US industry group SGIA and its newly-acquired media business NAPCO have announced the first Wide-format Summit, an invitation-only conference to be held April 20-22, 2020 in Austin, Texas. The event will be co-located with the 8th annual Inkjet Summit and have its own content.
“The Wide-format Summit is designed for senior managers and executives in wide-format inkjet printing businesses who want to understand how current and future digital printing technology, substrate options, finishing technology, and data management solutions will impact their businesses and investment decisions,” says a media release from the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA). “This Summit will provide strategic-level insights into what printing industry leaders must do to grow, improve, and optimize their businesses.”
"A unique event": Dan Marx, SGIA
Dan Marx, SGIA's director of content development, says: "The Summit is truly a unique event -- there's nothing else like it in today's market. Industry suppliers and attendees both will benefit from the event's intimate learning environment. Attendees learn from industry consultants, market-leading suppliers, in importantly, their peers on topics addressing needed technologies, how to adopt them, and how to use them successfully. The Wide-format Summit provides a top-notch experience for the segment's top business leaders -- and directly benefits all who are involved.”
The Summit is designed for printers from commercial, in-plant, and graphics environments in three primary segments:
Soft Signage for Graphic Applications(Textile): Exhibit displays, retail displays.
Production Display Graphics(Roll-to-Roll):Vehicle/fleet wraps, floor graphics, window graphics, wallcoverings, banners.
Production Display Graphics (Flatbed):Rigid signage, POP displays, exotic materials.
“The goal of the Summit is to bring together the leading industry suppliers and attendees in an intimate learning environment, something that is like no other event in the market right now. Attendees will learn from experts in the field — industry consultants, market-leading suppliers, and most importantly, their peers — about what technology is needed and how to adopt these new solutions and be successful,” says Denise M. Gustavson, editor-in-chief of NAPCO Media’s Wide-format Impressions. “The Wide-format Summit and its unique format accomplishes this and will be a win-win for both sponsors and attendees in the wide-format market.”
SGIA, the premier US printing and graphic arts trade organization, acquired NAPCO Media in August 2019. NAPCO operates magazines, trade shows and online services in various markets, producing 16 magazines, 22 email newsletters, two subscription services and two trade shows, including a partnership with the SGIA in this year’s inaugural PRINTING United (Dallas TX, October 23 - 25, 2019), formerly the SGIA Expo.