The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has acquired NAPCO Media, with which it formed a strategic partnership in 2017 to create the Printing United event, built upon the former SGIA Expo. Printing United will next be held 23 -25 October in Dallas, US.
NAPCO is owner of trade magazines Printing Impressions, Packaging Impressions, PromoMarketing, In-Plant Impressions, TotalRetail, Target Marketing, and Wide-Format Impressions. Following the takeover all its staff and business units will remain in place, and SGIA offices and NAPCO Media offices will continue to reside in Fairfax and Philadelphia respectively.
“In an industry where traditional boundaries and segments continue to come together, an organisation that spans the breadth of the industry is needed more than ever,” said Ford Bowers, CEO and president, SGIA. “Research, education, training, relationships, government affairs, technology and more are not nearly as siloed as they once were. It is imperative that organisations develop a broad ability to address market needs, either through more close-knit collaboration or, as in this instance, combination.”
Dave Leskusky, who will remain NAPCO Media president, said: “We are thrilled to cement our relationship with SGIA. NAPCO Media and SGIA share a common mission to build community and be the primary resource for information and education to help the industry flourish. In order to best serve our communities, we need to create a year-round platform that includes events, media, research and more. Combining forces makes perfect sense.”