On Earth Day, 2021, the PRINTING United Alliance named the 15 recipients of its 2021 Sustainable Business Recognition Awards. The awards honor companies for sustainable business practices as well as projects that have reduced the company’s environmental footprint, improved employee safety and well-being, and optimized the company’s bottom line.
This year’s honorees include: 9 print-service providers and 6 suppliers of print-industry equipment or materials.
“PRINTING United Alliance proudly serves as a leader in guiding our members on how to implement and navigate environmental, health, and safety initiatives and best practices in what often can be an ever-changing, confusing environment,” said Marci Kinter, vice-president, government and regulatory affairs, PRINTING United Alliance. “We are proud of these members who go above and beyond in implementing extraordinary measures in environmental sustainability and responsibility.”
“S-One is very pleased to received the 2021 PRINTING United Alliance Sustainable Business Recognition Award,” said Art Lambert, co-founder, S-One Holdings Corporation. “We are committed to reducing the impact of printing on the environment by developing innovative, sustainable printing materials across all of our product lines.” Companies in the S-One portfolio include ABAQA, Avatrex, Brand Management Group, DIGIPRINT SUPPLIES, LexJet,S-One Labels & Packaging, and Utopia Digital Technologies.
“We are honored to be recognized once again by PRINTING United Alliance with the Sustainable Business Recognition Award,” said Maureen O’Connor, president and CEO, LEM Products, Inc. “Our daily culture of safety and compliance in both occupational health as well as environmental responsibility is something that has become a shared experience and effort by all of our employees. We all feel a sense of pride in being part of a team goal to keep our business prosperous while promoting and enacting best practices toward environmental stewardship.” LEM Products, Inc. makes custom safety hazard signs, labels, and tags for equipment manufactures and maintenance, repair, and operations suppliers.
How to Apply for 2022Sustainable Business Awards
Any member company that wants to submit a project or activity for consideration needs to complete an application and submit it to PRINTING United Alliance between January 15, 2022 and March 15, 2022. Projects must be implemented in 2021 for recognition in 2022.
Applications will be reviewed by PRINTING United Alliance’s Advisory Council on Sustainability, Safety, Health and Personnel.
PRINTING United Alliance and Idealliance have officially merged. As the pre-eminent standards, training, and educational association in the printing industry, Idealliance will operate as a division of the PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive member-based print and graphic arts association in the United States.
“Over the past few years, PRINTING United Alliance has focused on bringing those efforts and institutions that are having the greatest impact in print together under one roof,” said Ford Bowers, CEO, PRINTING United Alliance.
PRINTING United Allianceprovides education, workshops, research, government representation, and guidance on safety and environmental sustainability issues. PRINTING United Alliance also owns NAPCO media and produces the PRINTING United Expo which features an expansive display of technology, supplies, and services to all market segments within the printing industry.
Idealliance serves the graphic communications industry by creating superior industry training and certification programs, developing professional stands and specifications, and redefining workflows for the entire print and packaging supply chain.
“Idealliance has developed the expertise to build and roll out its traditional color management programs as well as new standards in training and education,” Bowers of PRINTING United Alliance. “Melding our complementary portfolios will not only benefit each organization, but the industry as a whole, including brands, print buyers, print service providers, suppliers, and manufacturers. We continue to work with partners such as Idealliance who have a similar goal to invest in the future of the industry.”
Idealliance will continue to retain its own membership base as well as defined programs and training in areas such as G7 certification. G7 is an internationally recognized methodology for calibrating printing presses and proofing systems according to standards to ensure that colors will match throughout the entire design and production process.
Through the merger with PRINTING United Alliance, Idealliance will be able to bring its color and workflow standards, training and certification to a wider of printing professionals. For example, Idealliance can broad exposure through PRINTING United Alliance, NAPCO Media, and more than 30 PRINTING United Alliance events, including PRINTING United Expo, the largest printing-related even in the Americas.
“PRINTING United Alliance and Idealliance retain a synonymous mission to provide the printing industry with top-notch programming, services, and certifications,” said Jordan Gorski, Executive Director, Idealliance. He said that when Idealliance sought a partner that could help the association expand its offerings, “PRINTING United Alliance was a natural fit. We can collaborate to work even more closely with a community that has embraced convergence. This will allow Idealliance to continue to lead in standardization, training, and certification to create more targeted content by market segment. It will also allow up to create content for a variety of learning channels, including in-person, self-directed online, and hybrid offerings.”
PRINTING United Alliance will form an Idealliance Advisory Council comprised on the current Idealliance board officers and directors.
The completion of the merger was announced March 1, 2021
Registration is now open for the online PRINTING United Digital Experience Oct. 26 – Nov. 12. There is no charge to attend the three weeks of live, guided programming, educational sessions, and panel discussions. Attendees can also view product launches, get 24/7 access to the Exhibitor Product Showcase and virtual booths, and speak with exhibitor reprensentatives.
Insights from leading analysts, researchers, subject matter experts, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers will enable printing companies and their employees to understand the current landscape, optimize recovery, and see the latest technology to drive their businesses forward.
Each of the 14 days of programming will run from 10 am to 2 pm ET and spotlight the specific market segments below. Each day’s program will include a summary of industry research, a keynote address, global product debuts, new product demonstrations, and educational sessions.
October 26: Graphics/Wide-Format – Hardware and Consumables October 27: Apparel – Screen Printing/Decorating October 28: Commercial Printing – Digital Inkjet October 29: Packaging – Labels and Flexible Packaging October 30: Graphics/Wide-Format – Finishing and Workflow
November 2: In-Plant Forum November 3: Commercial – Offset Printing November 4: Packaging – Folding Carton and Corrugated November 5: Mailing and Fulfillment November 6: Workflow and Software – All segments
November 9: Apparel – Direct-to-Garment/Direct-to-Substate November 10: Commercial Printing – Digital Dry and Liquid Toner November 11: Industrial November 12: Digital Textile
“In creating all aspects of the event, we were mindful to offer education at no cost to the industry,” said Mark J. Subers, president of PRINTING United. He points out that companies that are usually limited to sending only a handful of employees to the in-person Expo due to budget constraints can make world-class education available to every employee of their company, regardless of their position or years of experience.
As the industry looks ahead to 2021, many sessions will present research into areas companies should consider for future growth.
“We recently asked our 450-member COVID-19 Print Business Indicators Panel where they see opportunity in the years ahead,” says Andy Paparozzi, Chief Economist, PRINTING United Alliance. “Offering a diversified line of products and services was near the top of the list. In fact, a number told us diversification has been the difference maker for them during the COVID crisis and will continue to be the difference maker long after the crisis has passed.”
“Every printing company should investigate the long-term benefits of diversification,” adds Paparozzi. Once your company decides diversification is a good strategy, sessions at the PRINTING United Digital Experience can help answer two key questions: In which directions should I diversify? And how do I diversify profitably?’
The PRINTING United Digital Experience offers insight from industry leaders Marco Boer and David Zwang that focus on convergence considerations in direct-to-garment printing, commercial printing, digital textile printing, graphics/wide-format, high-speed production inkjet, industrial printing, mailing and fulfillment, and packaging.
The PRINTING United Digital Experience opening day research industry outlook, presented by analyst Lisa Cross, dives into trends in buyer markets, addresses the rise of pandemic products, and offers insight into what to expect in 2021.
The opening day keynote address being presented by IDC’s Tim Greene. He will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of the wide-format graphics sector and how the industry has responded. Session attendees can learn how to capitalize on the “new normal.” Some other keynote sessions include:
Opportunities Enabled Post-COVID by Production Inkjet Printing Presenter: Marco Boer, IT Strategies Wed., Oct. 28
Building a Manufacturing Mindset Presenters: Ryan McAbee and Eric Zimmerman, Keypoint Intelligence Fri. Oct. 30
Workflow and Automation: From Date Night to Marriage Presenter: Pat McGrew, McGrew Group Fri., Nov. 6
How Sustainability is Driving the Next Generation of Fashion Presenter: Debbie McKeegan, Texintel Mon., Nov. 9
Electrophotography – Digital Print of the Past and Future! Presenter: David Zwang, Zwang & Company Tues., Nov. 10
Business, Human Resources, and Goverment Relations Sessions
PRINTING United Digital Experience programming supplements technology-centric education with sessions covering HR-related issues, environmental and safety, government regulations and marketing and sales. A sample of programming in these areas include:
COVID-19 Updates and Impact on Your Workforce Presented by Adriane Harrison, PRINTING United Alliance
Air Permitting for Inkjet Presses Presented by Gary Jones, PRINTING United Alliance
Is Your Safety Program COVID-19 Compliant? Presented by Marci Kinter, PRINTING United Alliance
USPS: The Politics of Logistics and Delivery on Capitol Hill Presented by Lisbeth Lyons, PRINTING United Alliance
How to Research New Markets Presented by David Zwang, Zwang & Co.
Major printing equipment manufacturers and software developers are preparing to launch new technology on a worldwide state for the first time in 2020.
Attendees can expect to see nwe technology from
Rochester Software Associates
Standard Finishing Systems
“We built the PRINTING United Digital Experience to keep the industry united and moving forward. We also provide an elevated stage for companies to debut the products they have worked so hard to bring to maket this year,” said Subers. “During a year when launching new products has been a real challenge, we are thrilled to learn about the new technology that will be featured on the PRINTING United Digital Experience platform from companies around the world.”
PRINTING United Alliance is the new organization formed by the 2020 merger of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and Printing Industries of America (PIA).
PRINTING United Alliance also produces the PRINTING United Expo, an expansive display of technology and supplies, education, programming, and services representing all segments of the printing industry. The next live PRINTING UNITED Expo will be held October 6-8, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
Just as new types of printing and multimedia companies have been formed through mergers and acquisitions, long-time printing associations are joining forces to better serve the owners and employees of 21st century printing businesses.
The newest consolidation of associations was announced May 1, 2020 when the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and the Printing Industries of America (PIA) officially combined to create PRINTING United Alliance. The new alliance is the largest, most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in the United States.
Members of PRINTING United Alliance will have access to extensive education, training, workshops, events, and research as well as government and legislative representation and guidance on safety and environmental sustainability issues. Plus, PRINTING United Alliance members can tap into the resources of NAPCO Media, which SGIA acquired in August 2019.
SGIA CEO Ford Bowers was elevated to President and CEO of the PRINTING United Alliance. The President and CEO of Printing Industries of America Michael Makin is now the Executive Vice President of the unified organization
“PRINTING United Alliance is a reflection of the invaluable partnerships and industry convergence that has evolved over time,” said Bowers.
“PIA is thrilled to join forces with SGIA, combining resources to serve every segment of the printing industry,” said Makin. “Pooling the extensive talent of both organizations, along with the media expertise of NAPCO Media, is a game-changer.”
PRINTING United Alliance brings together two forward-thinking associations that have long histories of adapting to ongoing changes in printing technologies and markets.
Founded as a screen-printing association in 1948, SGIA was among the first to recognize how the evolution of short-run, on-demand printing technologies might affect the graphic, textile, apparel, and product decoration markets traditionally served by screen printing firms. First, they changed their name from the Screen Printing Association to Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA).
After consolidating the Digital Printing and Imaging Association and the Screen Printing Technical Foundation, the SGIA became the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association and broadened its membership to include early adopters of wide-format digital printing equipment.
Today, SGIA membership includes professionals from multiple types of printing businesses, including industrial, graphic, garment, textile, printed electronics, packaging, and commercial.
In 2019, SGIA acquired NAPCO Media, a business-to-business publishing company serving the printing, packaging, publishing, marketing, retail, non-profit, and promotional products markets. NAPCO builds community between its clients and audiences through integrated media programs, research, video services, events, marketing services, and e-learning.
SGIA worked with NAPCO Media in 2018 and 2019 to produce the first PRINTING United expo, Oct. 23-25 in Dallas, TX. PRINTING United was an immediate hit, attracting more 680 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees from all segments of the printing business.
Founded in 1897, the Printing Industries of America and its local affiliated associations deliver services and products that enhance the knowledge, growth, and profitability of members through advocacy, research, education, and networking.
In 1999, PIA consolidated resources with the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), the premier research, technical, and education association in the commercial printing industry.
PRINTING United Alliance Board of Directors
The new PRINTING United Alliance board of directors reflects combined leadership from the previous SGIA and PIA boards of directors, and compromises the following industry executives:
Chairman of the Board: Scott Crosby, Transcontinental Holland & Crosby;
First Vice Chair: Paul Cousineau,Dow Jones and Company, Inc.;
Second Vice Chair: Christopher Bernat, Vapor Apparel/Source Substrates LLC;
Third Vice Chair: Michael Marcian, Corporate Communications Group;
Treasurer: Dean DeMarco, IDL Worldwide;
Secretary: Brooke Hamilton, NPI;
Immediate Past Chair: Thomas Cooper III, WestRock;
Chair of Chairmen’s Advisory Council: Edward Cook, Jr., ECI Screen Print Inc.;
Associate Vice Chair: Scott Schinlever, Gerber Technology;
Ex Officio: Ford Bowers, President and CEO, PRINTING United Alliance.
Directors at-large include:
Brian Adam, Olympus Group;
Nick Buettner, American Cut and Sew;
Roger Chamberlain, The Cincinnati Insurance Company;
Kristen Danson, MitoGraphics Inc.;
Chris Feryn, Premier Press;
Kevin Gazdag, KG Graphics Décor;
Bryan Hall, Graphic Visual Solutions;
Lane Hickey-Wiggins, Douglass Screen Printers Inc. dba DPRINT;
Brian Hite, Image Options;
Michael Magerl, Trabon Group;
Brent Moncrief, FUJIFILM;
Joseph Olivo, Perfect Communications;
Edward Pidcock, Chillybears;
Heather Poulin, Ricoh USA;
Timothy Saur, Durst Imaging Technology US LLC;
Elaine Scrima, GSP Companies;
Michael Wagner, Butler Technologies Inc.;
and Joseph Lyman, President, Great Lakes Graphics Association, serving as Affiliate manager.
“In this time of consolidation, printer members and the supplier community at large are looking for a unified solution to the challenges they face in this era of rapid change,” said Scott Crosby, Chairman of the Board of PRINTING United Alliance. “The new Association will become the place to find answers for everything related to printing. It is a great honor and privilege for me to serve the industry as we look forward to a new beginning.”
PRINTING United 2020
Meet leaders of PRINTING United Alliance and see the results of their merger by attending the PRINTING United 2020 show October 23-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
You can also expect to see the widest array of printing technologies at any U.S. expo, including printing, and finishing equipment, supplies, and prepress and workflow software for commercial, functional, textile, apparel, wide-format, and package printing.
Whether you are seeking printing equipment for an in-plant printing shop or full-service integrated printing and marketing company, you will find plenty of options and ideas at PRINTING United. For more information about the Expo, visit https://www.printingunited.com/