PRINTING United 2020 on Track to Reunite and Revitalize the Industry
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.
PRINTING United Alliance, organizer of PRINTING United Expo, continues to be committed in helping the printing industry navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization, newly formed from the SGIA and PIA merger, has developed several “go to” resources for the printing industry, including: the comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Channel; a dedicated “COVID-19 Ask the Experts” webinar series; the latest in financial and legislative support; resources for reopening businesses; and more. Building on this body of knowledge and experience the PRINTING United Expo is the next step in helping the industry reopen its businesses and plan for the future.
“Key indicators suggest the economy will grow robustly in 2021, giving the printing industry a big boost,” says Andy Paparozzi, Chief Economist, PRINTING United Alliance. “PRINTING United’s unparalleled networking and educational opportunities will prepare attendees to participate fully in the upturn ahead.”
“The support and desire from the industry to come together again after such an unanticipated interruption in business this year has been overwhelming,” says Mark J. Subers, President, PRINTING United. “PRINTING United has become the venue in 2020 to assist business operations in not just sustaining but helping that upward trajectory for future success. We have and will continue to survey our past constituents on their interest and ability to be at the show and are preparing accordingly.”
PRINTING United exhibitors are using this first chance for the industry to be together under one roof to reunite and reset while viewing products and technology that vendors and OEMs have been waiting all year to launch. Special educational sessions have also been added from notable analysts and consultants to help put companies that are reopening get on the right track for planning next year.
From commercial to industrial, packaging, apparel, and more; leading companies have signed on to exhibit at PRINTING United 2020, with many expanding booth space to accommodate even more technology to be shown. The current show floor plan and exhibitor list can be found at: https://pru20.mapyourshow.com/8_0/floorplan/.
Expo Planning and Safety
The Expo team has been closely monitoring all developments as related to COVID-19 and is working closely with the team at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), local and state authorities, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security specializing in Mass Gatherings, on all decisions and guidelines relating to the health and safety of all staff, exhibitors, and attendees. The GWCCA has developed a comprehensive business return plan (BRP) to meet the health and safety challenges presented by COVID-19.
Comprehensive measures will be shared as the event draws nearer, but examples of what attendees and exhibitors can expect to see at the 2020 show from a health and safety standpoint include, but are not limited to:
- Social distancing protocols throughout GWCC;
- Touchless services, from parking to registration, food and beverage, and more;
- Enhanced signage and communication for social distancing and hygiene guidelines;
- Temperature checks for on-site attendees, exhibitors and venue staff;
- Increased sanitation and cleaning regimen, including access to more sanitizer stations;
- Traffic flow patterns to support proper crowd density; and more.
“PRINTING United may be the only opportunity for the industry to gather in 2020, so we are ensuring that this event will be safe and will deliver, both from an attendee and exhibitor standpoint,” says Subers. “Businesses are making the most of their time and resources to see and experience it all under one roof this year in Atlanta. We are in this together and look forward to continuing to work with our partners to do whatever is necessary to keep businesses headed in the right direction.”
About PRINTING United Alliance
In a milestone in the printing industry, on May 1, 2020, SGIA and PIA officially combined to create PRINTING United Alliance, the largest, most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in the United States. Members now have unparalleled access to preeminent education, training, workshops, events, research, government and legislative representation, safety and environmental sustainability guidance, as well as resources from the leading media company in the industry – NAPCO Media.
PRINTING United Alliance produces the PRINTING United Expo and Conference, the three most important days in printing. This year, PRINTING United takes place in Atlanta on October 21-23, 2020. This expansive display of printing technologies and supplies, education, programming, and services are showcased to the industry at large, and represents all market segments together under one roof. For more information, visit PRINTINGUnited.com.