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GROW Your Business

PRINT 18 is the ONE event that helps you Grow YOUR Business. More than 80 engaging education sessions. An extensive exhibit floor featuring the latest RED HOT technologies. Networking with colleagues, customers and potential business partners. At PRINT 18 you will learn, shop, strategize and solve complex challenges with unconventional thinking, innovative products and trusted solutions that can be implemented immediately.

PRINT has served as the platform for breakthrough ideas and technologies for 50 years. Owned and produced by the Association for PRINT Technologies, it’s where emerging technology and powerful business meet.

You Know the WHAT. We’ll Show You the HOW.

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Show Dates and Hours:

  • Sunday, September 30: 10 am - 5 pm
  • Monday, October 1:        9 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday, October 2:        9 am - 3 pm


Hotel & Transportation

Stay at one of the top-rated Chicago hotels in our block and secure a discounted rate. Book now to save!

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Learning Experience

Choose from dozens of educational sessions that address topics of impact to the graphic communications industry today. Topical categories range from business management, sales, opportunities and new markets, to operational improvement, technical “how it's done” and the big picture topics that affect us all (the economy, industry, culture and the future).

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Become An Exhibitor

View the floor plan and Exhibitor Prospectus. Download the Space Application and secure your booth.


Future Show Dates

Make your plans now to join us for future PRINT events!


October 3 - 5, 2019
McCormick Place - Chicago, IL


October 4 - 6, 2020
McCormick Place - Chicago, IL

Celebrate PRINT! Our Party With a Purpose

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Join us again for Celebrate PRINT! Our Party with a Purpose, taking place Monday, October 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

Are you ready to party and benefit a cause that matters to our PRINT community? Last year, we raised more than $5,000 for Family Rescue Chicago to celebrate our return to the windy city. This year, join us at PINSTRIPES for a fresh take on bowling, games, Toast & Jam DJ, and modern rustic food in a trendy nightclub atmosphere. Connect, play and unwind while we benefit CJ's SKATEPARK, empowering children to overcome challenges and build confidence through recreation.

Shuttles will be available to take you from McCormick Place to PINSTRIPES.

Guided Exhibit Hall Tours

New to PRINT 18 — get an exclusive look at the Exhibit Hall through the lens of industry experts on special guided tours. These free tours follow topic-specific education sessions in the Exhibit Hall Learning Experience Theater (Booth 1652) and run each day of the event.

Limited space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required for each tour and you must be a registered attendee of PRINT 18. E-mail Erin Harrison at to reserve your spot today once you have completed your attendee registration. Include your name, company, email address and the name of the tour(s) you would like to attend.

Click here to view the archived webinar about our Guided Tours; brought to you by Steven Schnoll, Trish Witkowski, and John Leininger.

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Guided Tours

Tour: Automated Solutions for Today's Finishing

Mon. October 1 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The bindery is the final frontier of total workflow automation—but what’s the appropriate path to this goal? This tour will take you on a fascinating journey to explore automated solutions in 5 bindery categories.


Tour: Emerging Trends Reshaping Print

Mon. October 1 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Evolving digital technologies ranging from dealing with data management to printing are reshaping our industry. This tour will showcase diversified segment leaders and offer important conversations in providing the viable options to the future.


Tour: For In-Plants the Secret for Success Can be Found in Two Things

Sun. September 30 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

For in-plants, its two things: constantly strive to keep prices competitive and add more value-added products. The tour will engage with companies that can help in-plants cut manufacturing costs and others with products that can add more value.


Tour: High Speed Ink-Jet Print Advancements

Tues. October 2 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This tour will provide an overview of competing approaches to enhancing inkjet print quality and expanding media compatibility. The introduction will be followed by an exhibitor tour led by Inkjet Insight analysts who are ready to answer questions.


Tour: Ideas Around Specialty Print and Embellishments

Tues. October 2 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Today print is much more than just putting ink on paper. This tour will take participants to some of the Specialty Print and Embellishments thought leader companies making the printed piece a stimulating marketing choice.


Tour: Print is Flying in the Cloud

Sun. September 30 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Cloud Technology is impacting the print industry in many different areas. Cloud computing is the delivery of many different services. This tour will highlight five industry segments that utilize the cloud in impactful ways.

The VR Experience at PRINT 18

Visitors to the new VR Experience in the exhibit hall at PRINT 18 will have the opportunity to interact with presses in ways one never could in the real world. Imagine poking your head into the side of a press and examine the rollers while the press is running! Impossible in the real world, but anything is possible in the realm of virtual reality.

The Association for PRINT Technologies teamed up with Clemson University to create the VR Experience, showcasing several new “big iron” offset and digital printing presses. Visitors who want the full immersive experience can don some VR gear and enter the 20’ x 20’ VR area in the RED HOT Opportunities area (booth #847) and virtually interact with each of the presses. While the person immersed in the experience sees the virtual pressroom as if they’re there, other attendees can follow the action of the person interacting with the press on large overhead screens. Each VR experience lasts about 5-7 minutes and no prior experience with VR is required. The VR experience is sure to be a highlight for those who want to jump into this fun and interactive new activity at PRINT 18. 

Grow YOUR Business

PRINT 18 Ignites Our Industry

PRINT 18 is a problem-solving adventure for INFORMED purchasing decisions and trusted solutions. See innovative technology, explore 80+ education sessions, and network with your peers in Chicago, September 30 - October 2.


Brittany Hodak and the Unique Power of Print

Hear Brittany tell the story behind The Superfan Company, which she co-founded eight years ago. She has created print-based collectible products for more than 150 entertainers and brand including Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, KISS, and the New York Mets. Don't miss her session at PRINT 18!
Photo courtesy of Jill Greenberg

Seth Godin to Keynote at PRINT 18

Association for Print Technologies announced that world-renowned entrepreneur and best-selling author Seth Godin will be the keynote speaker at PRINT® 18, the Association's signature event for the graphic communications industry, which will be held in Chicago, IL September 30 – October 2, 2018.

Keynote sponsored by: Xerox Corporation

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A Chat with Mick Rowan

PRINT Success Story

Print IQ's Mick Rowan, Director of Product Development, offers us insight on their success at PRINT 17 and how they plan on continuing that format through to PRINT 18. Originated in New Zealand, Print IQ specializes in Management Workflow Systems and focuses heavily on the North American market. As past attendees, they exhibited for the first time at PRINT 17 and had a "fantastic response" with over 100 demos and more than 15 converted sales!

PRINT Named to Trade Show News Network Top Trade Shows List

The Association for Print Technologies (APTech), formerly NPES, announced that its annual event, PRINT®, has been listed in the 2017 Top 100 U.S. Trade Shows by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN). In addition to verifying that PRINT was top-ranked by number of visitors, TSNN has also qualified the event to be chosen as one of the top 25 fastest-growing in attendance and net square footage.

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