BIA Product of Excellence Awards Now Accepting Entries

PITTSBURGH—Nov. 8, 2011—The Binding Industries Association (BIA) is pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Product of Excellence Awards. This contest recognizes outstanding craftsmanship in the binding, graphic finishing, and custom loose-leaf manufacturing industry.

These awards celebrate all aspects of finishing and cover nearly 40 different areas of the industry that range from mechanical folding to cut-flush binders. With a comprehensive catalog of categories, finishers can showcase their expertise and be recognized for mastering and advancing a specific aspect of finishing.

The competition is judged by a panel of distinguished experts in the graphic arts community. These judges come from around the world and are chosen for their extensive knowledge and years of experience in producing graphic finishing and custom loose-leaf products. The judges carefully examine every entry for superiority in the manufacturing and quality. Pieces that truly exemplify the category they are entered in receive a coveted Product of Excellence Award.

Recipients of an award will be listed in The Binding Edge as well as featured on the awards website, where potential customers can review the winning pieces. In addition, winners will receive a self-promotion kit to help capitalize on their success.

Recognition from the Product of Excellence Award competition helps graphic finishers and custom loose-leaf companies stand apart from their peers and impress customers. Norm Beange, president of Anstey Book Binding Inc., said “Winning this award means that our attention to detail and our high quality of workmanship has been recognized. With this award, we can highlight our achievement in company advertisements in industry publications and promote the award on our company website.”

The deadline for entry is March 30, 2012. For entry information, please visit or contact Justin Goldstein at or call (800) 910-4283 ext. 806.

The Binding Industries Association wishes to acknowledge and thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Bensons, Best Graphics Inc., Tech-ni-Fold USA,, Gane Brothers & Lane, Holliston, Duplo, Update LTD., Nor-Cote International, US Ring, Dura Pro, bielomatik jagenberg, C.P. Bourg, Standard Finishing, Kolbus, WCJ Pilgrim, The Newark Group, Nordson, MBO America, Challenge Machinery, IFS Industries, Inc., Colter & Peterson.

About Printing Industries of America
Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees. It serves the interests of more than 10,000 member companies. Together with its nationwide affiliate network, Printing Industries delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the graphic communications industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.

About BIA
The Binding Industries Association (BIA), a special interest group of Printing Industries of America, represents trade binderies, graphic finishers, custom loose-leaf manufacturers, and suppliers to those industries. The BIA is the definitive organization for the binding industry and helps its members maintain a competitive advantage and respond to today’s changing environment. Whether you’re a veteran or new to the industry, the most cost-effective way to gain knowledge, visibility, and access is by becoming a BIA member.

Source: BIA.

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