Print World History
A Trade Show With a Record of Success

Print World’s roots date back to 1986 when it began as a specialized regional show under the name Print Ontario.

The show outgrew two facilities (Queen Elizabeth Building, 40,000 sq. ft.; and then the Automotive Building, 75,000 sq. ft.; both at Exhibition Place, Toronto) and in 1998 moved to its current location: the Direct Energy Centre (formerly National Trade Centre), Canada’s largest and most sophisticated show facility, also at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto. In total, the show occupies over 125,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Print Ontario was renamed Print World in 2004 to better reflect the international scope of the show, its exhibitors, and its attendees. The show also grew as the shorter-run printing market grew, especially with the introduction of digital presses and as mid-size and large printers began entering the short-run market.

In 2006, Print World became the centre of the world of shorter-run printing, welcoming the largest attendance on record. Nearly 10,000 visitors attended, representing all 10 Canadian provinces, 19 American states, and for the first time, a number of international countries, including Finland, United Kingdom, Spain, India and New Zealand.

Exhibitors in the past have included the biggest brands on the international scene, such as Adobe, AGFA, Brandtjen & Kluge, Buskro, Canon, Epson, GBC, Heidelberg, Hewlett-Packard, KBA, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Van Son, and Xerox among the over 200 exhibitors.

Despite the recession of 2009 and 2010, Print World 2010 delivered strong sales results to exhibitors. See our Testimonial page.

Thanks to an innovative marketing campaign launched in 2010 and expanded in 2012, Print World 2012 promises to be "where traditional and emerging markets intersect." Print World 2012 marketing includes commercial printing but extends far beyond the traditional "printer," reaching other sectors of the economy with interests in print, and focusing on areas of intense technological innovation, including:

• web-to-print
• inkjet
• large-format
• on-demand
• digital printing
• variable printing
• new print applications e.g. photobooks
• automated finishing

Join us at Print World 2012 to experience the new world of printing.

The WORLD of
short-run printing
Print World Features
POSTAL WORLD
SIGN WORLD
PACKAGING & LABEL WORLD
PUBLISHING WORLD
Case Study Theatre
Seminars
Design City
financing
Print World Sponsors