The inaugural PRINTING United in Dallas was a show of unity, vitality and innovation. As digital printing technologies erase the distinct boundaries that once separated commercial, screen and photo printing, 2019 was the perfect time for SGIA and NAPCO Media to introduce a unified trade show for the entire printing industry.
The old saying goes that “birds of a feather flock together,” and in a broad sense, that’s true. At the recent PRINTING United event in Dallas, representatives of all printing segments met up, shared knowledge, made connections and searched for the tools or concepts that will drive their businesses forward. Among the printing segments is one that may be the most diverse of all, and despite being the least known (or understood) by the printing community, it's also likely the largest.
Since its conception, the term sustainability has gotten saddled with descriptors like “expensive” and “inconvenient.” Though inaccurate, it is understandable why many people think this way. For those not constantly seeking out the latest processes and technologies, it is near impossible to figure out the tangible benefits from becoming more sustainably oriented. The problem with this, fundamentally, is education. To give everyone the tools to benefit from sustainable business practices, the word must be spread that since the first major environmental push in 1970, there has been monumental progress around the return on investment of sustainability. Just use the three panelists in PRINTING United’s Sustainability Strategies Luncheon as proof.
Convergence was the thread that pulled us all together at the 2019 PRINTING United show, and that was never more evident than at the Women in Print Alliance Breakfast. You could see the convergence in every aspect of the room — from the men and women that gathered, to the different aspects of the industry represented. And they were all gathered to hear the different but synonymous messages from all the speakers at this year’s sold-out event.
The first day of the inaugural PRINTING United trade show kicked off with a bang, with the excitement continuing into the Opening Night Party at Gilley’s Dallas. But the conversations were only getting started, with two more days for attendees to explore the event’s show floor, education and special events. This was especially the case for the apparel decorators community, who came together to connect with their peers at the Apparel Decorators Luncheon on Thursday, October 24. For some, it was a time to network within their industry and put faces to names, while for others, it was all about learning.Read More