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Vegas Lights: SGIA Expo 2018 Preview

(August/September 2018) posted on Fri Sep 14, 2018

The 15th SGIA show returns to Nevada October 18-20.

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As summer vacations pass along with the balmy weather, it’s time to look ahead to your next big trip that’s sure to blend work and play: the 2018 SGIA Expo. Returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center October 18-20 for its final iteration, this year’s show aims to offer each of its 25,000-plus attendees a new tip, trick, application concept, piece of equipment, or industry connection.

Whether your first or fifteenth show, the 2018 SGIA Expo will provide the perfect setting for connecting with industry peers, manufacturers, and thought leaders with backgrounds in garment decoration, printed electronics, textiles, outdoor advertising, DTG inkjet, wide-format digital print, and more. Explore ways to expand your market share at the 550-plus booths on the show floor and gain industry insight from the 72 educational sessions, Women in Print events, specialty luncheons, Wrap Team Challenges, and half-day workshops scheduled over the course of the expo.

Between the bright lights of the Strip and hustle and bustle of the tradeshow, it’s unlikely you’ll experience a dull moment at this year’s SGIA Expo. Here, Screen Printing presents a roundup of must-attend happenings for printers from all backgrounds. See you in Vegas! 

The Show Floor
Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Golden Image Submissions from more than 50 specialty imaging categories will be on display in the Golden Image Gallery on the show floor. 

ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition Graphic arts students in high school and college submitted their finest work to be judged by the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies in this contest, named for the late Screen Printing editor.

Wrap Team Challenge Two-person teams will compete for both glory and a cash prize at booth #4118 starting Thursday, racing to wrap the side of a car in 20 minutes or less. The championship round takes place Saturday; free to observe. 

Wide Format 101: Essential Skills for Success
Wednesday, 1-4:30 p.m., room N114
This pre-expo half-day session narrows in on wide-format digital inkjet printing with four presentations focusing on technologies and equipment, market areas, color management, business strategies, and more. 

Essential Small Business Strategies

Wednesday, 1-4:30 p.m., room N115
A half-day conference designed for new and/or small businesses, this pre-show event features action-oriented presentations covering employee engagement, sales strategies, brand development, online marketing, and business management. 


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