Seeking the latest advances in scientific research and technical innovation from the graphic communications industry, the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) has opened the call for papers for its 2019 Annual Technical Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., taking place March 17 to 20.
The Newspaper Association of America, to better reflect “the news media industry’s evolution to multi-platform, digitally-savvy businesses and premium content providers,” has changed its name to News Media Alliance and launched a new website,

The association explains this new focus aligns with its membership, approximately 2,000 news organizations, and the new website visually depicts this expansion of news media into digital and mobile formats. The approach focuses on what it means to be a news media organization today, explains the association: communicating in real-time across multiple platforms.

“Our transformation efforts are designed to show the positive trajectory of the industry and to share the innovation and growth taking place, especially in the digital space,” said News Media Alliance Vice President of Innovation Michael MaLoon. “There are so many great things happening in our industry right now, and our job is to tell those stories.”

In addition, for the first time the association is broadening its membership requirements to allow digital-first and digital-only news organizations publishing original content to become members. The association states it has a number of new tools and resources it will be making available to members in the coming months that reflect the digital focus of its membership, including:

ideaXchange, a new online community for News Media Alliance members launching this fall, which is to provide a platform that will make sharing, brainstorming and learning from one another easier than ever.

metricsXchange, a new digital benchmarking tool exclusively for members, that will allow comparisons between markets and publications, providing new insights into the news media industry’s digital business efforts. The Alliance will also provide analyses and highlight newsworthy trends mined from the tool.

mediaXchange, the News Media Alliance’s major annual event, will take a reimagined approach. Taking place in New Orleans in 2017, the event will focus on the future of the news media industry.

“The news media industry should be optimistic. All evidence shows that people of all ages want and consume more news than ever,” stated News Media Alliance President and CEO David Chavern. “We need to focus on new ways to address the needs of audience and advertisers. Advertising on news media digital and print platforms continues to be one of the most effective ways for advertisers to reach important audiences. Publishers are working to adapt advertising across all platforms, make ads less intrusive and increase consumer engagement.”
Printing Industries of America (PIA) released the election results to name its 2016 Officers and Board of Directors, which took place on November 15, 2015, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Canadians joining the 2016 Board of Directors include Richard Kouwenhoven of Hemlock Printers, who is representing the British Columbia Printing Industries Association, and David Potje of Twin City Dwyer Printing Co. Ltd., who is representing the Ontario Printing Industries Association.

Bradley Thompson of Inland Press in Detroit, Michigan, becomes Chairman of the Board. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Government Affairs and Labor Policy Committee of PIA and a former Chairman of Printing Industries of Michigan. Thompson, a fifth-generation printer, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Press Association and serves as Government Affairs Chair of the American Court and Commercial Newspaper Association. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan.
Curt Kreisler of Gold Star Printers in Miami Beach, Florida, becomes First Vice Chairman for the PIA. He has served on PIA’s Board of Directors since 2009. He is currently the Association Relations Committee Chairman and a member of its Finance and Investment Committees.
Bryan Hall of Graphic Visual Solutions in Greensboro, North Carolina, becomes Second Vice Chairman. He served on Printing Industries of America’s Board of Directors for a number of years as Chairman of the Education Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee. Hall also served on the Board of Directors of his local affiliate – Printing Industry of the Carolinas – for nearly 10 years.
Michael Wurst of Henry Wurst in Kansas City, MO, becomes Secretary to the Board/Treasurer. He has served many years as a PIA Association Relations Committee member. Wurst is also actively involved in his local affiliate, Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica, serving on the Executive Committee for four years, including one year as Chair. He is the CEO of Henry Wurst, Inc., a 75-year-old family-owned commercial printing company.
David Olberding of Phototype in Columbus, Ohio, becomes Immediate Past Chair.
He was appointed as the association representative to PIA in 2006. He has served PIA as Chairman of the Board, First Vice Chairman, Second Vice Chairman, Executive Finance Committee member, Secretary to the Board, and as Marketing Committee Chairman. Olberding served as Chairman of the Board, Treasurer, and Chair of the Education Committee of Printing Industries of Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

Also joining the Board of Directors in 2016 are: Peter Jacobson, Daily Printing, representing Printing Industry Midwest; Timothy R. Suraud, Print Media Association, representing the affiliate managers; Adam G. Avrick, Design Distributors, Inc., representing Printing Industries Alliance; David Wigfield, Xerox, representing the vendor community; Richard Kouwenhoven, Hemlock Printers, representing BCPIA; Norm Pegram, representing Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast; Justin Pallis, DS Graphics, representing PINE; and Dave Potje, Twin City Dwyer Printing Co. Ltd., representing OPIA.

One year ago, three North American printing associations, Association of Marketing Service Providers, National Association for Printing Leadership, and National Association of Quick Printers, merged under a convoluted name using their acronyms, AMSP/NAPL/NAQP.

The group, during yesterday’s Executive Leadership Summit at The Wynn Las Vegas, announced is to now be called Epicomm, following a survey – by a third-party organization – of more than 200 members from all industry segments.

 “AMSP, NAPL, and NAQP have a long and distinguished history of service to the printing and mailing industry, but that industry is changing and we recognize that, if we are to serve our members’ evolving needs at the highest level, our association must change as well,” said Tom Duchene, Chairman of the association’s Board of Trustees.

Duchene continued to say the not-for-profit group is launching a new organization with its name change to Epicomm, which is “representative of the epic communications industry we serve.”

Ken Garner, who was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the combined organization in October 2014, indicated Epicomm plans to launch new member-focused initiatives, including an in-depth member survey that will be used to find what issues matter most. Garner continued to explain Epicomm is also using a new tagline, Association for Leaders in Print, Mail, Fulfillment, and Marketing Services.

A new association focused on printable electronics has started operations out of Ottawa, Ontario. The new group called the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) is to be led by Executive Director Peter Kallai.

The CPEIA states its mandate is to bring together key Canadian and international players in industry, academia and government to build a strong domestic printable electronics (PE) sector. The association plans to facilitate growth through networking, stimulate R&D and investment, build a strong PE supply chain and drive the broad adoption of PE by end customers.

CPEIA states close to 50 Canadian companies have expressed a business interest in PE, following an effort that began three years ago by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), which created a PE research program. It also led the creation of the PE Consortium with 14 industry partners.

The CPEIA is joining and promoting a delegation of Canadian companies with the NRC that will be exhibiting at Printed Electronics USA 2014. This conference, the largest of its kind dedicated to PE, runs November 19 and 20, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA.

“A few years ago, many PE applications would have been considered science fiction,” said Kallai, who is billed as a former senior high-tech executive and management consultant that has worked with more than 100 government organizations and growth-stage companies across Canada. “But not anymore. Government organizations, startups, OEMs and systems integrators around the world are investing billions of dollars in R&D to revolutionize existing products and create new ones with PE. It’s time for Canada to step up and stake its claim in this exciting emerging market.”

According to research firm IDTechEx, the global market for printed and potentially printable electronics will rise from around $24 billion in 2014 to $340 billion by 2030, with a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent.

The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association also launched a Website

The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) is awarding $52,500 in scholarships to post-secondary students pursuing graphic communications education for the current school year.

A total of $15,000 was awarded to nine new students enrolled in the first year of an approved course of study. A further $37,500 was provided to 30 continuing students already enrolled in the scholarship program.

The majority of each annual scholarship is $1,250, while the $5,000 Warren Wilkins Prestige Scholarship has been awarded to Samantha Tully, who is attending Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management program.

“Every year the Board of Trustees is challenged to select the best and brightest as recipients of our scholarships and this year was no exception,” said Don Gain, Chairman of the fund. “We are pleased to be able to support 39 students in their pursuit of a career in the graphic communications industry.”

CPISTF was initiated in 1971 and has since generated over a million dollars of funding.

The Printing Industries of America announced the winners of the 2014 InterTech Technology Awards, a program that began in 1978 to recognize technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries.

More than 80 percent of technologies that receive an InterTech Award, according to Printing Industries of America, experience continued commercial success in the marketplace. Below are the 11 InterTech Technology Awards winners for 2014:

Company: Creative Edge Software
Technology: IC3D Suite

Company: EFI
Technology: iQuote

Company: Esko
Technology: Equinox Extended Gamut Printing

Company: Esko
Technology: Full HD Flexo

Company: Goss International
Technology: Vpak Packaging Presses

Company: Heidelberg USA
Technology: Stahlfolder PFX Feeder Technology

Company: Hinterkopf GmbH
Technology: Hinterkopf Digital Printer D240

Company: HP
Technology: Indigo 20000 Digital Press

Company: Just Normlicht
Technology: GL Spectis 1.0 Series

Company: TKS
Technology: Jetleader 1500 Digital Inkjet Press

Company: Xeikon
Technology: ICE Toner

The Canadian Printing Industries Association signed an agreement with United States-based Two Sides, which describes itself as a non-profit organization that promotes the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper.

“The Canadian Printing Industries Association is proud to partner with Two Sides North America to enhance the value of print in the Canadian marketplace by providing access to expertise on why print and paper is an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium,” stated Sandy Stephens, Chairman of the Canadian Printing Industries Association.

Two Sides, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, states it has been working with Canadian banks regarding misleading anti-paper claims used to promote electronic services and statements.

The Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) is a national association focused on the prepress, press and bindery industries in Canada. Earlier this month, the organization named Brian Ellis as its Executive Director.

Six printing companies from Canada earned eight Best of Category awards, represented by the Benjamin Franklin statue, in Printing Industries of America’s 2014 Premier Print Awards program.

The six Benny award-winning printers (listed below) are joined by Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management, which received a Benny in the Post-Secondary Students category. C.J. Graphics and PDI recieved two Best of Category awards each.

2014 Canadian Benny Award Recipients

C.J. Graphics
Category: Stochastic Printing
Project: Mercedes-Benz, The All-New 2014 S-Class and Box Set

Category: Single Promotional Self-Mailer
Project: Until The Last Child Limited Edition Box Set

Colour Innovations
Category: Miscellaneous Specialties—Other
Project: Empress of Ireland 100th Anniversary Collection

Flash Reproductions
Category: Promotional Campaigns, Business-to-Business
Project: Wayward Arts

McCallum Print Group
Category: Other Special Finishing Techniques
Project: McCallum Print Group Arcades Package

Metropolitan Fine Printers
Category: Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with 21–50 employees)
Project: Trump Book & Envelope

PDI Inc.
Category: Programs (4 or more colors)
Project: LOVE Souvenir program

Category: Campaign
Project: 13 + 1 Essential Ingredients Campaign

Ryerson University
Category: Post-Secondary Students
Project: 2014 GCM Grad Book

Rob Young of Pollard Banknote Limited, based in Winnipeg, has joined the Board Of Trustees for the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF).

The CPISTF board is tasked with selecting top Canadian students in, or about to enter, post-secondary programs dedicated to the printing industry for scholarship funding. Last year, CPISTF awarded 46 students from across Canada with a combined $61,250 in scholarship funding. A total of $18,750 was awarded to 12 new students enrolled in the first year of an approved course of study. A further $42,500 was provided to 34 continuing students already enrolled in the scholarship program.

Young joins current CPISTF board members Richard Armstrong, Mary Black,
Tom Blockberger, Bruce Bond, Wayne Burroughs, Bob Cockerill, Don Gain, Michael Hill, Sean Murray, Ron Schroder, Jeff Taylor, Warren Wilkins and Willy Wilkins.

With more than 25 years of senior management experience in Canadian printing, Young currently serves as Pollard Banknote’s Executive Vice President of Operations. He oversees the manufacturing, prepress, and information systems departments at all of the company’s instant ticket production facilities. Young also sits on the board of the Manitoba Print Industry Association, as well as the Manufacturing & Technology Committee of Magazines Canada.

The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) was initiated in 1971 and has since provided over one million dollars in scholarship funding. All scholarship applicants must be enrolled in or plan to be enrolled in a full-time two-, three- or four-year approved program and exhibit a commitment to pursue a career in the printing industry.

Canadian Printing Industries Association launched what it describes as a national recruitment campaign with a new membership value proposition.

“We are very happy with our new membership proposition that is based on strategic partnerships and collaboration with pertinent supporting industry groups,” stated, Sandy Stephens, Chairman of the Canadian Printing Industries Association. “The new CPIA structure offers membership accessibility at a very reasonable cost while providing meaningful and tangible benefits for printers and industry participants.”

Industry members can join the CPIA with either monthly or annual payments, which includes support for Federal legislation lobbying and print advocacy initiatives as a medium that is effective, economical and sustainable. The range of available monthly payment pricing begins at $9.95.

“The CPIA has listened to industry stakeholders and contributors who have voiced concerns and opinions concerning the real value of an industry association,” stated Jamie Barbieri, CPIA, Secretary Treasurer. “The CPIA [has] understood that the only way to increase industry participation and collaboration is to make membership relevant and cost effective.”

The CPIA points to following membership benefits: Access to a comprehensive HR Tool Kit, credit monitoring services, and market intelligence and data identifying industry trends and market activity.

The Manitoba Print Industry Association (MPIA) has become an affiliate of the Printing Industries of America (PIA).

Led by Executive Director Barry Miller, the Manitoba Print Industry Association (MPIA) is structured to support the print industry in Manitoba through training, sector promotion, and advocacy.

The MPIA points out some of the key member benefits from becoming an affiliate of the PIA, including: Free economic and research reports, ratios studies, technical hotline, free training videos, and discounts on industry publications and resources. The MPIA itself also provides member organizations with training subsidies for human resource development, through provincial government initiatives, as well as discounts on MPIA workshops and seminars.

This represents the third Canadian provincial printing industry association affiliation to the PIA, which already includes the British Columbia Printing Industries Association and the Ontario Printing & Imaging Association.

The MPIA, including the following associations executives and directors, is holding its Annual General Meeting on May 27, 2014, at the Canad Inns, Polo Park, in Winnipeg, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

MPIA Executive Committee
Rob Young, MPIA, President
Executive Vice-President Operations, Pollard Banknote
Gord Boultbee, MPIA, Vice-President
Advertising Sales Manager, Derksen Printers

Glenn Buffie, MPIA, Immediate Past President
Publisher and General Manager, Derksen Printers

MPIA Directors
Mark Davis, President, Corporate Source
Bob Harvie, Operations Manager, The Prolific Group
Tony Kasdorf, General Manager, The Standard Press

Jon Leech, General Manager, Harris Printing
Andrea Read, Plant Manager, Transcontinental LGM-Coronet
Herb Vielhaber, General Manager, Cascades Boxboard Group Winnipeg

Jim Macklin, Manager Graphic Arts, Winpak

Greg Ward, Owner, Ward's Printing Services

Come into the digital world or you may fall behind was a key message delivered by two Canadians, Jeff Ekstein and Michael Makin, representing the Printing Industries of America at last week’s Ontario Printing and Imaging Association meeting.

The February 19 dinner meeting with these two senior-level PIA executives was held at the St. Georges Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke, Ontario, and included an enthusiastic crowd with some of Ontario’s leading commercial printers and technology suppliers. In November 2013, Ekstein, President and CEO of Willow Printing Group in Concord, Ontario, was elected as the 2014 Chairman of the Board for PIA, one of the world’s most-powerful printing associations. Makin, born in Montreal, has been President and CEO of the PIA since 2002.

The dinner meeting agenda was set to also update members about the OPIA’s earlier decision to become a direct member affiliate of the PIA. The main points of discussion from Ekstein and Makin, as well as OPIA President Tracey Preston, were how OPIA/PIA together can help printers run their businesses. As the evening progressed, this theme narrowed in on how printers can offer auxiliary services to customers and stay ahead of your competition.

One of the major setbacks with the perception of today’s media buyers, a main reason why they choose to go with digital communications, is the sustainability image portrayed by digital technology. Printing is often thought of as a non-eco friendly industry because of the over use of paper, explained the dinner-meeting presenters. The North American public has an idea that any paper use is waste. Since 1970s, however, this could not be further from the truth. 

In the last 40 years, we have seen drastic change in the business environment of printing, forcing manufacturers to get on board with lean manufacturing. Additionally, the PIA presenters suggested that printers should remind consumers how paper is a renewable resource and, in fact, there is more square footage of forests in America today than there was in the 1970s. The amount of digital-communications waste – computers, monitors, mobile phones, batteries, among other disposable hardware loaded with carcinogens – is far greater and more environmentally harmful than recyclable paper waste.

The OPIA presenters, however, also focused on why printers cannot ignore the gains and value afforded to them by digital applications. The colossal growth in smart phones opens up completely new markets for printers to offer their customers more than just ink on paper. Augmented reality, for example, was a main topic of discussion among attendees at the OPIA dinner, as they work closer with their customers. Ink on paper is still needed for the application of augmented reality. Pushing interactions between printed products and digital devices is something that printers must implement in their businesses in order to thrive in the future.

The speakers from the PIA mentioned that in 1994 there were 54,000 print-manufacturing plants in America, with an estimate of only 25,000 being around by 2020. Approximately 1,000 printers go out of business every year; and the Greater Toronto Area is one of the most condensed and competitive printing areas in the world.

Printers continue to seek answers for how they can merge these often competing platforms of analogue and digital communications. At first sight, it seems as though something like augmented reality and 3D printing are completely different approaches relative to printing and that they cannot be combined in an efficient, profit-making manner. But the dinner-meeting presenters suggested the more pressing questions should be what do our customers want and how can we make it happen for them?

It is imperative for printers to be constantly learning about new trends in both printing and digital communications. Whereas in the past, printers could focus purely on printing technology, they must now research varied and continuously emerging fields of communications to remain relevant.

Newspapers, stationary, or financial statement printing alone are not services that will keep small- to medium-size printers alive and well, suggested the evening’s presenters. Integration of marketing, augmented reality, near field communication, and 3D printing, among others, should be considered to be part of ongoing business modifications. Some of these services may not be a financial reality for many small printers, but making sure to have these conversations with customers and suppliers to find out how auxiliary services can be added to your product line is a crucial part of keeping print alive.

Accepting the rise of digital applications in combination with the power of printed pieces is a start to getting a printing facility ahead of the competition and toward higher profits. Printers must think beyond ink and paper in order to stay competitive and to keep their customers from going elsewhere.

This report was produced by Krista Brown, a third-year student in Ryerson University's School of Graphic Communications Management.

The board of directors for the Ontario Printing Industries Association (OPIA) voted unanimously last week to accept the recommendation it becomes a direct affiliate of the United States-based Printing Industries of America (PIA), located in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

“We’re looking forward to providing… PIA benefits to our existing members, as well as increasing our base by bringing in new members to the OPIA,” stated Tracey Preston, President of the OPIA.

“We were approached as an industry organization that is strong throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern Provinces,” continued Preston. “We are still maintaining our relationship with the NAPL, which means that our members receive the value that they expect from their membership in the OPIA, as well as additional services and benefits from the PIA. “

The PIA affiliation, according to the OPIA, provides for services such as training, PIA ratio resources, economic reports and HR reports related to the printing industry. The affiliation also provides access to the PIA’s technical hotline and third-party paper and ink testing.

The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, with its satellite printing shop, took part in the annual Marshville Heritage Festival in Wainfleet, Ontario. The group showed off its vintage letterpress printing technology to hundreds of festival visitors. 

The event also featured a classic car show, a Town Criers contest, live demonstrations of a blacksmith shop, and numerous musical guests. Each year the event draws close to 25,000 visitors.

Below are some pictures of this year’s demonstrations by the Mackenzie Printery volunteer staff. Photographs are courtesy of Denis Cahill.

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