Show Previews: Three To Go

Fall brings a flurry of activity for converting industry executives and their suppliers. A trifecta of conferences and exhibitions will be staged in October and November.

Graph Expo/PackPrint

First up is Graph Expo, presented by the Graphic Arts Show Co., Reston, VA. This show runs October 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. GASC reports 450+ exhibitors and 50+ educational programs will be available for attendees.

Kicking off the event on October 2 is the Executive Outlook Conference — The Challenge of Change in the New Era of Print — sponsored by EFI, Presstek, and Xerox. At the end of the conference, the not-to-be missed exhibits, dubbed “Must See 'Ems,” will be announced.

Of particular interest to converters will be the 17,000 sq ft of show floor space dedicated to PackPrint, which encompasses technology for flexible packaging, carton, and label applications. Organizers promise live workflow demonstrations of cutting-edge applications in package printing and converting. Included in this area will be Future Print, focused on RFID and printed electronics.

McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL
Sunday, October 3, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.
Monday, October 4, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.
Tuesday, October 5, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.
Wednesday, October 6, 10 A.M.-4 P.M.

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It's K Time

K 2010, the 18th Intl. Trade Fair for Plastics + Rubber, by Messe Düsseldorf in Germany, takes place at the Düsseldorf Fairgrounds October 27-November 3. Staged every three years, show organizers expect more than 3,100 exhibitors from 50+ nations. As for attendees, more than 242,000 visited the last staging of K in 2007.

Exhibit categories include machinery and equipment for plastics processing as well as raw materials, semi-finished products, technical parts, and reinforced plastics. Service providers also will exhibit at the show.

Two US pavilions, a special feature of this year's K show, are organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America and co-sponsored by The Society of the Plastics Industry. These pavilions are meant to provide a cost-effective means for companies that want to enter or expand their businesses in the overseas marketplace.

Another special exhibit is the “Visions in Polymers” presentation. It spotlights visionary developments for various aspects of life, focusing on topics such as energy efficiency and the conservation of resources.

Düsseldorf Fairgrounds, Halls 1-17
Düsseldorf, Germany
October 27-November 3
10:00 A.M.- 6:30 P.M. daily

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CPP Expo

Converting & Package Printing Expo returns to McCormick Place, co-located with Pack Expo Intl., from October 31-November 3. Organized by H.A. Bruno, Paramus, NJ, the CPP show will include flexible packaging, folding carton, tag and label, and corrugated equipment manufacturers.

Designed as a networking, supply chain event, organizers say that of the 44,000 attendees at the previous Pack Expo show, 5,566 came specifically for CPP. Attendees will find more than 200 exhibitors and a conference program organized by CPP and the Flexographic Technical Assn. Sessions include the following topics and speakers:

  • Improving Color Consistency through Anilox Management | Alexander James, Harper Graphic Solutions
  • The Flexo Dream — How Direct Engraving Has Changed | Paul Zeinert, Anderson & Vreeland
  • Catching the Consumer First — FIRST 4.0 Specifications | Joe Tuccitti, FTA
  • Conquering the Resolution Revolution-HD Flexo Innovations | Larry Moore, EskoArtwork

McCormick Place, Lakeside Center, Chicago, IL
October 31-November 3
9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. daily

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