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GOA Projects Printing Industry Growth for Latin America

November 30, 2012
ORLANDO, FL—November 27, 2012—A study produced by the Graphics of the Americas Expo & Conference (GOA) forecasts a positive state for the print industry in Latin America, a core GOA audience, in 2013.
Produced annually by the Printing Association of Florida, and now in its 38th year, GOA is held February 21-23, 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
Based on statistics reported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the study reveals that the Latin America printing industry remained positive for most of the last decade, with a projected growth of four percent in 2013. The projected GDP in 2013 for Latin America and the Caribbean is 3.9 percent.
National economies that are driving the growth include (projected) Mexico (3.5 percent); Brazil (4 percent); Chile (4.4 percent); Colombia (4.4 percent); Peru (5.8 percent); and Panama (7.5 percent).
"The findings in this latest report are not at all surprising to us," says George, GOA president. "The very reason for the specialization of our show is the resounding success the printing industry is experiencing in Latin American countries. Our exhibitors and attendees are reporting growth year over year, even when the economy is not at its peak. This study is very promising and invigorating for our audience and those who serve it."
According to the study, the packaging segment has the best outlook within the industry. Another survey, published by Conversion Magazine in 2012, shows sustained growth in all three major categories: flexible packaging converters; label converters; and folding carton. The growth in the packaging segment is producing changes to the structure of the industry within the entire region, and there has been an increase in mergers and acquisitions of packaging converters with high volumes.
Competing on the global stage; modernization

The GOA study finds that the most dynamic sectors of the Latin American printing industry have modernized technologically, and have maintained a significant investment capacity despite fluctuations in growth in the last ten years.
A significant number of large companies, particularly in Mexico and Brazil, have acquired world-class status in their markets, given their levels of efficiency, quality and service. In addition, a segment of small and medium-sized enterprises has achieved sustained growth and now faces the challenge of retooling to increase its competitiveness in the context of global competition.
According to Agfa Graphics Brazil and Latin America President Fabrizio Valentini, many printing industry companies have experienced double-digit sales growth in the past decade.
The study concludes that the printing industry in Latin America is going through a period of transformation and redefinition, similar to the overall printing industry, worldwide. Opportunities abound for companies to refine vision, improve competitiveness, and invest in technologies to improve quality and productivity. Companies report that they will now be focusing on differentiating services and, in certain niches, leveraging the opportunities created by online advancements, new methods, and progressive philosophies.
GOA—A Specialty Showcase
GOA 2013 is a unique event that attracts an average audience of 8,100 printers, designers, and creative professionals from over 90 countries (60 percent United States). The diverse attendance is a tremendous draw for: Commercial Printers; Digital Printers; Flexo Printers; Wide Format Printers; Screen Printers; Sign Printers; Specialty Printers (Label, Thermography, Packaging); Advertising & Marketing Professionals; Graphic Designers & Creative Professionals; Equipment Manufacturers, Distributors & Dealers; Book Printers; Converters & Packaging Printers; In-Plant Printers; Bindery; Print Buyers; and Mailing & Fulfillment Companies.
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About Printing Association of Florida (PAF)
The Printing Association of Florida is one of the most active and influential printing associations in North America, with headquarters in Orlando, FL. More than 300 Florida-based graphic arts companies consider PAF their ultimate business partner. Governed by an all-volunteer board of directors elected by its membership, PAF is a not-for-profit association representing the interests of the graphic arts industry throughout the state. PAF is affiliated with Printing Industries of America, the world's largest graphic arts trade association, making PAF members a part of the largest, most comprehensive graphic arts advocacy organization in the world. PAF is located at 6275 Hazeltine National Drive, Orlando, FL 32822. For information, call: (407) 240-8009; Fax: (407) 240-8333; or visit:

About Graphics of the Americas (GOA)

Now in its 38th year, Graphics of the Americas, produced annually by the Printing Association of Florida, takes place on February 21-23, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. GOA is one of the graphic communications industry's largest annual combined exposition and conference in the United States. With worldwide attendance, GOA is a unique event that attracts over 8,100 printers, designers, and creative professionals from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. To register, or for more information, call 1-800-331-0461, or visit:

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