For more than a decade, wide-format technology, and the ever-expanding range of applications that can be produced with it, has been the shining star of the printing industry. Nearly 20 years ago, when the early adopters saw the technology’s promise, they — seemingly on our behalf — worked the kinks out of the emerging technology. Today, wide-format inkjet is mature, many companies use it for many purposes, and competition is high.
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.Read More
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).Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More