PrintEx19: A look back at the week that was

After months of preparation, hundreds of hours dedicated to creating stands to best show how printing and graphic arts suppliers can revolutionise print, labels, packaging and signage businesses Sydney’s PrintEx19 has drawn to a close.

The four-day show brought 120 exhibitors under one roof across 6000 square metres at The Dome at Sydney Olympic Park with each day kicking off with a business breakfast and then the rest of the day interspersed with a variety of guest speakers and panel sessions which in addition to checking out the stands gave attendees plenty of food for thought about their businesses and where they might like to them next.

PrintEx19 co-located with Visual Connections and the Label & Packaging Expo 2019 which gave a broader sweep of all areas of the print, packaging and graphic communications sectors.

The 36th annual National Print Awards were held on the Thursday night of PrintEx19 and with over 400 guests attending a gala dinner at the Waterview at Bicentennial Park with all gold medal winners now heading off to Print to Parliament later in the year to show their work and have the opportunity to talk about the big issues effecting their businesses with the nation’s politicians.

The business breakfasts sessions proved to be a big hit and were well attended each day with the $25 entry fee going as a direct donation to charities Man Anchor and Share the Dignity. Consumer behaviourist Dr Ross Honeywill kicked off the breakfasts which also included presentations from packaging guru Rowena Curlewis, automotive industry Scott Browning and futurist Penny Locaso.

Paralympian Kurt Fearnley spoke at a highly anticipated Dscoop luncheon, while a panel of some of the industry’s key printing identities spoke at a panel about the future of the industry.

A Women in Print drinks evening was also held and heard from print specialist Deborah Corn who shared her insights into the ‘printerverse’ and how women should best navigate it for their own success and wellbeing.

By show’s end there were sold signs aplenty spread across the trade show floor in a sign  that the industry is in good health as many printers seek to upgrade their equipment while diversifying into new profitable areas of business.

The Sprinter team have put together a selection of photos which we hope you will enjoy.

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