It promotes networking opportunities for educators and industry colleagues alike. Nonprofits, universities and corporations will be on hand. Next, a Student Career Fair will be offered for educators, students and recent graduates to meet a group of industry employers. For a four-hour window on October 3, participating companies will be on hand at PRINT 19, directly outside the Vista Ballroom. Here, students can view participating company information online, along with current job openings, internships and apprenticeships. Lastly, Career Day also will be held on October 3, allowing hundreds of high school students and teachers to check out the latest technologies and learn about careers in printing and graphic communications.

Thayer Long, Association for PRINT Technologies president, said this is an exciting year for the event because it will offer a taste of the future direction for the association and organization. “It’ll be the last of its kind because starting in 2020, we’re taking PRINT into a joint venture with Labelexpo; it’s a big year for us as we transition,” he explained.

The show will offer thought-provoking and exciting content. An invitation-only CEO lunch on Friday will be made available to printers. The lunch is intended to generate thoughtful discussion and idea sharing about the future of the industry and PRINT because “progressive printers feel there’s no better time to be in the industry than right now,” Long said. The technology on the show floor also is something he emphasized. Hundreds of manufacturers will support the industry as well as their customers, and many will showcase new solutions on the show floor. Long said to stay tuned for announcements to be made at this year’s event regarding 2020.

“I think people will learn more about the label side of business and what the relationship with Labelexpo means for the industry here in the US, and for our audience of printers that are interested in the label side,” Long said. “I think being able to take advantage of the partnership that’s been created between us and Labelexpo will be a great benefit to the attendee and the exhibitor.”

The following PRINT 19 exhibitors may be of interest to PostPress readers:

  • Absolute Printing Equipment Service, Inc. #1251
  • B&R Moll, Inc. #2001
  • Baumer hhs Corporation #858
  • Brandtjen & Kluge #847
  • Capital Adhesives #2454
  • Colter & Peterson #405
  • C.P. Bourg, Inc. #117
  • D&K Group #121
  • Duplo USA Corporation #621
  • Foil & Specialty Effects Association #2451
  • MBM Corporation #424
  • PVC Spiral #221
  • Rollem International #1239, #1539
  • Spiel Associates, Inc. #2401
  • Spiral Binding #1521
  • Standard Finishing #810
  • The Challenge Machinery Corporation #118
  • THERM-O-TYPE #2034
  • W.H. Leary Company, Inc #2058