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BIA News

Letter from the Chair

Those of us in the binding, finishing and packaging industries are challenged every day to know how best to manage and position our companies not just to survive, but to prosper. We work tirelessly to keep our expenses in check and, at the same time, we think strategically as to how we should invest in our businesses.

The fact is there are a multitude of factors to analyze and strategies to contemplate. Many times, these decisions fall under our sole care and control, leaving us to feel somewhat like The Lone Ranger.

Fear not! All of the resources you ever could hope to have access to will be available at the 2015 BIA Annual Conference, held in Minneapolis, May 18–20. With many, many suppliers at the conference, attendees will have an unprecedented opportunity to examine the latest materials, services and products all in one room, with qualified representatives available to answer all of your questions. If thatís not enough, you will experience unparalleled networking opportunities. The peer exchanges and face-to-face networking only take place once a year... this is it!

I certainly hope the BIA conference will be on your calendar as a "must attend event" and that all other commitments at your workplace will take a second position. Consider the time you spend at the conference as an integral part of planning for and investing in your business. I am certain that the content and quality of the conference will exceed your expectations.

Speaking of exceeding expectations, I am sure that our new magazine – PostPress – will do just that. I hope you enjoy reading the most informative and educational resource available to postpress companies. This publication has been created with you in mind... enjoy!

Best regards, Chris

2015 BIA Annual Conference – The Future Is Yours

The 2015 BIA Annual Conference, presented by Printing Industries of America, is designed for any postpress operations, including binders, graphic finishers and custom loose leaf manufacturers looking to network with industry peers, brainstorm ideas about operating techniques, advance knowledge with leading-edge speakers and connect with top suppliers and industry experts. The 2015 conference will be held May 18–20, 2015, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This yearís conference will coincide with the Print Leadership Summit, with attendees holding positions as presidents, CEOs and top-level executives of printing companies. The binding community will come together with printers to exchange ideas and shape the future of the graphic arts industry. All attendees will have the opportunity to attend the main stage conference keynote sessions and breakout track sessions. For more information, see the conference pages on pages 18-19 in this magazine or visit www.printing.org/bia.

Membership – Join or Renew Today

BIA is your postpress resource, dedicated to supporting the associationís valuable members through the finest networking in the postpress industry and education on the latest innovative technologies.

Members will gain access to value-added resources that allow their companies to be more competitive and profitable. With a network of manufacturers and suppliers, BIA is expanding together toward a successful future. As The NEW BIA, the association recognizes that the industryís needs continually are changing. Today, as part of an evolving industry, the association has broadened its range of benefits to help meet the expanding needs of members and be the postpress resource that can be relied upon for years to come.

BIA Members Will Receive

  • Maximum discount on the annual conference, May 18-20, 2015, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, saving $200†on registration fees
  • Exclusive discounts on products, as well as networking and educational events
  • Access to professional peer networking forums
  • Free economic reports focusing on post press companies
  • An informational monthly e-newsletter
  • Integrated Learning Center courses
  • Free technical support
  • Quarterly magazine focusing on postpress/binding/finishing
  • Access to the BIA member-only listserv

Benefits for Member Businesses

  • Learn about cutting-edge trends in finishing equipment and technology and how to apply them to every operation
  • Discover ways to expand offerings and product lines
  • Branch into hot, growing markets, such as packaging, with the necessary skills, equipment and other resources
  • Increase on-time order delivery and meet customer demands
  • Become more competitive in the market

For more information about membership, go to www.printing.org/bia.