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.

Industry-leading suppliers and manufacturers have reserved 90% of available exhibit space for the debut of PRINTING United (Dallas; October 23 - 25, 2019), according to event partners NAPCO Media and the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA).

The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University will conduct independent, third-party evaluations of test prints submitted for certification in the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Digital Color Professional program.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Women in Print Alliance is now an official advisory council with 17 female leaders representing different facets of the printing industry. Since 2016, the Women in Print Alliance — including suppliers, executives and educators — has supported and advanced women serving the industry through mentorship, education and personal and professional development.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) congratulates the first 10 PDAA Master Certified Installers of 2019. In a testing workshop held January 9-10 at AdGraphics (Pompano Beach, Florida), the following installers demonstrated proficiency in all types of vinyl installations, including complex curves and vehicle wraps:

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has opened registration for this year's FP3: Functional Printing, Process & Products (May 5–7, Itasca, Illinois). Super early bird registration fees are in place through February 15.

The organizers of PRINTING United 2019 (October 23–25, Dallas), the largest printing-focused expo in North America, have opened the Call for Presentations for the event. Submissions will be accepted through February 22.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), in conjunction with the Specialty Graphic Imaging Foundation (SGIF), is accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. With the continued support of donations from endowment investors and industry leaders, 20 students will be eligible for $2,000 each.

In an unprecedented move, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has created a Suppliers and Manufacturers Council (SMC), an elite group of industry leaders who will advise the association on issues and concerns related to the future success of their companies, their customers and, more importantly, the printing industry.

There’s nothing quite like the passion of a diehard sports fan, but even so, teams in the social and millennial era are starting to value individual expression over traditional messages and basic logo design.

In a special webinar next week, three experts in the digital textile printing arena will offer a sneak-peek at the 2018 Digital Textile Printing Conference 3.0, presented by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).

How well — and how fast — can you wrap the side of a 2018 Ford Mustang GT? That’s the challenge nine two-person teams faced in the Wrap Team Challenge, hosted by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) PDAA Committee over the three days of last week’s 2018 SGIA Expo. Three teams took home cash prizes and bragging rights:

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