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Specialty Graphic Imaging Association President & CEO Ford Bowers has launched Color 2018, the first in a series of conferences jointly presented by Printing Industries of America and SGIA. The conferences are set to tackle 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.

“We have successfully partnered with SGIA for years on joint regulatory efforts and on other programming,  said Michael Makin, PIA president and CEO. “We are thrilled to extend this partnership going forward.”

The inaugural conference, Color 2018, took place Jan. 13-16 at the San Diego Convention Center (pictured right). PIA and SGIA are set to present three more conferences in 2018, including the President’s Conference, March 3-7 in San Antonio,  the 70th annual TAGA Technical Conference, March 18-21 in Baltimore and the Continuous Improvement Conference, April 8-11 in Chicago.

“This partnership is equally advantageous to SGIA and PIA members,” said Bowers. “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.”

Printing Industries of America is the largest trade association dedicated to graphic arts communication with more than 6,000 members throughout the U.S. and Canada. PIA, with local affiliated associations, delivers services and products that enhance the knowledge, growth and profitability of members through advocacy, research, education and networking. For more info, visit www.printing.org.

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association has its origins in the screen printing industry.  SGIA embraced the digital revolution early on and is now the trade association of choice 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. As long-time champions of digital technologies and techniques, SGIA is the community of peers you are looking for to help navigate the challenges of this process. Additionally, the SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. “Whatever the medium, whatever the message, print is indispensable. Join the community — SGIA.” For more info, visit www.sgia.org.


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