Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2018

Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook

Lombard (Chicago Area), Illinois

September 5-6, 2018

Conference Focus

IMI’s Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2018 is designed to address the current and needed developments in inkjet materials necessary to realize the full potential for inkjet technologies in current and new applications.


The inkjet industry has made great strides in developing successful inks and functional fluids for many applications, yet continued ink and fluids development is considered by many to be the most essential component for inkjet’s continued applications diversification and market growth.


IMI’s Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2018 addresses the challenges, options, and opportunities associated with future inkjet materials requirements, technology choices, drivers & barriers, and other issues required to effectively implement inkjet ink and fluids technologies for applications expansion and diversification. This strategic conference for the inkjet industry provides high value information on innovations, trends, and issues for senior executives, commercial managers, development teams, end users, and others looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of materials developments, products, and technologies shaping the future of inkjet as well as exchanging ideas with industry experts and peers.


This two day event includes the following elements:

  • Updates & views from industry pacesetters

  • Market & opportunity perspectives from industry experts

  • New technology needs &introductions

  • Networking lunches, breaks & reception

  • Complimentary display space

  • Suppliers Forum presentation opportunity

  • IT Strategies market report: Digital Document & Industrial Print Beyond the Office

Sponsors of the IMI Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2018


The Strategic Advisory Board of industry luminaries, whose expertise covers a wide range of inkjet and inkjet ink technologies, provide guidance and advice in developing the conference program of topics and presentations. The Strategic Advisory Board members are


  • John Cooper, President, TRS Consulting

  • Lawrence Gamblin, President, Kao Collins Inc.

  • Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies

  • Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director & Founder, Alchemie Technology

John Cooper

TRS Consulting

Lawrence Gamblin

Kao Collins

Mark Hanley

I.T. Strategies

Dr. Alan L. Hudd

Alchemie Technology


September 5-6, 2018

Embassy Suites Chicago - Lombard/Oak Brook, Illinois, USA


Tentative Topic Coverage and Schedule

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

8:00 a.m.                      Conference Registration

9:00 a.m.                      Opening Session

Welcome & Introductions

Alvin G. Keene, President, IMI, Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Inkjet Materials are Key to Market & Application Expansion

   - Inkjet printing industry structure and dynamics

   - Inkjet inks & fluids role in the market place

   - Inks & fluids market size & structure

   - Substrate interactions & importance

   - Industrial print applications driving new materials requirements


12:00 Noon               Networking luncheon

1:30 p.m.                   Session 2

Inkjet Raw Materials Developments & Trends

   - Colorants, resins, polymers, additives, etc.

   - Dispersants & dispersion technologies

   - Aqueous & solvent inks

   - UV inks

   - Functional materials – electrical, graphene, drugs, reactive, etc.

   - Competitive Digital Alternatives – thermal, thermal transfer, toner, etc.

   - Materials processing & analytical techniques

Suppliers Forum: 5-Minute presentations related to materials technologies, capabilities, services, new product introductions, etc.  The Suppliers Forum is open to all conference registrants. For additional information or to sign up, contact Al Keene or check off box on registration form.

6:00 p.m.                      Networking Reception in Display Area

Thursday, September 6, 2018

8:30 a.m.                      Session 3

Industrial Inkjet Materials Requirements & Trends for Growing Markets

   - Decorative laminates, flooring, wallcoverings, etc.

   - Glass

   - Home décor

   - Packaging

   - Pharmaceuticals

   - Printed electronics

   - Surface & product decoration

   - Textiles

   - & More


12:00 p.m.                             Networking Luncheon


1:30 p.m.                                Session 4


Inkjet Materials Future Requirements & Opportunities

   - 3D printing applications

   - Bioprinting

   - Food grade inks/fluids/coatings

   - Reactive inks/fluids

   - Bio-based materials

   - Nanomaterials

   - Pharmaceuticals

   - Processing techniques

   - & more


4:00 p.m.                   Conference Adjournament

Conference Sponsorships

IMI is excited to announce a new sponsorship opportunities to enable inkjet industry participants to position themselves “front and center” before a key groups of inkjet industry business leaders including executives, product developers, technologists, major users, etc. PLUS distributing their message to IMI’s global database of over 20,000 relevant contacts.


Our goal is to develop a “community” focused on the conference programs and the Sponsors to generate excitement about inkjet technology, market, and application developments - benefiting all industry participants and end users.


For additional information on this sponsorship opportunity, contact Al Keene or click here


Speaking Opportunities

If you have a potential topic for presentation at this or another IMI conference, please submit your proposed presentation topic and a brief outline to Al Keene


IMI is always looking for potential speakers for upcoming conference programs and will be pleased to discuss your ideas for potential presentation topics.

Free Displays & Suppliers Forum

Printer, materials, and other product demonstrations/displays by both conference speakers and registrants are encouraged.  IMI will cooperate with all interested parties to provide appropriate space so products can be displayed and demonstrated during the conference breaks & receptions.  There is no charge in addition to the conference registration fee to have a display table and/or give a 5-minute Suppliers Forum presentation.  Interested companies should contact IMI President Al Keene to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.


IT Strategies Market Report

All participants will receive a free copy I.T. Strategies latest annual Market Report "Digital Document & Industrial Print Beyond the Office.” Commissioned by IMI and generated from I.T. Strategies’ worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure.


Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook Reservation Information

IMI’s Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2018 and Industrial Print Academy conference are being held at the Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook in Lombard, Illinois. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each course registrant. Early booking is advised as the special meeting rate of $149 (including complimentary wifi & full breakfast) for single or double occupancy is guaranteed only until August 21, 2018.  After that date, the group meeting rate will be on a space available basis.

To make online hotel reservations – go to Embassy Suites Reservations and complete the online form.

Phone reservations can also be made by calling the Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook Reservations Department at +1-800-362-2779 or +1-630-969-7500. You must identify yourself as attendees of “IMI Group Block – Group Code IMM” to obtain the $149 group rate which will assure that complimentary wifi is included in your hotel reservation rate.

If you need to make reservations at the Group Rate for nights prior to September 4th or after September 8th, you will need to contact Tina Diaz or call her at +1-630-971-4233. Please contact us for assistance if you have any problems making your hotel reservations.


Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook

Discover this newly renovated Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook hotel. Their recent renovation included all-new soft goods and bathrooms in their stylish suites, remodeled meeting space, a refurbished atrium, breakfast area, reception area, and much more. This all-suite hotel in Lombard offers an ideal location close to shopping, dining and entertainment at Yorktown Center and Oak Brook Center Mall. The hotel shuttle provides complimentary service within a 3 mile radius of the hotel from 7am to 11pm daily.


The Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook hotel offers a variety of spacious two-room suites. Start your day in the open-air atrium with a free made-to-order breakfast and evening reception with drinks and snacks in a relaxing atmosphere.


Located only 14 miles from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and 21 miles from Chicago’s Midway Airport, the Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook received Trip Advisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence Award. A variety of shuttle/limousine services are located in the baggage claim areas. Additional information for O’Hare Ground Transportation at and for Midway Ground Transportation at


The Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook recommends Windy City Limousine for airport transfers. One way airport shuttle service is $30 to or from O’Hare International Airport and $35 to or from Midway Airport on Sunday through Friday (6:00 am to 8:00 pm). Prices outside of those hours Sunday through Friday and all day Saturday are approximately double. Shuttle reservations can be made by calling +1-866-949-4639 or online at


Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is served by approximately 50 domestic and international airlines with convenient and economical service from destinations around the US and the world. Midway is the second largest airport in Chicago and is dominated by Southwest Airlines, being the largest focus city of the carrier, offering up to 60 destinations.


The Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook’s address is:             

707 East Butterfield Road

Lombard, IL, 60148

Phone: +1-630-969-7500

Fax: +1-630-969-8776

Web Site:


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