By David Savastano
RadTech 2012, held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL from Monday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 2, was loaded with information for attendees, with 24 Technical Conference tracks, eight end-user sessions and a busy exhibit floor.
RadTech, the show’s organizer, reported that the excellent turnout, particularly among end-users, showed that interest in UV and EB technologies continues to grow.
“As RadTech 2012 landed right between drupa and the American Coatings Show, there was some concern about our event, but attendees seemed delighted with the turnout and the large number of first-time attendees and end users,” said Gary Cohen, executive director of RadTech.
“I see this conference as a stellar success,” said RadTech president Howard Ragin, business director, DSM Coating Resins. “I felt the pulse of the conference was vibrant and there was an enthusiastic buzz around the Hyatt, during and after the conference hours. In terms of attendance, it might not have achieved the highest in RadTech history, but it was quite well attended.
“More significantly, we had a uniquely high proportion of conference session attendees,” Mr. Ragin added. “I attribute this to the quality of the presenters in many of the sessions. They were a big draw. On the show floor, I held conversations with many of the exhibitors. The consistent comment was ‘modest traffic, but very high quality traffic.’ It was a very acceptable trade-off as the discussions often lead to opportunities.”
“It has been very positive,” said Dr. Mike J. Idacavage, director of business development, Esstech, Inc. “People visiting our booths are asking more focused questions on technology. We are very pleased with the response we are receiving.”
“RadTech is a good show for us,” said Pat Heraty, market segment manager, graphic arts at Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation. “We always see people who are working in the lab, looking for innovation.”
“I’m really pleased with how many people showed up for the technical conference Anthony Carignano, global marketing manager, packaging coatings and inks at Cytec. “The Printing & Packaging session was really informative. Traffic for us has been really strong.”
“I think it’s been very positive,” Al Tuccio, senior vice president of Sartomer, concluded. “Our customers and suppliers are upbeat, and there’s a lot of room for growth.”