And association forecasts that 2005 revenues will exceed those of 2004.
The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is inviting its printer members to submit samples of their finest work for entry into the association's 2005 Golden Image Awards Competition, which is held during SGIA '05, the Specialty Printing & Imaging Technology Show, September 28-October 1 in New Orleans.
The competition comprises more than 40 separate awards categories. Awards are based on image definition, color appearance, registration, job complexity, and special effects. Each category subgroup is available for an Award of Excellence (Gold), Award of Distinction (Silver), Award of Merit (Bronze), or a Certificate of Honorable Mention. Judging of all samples takes place Tuesday, September 27, prior to the opening of the SGIA '05 show. All entries will be prominently displayed during show hours.
"Golden Image awards are the industry's tangible reward for those companies whose goal is to achieve excellence in screen printing, specialty graphics, and graphic imaging," says Al Anderson, SGIA's vice president for education & management. "Winners gain international recognition for their accomplishments, instill company pride, and boost employee morale."
Entry deadline is August 3. All SGIA printer members can enter one submission at no charge; each following entry is $20. SGIA membership fees range from $149 to $1000/yr and are based upon a company's gross annual sales and size of shop. Competition information will soon be posted on the SGIA website.
In other SGIA news, the association reports that an industry confidence survey for the first quarter of 2005 shows that revenues for 2005 are expected to exceed those of 2004. Print markets with the highest confidence are manufacturing/OEM, corporate identity, trade printing, and retail. SGIA collects and analyzes data at its Survey & Statistics website online, with no cost to participate to industry professionals. SGIA members can receive free in-depth survey reports.