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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2018

 

Reston, VAWashington’s most trusted and accurate voice on all things political, Mr. Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and National Journal Columnist, will provide an insightful analysis of the upcoming Congressional mid-term elections for the Print & Packaging Legislative Summit 2018, coming June 19–20 to Washington, D.C. The Summit will bring printers, packaging converters, technology and consumable suppliers, and allied interests together for a powerful blend of public policy and political education that will culminate in direct interaction with members of Congress and the Administration to discuss hot-button policy issues.

Mr. Cook produces the sharpest political handicapping in the business and is the go-to man for Americans who want to be “in the know” about politics. According to the New York Times, The Cook Political Report is “a newsletter that both Parties regard as authoritative.” With his quick wit and meaningful insights, Cook will forecast the fortunes of each party in a non-partisan way and leave Summit attendees with the concrete information they need in today’s political environment.

The Summit co-hosts include: AICC, the Independent Packaging Association; the Association for Print Technologies (APTechSM), formerly NPES; the Fibre Box Association (FBA); Printing Industries of America (PIA); Idealliance; and, Specialty Graphic Industry Association (SGIA). Additionally, lending their support are Summit sponsors: Book Manufacturers Institute (BMI), Catalyst, FalcoSult, National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), Packsize, Resolute Forest Products, Ricoh, and Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute, Inc. (TLMI).

“PRIMIR, the research unit of APTech, is expanding its legacy as the ultimate resource for graphic communications industry best practices,” says APTech President Thayer Long. “Attendees will eagerly challenge the status quo during this growing conference, keen to network and build relationships as they learn to leverage key trends in the rapidly changing graphic communications industry to their advantage,” he continued.

During the two-day event, critical issues to be addressed will include:

  • Boosting long-run U.S. GDP by making 100% Expensing permanent;
  • Keeping rising postage rates in check;
  • Preserving paper-based access to important information;
  • Bringing printing, imaging and mailing industry employers together with qualified workers;
  • Facilitating association health plans (AHPs);
  • Expanding global markets for U.S. manufacturers and opposing harmful tariffs;
  • Reducing government regulatory costs;
  • Curtailing “patent troll” abuses;
  • Protecting intellectual property rights; and,
  • Protecting data privacy.

To educate policymakers and favorably influence members of Congress to act, advocates must present compelling information about the importance of this key U.S. industry that puts America to work. C-Suite executives of printing, packaging, mailing and graphic communications technology companies, executives with responsibility for environmental/health and safety, human resources, legal, postal, tax, technology and/or sales are especially encouraged to attend.

For the latest information about the Print & Packaging Legislative Summit 2018, to register, and to reserve hotel accommodations, visit: www.printpackagingsummit.com.

For more information, contact Cindy Huber, AICC, at chuber@aiccbox.org or (877) 836-2422; Sherry MacDonald, APTechSM, at smacdonald@aptech.org or (703) 264-7237; Rachel Kenyon, FBA, at rkenyon@fibrebox.org or (847) 364-9600; Lisbeth Lyons, PIA, at llyons@printing.org or (202) 627-6925; David Steinhardt, Idealliance, at dsteinhardt@idealliance.org or (703) 837-1066; or, Marcia Kinter, SGIA, marcik@sgia.org or (703) 385-1335.

About AICC
AICC, The Independent Packaging Association is a manufacturers’ association of privately held printing and converting operations in the corrugated, folding carton and rigid box packaging markets and their suppliers. For over 40 years, AICC’s mission is to grow members’ businesses through education, advocacy and peer-to-peer interactions.

About the Association for Print Technologies (APTechSM)
The Association for Print Technologies (APTech), (formerly NPES), is a purpose-driven organization dedicated to supporting the entire commercial printing value chain. We believe in helping our members maximize alignment with their value chain partners to be more effective and competitive. Printing has been vital to communication for decades; today, the digital culture has heightened our industry’s complexity and reframed its relevance. APTech’s signature event—PRINT®—answers the call by bringing the boldest and brightest innovators, influencers, and newest technology together to create connections that showcase and advance our industry. For complete information about the Association, its programs, and its member companies, visit: www.PrintTechnologies.org or phone: 703/264-7200.

About FBA:
The Association for Print Technologies (APTech), (formerly NPES), is a purpose-driven organization dedicated to supporting the entire commercial printing value chain. We believe in helping our members maximize alignment with their value chain partners to be more effective and competitive. Printing has been vital to communication for decades; today, the digital culture has heightened our industry’s complexity and reframed its relevance. APTech’s signature event—PRINT®—answers the call by bringing the boldest and brightest innovators, influencers, and newest technology together to create connections that showcase and advance our industry. For complete information about the Association, its programs, and its member companies, visit: www.PrintTechnologies.org or phone: 703/264-7200.

About Idealliance:
Idealliance, a global thought leader in the graphic communications industry since 1896, is a non-profit industry organization with eleven (11) strategically located offices around the world. ISO recognizes Idealliance as the world’s foremost certifying body for the competencies systems, materials and facilities required to function as a state-of-the-art operation in a dynamic and highly competitive graphic communications marketplace. Idealliance serves brands; content and media creators; manufacturers; service providers in mail, marketing, print and packaging; and material suppliers and technology partners worldwide. We do this through Standards Development, support for Print and Integrated Media Workflows & Technologies, and Certification & Training. Our specifications have transformed the graphic communications industry by defining production workflows for color (GRACoL®, SWOP®, XCMYK, G7®, BrandQ), content management (PRISM®), mail supply (Mail.dat®, Mail.XML), and paper (papiNet®). As a leading innovator in ISO standards and program development, we provide information, insight and training designed to drive innovation and advance the industry segments we serve by attracting new talent and increasing staff and management skill levels. Join us in creating the future of our industry. www.idealliance.org | (703) 837-1070.

About PIA:
Printing Industries of America is the largest national trade association dedicated to graphic communications with more than 6,000-member companies throughout North America. PIA, along with its affiliated associations, delivers services and products that enhance the knowledge, growth and profitability of members through advocacy, research, education, and networking.

About SGIA:
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.

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