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PIA Responds to Tariff Announcements on Uncoated Groundwood Paper; Monitoring Industry Impact of Potential Aluminum Tariffs

Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

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In response to the announcement by the Department of Commerce regarding preliminary anti-dumping duties on Canadian imports of Uncoated Groundwood (UGW) Paper, Printing Industries of America President and CEO Michael Makin made the following statement:

“Yesterday, the Department of Commerce announced preliminary anti-dumping duties of up to 22.16 percent on Canadian imports of Uncoated Groundwood (UGW) Paper. This is compounded by preliminary countervailing duties averaging 6.5 percent on the same product announced in January. These tariffs will negatively impact paper used for newsprint, directories, book publishing, and advertising circulars, raising costs for production and, ultimately, print customers. In an industry in which it is difficult to absorb forced cost increases, the effect will likely be less production, fewer pages printed, a faster shift to digital content of news and books, and more diversion of advertising from print to electronic platforms.

All of this havoc has been caused by one company in the paper industry filing a trade remedy case alleging unfair trade practices by Canada. The majority of U.S. newsprint manufacturers, the trade associations representing the industry, and U.S. customers oppose the trade petition on UGW paper.

Demand for newsprint has declined by 75 percent in North America since 2000 due to electronic diversion and change of customer reading habits, not because of unfair competition. PIA believes firmly in the power of print to deliver news and information, and its member companies work daily to innovate and maintain print’s relevance in today’s world of multi-channel communication delivery. Tariffs on Canadian UGW paper will unnecessarily burden printing companies and their customers with cost headaches while forcing alternatives to print.

PIA and its allies in the Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers (STOPP) Coalition have gone directly to the Department of Commerce and Capitol Hill to make the case opposing tariffs on UGW paper imported from Canada and will continue to urge the Trump Administration to reject this trade case in light of the harmful impact such tariffs will have on a key segment of the American manufacturing economy.”

Additionally, Makin made the following statement regarding the recently announced Trump Administration policy on imported steel and aluminum:

“Promoting job growth in domestic manufacturing is at the core of PIA’s mission and we appreciate President Trump highlighting the importance of the manufacturing sector and its workers. However, there are 800,000 jobs associated with the U.S. printing industry and PIA’s first and foremost goal is to ensure the companies that provide those jobs are able to purchase equipment—including printing plates made of aluminum—without higher production costs associated with potential tariffs. PIA is closely monitoring the details of the recently announced steel and aluminum tariff to determine potential negative impact on printing facilities, possible exemptions for key components of printing equipment, and other aspects of the tariff case as the specifics of the policy unfold.”

A video statement from Michael Makin in response to the announcement can be found Here. Mr. Makin is also available for further interview.

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Support for PRINT United Grows Among Printing Industry Associations

Posted Friday, March 16, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

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Total of 15 independent organizations have signed on to support SGIA and NAPCO Media’s new expo

PRINT United confirms five more independent regional and state affiliates of Printing Industries of America (PIA) have agreed to support and promote the launch of the PRINT United Expo to their respective members. With this addition to previously reported participating associations, a total of 15 PIA affiliates are now supporting the new trade show hosted by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) in partnership with NAPCO Media, which will launch in Dallas in October 2019.

Pacific Printing Industries Association (PPI), Print Media Association of St. Louis (PMA), Printing and Graphics Association Mid-Atlantic (PGAMA), Printing Industries of New England (PINE) and The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) are the latest commercial printing industry associations lending their support to PRINT United.

“Our print members are always exploring different options to expand their offerings to customers,” said Christine Hagopian, President, PINE. “It’s extremely valuable to provide an opportunity where they can evaluate capital investments in one location, with vendors who understand their needs and who genuinely want to see their companies succeed in this industry.”

The PRINT United Expo is designed to give print service providers new ways to address changes that are occurring within the graphic arts marketplace. In addition to finding relevance in the convergence of various market segments, the associations recognize the importance of the wide breadth of technologies that will be on display at PRINT United. As such, their support will begin this year with the SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, which will be held October 18-20.

“With the rapid and constant change in our industry, it’s vital that our members keep pace with new technologies and innovations available to them,” said Jeff Stoudt, President, PICA. “We encourage our members to attend industry events like PRINT United, so they can understand the depth and breadth of the imaging technologies out there.”

In their agreement to support PRINT United, these five associations join 10 previously reported PIA affiliates that have already cast their support. They include Graphic Arts Association (GAA), Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA), Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG), Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica, Printing Industries Alliance, Printing Industries Association of San Diego (PIASD), Printing Industries Association Inc. of Southern California (PIASC), Printing Industries of Ohio and N. Kentucky, Printing Industry Association of the South Inc. (PIAS) and Visual Media Alliance.

“PGAMA is answering the call of many of our members who have, for years, extolled the value of the SGIA Expo and often wondered why PGAMA was not involved,” said Jay Goldscher, President and CEO, PGAMA. “In promoting PRINT United, we are not only answering the wishes of many of our members, but reinforcing our belief in the dynamic future of our industry with the program that we think best reflects that future - and that is PRINT United.”

About PRINT United

PRINT United, a new event hosted by SGIA in partnership with NAPCO Media, will launch in Dallas, Texas, October 23-25, 2019. Focusing on the opportunities presented by the convergence of printing technologies and markets, PRINT United will cover print and finishing technologies in industry segments from garment to graphic, packaging to commercial, and industrial. Its objective is to convey all components of integrated solutions to satisfy virtually any client need.

SGIA - Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is the trade association of choice for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow their business into new market segments through the incorporation of the latest printing technologies. SGIA membership comprises these diverse segments, all of which are moving rapidly towards digital adoption. As long-time champions of digital technologies and techniques, SGIA is the community of peers you are looking for to help navigate the challenges of this process. Additionally, the SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. “Whatever the medium, whatever the message, print is indispensable. Join the community - SGIA.”

NAPCO Media

NAPCO Media is a business-to-business media company serving the printing & packaging, publishing, marketing, retail & non-profit, promotional products and consumer technology industries. Its mission is to build community between its audience and clients through integrated media programs, video services, events, marketing services, custom content and e-learning.

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Printing Industries of America Launches Print Powers America — Major Industry-wide Advocacy Initiative

Posted Monday, March 5, 2018 by Printing Industries of America.

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Pittsburgh, PA— Printing Industries of America launched Print Powers America this morning, a major industry-wide initiative committed to collectively voicing the tremendous economic influence, consumer impact, and environmental stewardship made possible by print and packaging companies across the country. Spearheaded by Printing Industries of America (PIA), this multi-faceted advocacy initiative combines lobbying, grassroots action, and public affairs to promote and protect the printing and graphic communications industry.

“Printing Industries of America has long had a presence in Washington and has notched significant legislative and regulatory wins on behalf of companies throughout the industry,” said Bryan Hall, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Printing Industries of America. “We believe it is time to raise the volume of our collective voices to match the combined economic might of our industry.”

The centerpiece of Print Powers America is a new website, www.PrintPowersAmerica.com that provides valuable information on the dramatic economic, environmental, and consumer impact and the reach of print and packaging.

“Now more than ever, the industry as a whole needs to rally behind a powerful advocacy initiative which will shine a spotlight on print’s importance and relevance in today’s economy,” said Michael Makin, President & CEO of Printing Industries of America. “Print Powers America is open to ALL print and packaging companies, regardless of membership status in PIA. Contribution levels are tiered by number of employees so that the smallest print shop to the largest corporation can be equal partners in support of this cause.”

For more information about Print Powers America, visit www.PrintPowersAmerica.com. Interviews and images available upon requests.

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ACTION ALERT WASHINGTON STATE - CAPITAL GAINS TAX PROPOSAL

Posted Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Bill Stauffacher.

OLYMPIA WANTS A NEW CAPITAL GAINS INCOME TAX!

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DO YOU?

Please read & act now on behalf of your business / our industry. Feel free to share this email.

Any additional questions / thoughts contact PPI Executive Director Jules VanSant or PPI Lobbyist Bill Stauffacher – gocougs@billstauffacher.com


House Democrats are proposing a new 7% WASHINGTON STATE capital gains tax.

This new tax would apply to business and personal capital gains that are commonly subject to federal capital gains taxes.


CALL AND E-MAIL your state legislators ASAP and tell them to VOTE NO on a new state capital gains income tax. Tell them:

This is a RETIREMENT tax!

Printers who are nearing retirement – pay attention! Selling your business would be subject to this new 7% tax. Tell legislators that you planned on the sale of your business to fund your retirement. Typical retirement plans would be exempt – but selling your business to fund your retirement would be taxed.

This is the first step toward a STATE INCOME TAX!

Once the state begins collecting your federal capital gains tax information, the state is just one step away for taxing all of your income.

The richest 1% are the target – but small businesses get hammered.

Politicians believe this tax only hits the wealthiest, top 1%. Wrong! Tell them this tax hits people like you who are fall below the richest among us.

HOW DO I FIND MY LEGISLATOR?

Click on the link below, type in your business and personal addresses. Then call and email all legislators who represent you personally and where your business is located.http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

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PIA Launches Customer Service Professional Certification Program

Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

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Pittsburgh, PA—Printing Industries of America has launched a new Customer Service Professional Certification (CSP) program to train and validate the expertise of customer service representatives in a production print environment. The CSP Certification program will provide vital skills in the areas of professionalism, communication, management of internal and external customers, and job production situations to deliver an outstanding customer service experience.

“Customer service representatives (CSRs) play a vital role in print companies,” said Joe Marin, vice president of Education and Training at Printing Industries of America. “Great customer service can turn first-time customers into repeat customers and repeat customers into loyal customers. Having a Certified team shows that your company holds its staff to the highest professional standards and will put the needs of its customers first.”

The cost for the Customer Service Professional Certification (CSP) program is $295 for members and $495 for non-members. Purchasing the Online Course Bundle provides one year of access to the Customer Service Professional eLearning courses and one attempt to pass the certification exam. The course bundle includes:

  • Roles and Qualities for Customer Service Success
  • Customer Service in the Printing Industry
  • Print Manufacturing Concepts
  • Common Digital File Problems and Solutions
  • Communicating Color with the Client
  • Dealing with Dissatisfied Clients: Internal and External
  • Professional Communication

For more information about the Customer Service Professional Certification (CSP) program, visit www.printing.org/csp.

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