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Professional Associations and Resources

(February 2005) posted on Mon Feb 07, 2005

A sourcelist of organizations for print providers.


Serves the graphic communications community as a resource
for technical information and offers training, research, consulting,
publications, and more. GATF facilities include state-of-theart
prepress, pressrooms, testing laboratories, libraries, and
classrooms.

Printing Industries of America (PIA)"?Worldwide graphic-arts
trade association, with 13,000 member companies. Consolidated
with GATF in 1999.

Graphic Arts Marketing Information Service (GAMIS)"?A special
interest group of the Printing Industries of America (PIA),
GAMIS is a market-research association for the graphic-arts
industry with members from diverse segments of the printing
industry. GAMIS produces three to five proprietary market
research/information studies per year.

Industrial Fabrics Association International

www.ifai.com

A trade association whose more than 2,000 member companies
represent the international specialty fabric marketplace. Members'
products span the entire spectrum of the specialty fabrics
industry, from fiber and fabric suppliers to manufacturers of end
products, equipment, and hardware.

International Color Consortium (ICC)

www.color.org

Creates and encourages the standardization and evolution of an
open, vendor-neutral, cross-platform color-management system
architecture and components.

International Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEAlliance)

www.idealliance.org

IDEAlliance is a nonprofit organization that advances crossindustry
solutions for publishing and content-related processes
by developing standards and identifying best practices. Has fostered
the development and adoption of standards such as GRACoL,
ICE, PRISM, SGML, and XML. Offers conferences, webinars,
committees, and more.

International Publishing Management Association (IPMA)

www.ipma.org

IPMA is a professional association dedicated exclusively to the
needs of in-house corporate publishing, printing, distribution, and
design professionals. IPMA provides in-plant managers with education,
certification, networking, and other programs and resources.

International Reprographic Association (IrgA)

www.irga.com

Founded to help companies serving the large-format document
reproduction needs of architectural, engineering, and manufacturing
firms. Many of these companies have evolved to offer
large-format graphics, so its annual conference, trade show, and
educational programming include pertinent wide-format information.
Offers mounting and laminating training seminars
throughout the year.

International Sign Association (ISA)

www.signs.org

Founded in 1944 as the National Electric Sign Association
(NESA), ISA members represent manufacturers, users, and suppliers
of on-premise signs and sign products. Annual conference
and trade show features sessions, equipment, and materials primarily
related to large-format graphics.

Lenstar

www.lenstar.org

Established as a resource for advertisers, designers, and their
clients to research and learn more about the lenticular process.

National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL)

www.napl.org

Chartered in 1933, NAPL is a trade association for commercial
printers and related members of the graphic-arts industry.
Develops conferences, periodicals, consulting, and economic
data and analysis for members.


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