PrintEx19, Sydney’s premier expo for the print, sign, display and engraving industries, gets underway in August and has this year annexed with the Labels and Packaging Expo while continuing to co-locate with Visual Impact Sydney.
Organisers expect even more visitors will attend PrintEx19 at Sydney Olympic Park due to the addition of the important growth market of labels and packaging, an initiative of the Flexible Packaging and Label Manufacturers Association (FPLMA) and Labels Plus magazine.
The expanded offering means visitors have the chance to view an even broader range of latest print technologies across a broader spectrum while having the opportunity to network with suppliers and others in the industry.
Peter Harper, chief executive officer of Visual Connections, which co-hosts the show with Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA), says the combined show is set to be one of the most significant in recent years.
“With the co-location of Visual Impact and Label & Packaging Expo, PrintEx 2019 will unquestionably be the most comprehensive and relevant B2B event for the print, sign, packaging and graphic communications industries, providing a wealth of ideas, information and inspiration to businesses across the entire print spectrum,” Harper says.
“The continued rapid evolution of the sector is creating increasing overlap between different disciplines and, of course, a growing range of opportunities available for those willing to think ‘outside the box’.
“By bringing together an even broader range of exhibitors under the one roof, PrintEx19 creates an ideal opportunity for forward-thinking business owners and key decision makers to explore ways in which they can expand their offering and create valuable new revenue streams by venturing into allied disciplines and employing new technologies and innovations to their advantage.”
Harper says Visual Connections will continue to work with other allied industries when organising trade shows with the goal being to have less but higher quality and broader expos in Australia.
“This is what we have been trying to do to expand the market because trade shows are certainly diminishing in size so if we can get more and more shows to co-locate creating less trade shows but bigger and better ones then that’s our plan moving forward,” Harper said.
“The industry is so diverse now so it’s all encompassing, whether it be sign, print, label, packaging. The machinery does it all these days.”
Support for the show has been strong with Harper saying 85 to 90 per cent of space allocated to PrintEx had been sold.
Industry leader Roland the show’s Platinum Sponsor, and Graphic Art Mart, Starleaton, HP, Euro Poles, Kissel + Wolf and Print IQ taking out Gold sponsorship roles. Kayell, EFI, Mimaki, MatrixFrame and Pozitive will be Silver sponsors.
The vast majority of the show’s 6,000 square metres of exhibition space has been booked, with a comprehensive display of state-of-the-art equipment, innovative technologies and services planned for display.
As well as the sponsor companies, other big names like Currie Group, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Fuji Xerox, Epson, AVS, and PES have booked some of the expo’s largest stands while others including Kodak, Neopost, Multicam, Agfa, Océ, Spicers, Celmac, Mutoh, Trotec, Tharstern, Screen/Jet Tech and Elizabeth Machines, will also have significant displays. A variety of smaller exhibitors will help provide the usual diverse overview of the very latest the industry has to offer.
As in past years, the exhibition will be complemented by the popular PrintEx Forums and Workshops, to deliver valuable information and inspiration to visitors.
PrintEx 2019, Visual Impact Sydney 2019 and Label & Packaging Expo 2019 will be held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, from Tuesday August 13 – Friday August 16.
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