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Print 13--breaking the records across the board.

This past September, the print and graphics industry got together in Chicago for Print 13. The show drew double-digit attendance increases over the 2012 Graph Expo event with 24,695 attending. More than 16,000 of those were verified buyers looking to learn about new equipment and supplies for their businesses-up 22 percent from the previous year. And another indication that the industry is on the upswing again: the number of high-level executives in attendance increased 15 percent this year.

But attendance records don't paint the whole picture. Exhibitors from around the industry were also reporting record-breaking numbers. One example was press manufacturer KBA North America, which declared this one of its most successful shows ever, based on both the quantity and quality of traffic during the 5-day event.

"This has been an excellent show for KBA," said Mark Hischar, president and CEO, KBA North America. "Our associates were busy introducing and explaining to our customers and prospects why KBA's industry-first technology will help them broaden their customer base, move into new markets, and increase their efficiency and bottom line. We were honored to have our KBA Group president and CEO Claus Boha-Schunemann join us to provide an international perspective and meet one-on-one with customers and prospects. And we were extremely pleased to welcome Meredith-Webb executives Kelly and Travers Webb, who signed a contract to install their third KBA press in three years at their facility in Burlington, NC. We expect further announcements in the coming months due to the success derived from this show."

Meredith-Webb Printing Co. purchased the newly-launched KBA Rapida 164 64-inch six-color 10-unit press with double coaters, UV capabilities and the new KBA ErgoTronic console. The new press, its third from KBA in three years, will be delivered to Meredith-Webb's facility in January 2014. This was just one example of how printers at the show are in the market to expand their capacity and streamline operations. For a print industry that has struggled in the last few years, this was a heartening sign.

But it wasn't just the equipment manufacturers who had much better than expected shows. Software company CGS Publishing Technologies International, and substrate manufacturer GPA, also reported massive traffic through their booths during the course of the show. GPA noted it was record-breaking, with the company seeing a high volume of new potential customers along with quite a few current customers coming to see what they had on display. For CGS, which won two InterTech Technology Awards and a Must See 'Em this year, the activity surrounding their booth far surpassed expectations.

"The excitement was palpable," said Trevor Haworth, CEO, CGS, in a statement. "We have received industry recognition multiple times in the past, but this year's show was a record for us, with three acknowledgements of our commitment to innovation."

And on the finishing side of the business, which includes everything from cutting to binding, one example of success came from Rollem International, which sold its Delta 5 Die Cutter right off the show floor, to MCM Technologies of Providence, R.I. There was no segment of the print industry that didn't show signs of growth at the show this year.

"Two common themes seemed to be repeated by attendees and exhibitors alike at the show this year," said Ralph Nappi, president, Graphic Arts Show Company. "First, a sense of optimism existed that has not been evidenced in our industry for a few years; the second was the surprising number of deals that were inked at the show."

And these were just a few of hundreds of examples of an industry seeing a revival at Print 13. Nearly every exhibitor, across every product category in every segment of print and graphics, came away feeling positive about the direction of the business, and optimistic about its future. They are bringing ideas, products and genuine excitement back to pressrooms across the country, and every newspaper will see the benefits as its printer partners expand and innovate.
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Title Annotation:PRINT[R] 13: SEPTEMBER 8-12, 2013 McCORMICK PLACE / CHICAGO, IL USA
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