Gravure Assn. of America and PLGA Global to Merge
“The current business environment for Gravure in the Americas is extremely time and cost sensitive, affecting the growth of the industry. As an association, we have a responsibility to the industry and to our members to advance Gravure and build preference of its capability in the marketplace,” said Pimlott. “By combining the knowledge, experience and resources of both memberships, we will be in a stronger position to embrace the potential of gravure, facilitating and supporting awareness, education, innovation, investment and global opportunities.”
Something that Young believes should also be a strong focus of the new association is in regard to the sustainability of the industry through a highly qualified and impassioned workforce. “Perhaps most important, as a result of this merger, we can help stimulate interest in gravure amongst graphic art students through excellence in training and education combined with exposure to the opportunities that exist in the Americas,” he said.
A merger committee has been formed comprised of members appointed by the GAA and PLGA Global boards to develop a strategy and protocol for the merger. Outreach to the existing memberships of both organizations will commence in the next few weeks for additional insight and to support the necessary due diligence for the completion of the merger.
“The intention is to have the new association formalized by the end of the calendar year, with an official launch of the new association at the Gravure Global Summit, to be held in Miami March 6-7, 2013,” said Pimlott.
About GAA and PLGA Global
The Gravure Assn. of America is a trade association. It was formed in January 1987 as the result of the merger of the Gravure Technical Association (GTA) and the Gravure Research Institute (GRI). Both GTA and GRI had been in existence since 1947. The two organizations consolidated their resources with the intent to create a more effective and responsive association. The Packaging and Label Gravure Association Global (PLGA Global) was founded in 1999 by printers and converters to create value and opportunities through technology, education and promotion of the Gravure process specifically in packaging, label and product-specific applications.
Source GAA/PLGA Global.