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Print World 2016, Toronto, 19th to 21st November

With the move of Graph Expo to Florida in September, the way has been left open for Print World 2016 in Toronto Canada to become the biggest show of the year in the North East USA/Eastern Canada catchment area. 

Sandy Donald, the promoter of the Print World 2016 makes the following points:

  • With Graph Expo moving to Orlando Print World is the only show in the north east this year, and with no exhibition in Chicago this year he is confident that Print World will attract printers from all over Canada and the north-east of the USA. 
  • Toronto is in the center of the printing heartland of North America. Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington and even Chicago are a short plane trip to Toronto.
  • Toronto is now the third largest printing center in North America and has the highest density of printers per capita of any city in North America.
  • There are more printers in Toronto now than Chicago.   
  • Print World is a much cheaper place to exhibit, particularly with the relatively low value of the Canadian dollar. 

Sandy claims that Print World is the gateway to the world’s largest printing market.  “North American printers buy over $3.5 billion in equipment and supplies per year. Over 55,000 plants are located in Canada and the United States. Now is your chance to showcase your products to the lucrative North American market. We have a low-cost turn-key package for international manufacturers and suppliers for Print World 2016.  The show is held in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and biggest printing market. The show occupies more than 125,000 sq. ft. in downtown Toronto's Enercare Centre, Canada’s largest and most advanced show facility.

“In offset presses, previous major exhibitors include Heidelberg, Manroland, Presstek, Komori and KBA. On the digital side, major exhibitors have included Xerox, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Fujifilm, Ricoh and Konica-Minolta. Overseas exhibitors included Petratto (Italy), Zenith Rollers (India), Accura-MIS (U.K.), and Hans-Grohni Graphic Technologies (China). Print World offers attendees a top-notch conference featuring some of North America’s leading print experts.  Over 50% of Canada’s top 100 printers attended the last show including Vistaprint ($750 million), St. Joseph Printing ($330 million), TI Group ($45 million), Lowe Martin ($85 million), Solisco Printing ($84 million) and RR Donnelley $250 million). A lot of smaller and mid-size printers look at pre-owned equipment as an affordable way to grow in size.”

Sandy wants pressXchange to promote his show with used machinery dealers from Europe and the USA, offering a Used Machinery Pavilion at especially attractive prices.

The Toronto show has been going since 1986 and in recent years has attracted between five and seven thousand visitors each year; this is less than half of Graph Expo’s visitor total, but Sandy expects this number to increase significantly in 2016 with no competitor in the region. 


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