Jackson, MI—The Association of Imaging Executives (AIE), a member association of PMA, held the AIE Output Summit during the PMA 2010 International Convention and Trade Show on February 21, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California. All AIE members with a PMA 2010 badge were invited to attend at no additional cost, and any PMA 2010 attendee could attend by becoming an AIE member on-site.
Sponsored by Eastman Kodak, HP and Xerox Corp., the summit took an in-depth look at the future of photographic output and the potential it holds for imaging professionals. The top digital printing companies in the world discussed visions of the current market, changing behavioral patterns of customers, emerging markets, and how imaging businesses can take advantage of current and forthcoming profit vehicles.
The AIE Output Summit started off at 2:00 p.m. with industry addresses from sponsoring firms Kodak, HP and Xerox. Then, a panel discussion occurred with executives from big volume facilities such as Burrell Colour Imaging, White House Custom Color, Miller’s Professional Imaging, Photo Create, and District Photo. Topics included how they have redirected efforts to keep up with constantly changing technology and consumer behavior, what new markets are being pursued, what new products are doing well and which ones are dying, and from where new customers are coming.
Following the panel discussion, attendees learned how to seize emerging business models during a panel conversation between industry innovators, moderated by industry analyst Paul Worthington of The 6Sight Report. Visionary Scott Brownstein concluded the meeting with final thoughts on the exciting future ahead in the world of digital output.
Immediately following the summit was the AIE reception, allowing attendees the chance to network and discuss new ideas and opportunities.