Industry Events

2018
February 27-
March 1
Colour Management Boot Camp

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) will host a three-day hands-on workshop on the unique aspects of colour management for large-format inkjet digital printers in its state-of-the-art lab in Fairfax, Va., presented by Nazdar inkjet team leader Travis Barcelona, Color Management Group director of technical services Dan Gillespie and ColorCasters CEO Jim Raffel.

March
21-24
International Sign Expo

The International Sign Association’s (ISA’s) annual International Sign Expo will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. As the largest gathering of sign, graphics and visual communications professionals, it’s the perfect place to learn about and make investments in wide-format printing, digital signage, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), vehicle wrapping and more.

March
27-30
Advanced Wrap Training

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions brings its 2018 North American wrap training workshop series to Restyle It, a vehicle customization shop in Concord, Ont. This class will focus on colour-change vehicle wraps, featuring a wide array of finishes and textures. Installers will learn cutting-edge techniques for improving quality and reducing their wrap installation times by 20 to 50 per cent.

April
8-9
Colour Management Boot Camp

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) will host a three-day hands-on workshop on the unique aspects of colour management for large-format inkjet digital printers in its state-of-the-art lab in Fairfax, Va., presented by Nazdar inkjet team leader Travis Barcelona, Color Management Group director of technical services Dan Gillespie and ColorCasters CEO Jim Raffel.

April
11-12
Fundamentals of Colour, Appearance, Instrumentation and Quality Control

X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone bring a two-day seminar to the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, offering colour theory, techniques for effective colour management and new ways to evaluate appearance characteristics. Attendees will learn how texture, gloss, transparency and special effect finishes can lead to errors in graphic production and affect a material’s final appearance.

April
20-21
BC Sign & Graphics Show

The British Columbia Sign Association’s show is the region’s premier graphics and networking event, attracting attendees primarily from Western Canada and the U.S. to see all of the latest products, services, equipment, information and technology the Canadian sign industry has to offer. This year, the show will be hosted in the grand ballroom at the Delta Hotel & Conference Centre in Burnaby, B.C.

May
8-10
Colour Management Boot Camp

Color Management Group (CMG), the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and Electronics for Imaging (EFI) present a 2.5-day class on how to implement best practices for linearizing, profiling, optimizing and verifying colour on all output devices. Hosted at EFI’s facilities in Pittsburgh, Penn., the class will prepare attendees to take SGIA’s online exam for professional certification.

May
11-12
Quebec Visual Graphics and Sign Show

L’Association Québécoise de l’Industrie de l’Enseigne (AQIE) presents its major trade show at Place Forzani in Laval, Que. Held every other year, the show offers an opportunity for buyers, company owners and production managers to meet with exhibitors. It also incorporates AQIE’s annual general meeting (AGM). Visitors can register for free pre-admission until Apr. 30.

May
15-18
FESPA Global Print Expo

The next Federation of European Screen Printers Associations (FESPA) Global Print Expo is expected to cover nine halls of the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds in Germany, showcasing a wide range of digital, textile and screenprinting products. The event will again be co-located with the European Sign Expo, which features non-printed visual communications applications with the sign industry in mind.

May
16-17
Introduction to Textile Testing

During this two-day workshop at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists’ (AATCC’s) headquarters (HQ) in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, attendees will learn how to perform and interpret tests for a variety of physical and colourfast properties of textile fabrics, from washability to tear strength. The schedule will include lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practice.

May
21-23
Wide-format Exchange (WFX)

This new conference from the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), to be held in Minneapolis, Minn., will provide an opportunity for top executives from high-volume wide-format graphic print service providers (PSPs) to network and connect with their peers. Sessions will explore strategies for making the most of the convergence of technologies and markets.

June
2-8
InfoComm

InfoComm, produced by the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA), is North America’s largest event focusing on the professional AV industry. The 2018 edition returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., where it is expected to draw 1,000 exhibitors—showcasing thousands of products for digital signage and other AV applications—and 44,000 attendees from 110 countries.

June
28-29
Basic/Intermediate Wrap Training

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions brings its 2018 North American wrap training workshop series to Mach 1 Customs, a vehicle wrap studio in Mississauga, Ont. Sponsored by Mutoh, the class focuses on films for a wide variety of applications, including wall, window, floor and full vehicle wraps. Installers will learns hands-on techniques for both calendered and cast films.

July
18-19
Wrap Basics & Beyond

Roland DGA brings its Born to Wrap series of workshops, which are designed for vehicle wrap designers, installers and shop owners, to Consolidated Color in Elk Grove Village, Ill. With hands-on instruction by the team from Digital EFX Wraps, this extensive two-day workshop will provide a complete lowdown from printing and application to tools, techniques and tricks.

July
23-24
Advanced Wrap Training

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions brings its 2018 North American wrap training workshop series to FleetFX Graphics in Edmonton. This class will focus on colour-change vehicle wraps, featuring a wide array of finishes and textures. Installers will learn cutting-edge techniques for improving quality and reducing their wrap installation times by 20 to 50 per cent.

September
13-14
Vehicle Wrap Certification Course

Orafol Americas’ vehicle wrap certification course, which is coming to Long Island, N.Y., is a comprehensive, two-day workshop designed to educate users about proper selection of vehicle wrapping films and application methods for particularly difficult areas, such as door handles, spoilers, air dams and bumpers. Attendees must pass an exam to obtain certification.

September
20-21
Advanced Wrap Training

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions brings its 2018 North American wrap training workshop series to Wrap Haus, a luxury vehicle wrapping company in Calgary. This class will focus on colour-change vehicle wraps, featuring a wide array of finishes and textures. Installers will learn cutting-edge techniques for improving quality and reducing their wrap installation times by 20 to 50 per cent.

September
21-22
Sign Expo Canada

Sign Expo Canada, the Sign Association of Canada’s (SAC’s) national trade show, returns to the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. In addition to showcasing the latest and greatest products and services available to the Canadian sign industry, the expo will feature a variety of competitions and social events, providing an opportunity for exhibitors and attendees to connect and network.

October
18-20
SGIA Expo

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo, North America’s largest printing trade show, returns to Las Vegas Nev., one last time before it is succeeded in 2019 with a new show, Print United. The Las Vegas Convention Center will be home to aisle after aisle of the latest technological innovations in everything from wide-format graphics to garment decorating to package printing.

November
29-30
The Sign Exchange

Following the merger of the United States Sign Council (USSC) and all of its assets into the USSC Foundation (USSCF), this new convention is set to replace the Sign World International show at Harrah’s Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The Sign Exchange will be an exhibitor-owned show, where a percentage of profits will be returned to each exhibiting company, based on booth space.

2019
April
11-13
Graphics Canada

Canada’s largest and longest-running national trade show for the graphic arts and printing industries will return to Hall 5 in the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. Sponsored by the Printing Equipment & Supply Dealers’ Association of Canada (PESDA), Graphics Canada offers the opportunity to compare equipment, products and services side-by-side and network with industry professionals.