Monday, April 29, 2013

Exploring a New Age of Print at emerge 2013

Consolidated Graphics’ fifth annual emerge conference is upon us, and our team is putting the finishing touches on preparations to showcase the latest evolution of print and related technology at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, beginning tomorrow night.

Everytime we do emerge, we are awed by the level of quality, innovation and entrepreneurship demonstrated by the print industry.  This year at emerge, nearly 1,000 guests will see a brand new “emerge experience” – our interactive exhibit of printing and marketing applications including packaging, grand format, digital, technology, direct mail and more.

They will also experience the third annual Encore® Awards. This year we received our most competitive set of entries yet, with more than 400 entries submitted across the nine competition categories.  The conversations sparked amongst our judges during their review of the entries was both intriguing and refreshing – clearly “paper,” and the ingenious use of substrates, is definitely back based on what we saw.

And the attendees will be exposed to the innovative thoughts of our keynote speakers, from Nike, MGM Resorts International, Adobe, United Airlines and the creative experts at Leo Burnett.  We are also offering guests a selection of 53 educational sessions, in topics ranging from marketing and creative to print production and technology solutions.

As emerge 2013 took shape, it became clear to us that we’re on the cusp of a new age of print. While technology continues to fill some of print’s more traditional roles, there is an enhanced appreciation for this medium that remains at the core of our company and industry. Print today is being used to deliver the most important and meaningful of messages. Print design has taken to new heights, paper substrates are becoming more tactile and substantive, special attention is paid to color and ink, and formats are virtually limitless.

Consolidated Graphics’ desire to innovate, create and lead the print industry forward only continues to increase, and we’re looking forward to sharing new developments and tackling new challenges that can be solved when we gather together as an industry at emerge!

Emerge 2013 is a private, invitation-only event being held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, April 30 to May 2. For more information about emerge, go to