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Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2020

September 30 - October 1, 2020

Hilton Charlotte University Place

Charlotte, North Carolina

Conference Focus

IMI’s Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2020 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 2020 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

  • Sponsorship opportunities

  • IT Strategies market report: The Numbers 2020

Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2020

September 30-October 1, 2020

Hilton Charlotte University Place

Charlotte, North Carolina

Tentative Topic Coverage and Schedule

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

8:00 am            Conference Registration 

9:00 am            Opening Session 

Welcome and introductions

Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., 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

  • Industrial print & manufacturing applications driving new materials requirements

12:00 pm            Networking luncheon

1:00 pm              Session 2

Inkjet raw materials developments & trends

  • Colorants, resins, polymers, additives, etc.

  • Dispersants & dispersion technologies

  • Aqueous & solvent inks

  • UV inks

  • Functional materials

  • 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 pm             Networking reception in Display Area

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

8:30 am            Session 3

Industrial inkjet materials requirements & trends for growth markets

  • Decorative laminates, flooring, wallcoverings, etc.

  • Glass

  • Home décor

  • Medical, biomedical, dental, etc.

  • Packaging

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Printed electronics

  • Surface & product decoration

  • Textiles

  • & More

12:00 pm             Networking luncheon

1:00 pm               Session 4

Inkjet materials’ future requirements & opportunities

  • 3D printing materials

  • Bio-based materials

  • Bioprinting

  • Food grade inks/fluids/coatings

  • Functional materials/coatings

  • Nanomaterials

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Reactive inks/fluids

  • & more

4:30 p.m.           Conference Adjournment

Conference Sponsorship

IMI is excited to announce a sponsorship opportunity to enable inkjet industry participants to position themselves “front and center” before a key group 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 program and the Sponsors to generate excitement about inkjet materials technology, market, and application developments - benefiting all industry participants and end users.


For additional information on sponsorship opportunities, click here OR contact Al Keene

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 at IMI ( for review.


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

Free Display Space & Suppliers Forum Presentations

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.


You can also reserve your display space and Suppliers’ Forum presentation slot by registering online and checking off the appropriate boxes indicating your participation.


I.T. Strategies Market Report

All participants will receive a free copy of the latest "The Numbers" Market Report by IT Strategies. Generated from their worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure.


Hotel Reservations

IMI’s Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2020 is being held at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each program participant. IMI’s room rate is $139 per night and includes internet service. Early booking is advised as the group rate is guaranteed only until September 14, 2020.


Reservations can be made by calling +1-800-HILTONS (+1-800-445-8667) or +1-704-547-7444 and using the Group Code INKJET.


An online reservations booking link will be posted soon.


Hilton Charlotte University Place

The Hilton Charlotte University Place is only fifteen miles from the Charlotte Douglass International Airport. Estimated taxi fare from the airport to hotel is $40-$45. Estimated Uber and Lyft fares are $20-$30. For those attendees driving, the Hilton Charlotte University Place is conveniently located just off Interstate 85 at exit 45A (W.T. Harris Boulevard East). Take W.T. Harris Boulevard East and hotel is 1/4 mile on the left and parking is complimentary.

The Hilton Charlotte University Place is conveniently located in the Northwest section of Charlotte adjacent to the Shoppes at University Place and the nearby University of North Carolina Charlotte. Attendees may walk around the lakeside boardwalk to enjoy assorted theme restaurants including Boardwalk Billy’s, Cava Grill, Ciro’s Italian, City Barbeque, Famous Toastery, Five Guys, and Zapata’s Mexican and more as well as many retail shops and services!


Guest rooms feature Hilton comfort amenities, refrigerators, microwaves, HGTVs, and much more plus access to business center, fitness center, outdoor pool in season, and complimentary local area shuttle service. IMI’s $139 group room rate includes WiFi access in both the guest rooms and conference. Hotel dining options include Edgewater Bar & Grill, Fountainview, and University Grill.

The Hilton Charlotte University Place is located less than a 10 minute walk from the JW Clay Station of the Charlotte LYNX Light Rail System – a nearly 20 mile modern and efficient train that cuts through neighborhoods including Yorkmont, Colonial Village, Sedgefield, South End, Uptown, NoDa and University City with 26 stops which offer tremendous opportunities to conveniently enjoy Charlotte’s restaurants, shopping, and attractions. Single round trip tickets are $4.40 and an all day pass is $6.50.


Charlotte is known as the International Gateway to South and Charlotte’s Douglas International Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the world. It serves over 40 million passengers per year with competitive fares and convenient fight schedules from more than 140 nonstop destinations. Nearly 60% of the US population is within a two hour flight of Charlotte.


Charlotte is the center of the United State’s sixth largest urban region with over 7 million people living in a 100-mile radius. Charlotte is a major Southeastern US hub with major manufacturing, energy, healthcare, educational and financial facilities. Nearly 300 Fortune 500 companies have facilities in the Greater Charlotte metro area which is a major manufacturing force.


The Hilton Charlotte University Place, City of Charlotte  and State of North Carolina provide excellent opportunities to extend your visit into a memorable vacation experience.


The Hilton Charlotte University Place address is:

Hilton Charlotte University Place

8629 JM Keynes Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262 USA

Phone: +1-704-547-7444

Fax: +1-704-549-9708

About IMI

IMI sponsors conferences to assist in understanding emerging technology developments, markets and applications requirements. IMI conferences offer attendees unique opportunities for leading hardware, technology development, materials, manufacturing, software, and user companies to network and develop a more comprehensive understanding of current as well as future developments impacting successful product implementations, market entry/expansion and technology utilization. Since 1990, IMI has held over 600 programs attended by well

over 25,000 technical, marketing and management personnel from companies around the world.


IMI conference programs are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost-efficient manner.  Attendance at an IMI conference enables attendees to meet with an industry’s leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.

Details on all of IMI’s activities can be found on our web site or by contacting us:

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Carrabassett Valley, ME  04947
Phone: +1-207-235-2225
Fax: +1-207-560-9119
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