Graphics of the Americas 2016 Highlights
GOA president James Martin has declared the 41st Graphics of the Americas (GOA) event a success in terms of content, lead generation and attendance. Over 200 exhibitors, as well as attendees from close to 100 countries participated in this year’s show in Miami Beach, Fla., and 1,200 attended GOA’s renowned educational seminars, offered in both Spanish and English.
The GOA staff is already planning GOA 2017, which will take place Feb. 6-18, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the easily accessed Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center — only a 20 mile drive from Miami. The Miami Beach Convention Center will be undergoing renovations during this time.
Martin says that GOA would continue to expand on popular activities and showcases his predecessor, George Ryan, instituted during his tenure. Martin will also bring a more significant packaging presence, as well as digital printing, digital finishing and wide-format inkjet components. The GOA brings many valuable programs to a unique and highly loyal audience of exhibitors and attendees.
Some of the most loyal are officers and members of CONLATINGRAF, the Latin American Graphic Industry Confederation that will celebrate its “Golden” 50th anniversary at GOA 2017. The partnership between the Printing Association of Florida, which hosts and produces GOA, began at GOA’s inception, over 40 years ago.
GOA Educational Seminars
Over 1,200 attendees participated in another GOA favorite: its popular educational seminar tracks. “We are receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from companies of all sizes, and from all over the world,” Martin commented.
The Epson Digital Couture Fashion Show
At the Epson Digital Couture Fashion Show, GOA and Epson teamed up to make it possible for top designers from North and Latin America to show “printed” fashions produced on Epson’s SureColor F-series dye sublimation printers. The fashion show was also featured at New York Fashion Week, last month.
Busy Show Floor
GOA attendees had the chance to see a variety of the latest technologies being demonstrated live on the show floor. These special expo areas included, but were not limited to: The Flexo Zone sponsored by Nilpeter; the Wrap Cup Americas Competition, hosted by MR ClipArt and sponsored by 3M; the Dye Sublimation Application Center, sponsored by Epson; the Short Run Digital Center, sponsored by UniNet and Kompac and UPM; the Direct-to-Garment Center, sponsored by Oki Data Americas; and Wide Format Print Shop Live!, sponsored by HP, Caldera, Zund and Gilman Brothers.