Expo 411: A Quest for Print Innovation
The PRINTING United Expo — October 18-20 in Atlanta — is quickly approaching, and attendees are gearing up for a week of learning, networking, and inspiration. As a lead-up to the Expo, we are sharing a series of Q&A interviews featuring attendees from a variety of backgrounds sharing why they are attending the PRINTING United Expo, what they hope to learn, and what excites them about the upcoming event.
AlphaGraphics Tri-Cities - Atlanta Airport and AlphaGraphics Dunwoody - Sandy Springs
Maria Kennedy, Center Manager
East Point, GA and Sandy Springs, GA
AlphaGraphics Tri-Cities - Atlanta Airport and AlphaGraphics Dunwoody - Sandy Springs manufactures both large- and small-format prints, as well as in-house graphic design services, and installation.
With the help of many vendor partners, the company also provide promotional products, architectural and building signage (channel letters, pylon and monument signs, mailing services, and e-marketing solutions.
The company prints in every size and substrate using a diverse range of equipment and inks from UV, solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and more. Its largest printer accommodates up to 16ft-wide material. Using its RF welder, those pieces are connected and create massive size products from billboards to custom printed sports field covers and everything in between.
WFI: What made you decide to attend this year's Expo?
Kennedy: We are purchasing new equipment which put us in touch with several other shops and area vendors allowing us to see some new products and print methods. This ignited a desire further explore new tech, equipment, and production methods.
WFI: What products, brands, or services are you most looking forward to seeing?
Kennedy: I’m looking for 3D printing equipment and supplies, metallic foiling and raised spot UV, engravers for promotional products. We are looking for anything cutting edge that is not yet “trending.” I am looking to expand our capabilities that puts us in front of the trend rather than responding to requests that are already saturated in the market.
WFI: How do you plan and make the most of your time at the Expo?
Kennedy: Scheduling and using the app!
WFI: How do you hope attending will impact your business/career moving forward?
Kennedy: Learning what’s new and making fresh connections opens channels and opportunities that have infinite potential. My hope is to connect with other women leading and contributing to the ever evolving print world.
Denise Gustavson is the Editorial Director and Special Projects Editor for the Printing & Packaging Group, which includes Printing Impressions, packagePRINTING, In-plant Graphics and Wide-Format Impressions magazines, among other brands. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Wide-Format Impressions.