The 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space was a 34% increase from the previous event, per organizers.
With the theme “Enter the Era of Intelligent Printing,” AIP 2018 was designed according to the “7+3” plan, covering all segments of the industry. These included the 7 pavilions: Digital Pre-press Pavilion; Comprehensive Printing Pavilion; Post-press Converting Pavilion; Packaging Equipment Pavilion; Label Industry Pavilion; Ink & Innovative Materials Pavilion; and Comprehensive/Packaging Pavilion.
Flexible Packaging Equipment, Corrugated Box Equipment and Spay Printing Equipment were three new areas.
The exhibits at AIP 2018 were supported by more than 100 forums, technical exchanges and conferences. At the 2018 World Printing and Communication Forum Council Meeting representatives from various countries held discussions on how to better promote the development of the printing industry in their own countries and how to enhance the social status of the printing industry.
The “Dialogue with the World: Face a New Era of Intelligent Printing - 2018 World Printing and Communication” featured Liu Xiaokai, director general of department of printing and distribution, SAPPRFT, as the keynote speaker and industry associations from China, the U.S., Japan, India, Australia. Companies, including HP, Goss China, Founder Electronics, Artron, Yuto and Sunglow shared their knowledge.
More than 300 participants took part in the 2018 Global Label Technology Summit Forum and the Intelligent Label - 2018 “Sun Cup” Awards Ceremony of Asia Label Printing. Other events included the 2019 China International Paper Packaging Forum & Paper Industry Chain Solution Demonstration, the C9 Printing and Packaging Quality Control and Evaluation Conference, the 2018 Digital Printing in China Technology Summit Forum and the 2018 “KONICA MINOLTA & Keyin” Digital Printing Elite Invitation Awards ceremony.