Graphic Arts

Printing Industries of America Adds Kanonik as Digital Consultant
February 10, 2009

Printing Industries of America announces today that Frank Kanonik, a well-known expert in digital printing, has joined its staff as a non-resident consultant and trainer. Kanonik adds to Printing Industries' resources available to member firms seeking to improve their digital printing sales and operations.

NAPL Appoints Janet Treer Senior Consultant
February 9, 2009

Janet Treer has been appointed senior consultant in the Print Consulting Services Group of NAPL ( With over 25 years experience in the print and graphic communications industry Treer provides executive leadership and management capabilities in helping a broad range of companies succeed in a rapidly changing business environment. Her background and skills will ideally complement the consulting team and be an invaluable resource for NAPL’s clients.

2008 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award Recognizes James Hammer
February 5, 2009

Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce that James Hammer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hammer Packaging in Rochester, NY, is the recipient of the 2008 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. Established in 1950, the Lewis Award is recognized throughout the graphic arts industry as the highest honor awarded to any individual in the business.

Continuous Improvement Conference Keynote to be a Study of NASCAR Pit Crews
February 3, 2009

Robert M. Williamson, an internationally known educator, consultant, and author of books including Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Lean Equipment Management, has been named keynote speaker for the 2009 Printing Industries of America Continuous Improvement Conference taking place April 5-8 in Lexington, KY. 

PIA Forms Center for Technology and Research
January 20, 2009

As part of the transition from PIA/GATF to Printing Industries of America, the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) has been renamed the Center for Technology and Research. For over fifty years, GATF provided the printing industry with professional, unbiased, third-party testing and information and will continue to do so through this Center.

GAERF's New Student Design Competition Promotes Careers in Graphic Communications
January 13, 2009

In an effort to promote the many exciting career opportunities within the graphic communications industry, and showcase the extraordinary talent of our youth, the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®) has launched a 2009 National Student Design Competition, themed “Careers in Graphic Communications…Imagine the Possibilities!”.  The competition will challenge students to create and produce a marketing product designed to appeal to our industry's future workforce. Participants will be encouraged to be creative and take their design from concept to finished product.

Quebecor World and US Ink Become Cal Poly Green Conference Sponsors
January 7, 2009

With the theme, "Igniting Green Media Business Growth, Innovation & Resilience - Being Lean, Green and Profitable in a Shrinking Economy," The Business of Green Media Conference will address "bottom line" issues about not only how to implement sustainable practices, but how to do it profitably. This topic is extremely revalent for all media producers and purchasers. The conference that will take place on the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo on January 22.

January 1, 2009

Printing Impressions' Commercial Printer News for January 2009

NPES Third Quarter Equipment Shipments Data--Some Good News, Some Bad
January 1, 2009

NPES equipment shipment data for the 3rd quarter came in at $361.9 million which was down 5.6% from 2007 levels. Unfortunately... that’s the good news and the bad all rolled into one. It was good that things didn’t get any worse despite the fact that the U.S. economy has clearly deteriorated, but it was bad that we didn’t get a boost from sales at drupa 2008.

PrintED Gives Hope to Incarcerated
December 4, 2008

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®) is pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, a prison inmate has been awarded a PrintED® certification. John Phillips, 41, an inmate at the Northern Regional Jail and Correctional Facility in Moundsville, WV received a certification in Offset Press Operations after passing an online standardized PrintED examination.