SGIA and IFAI supershows combine in strategic partnership

The two associations will co-locate in 2013 in Orlando to add value to both industries.

(Oct. 13, 2010 - Fairfax, VA/Roseville, MN)--Organizers of SGIA Expo and IFAI Expo Americas have announced plans to co-locate their 2013 events at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The events will take place 23-25 Oct. 2013, drawing potentially more than 25,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors.

"The SGIA Expo is all about maximizing opportunities in diverse markets," said Michael Robertson, SGIA president and CEO. "SGIA and IFAI will work together to advance the use of imaged specialty fabrics for a wide range of applications."

The two expositions are well-matched for those involved with graphics on flexible materials: SGIA Expo features the latest specialty imaging trends and technologies, attracting participants from a wide range of imaging sectors. And IFAI Expo Americas complements that as the focal point for the specialty fabrics industry in the Americas.

According to Stephen M. Warner, president and CEO of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, "This co-location makes strategic sense. One location produces incredible value for both the visitors and the exhibitors. Bringing these two leading events together provides a unique occasion for participants in all levels of the value chain to network and share industry knowledge."

Robertson agrees, saying, "It will build a better understanding for the SGIA community of specialty fabrics and how the material can be used in the imaging marketplace; and the IFAI community will have extensive exposure to new imaging and finishing technologies they normally wouldn't see at IFAI Expo Americas."

Though plans are still in the earliest stages, SGIA and IFAI are committed to making 2013 a successful co-location destination. For more information about the SGIA Expo and the specialty imaging marketplace, visit To find out more about the IFAI Expo Americas and the specialty fabrics industry visit

SGIA - Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community--"Specialty imaging" comprises digital imaging, screen printing and the many other imaging technologies SGIA members use, including those they'll tap in the future. These are the imaging processes and technologies employed to create new products and to enhance existing products including point-of-purchase displays, signs, advertisements, garments, containers and vehicles. Make the most of your specialty imaging business.

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)--IFAI provides a global marketplace for innovative products and services, relevant education, promotion and networking opportunities. The association represents the interests of 2,000 companies from 54 countries in 11 defined market niches. It is the leading organizer of industry trade shows and conferences, and publishes seven trade magazines and buyers guides in print and online.