Printing United Alliance (Fairfax, Virginia) and Idealliance (Alexandria, Virginia) have announced their intention to merge the two key industry organizations into one after the board of directors at each company unanimously voted in favour of the merger. Last year, SGIA and PIA officially merged to become Printing United Alliance – the largest, most comprehensive printing and graphic arts association in the U.S. This new venture with Idealliance will further support the association’s investment into the long-term success of the U.S. printing industry. The proposed merger, which was approved by Idealliance’s Board of Directors yesterday, will be finalized and made official on March 1, 2021.
“Over the past few years, Printing United Alliance has focused on bringing those efforts and institutions that are having the greatest impact in printing together under one roof,” said Ford Bowers, CEO of Printing United Alliance. “We are excited that Idealliance may join us as the pre-eminent standards, training and educational association in our industry. Our media outlets and reach into various printing segments, the many events we conduct, including the Printing United Expo, and membership of more than 6,000 companies, will all serve to strengthen and expand the work of Idealliance as an ‘association within an association,’ both domestically and internationally – and through its mission will continue to help our industry thrive.”
“Idealliance is renowned as a leader in certifying and training colour management professionals around the world,” said Dick Ryan, CEO of Idealliance. “To continue moving Idealliance’s programming forward, this merger will provide significant growth opportunities through Printing United Alliance’s robust platforms, and aligns with many of our association’s current offerings and strategies for success. In partnership with Printing United Alliance, we aim to provide global standardization, training and certification programs for the printing and packaging supply chain to all graphic communications professionals. This partnership will allow us to expand efforts into new markets to train and certify professionals, processes,and systems around the globe. Together, we seek to serve the printing and packaging industry better than ever before,” Ryan pointed out.
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