IADD/FSEA Odyssey Exhibit Space Filling Fast

Programming Takes Steps to Address Skills Gap


With 78 percent of available booth space already sold or committed, it’s apparent that industry leaders in the diecutting, diemaking, print finishing, folding carton, corrugated and specialty markets will Be Here – echoing the theme for the 2017 IADD•FSEA Odyssey. The tradeshow, featuring diecutting/diemaking, foil stamping and other specialty effects, will take place May 17-19, 2017, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg, Illinois, USA.

Show management reports exhibit space is filling fast as suppliers from across the industry reserve booths and make machinery commitments for the Techshop™, which simulates a working production shop floor where technical sessions are taught on-press throughout the three-day event.

The 2017 Odyssey has confirmed the exhibit space for industry leaders, such as AmeriKen Die Supply, Carton Craft Supply, Bobst North America, Adams Technologies, Associated Pacific Machine, Brandtjen & Kluge and Therm-O-Type, among many others. “With eight months before the Odyssey show floor opens, we’re excited to see so many companies stepping up to be a part of the event,” said Cindy Crouse, executive director of IADD. “The value these companies will bring to the attendees is tremendous in terms of the new technology exhibited and the knowledge base they can share.”

Programming details also are solidifying, with an emphasis on production improvements and problem-solving. In addition, a new track will be added in 2017: Special Skills Workshops, which will target apprentices and newer employees. “It’s critical that our industries address the skills gap that will occur as our current workforce retires,” Crouse said. “These workshops will allow companies to send younger employees to learn from the experts who are already assembled for Odyssey.”

For more information on the 2017 IADD•FSEA Odyssey – the industry’s premier event sponsored by the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD) and the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) – visit the Odyssey website at www.OdysseyExpo.org, email [email protected] or contact the IADD directly at 1.800.828.IADD (local 1.815.455.7519) or the FSEA at 1.785.271.5816.