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Professional Associations and Resources

(February 2005) posted on Mon Feb 07, 2005

A sourcelist of organizations for print providers.

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How do you stay current and garner new
information about the market and trends?
One good option is to join a trade association.
These associations bring together
companies with similar interests and challenges.

Most of these organizations offer publications,
website resources, and trade
shows/conferences aimed directly at
their membership. Depending on the mission
and makeup of these organizations,
they: help members solve problems
through seminars and workshops; offer
networking, group-buying discounts, and
market research; help set or evaluate
industry standards and bestow awards;
and generally aid in bringing new products/
technologies to the forefront (or at
least make members more aware of these

One trend that shouldn't surprise:
Notice how several organizations' names
have changed in recent years to encompass
a broader, more general member
base"?the former International Prepress
Association has become the Association
of Graphic Solutions Providers, for example,
while the Screenprinting & Graphic
Imaging Association has become the Specialty
Graphic Imaging Association. This
mirrors the graphic-arts marketplace as a
whole, putting the emphasis on providers
of digital solutions rather than specific
position or technology niches.

What follows is a sampling of trade
associations and resource organizations
that should prove of interest to most print
providers. Note that we've also included
several organizations whose memberships
are typically limited to manufacturers
or suppliers. Although print providers
may not be able to join these groups, they
often provide a wealth of information on
the industry, business tips, and more on
their websites.
A sourcelist of organizations for print providers.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI )

ANSI is a private, nonprofit organization that administers and coordinates
US voluntary standardization and conformity assessment
systems by establishing consensus among qualified groups.

The Association for Suppliers of Printing,
Publishing and Converting Technologies (NPES)
(originally National Printing Equipment Association)

NPES is a trade association whose members manufacture and distribute
equipment, systems, software, and supplies used in printing,
publishing, and converting. The association provides a variety of
research and educational programs, has a government affair representative,
works on developing safety and technical standards, and
more. The NPES headquarters houses the Graphic Arts Show Company
(owned by NPES, NAPL, and PIA), Graphic Arts Education and
Research Foundation, and the Graphics Communication Council.

Association of Graphic Solutions Providers (IPA)
(formerly International Prepress Association)