Ford Bowers, President & CEO of Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) will launch “Color 2018,” the first in a series of conferences. “Color 2018, being jointly organised by Printing Industries of America (PIA) and SGIA, is aimed at tackling issues common across the printing industry.
While this is the first formal agreement between the two organizations, the arrangement builds on a long history of collaboration on programming, including the Continuous Improvement Conference and legislative activities, says the official release of SGIA.
“This partnership is equally advantageous to SGIA and PIA members. Where our constituencies were, at one time, very distinct, the printing industry is being shaped by the convergence of technologies and markets. With this series of conferences, we’ll be addressing important common issues,” said Ford Bowers.
Commenting on the occasion, Michael Makin, PIA President and CEO, said: “We have successfully partnered with SGIA for years on joint regulatory efforts and on other programming. We are thrilled to extend this partnership going forward.”
Printing Industries of America (PIA) is said to be the largest trade association dedicated to graphic arts communication. It has more than 6,000 members throughout the United States and Canada. In partnership with local affiliated associations, PIA offers services and products that enhance the knowledge, growth and profitability of members through advocacy, research, education and networking.
On other hand, SGIA is the trade association for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow their business into new market segments through the incorporation of the latest printing technologies. SGIA membership comprises these diverse segments, all of which are moving rapidly towards digital adoption.
The SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. “Whatever the medium, whatever the message, print is indispensable.