Print & Packaging Coalition Gives Summit Dates

RESTON, VA | A coalition of printing and packaging industry associations, allied in their advocacy for an improved manufacturing climate for their members, has announced their joint cooperation in sponsoring the 2018 Print & Packaging Legislative Summit, June 19–20, 2018, in Washington, DC. This event will bring printers, packaging converters, suppliers, and allied interests together for public policy and political education as well as direct interaction with Members of Congress and the Administration. In the 2018 Summit, AICC, the Independent Packaging Association, the Fibre Box Association (FBA), and the Printing Industries of America (PIA) will be joined by NPES, The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, and Idealliance, a global industry association representing the visual communications industry.

“We are excited that NPES and Idealliance are joining with us in 2018,” says AICC president Steve Young. “Our members share a common manufacturing process of putting ink on paper, converting the product, and shipping to a customer in a job-shop setting. Our suppliers are also intricately a part of this effort, as our members rely on their technology to remain innovative and competitive.”

The Print & Packaging Legislative Summit debuted in 2017, a rebranding of the former AICC and FBA Corrugated Industry Washington Fly-in. Joined in 2016 by members of PIA, who also sponsored a similar event, the Summit now includes even more representatives from the allied printing and converting industries.

“We have been extremely pleased by our alliance with AICC and FBA,” says Michael Makin, president and CEO of PIA. “We believe we have an even greater impact when legislators hear the concerns of many members in the print and packaging supply chain.”

NPES president Thayer Long says his members’ excitement in being involved in 2018: “Our members are the suppliers of technology to the global printing and imaging value chain, and our efforts to ensure a healthy print economy provide a direct benefit to them.”

Idealliance, whose members also encompass commercial mailing and fulfillment houses, agree: “Our members’ businesses are becoming increasingly dependent on each other, and so this unity of legislative purpose is important,” says David Steinhardt president and CEO of Idealliance. “As the traditional lines between printing and packaging begin to blur, it’s necessary that we work together with a common purpose.”

As in past years, the sponsors of the 2018 print and packaging event will be co-located with the Manufacturing Summit of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). “Our members have enjoyed the benefits of attending many of the NAM Manufacturing Summit events in the past,” says FBA president Dennis Colley.

AICC president Steve Young said he will be extending an invitation to other print- and packaging-related groups to join the effort. “This past year we were pleased to welcome representatives from the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) and the International Association of Diemaking and Diecutting (IADD). We are hopeful that they and other groups in the paperboard packaging sector will also ally with us in 2018.”

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