The 2012 Graph Expo ended yesterday, wrapping up a weekend’s worth of knowledge surrounding the printing industry and its flexible and innovative solutions. Filled with seminars and presentations designed to educate business leaders, the Expo also provided an outlet for companies to meet with vendors.

“I thought the expo was great as always,” Mike Ferretti, owner of PostNet Printing & Graphics in Charlotte, North Carolina told a reporter for the Expo. “It is always great to see the new products and services coming out in the industry and meet those vendors we currently do business with that we are not always able to see in person.”

According to an article published by the event organizers, the important aspects to this year’s event were the breakthrough of high-end, half-size format machines, which provided better, more targeted printing.

With a higher emphasis on quality of images produced on paper, businesses should also ensure that the documents are properly protected. Investing in a quality laminating machine will keep prints professional in appearance and give them the extra strength to withstand multiple handlings. For posters and other advertisements, laminating sheets will make sure colors don’t run and the image stays intact.

Brian Phipps, general manager of Mutoh America, said in the article that this Expo was probably the best one yet for his company, as booth traffic remained steady the entire weekend and all attendees were excited and eager to expand their business.

The Graph Expo article added that document finishing solutions vendors were also in attendance, further highlighting the importance of the final stages of creating printed products. Print service providers (PSPs) can stay on the cutting edge in the industry by taking note of the increased interest in short-run, personalized and integrated print needs.

Exhibitors said that there were many buyers in attendance who were looking for ways to open new opportunities, stay innovative and increase their companies’ overall productivity.