PacPrint 2017, co-located with the Visual Impact Melbourne show, will open in less than a month and, with 150 exhibitors signed up and visitor numbers tracking strongly, organisers say it’s shaping up as one of the best in recent years.


PacPrint 2017 and Visual Impact are known as the market-leading shows for the print, graphic communications, sign and display sector, and this year’s iterations in Melbourne from May 23-26 will be no exception, with strong response from both the industry’s suppliers and potential visitors indicating that this will be a busy and exciting show.


“We’re delighted with the response to PacPrint and VI so far, both from the industry’s suppliers and from the broader print and sign markets,” says Peter Harper, GM – Trade Shows & Publications for Visual Connections, which is not only the event’s organiser but also its co-host, with Printing Industries.


“With less than a month to go until the doors open at the MCEC, the show is promising to be an unmissable opportunity for anyone involved in the sector to get a feel for the latest trends, see new-release equipment and systems, evaluate a range of options and business solutions,” he says.


More than 150 exhibitors will showcase an enormous variety of equipment, systems, services and solutions ranging from software and workflow management, to digital print and finishing, functional and 3D print, packaging and labels, signage and display systems, promotional products and banners, and more.


More importantly, perhaps, Harper says PacPrint provides the ideal opportunity to connect with the people and organisations who can provide advice, support and services to help build future success.


“As well as Visual Connections, Printing Industries will have a significant presence at the show, sharing its booth with the Packaging Council of Australia. PrintNZ is bringing a contingent to play host to the hundreds of visitors expected from New Zealand and the FPLMA will be there to liaise with packaging, label and flexo print professionals. Even the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science – better known as AusIndustry - will be on hand to help businesses identify potential grants and other support available through the Federal Government’s programs,” he explains.


“Our team has gathered together an impressive group of speakers for the PacPrint Forum Series, also, from four fascinating keynote speakers that are sure to challenge and inspire, to panelists for in-depth sessions on various industry sectors, technologies and business strategies, and experts who will deliver practical workshop sessions on more sector, business and technology-specific topics.”


Rounding out the program will be events like the Women in Print PacPrint 2017 Breakfast on the morning of Wednesday 24 May, and the industry’s ‘night of nights’ – the 34th National Print Awards Gala Presentation Dinner, to be held on the evening of Thursday 25th May at Plenary 2 in the adjacent Convention Centre.


“In such a dynamic industry, it’s vital to connect with new ideas, the latest technologies, and reliable and valuable services and support so that we can transition our businesses to capitalize on exciting new opportunities and meet the needs of an ever-changing market,” says PacPrint Chair, Adrian Fleming.


“In my view, this PacPrint is shaping up to be one of the best I’ve ever attended and will be an important opportunity for businesses to connect with the best ideas, information and inspiration to help you make important investment and business decisions to shape your future direction and success.”


PacPrint 2017 will run from 23-26 May at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. It will open from 10am – 6pm on Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 May, with a special late night till 7pm on Wednesday 24 May, complete with complimentary canapes and drinks for visitors, to cater for small business owners and those who find it more difficult to get away during business hours. The final day of the show, Friday 26 May, will run from 10am until 4pm.


To make the most of your time at the show, both Harper and Fleming would encourage visitors to preregister and to plan their visits.


“Jump onto the PacPrint website and click the link to register, so you can skip the queues at the MCEC, and don’t forget to check out the information on exhibitors, the Forum Series and other show highlights, which can help you plan to make the most of your visit,” Harper says.


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