As of the, May 1, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is accepting applications for its steering committees and advisory councils for the 2019 - 2020 term. The volunteer leaders comprising SGIA’s committees and advisory councils offer essential knowledge and experience, ultimately contributing to the success of their peers, the association and the printing industry at large.

In observance of Earth Day, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) proudly honors the 30 member companies receiving its 2019 Sustainable Business Recognition Award. The annual program recognizes companies’ initiatives in the previous year that reduced their environmental footprints and/or improved business efficiency and employee safety and health.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is pleased to sign on as a Supporting Association/Media Partner for Smithers Pira’s Digital Print Week conferences, Digital Print for Packaging and Digital Textile Printing (Orlando, Fla.; June 4 - 5 and June 6 - 7, 2019, respectively).

Over the past four years, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has presented dozens of Color Management Boot Camps throughout the United States. This month, the program went international: The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association of Australia (SGIAA) brought it to Melbourne, Australia.

The Suppliers and Manufacturers Council (SMC) of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has appointed Stahls’ CEO Carleen Gray Vice Chairman, and has added Felix Mueller, President, Heidelberg Americas, to its roster.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is proud to announce Director of Exhibit Services Rachel Thomas, CEM, has been named a 2019 Smart Women in Meetings Award winner in the “Rising Star” category. The award honors women in the early stages of their career who are already making their mark on the meetings industry.

Recently, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Affairs Gary Jones assisted an SGIA member facing well over $30,000 in fines for hazardous waste management violations from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Working in concert with the member and their attorney, Jones provided extensive technical support that ultimately led to an 85% reduction in the penalty.

Exposition industry publications Trade Show News Network (TSNN) and Trade Show Executive (TSE) have recognized the 2018 SGIA Expo as one of the largest and fastest-growing trade shows in the country.

Scholarships do more than help fund an education. They motivate and encourage students, according to Erin Nuss, Manager of Workforce Development, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA).

When Gene Marks, owner, The Marks Group PC, presents at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) upcoming FP3: Functional Printing, Process & Products conference (May 5 - 7, Chicago area), he will not only open the event, but will open attendees’ minds to what can ultimately impact their businesses. In his keynote presentation, “The Road to 2020: Taxes, Tariffs and Technology,” Marks will discuss the four most important power trends leaders need to act on today to prepare for tomorrow — Washington and the economy, technology, taxes and people.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) are accepting presentation proposals for the 2019 Digital Textile Printing Conference (December 11 - 12; Durham, N.C.).

With its lineup of engaging educational sessions, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) upcoming FP3: Functional Printing, Process & Products conference (May 5 - 7, Chicago area) will cover a range of essential topics for today’s functional printing businesses, from a look at the latest technological advancements and opportunities to company culture and strategy.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is convening some of the biggest names in color to address a serious need in the printing industry: color standards for digital printing. A new working group will include representatives from companies including WestRock, FUJIFILM and Nazdar.

Booth sales have opened for Graphics of the Americas (GOA), powered by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), coming to Halls A and B of the Miami Beach Convention Center, February 27 - 29, 2020. This will be the first edition of GOA under SGIA ownership.

The Printing Industries Alliance welcomed Mark Subers, President/CRO – Printing & Packaging, NAPCO Media, to its Digital Printing Think Tank III last week for a talk on convergence.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) FP3: Functional Printing, Process & Products conference (Chicago area, May 5 - 7) will take a deep dive into technologies, trends and business approaches shaping functional printers with keynoters Dale Crownover, President and CEO, Texas Nameplate Company Inc. (TNC), and Colby B. Jubenville, Ph.D.

SGIA is taking a new approach to its survey methodology, establishing representative survey panels. The panels, which will typically total about 200 volunteers each, represent six industry segments: graphics, garment, commercial, packaging, in-plant and functional printing.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has announced the 18 member companies receiving its Annual Safety Recognition Program Award for their safety efforts throughout the 2018 calendar year. Based on a point system, the program rewards participating companies who have scored an 80 or more by completing action items such as bi-monthly safety checks, establishing safety committees, attending safety webinars and more.

Industry convergence was the topic of the night when Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Executive Vice President James Martin spoke to the group at the Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA) last week.

There were no squeegees, mesh or presses at SGIA’s THREADX 2019 (San Diego, February 17 – 19). Rather, 154 leaders in apparel decorating were there to push their businesses to new levels with sessions focusing on branding and design.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) donated the $4,603.56 it raised in its 2018 SGIA Expo T-shirt sales to the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The shirts were sold during the Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center for $5 each.

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