EDITOR’S notebook

Future of Print Extends Beyond PI 400 Printers

Although this special issue features our annual ranking of the 400 largest printing companies in the United States and Canada based on annual sales, the future of print itself is a topic that’s just as important to the quick printer located in Anytown USA as it is to the establishments that made the Printing Impressions 400 list. Printers of all sizes must unite to support various initiatives that help promote our industry.

One still-emerging effort is The Print Council, a business development initiative dedicated to promoting the greater use of print media through education, awareness, market development, advocacy and research. With the support of printer members RR Donnelley, Quad/Graphics, Cenveo, PIP Printing, Williamson Printing, Sandy Alexander and the Sheridan Group, the Council also has the backing of industry vendors such as Heidelberg, Xerox, MAN Roland, Kodak Versamark, EFI and International Paper, among others. And various associations—some that sponsor their own programs to build industry awareness—have also joined the effort, including PIA/GATF, NAPL, NPES, Xplor International and the EMA Foundation.

Founded in October of 2003, The Print Council highlighted its recent activities during a press conference at Graph Expo last October. These include the establishment of an executive committee and marketing chairperson, an alliance with the U.S. Postal Service, as well as a b-2-b advertising campaign targeted at media specifiers (created pro bono by Thad Kubis of NAK Marketing & Communications). And, just last month, the group appointed Marty Maloney, chairman of Broadford & Maloney, as executive director.

Since the future of print is a cause that affects all of us, The Print Council deserves our full support. For more information, contact the Council by calling (650) 697-6671, on the Web at www.theprintcouncil.org, or by e-mail at info@theprintcouncil.org.

Another noteworthy cause is the “Life with Print” brand campaign launched last spring by Sappi Fine Paper North America. The multimillion-dollar campaign kicked off with a book that provides case histories and hard data about the advantages of print in reaching consumers and in building brands. Even more beneficial, Sappi “Life with Print” ad inserts have also run in Fortune, Forbes, Ad Week and Ad Age.

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