PRINTING United Expo is on track to be the global printing event in 2021. The first in-person industry event of significant magnitude since its inaugural 2019 Expo, the fall event — which takes place at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 6-8 — is welcoming printing’s leading companies to display their newest technologies coming to market on-site.

PRINTING United Expo today announced it has been named a Gold 100 Grand Award winner in the category “Fastest-growing Gold 100 Show Managed by an Association” in 2019 by blended growth. The inaugural PRINTING United Expo was held in Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on October 23-25, 2019. Of those Gold 100 events on the Trade Show Executive list, there were more than 117,000 exhibiting companies which collectively represented almost 45M square feet of exhibitor space, with over a combined 3.5 million attendees.

PRINTING United User Experience (PRINTING United UX), a new, multi-faceted event experience powered by PRINTING United, today announced that PrintAmerica has joined PRINTING United UX, a customizable meeting venue being held just prior to the PRINTING United Expo in Orlando. PRINTING United Expo takes place October 6-8, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center where the industry will reunite for the first time in over a year together under one roof. PRINTING United UX was created to provide a customized setting for any sized industry OEM, group, and association, to reconnect and restart long-awaited conversations, training, business, and future planning.

PRINTING United User Experience (PRINTING United UX), a new, multi-faceted event experience powered by PRINTING United, today announced that EFI has signed on as a participant to host a paid training event for customers attending PRINTING United on some of the company’s latest technology. PRINTING United UX is offered in the days leading up to PRINTING United which takes place October 6-8, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

PRINTING United Alliance today announced that Dave Leskusky has been appointed president of PRINTING United Alliance. Leskusky has successfully overseen operations at NAPCO Media, which melded with the Alliance in 2019 to further connect members and the industry at large with a comprehensive platform of the most widespread media brands in the industry, more than 30 combined events, including the largest printing and graphic arts trade show in the Americas – PRINTING United.

The PRINTING United Digital Experience wraps up on January 31 after three months of free, invaluable programming which was made available virtually to the global printing community in order to continue to serve industry needs in 2020. The Digital Experience connected the industry with subject matter experts speaking to COVID-19 considerations and business recovery, the very latest research and statistics, sales and marketing insight, technology briefings, and more. Market segments across all verticals have benefited from leading education as well as having the opportunity to view the newest industry technology to date. Once the platform closes on January 31, the show will officially focus all efforts on reconnecting the industry at the PRINTING United Expo being held at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL, on October 6-8, 2021.

The PRINTING United Digital Experience remains live and accessible in the holiday season through January 31, 2021 for attendees to take advantage of all the education, resources, and new product information from leading exhibitors. At the conclusion of the Digital Experience, the Alliance will immediately transition into preparations for the in-person Expo, slated for October 6-8, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Registration for PRINTING United will open in Spring 2021 and will be shared once it is available.

PRINTING United Alliance today announced that Michael Makin, who was serving as EVP since the merger of SGIA and Printing Industries of America (PIA), will depart on January 1 after a successful transition of the combined organizations. On May 1, SGIA and PIA officially merged to become the largest, most comprehensive printing and graphic arts association in the country. As former president and CEO of PIA, Makin was instrumental in the unification.

PRINTING United Alliance today announces that registration is open for the next installment of the Color Ready! Virtual Conference series. The interactive conference will be held each day the week of September 21-25, 2020, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

PRINTING United recently announced the decision to transition from an in-person event in Atlanta to a comprehensive digital platform. The show company today provides an update on its plans to present four power-packed weeks of hosted global programming and new product unveilings across PRINTING United Month this October, beginning October 5 and running through the week of October 26.

PRINTING United, originally scheduled to take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on October 21-23, 2020, will now move to a powerful online experience this fall due to constraints surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of all attending and involved with the show remains paramount. The decision to terminate the in-person expo comes after extensive conversations, up-to-the-minute surveys, and projections that the team has been navigating since the onset of the pandemic. Details regarding the new online event experience are forthcoming.

PRINTING United is on track as planned at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on October 21-23, 2020. With health and safety guidelines at the forefront of planning for the important industry event, the annual showcase will give attendees and exhibitors the opportunity to engage and see the latest industry technology, experience worldwide product debuts, and participate in educational programming that will equip companies with the latest statistics and powerful resources for 2021 and beyond.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and Printing Industries of America (PIA) today announce that, as of May 1, 2020, the two organizations will officially merge. SGIA and PIA are together committed to serving the graphic arts community with preeminent research, education, training, events, legislative support, government affairs, health and safety, and other key industry services. SGIA primarily serves the graphics, industrial and apparel decorator segments; and PIA primarily serves the commercial printing segment. Together, members will have access to services across many channels.

SGIA, NAPCO Media and Printing Industries of America (PIA) and its affiliates have joined forces to launch a powerful resource channel dedicated to providing the printing and graphic communications industry with up-to-the-minute news and resources on COVID-19 and how to navigate the latest information about the pandemic. The COVID-19 Resource Channel is now live.

PRINTING United, the most comprehensive expo and event showcase in the printing industry, today announces that the event has already eclipsed the total square footage sold in 2019 and is on track to sell out again in 2020. This second edition of the show — which brought the entire printing industry together for the first time under one roof in North America — will take place October 21 - 23, 2020 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Ricoh USA, Inc. announced the overwhelming success of its participation in the first-ever PRINTING United which has resulted in growing business with existing customers and forging alliances with new ones, ultimately, closing multi-million dollars in new business. At the show, Ricoh's commitment to help customers thrive today and keep growing tomorrow took centerstage, through interactive booth experiences, as well as throughout the educational sessions at BRAND United and the Digital Amphitheater. Beyond the show, Ricoh and Heidelberg teamed up to give back to the larger community. Collectively raising nearly $7,000, Ricoh's charitable donations went to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that supports wounded veterans and service members, and Heidelberg's to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

SGIA and NAPCO Media today announce that Andy Cvitanov has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. In this new position, Cvitanov will oversee all operations within the newly formed company, including association infrastructure, strategy, audience development, finance, IT, human resources and more.

The Wide-format Summit 2020 — taking place April 20 - 22 at the Hyatt Lost Pines in Austin, Texas — today announces that Canon Solutions America, HP and Ricoh have joined the summit as official event sponsors. The new event will be co-located with the eighth annual Inkjet Summit and will have its own content track, but share in select networking functions and dinners.

PRINTING United User Experience (PRINTING United UX), a new, multifaceted event experience powered by PRINTING United, will make its debut alongside PRINTING United 2020 at the Georgia World Congress Center October 21 - 23. PRINTING United UX is part of a three-tiered model that allows companies to maximize their investments in PRINTING United and BRAND United by hosting a complete packaged event/meeting alongside the event that has changed the face of the printing industry.

Built upon the strong foundation and success of its predecessor, the SGIA Expo, the inaugural PRINTING United trade show brought approximately 30,000 individuals representing all facets of the printing industry to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas October 23 - 25. Occupying 724,000 gross square feet, the bigger, better and bolder event — developed by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and NAPCO Media to meet industry demand — featured a sold-out show floor of more than 680 exhibitors, over 100 educational sessions and several events to further connect industry players.

MGI and Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. were Platinum Sponsors of the first BRAND United University “Digital Print for Professionals” certification conference, held in Dallas, Texas, from October 23rd – 24th. This unique new industry education program, from NAPCO Media and the international SGIA trade group association, was designed to introduce and present exciting new graphic arts technologies for corporate print buyers, marketing agencies and the creative design community.

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