Attend Print 2019 or Printing United?

Published by Greg Polk on Sep 12th 2019

In case you missed it, there are two U.S. print shows in 2019 this fall and they're about 20-days apart from each other.  If you haven't made plans yet, I hope the following will you decide which of these, if any, you should attend this year.

Print 2019: 

Print 2019 will be in Chicago again this year.  If you attend this show to see the latest products and equipment, then be sure to check the Print 2019 exhibitor floor plan first.  The show has been moved to the North Hall this year and it appears there is plenty of room for more exhibitors.  

Duplo USA ( a show favorite) will have a much smaller booth at Print 2019, but expect them to have a much bigger both at Printing United.  Kirk-Rudy is the other way around so be sure to attend Print 2019 if you're planning to see more of their equipment.  I heard that Kirk-Rudy is introducing a new color inkjet printer, so I am looking forward to this.  Missing this year?  Digital print heavy-weights like Canon and Ricoh are not exhibiting at Print 2019.

What may be lacking in the Exhibitors Hall may be offset by a good line-up of 80 sessions to learn more about the future of print, communications, and more.  They keynote speaker is Nicholas Thompson, the new Editor-and-Chief of Wired Magazine.  Wired Magazine follows tech closely and Nicholas will be sure to have plenty of insight into what the future looks like across the board, not just for publishers and printers alone.

A sample of some of the sessions that caught my eye are below:

I hope to see you at Print 2019.  I'll be spending time in the Kirk-Rudy booth 2236 in the mailing and fulfillment section of the show as well as walking around to visit other suppliers as well.  See you there!

Print 2019

Location: North Hall at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

Date: October 3-5 (Thursday - Saturday)


Printing United:

As the name implies and in their own words, "PRINTING United will cover print and finishing technologies in industry segments from garment to graphic, packaging to commercial, and industrial. Its objective is to convey all components of integrated solutions to satisfy virtually any client need."

There does seem to be more buzz about this show and vendors like Duplo USA, Canon, and Ricoh are placing their bets here.  The Exhibitor Hall is divided into groups such as "Commercial and Packaging" and "Graphic and Wide Format" which should be helpful and save attendees time.  It also looks like there are five entrances to the show which will be nice for a change.

On a personal note I am not sure what to expect as a matter of convenience attending the show, dining, housing, travel, etc..  I am used to the crowds, noise, traffic, and costs associated with Chicago's Print show but I have zero experience traveling to Dallas for shows.

 There are 130 sessions at this show compared to the 80 at Print 2019.  This may have to do more with the all the different types of print technology covered at this show rather than it's popularity.  I've listed some of the sessions I find interesting below:

I also hope to see you at Printing United!  I'll be spending time with Kirk-Rudy in booth 11734 and Duplo USA in booth 8408.  See you there!

Printing United

Location: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention, Dallas, TX

Date: October 23-25 (Wednesday - Friday)