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SGIA Expo 2018 Recap: The Product of the Year Competition

Posted by Ray Weiss on 10/31/18 4:07 PM

This year’s record number of entries (255) was a fitting way to end the SGIA Expo in style. Over 100 companies vied for top honors in 68 categories, including some new additions (e.g., single-pass printers, digital presses) that gear toward the industry convergence serving as the foundation of PRINTING United — SGIA and NAPCO Media’s new trade show debuting in Dallas October 23–25, 2019.

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Industry Training, New Printing Technologies, Industry Competition, Printing United

Why I Attend the SGIA Expo

Posted by Kerry Gillespie on 9/24/18 9:13 AM

I remember going to my first show on October 31, 1977. It was my 25th birthday and my first day on the job. The show was in Anaheim, California (think Disneyland!), and my dad owned the company, so I was invited to attend. Dad and mom introduced me to many of their friends at that show, and I still keep in touch with a few of them (or their sons and daughters).  

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Wide Format, Print, Printing Industry, SGIA Expo, New Printing Technologies, Screen Printing

The Reinvention of Advertising Agencies (Part 1)

Posted by Eileen Fritsch on 8/27/18 11:15 AM

 Once upon a time, brand marketers could hire a single advertising agency to produce creative visuals and messages for broadcast TV, magazine, radio, newspaper, in-store and outdoor advertising. Today, many traditional advertising and marketing agencies are reinventing themselves to cope with rapid changes in communications channels, consumer preferences, marketing automation technologies and data analytics. It’s important to follow what’s happening with advertising firms, marketing agencies and creative services studios because it can affect how you operate and market your printing business.

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Topics: SGIA, Wide Format, Commercial Printing, Printing Industry, New Printing Technologies, Fashion Industry, Business Solution, Retail Market Printing, Retail

Finishing Opportunities in the World of Wide-Format Printing

Posted by David Rodriguez on 7/30/18 2:52 PM

With a curiosity for the newest printing technologies, I dove into wide-format digital printing nearly 10 years ago. The experience of running, designing and manufacturing my brand in the fashion industry for more than three decades prepared me for the large-format printing and finishing industry. But also over the years, we have seen a decline in the manufacturing of products with sewing and manufacturing in the United States. Our skilled labor force has dissipated due to our lack of education and training. Now is our time to once again reestablish the meaning of “Made in the USA.” 

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Wide Format, Commercial Printing, Print, Printing Industry, New Printing Technologies

The Story of Golden Image

Posted by Johnny Shell on 6/25/18 9:42 AM

SGIA is now accepting entries for the 2018 Golden Image Competition. The competition was established for the members of the Screen Printing Association International (SPAI) and was first held in Chicago at SCREEN PRINT ’80. Originally named “Golden Squeegee,” the competition featured 27 categories which has now grown to 53 categories. There’s a category for everyone, no matter what community you are in or product you print. In keeping with industry trends, the competition name was changed in 1993 to the Golden Image Competition.

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Topics: SGIA, Print, Printing Industry, SGIA Expo, New Printing Technologies, digital printing technologies