Print and Packaging Coalition announces 2018 Legislative Summit dates

A coalition of printing and packaging industry associations has announced joint cooperation in sponsoring the 2018 Print & Packaging Legislative Summit, June 19-20, Washington, DC.

This event will bring printers, packaging converters and suppliers 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.

“We are excited that NPES and Idealliance are joining with us in 2018,” said 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,” added Young.

The Print & Packaging Legislative Summit debuted in 2017 as a rebranding of the former AICC and FBA Corrugated Industry Washington Fly-in. In 2016 members of PIA, which also sponsored a similar event, joined the Summit resulting in the inclusion of even more representatives from the printing and converting industries.

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

Thayer Long, president of NPES, commented on 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 agreed: “Our members’ businesses are becoming increasingly dependent on each other and so this unity of legislative purpose is important,” said 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 National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Manufacturing Summit. “Our members have enjoyed the benefits of attending many of the NAM Manufacturing Summit events in the past,” said FBA president Dennis Colley. “NAM has the requisite horsepower to attract keynote speakers such as vice president Mike Pence and house speaker Paul Ryan, and we in turn benefit from those presentations.”

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.”