The SGIA Expo is the largest printing show in North America, and the 2017 show in New Orleans saw more than 19,000 attendees over three full days at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Each year, expo themes center around new trends, innovation, sustainability, and business growth.
Durst, a Platinum Sponsor exhibited and spoke with thousands of printing and creative professionals in the industry on a busy show floor and the resounding theme for our team was that Durst innovation is contagious, and the desire for continuous growth is something we can all relate to. Below are some thoughts from our team on the biggest trends and conversations at SGIA.
Sustainability has two definitions, but one predominantly takes space in our minds, and that is the “avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.” While not inaccurate, in the industrial printing sector, the alternative definition of sustainability is equally important to practice and maintain and that is “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.” In this industry, that definition is synonymous with production efficiency, inputs, outputs and turnaround. Digital printing has fundamental sustainable advantages , achieving balance in depletion of natural resources, and supporting calculated organizational growth.
FESPA is the largest international, wide format printing event with more than 700 exhibitors in Hamburg, Germany. The 2017 event took place in early May, and showcased digital, textile and screen printing expertise from around the world. The Durst team exhibited in a major way, as we have historically done at FESPA.
We spoke with North American Director of Sales, Larry D’Amico, about his experience at FESPA, highlights from Durst, and the pulse on industry trends.
At a macro level, food packaging is subject to extensive regulation, with risks in mind of food contamination, spoilage, foreign objects, and more. As a society, food production and packaging is a popular topic, whether it be treatments of chemicals used at the agricultural level, or cross-contamination during manufacturing, packaging, and preparation. Within this environment, we as industrial printers and packaging manufacturers are within the ripple effect, requiring us to deliver a high-quality product while protecting the consumer.