The Boards of Directors of IPA and IDEAlliance have announced merger plans for the two prominent U.S.-based communication associations, which collectively focus on sectors like media, print and publishing. According to a statement, the merger is waiting for final approval from a majority of the IPA membership in early March 2010.
“The graphic communication industry is looking to its industry associations to partner and create synergies based upon their distinctive competencies and shared objectives,” said Guy Gleysteen, Senior Vice President of Production of Time Inc. and IDEAlliance Chairman. “By integrating IPA and IDEAlliance, we achieve a big win for the industry and will be able to provide a significant increase in our program offerings to our combined membership.”
Chip Harding, President/COO of Harper House and IPA Chairman, said, “Current trends of change are ever accelerating. With like missions and unique competencies, this union will help lead our industry into the future.”
Steve Bonoff, IPA President added, “IPA has a strong history of working closely with IDEAlliance. In 2004, the organizations formed an alliance and launched the joint industry venture, PrintTools.org, a Web portal of tools and publications for the prepress and print community. In 2008, IPA and IDEAlliance announced the coordination of their digital press programs. And in 2009, IDEAlliance co-located its G7 Summit with the IPA Technical Conference.”
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