In 2015, the largest Odyssey in the history of the event was held, with 163 exhibitors, 30 running machines in the hall and a record number of attendees at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Ctr. and Hotel. Just 25 minutes from downtown Chicago, this 148,000-sq-ft facility offers 500 convenient hotel rooms connected to the Convention Ctr.
Odyssey organizers are expecting excellent attendance yet again in 2017. Outstanding exhibitor participation drives excitement from the number of diemakers, diecutters and print finishers within a day’s drive of Schaumburg, and the convention center’s easy access from O’Hare International Airport assists in attracting international attendees and making the event more global. Education once again is a priority for the programming committee, with a continued focus on what’s new in the world of diecutting, diemaking, folding cartons, foil and engraving, while also expanding content to include information for those in corrugated, plastics, foams, gaskets and more.
Many of the educational programs will take place in the Techshop™, offering attendees a one-of-a-kind experience with live, operating equipment available for informative programs and hands-on teaching. The Odyssey's one-of-a-kind Techshop™ environment simulates a working production shop floor where technical sessions on diecutting, diemaking, folding/gluing, foil stamping/embossing and other print finishing processes are taught on-press throughout the three-day event. Live-action feeds allow attendees to see all action on the presses up close and in real time.
Presented by the International Assn. of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD) and the Foil & Specialty Effects Assn. (FSEA), Odyssey focuses on innovative processes, next generation materials and unique industry services. Odyssey provides an opportunity to connect with fellow converters and print finishers, industry and association leaders and suppliers.
To obtain information on exhibiting or attending the 2017 IADD·FSEA Odyssey, visit www.OdysseyExpo.org, email info@OdysseyExpo.org or contact the IADD directly at 800-828-IADD (local 815-455-7519) or the FSEA at 785-271-5816.