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SGIA Expo: Wide Format in the Desert

(September 2010) posted on Mon Aug 30, 2010

Las Vegas event takes place October 13-15, and will feature new Expert Advice Zones and much more. Visit The Big Picture magazine at booth 3479.

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By Paula L. Yoho

The Specialty Graphics and Imaging Association Expo (SGIA, is betting on a successful event as it gets set to roll the dice at the SGIA Expo 2010, October 12-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Okay, it’s not actually that much of a long shot--if last year’s event in New Orleans is any indicator, SGIA can expect upwards of 14,000 participants for the tradeshow which, to date, has slated more than 365 exhibitors and will showcase some of the newest technology available in the wide-format marketplace.

“Early registration for the annual expo is way up compared to recent years,” reports the SGIA. And, says the association, Las Vegas is also expected to draw more first-time expo participants than in recent years.

“Much of SGIA’s recent growth has been from companies new to specialty imaging. The relative ease of implementing digital imaging technology is bringing new companies into the community. Many of these new community participants are lithographers adding wide-format capability, reprographers and sign makers expanding their markets, as well as companies from the manufacturing sector adding or changing industrial imaging applications in their manufacturing process,” the association reports.

 Products and technologies on parade
The epicenter of the expo is the sprawling exhibit hall, featuring a collection of product suppliers and service providers nearly as diverse and comprehensive as the industry itself. From digital output and screen printing, to textiles, vehicle graphics, outdoor advertising, and more, the entire spectrum of the industry will be on display on the show’s exhibition floor. And prospects are good for business deals to be made on the show floor during this year’s event, with SGIA reporting that nearly 56 percent of graphics and sign businesses “plan to add new equipment or production capacity in 2010” (via its Twitter site).