PRINT 13, together with first time co-located CPP EXPO, wrapped up its run at McCormick Place in Chicago on Sept. 12, 2013 with a feeling of optimism for the future, according to the show’s organizers.
"Two common themes seemed to be repeated by attendees and exhibitors alike at the show this year," said Ralph Nappi, president of the Graphic Arts Show Company, which organized the show. "First, a sense of optimism existed that has not been evidenced in our industry for a few years; the second was the surprising number of deals that were inked at the show."
The energy and enthusiasm began to emerge at the pre-show Executive Outlook Conference held Sept. 7, 2013. With the focus on "Driving Profits through Innovation, Integration and Communication," this year's program was the highest attended since 2005.
When PRINT 13 and CPP EXPO kicked off officially on Sept. 8, exhibitors welcomed attendees to the show floor. By the time the final closing announcement had been made, vendors had been able to spend five days interacting with attendees from all segments of the graphic communications industry.