Makers of equipment, software, and supplies, as well as information and training resources
Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC)
Jointly owned by three printing associations, GASC produces regional and national conferences and trade shows, including:
Executive Outlook: One-day conference held prior to the opening of the Graph Expo trade show. Provides insight into changing technologies and critical print-industry issues. This year's session is entitled, "Profiting with the Right Technology, Struggling without It"?a Print Management Survival Kit," and will be held Sept. 27 at Chicago's McCormick Place.
Graph Expo: Trade show and conference for the printing industry that will feature seminars and exhibits on new media opportunities and growth avenues created by expanded technology. This year's event: Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Chicago's McCormick Place South.
Vue/Point Conference: This business owner-to-business owner conference provides "truth from the trenches, not pitches from the podium." Printing business owners not only share success stories with short-run color, variable-data, and wide-format graphics but also some of the adjustments they've made in terms of business operations. Transcripts of 2003 Conference sessions on "Variable Data Printing"?Where's the Beef?" and other sessions will be published in VuePoint: The Hard Copy magazine this summer. Next event: March 8-10, 2004.
Graphic Arts Information Network
Graphic-arts information portal of The Printing Industries of America (PIA) and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF). Bookstore features 12 publications on digital printing, including several from GAMIS, the graphic-arts marketing information service of the PIA/GATF. Collection includes "Designing4Digital"?a training package print companies can use to help educate graphic designers about variable-data print jobs.
Formerly the Graphic Communications Association, the International Digital Enterprise Alliance promotes user-driven, cross-industry solutions for publishing and content-related processes. Offers The Business of Digital Production in the Graphic Arts, 2nd Edition, a 60-page book for management-level professionals in all aspects of print media.
IPA: The Association of Graphic Solutions Providers
Originally founded as the International Prepress Association, the organization includes pioneers in exploring emerging graphics-communications technologies. Sponsors management, technical, and sales and marketing conferences on topics such as consultative selling and selling value-added services.
NAPL: National Association for Printing Leadership
Trade association providing management, education and economic analysis services that help managers of commercial printing businesses profit from change. Recent publication: "Building a Digital Services Portfolio: A Guide to Digital Solutions for the New Print Services Provider."
On-Demand Printing and Publishing
Conference and trade show for users and suppliers of digital printing and publishing technologies, including tools for printing, delivering, and managing documents, forms, and publications. Produced by Advanstar Communications and CAP Ventures, a strategic consulting firm specializing in business-communication technologies and services (www.capv.com). March 8-10, 2004, Jacob Javits Convention Center, NY.
PODi, the digital printing initiative (www.podi.org), is a consortium of print-on-demand equipment manufacturers and software developers. The organization publishes information about opportunities in digital printing, including a free e-mail newsletter with tips on designing personalized print campaigns, and updates on relevant technical standards. The Digital Print Sales Kit ($2500 members/$1250 for associate members) includes 130 case studies for use in sales presentations or sales collateral. Best Practices in Digital Print includes 40 case studies of successful digital print projects, analyses of industry trends, market segments and best practices in personalized print The PODi Applications Forum features technical and business-related seminars and idea-sharing roundtables.
Online resource for buyers and providers of digital printing services.
Hosts discussions and forums on graphic-arts-related topics, including digital printing and variable-data printing.