eProductivity Software (ePS) is evolving Connect into an event targeted at the wider world of printing and packaging.

Connect has historically been run as an EFI user conference with a heavy focus on software. Following ePS being separated from EFI, the event is to be branded as ePS Connect when it returns to Las Vegas across 23-26 January, 2023 at Wynn Las Vegas.

ePS Connect 2023 is to have a broader scope of partners and exhibitors and will offer technology learning tracks created specifically for key segments within print and packaging. Sessions will also demonstrate how to enhance the profitability of a business, including how to take products to market efficiently, reach a broader audience and how to apply best practices to business processes and marketing strategies.

Under the ePS banner, the event will allow industry names, business owners and technology users from across the wider world of print and packaging to come together to learn how to optimise technology investments and drive profits in both good and turbulent markets, as well as hear from industry experts, network with peers and exchange revenue-generating ideas.

This is to include various sponsors from across the supply chain, such as suppliers EFI Fiery, Esko, OneVision and Hybrid Software, associations FPA, Printing United Alliance and TLMI, and educational and industry bodies like the graphic communication department at Cal Poly, Clemson, the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation and the United Nations Global Compact Network.

The event’s headline sponsors include Agfa Offset, HP, ISCorp and Ricoh.

Petar Obradovic, worldwide director, software solutions at HP Indigo, commented, ‘We are pleased to participate in the 2023 ePS Connect conference and feature the new integration of the HP Indigo digital press portfolio with ePS’s print and packaging ERP systems, Pace and Radius. Automation is the key to our customer’s profitable growth and the expanded integration will accelerate their speed to market by delivering more jobs, faster and with increased control.’

In addition, a series of keynote speakers across the three days of Connect 2023 will provide insight into current and future market trends, in addition to information on how to build sustainable business models that will attract investment, top talent and drive innovation, and how technology plays a role in each scenario.

This is to include Ford Bowers, CEO at Printing United Alliance, Alison Keane, president and CEO at the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), and Jessica Lobo, global goals and climate programme manager within the United Nations Global Compact Network.

ePS CEO Gabriel Matsliach noted, ‘ePS is coming to the end of our first year as an independent, global software company. We have invested significant efforts into expanding our value, influence, and partnerships within the print and packaging ecosystems, to great benefit of our customers and our industries at large.

‘I am excited about how our vision will present itself at Connect 2023 with a broad range of sponsors and exhibitors as well as a notable panel of keynote speakers that span the globe and relevant topics to print and packaging.’

Mr Matsliach added, ‘We can’t bring our vision for an evolved ePS Connect event to life without ensuring our incredible industry partners are front and centre, from leading hardware and software suppliers to the associations and educational institutions that are indispensable to the success of our industry.’

For the first time, Connect will also play host to a Women’s Networking Lunch, with Ms Lobo and Ms Keane on a panel to facilitate and foster conversation, alongside Charlotte Tueckmantel and Melissa Harvan of ePS, Nutshell Creative Marketing’s Lucy Swanston, Kwik Kopy Australia CEO Sonia Shwabsky and Courtney Miller Sumners, COO at Benson Integrated Marketing Solutions.

The session will be moderated by Carrie Klepzig, head of global marketing at ePS, who said, ‘The print and packaging industries are rich with opportunity and career advancements for women, as is the technology sector as a whole. We have much to learn from each other on how we can promote our proud industry as well as nurture and support the generation who is coming up behind us.’