PRINTING United Alliance addresses supply chain and paper shortages


Last week, PRINT United Alliance, the most comprehensive printing and graphic arts association in the United States, met with key government stakeholders and printing and paper industry leaders in Washington to raise awareness of shortages in paper and supply chain issues, and work to mitigate them, particularly in light of upcoming elections and the availability of printed ballots. To better respond to and keep up with updates to the ever-changing landscape of supply chain issues, PRINTING United Alliance has also launched a dedicated supply chain resource channel, located at

Special round table

With the Alliance writing to the Committee on House Administration several weeks prior, the roundtable was convened by committee member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), who has broad oversight and jurisdiction over federal elections. . Attended by paper and printing industry executives, election vendors, state and local election officials, industry groups and the Election Assistance Commission, the discussion explored the implications of sourcing paper-restricted on the upcoming midterm elections.

PRINTING United Alliance CEO Ford Bowers (left) and other speakers discussed the impact of paper shortages and supply chain disruptions on the printing industry.

“As states prepare for the upcoming elections, the last thing election officials should have to worry about is a paper shortage impacting ballots and envelopes,” Davis says. “Unfortunately, this is a complex issue and likely doesn’t have an immediate solution. That’s why bringing key stakeholders and industry leaders together is critical as we work to identification of solutions to ensure that every eligible American can exercise their right to vote.

The objective of the round table was to highlight the challenges facing the printing industry, more directly from the point of view of the availability of paper necessary for electoral ballots, but also to expose the widespread effects on business operations throughout the industry supply chain, and explore potential actions to mitigate these constraints.

“The Alliance raises the profile of the printing industry and the unique challenges and constraints it faces due to wide-ranging supply chain issues,” said Ford Bowers, CEO of PRINTING United Alliance. “Printing is an essential industry, and nothing highlights its essential nature more than the fact that, without printing, confidence in our democratic process and our elections is at risk. The conversation that took place at this special roundtable was a good first step in bringing this issue to the key stakeholders who have the ability to influence necessary legislation and change.

A second meeting will be scheduled for a later date to discuss updates and any remedies or planned actions.

PRINT United Alliance Supply Chain Resource Channel
To further support companies in the sector looking to learn more about supply chain issues and updates, PRINTING United Alliance has launched the Supply Chain Resource Channel, a centralized hub for companies to easily navigate latest news and information. Updated frequently, the channel is located at

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About the United Alliance PRINT
PRINT United Alliance is the most comprehensive print and graphic arts association in the United States, made up of the broad communities it represents. The Alliance serves industry professionals in all market segments with premier education, training, workshops, events, research, government and legislative representation, safety and environmental sustainability advice. plan, plus resources from the industry’s leading media company – NAPCO Media. Now a division of PRINTING United Alliance, Ideaalliance is the global leader in standards training and certification for print and graphic arts operations across the industry’s supply chain.

PRINTING United Alliance also produces the United Expo PRINT, the most influential days of printing. The extensive exhibition of technology and supplies, education, programming and services is presented to the entire industry and represents all market segments in one easily accessible place.


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