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ITC Votes Unanimously Against Newsprint Tariff

ITC Votes Unanimously Against Newsprint Tariff

August 29, 2018

In a major victory for the printing industry, Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce that the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has unanimously ruled to terminate duties currently being applied to uncoated groundwood paper, or newsprint, imports from Canada. This decision ends the tariff, and funds collected to date will be reversed over a period of three to six months. From the start, we knew this tax on... Read More

Social Media in the Print Industry

August 22, 2018

Social Media's Advantages When it comes to connecting with people, social media is the obvious place to start. With planning and forethought, social media platforms can help business owners build brand awareness and customer loyalty. For instance, print industry professionals can translate their visual products into shareable social media graphics. Customers may appreciate real-time feedback and the excitement built around a brand's Twitter,... Read More

Kodak Employees Honor George Eastman’s Legacy by Establishing New Traditions

August 21, 2018

On George Eastman's birthday, Kodak employees honored the company's founder in one of the most fitting ways--by giving back. He was born on July 12, 1854. Over 350 employees gathered together on a beautiful summer day in Rochester, New York, to pay tribute to a man who was not only a successful entrepreneur, but a philanthropic leader. His philosophy and approach to charitable giving are recognized almost as frequently as his contributions to... Read More

Financial Performance Assessments

August 20, 2018

  At Printing Industries of America, the Center for Print Economics and Management wants to work with our members to boost their performance and profitability. Dr. Ron Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at PIA, has, over the past thirty years, authored numerous reports and articles on economic and business topics and has spoken at conferences all over the United States and the world. His responsibilities at... Read More

The B2 Myth

August 15, 2018

Printing is a manufacturing business. The cost of production is always important, but so are print quality and turnaround times. At first glance, small-format B2 digital presses seem to be an efficient alternative to half-size sheetfed offset presses, helping printers control costs. A closer examination of application requirements and workflow reveals a more complex picture. Changing the Productivity Paradigm For example, B2 presses are widely... Read More

Staff Spotlight: Mike Packard

August 15, 2018

At Printing Industries of America, we have some outstanding employees. PIA has decided to open the doors and introduce our readers to the people that make us who we are. We choose to feature those outstanding employees with a blog dedicated to them: introducing the Staff Spotlight! Our very first staff spotlight will feature Mike Packard, Manager, Sponsorship & Logistics. Mike has been working at PIA for 11 years, and he is our most... Read More

Let's Play: Fact or Fiction? Test your knowledge about OSHA and EPA in print.

August 9, 2018

Press play to play along! PIA's Environmental, Health, and Safety experts are specifically trained to identify issues in the printing industry. When it comes to OSHA compliance problems, preventing violations, and responding to enforcement actions or citations, we know the answers. Services include: Consulting Compliance audits and other assessments Customized training Enforcement and legal response SGP-certified printer Let us help you keep... Read More

California’s Proposition 65 New Warning Requirements

August 9, 2018

Starting August 30, 2018, businesses that sell consumer goods to Californians will be subject to new warning requirements. Through its one-of-a-kind labeling law, California regulates thousands of businesses, whether through e-commerce or retail outlets in the state. The changes to the warning requirements under Proposition 65 (Prop 65) has triggered a lot of questions and requests for compliance guarantees and statements by print customers.... Read More

The Right Platesetter for Process Free Plates

July 31, 2018

More printers than ever are using process free plates, such as KODAK SONORA Plates, and many of them are wondering if it matters what platesetter they're using. The answer is yes. Process free plates are imaged the same as any other thermal plate, but because they are not put through a plate processor or clean-out unit, the platesetter is the only device to touch the plate prior to the press, making it especially important. Although SONORA... Read More

Call to Action: Aluminum Tariffs/Cost Impact on Printing Plates

July 24, 2018

On June 1, President Trump issued Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum imported from various countries, including those in the European Union. Because the highest-quality aluminum used to produce lithographic printing plates is sourced from the EU and generally not available to equipment manufacturers domestically, our industry is hit hard by this tariff. The reaction by suppliers in our industry--and the pain felt by PIA printer members--... Read More

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