SGIA and PIA merge America’s largest printing and graphic arts association


The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and Printing Industries of America (PIA) today announce that effective May 1, 2020, the two organizations will officially merge. SGIA and PIA are jointly committed to serving the graphic arts community with research, education, training, events, legislative support, government affairs, health and safety and other services industry keys. SGIA mainly serves the segments of graphic, industrial and clothing decorators; and PIA primarily serves the commercial printing segment. Together, members will have access to services across multiple channels.

Ford Bowers is elevated to President and CEO of the combined organization. Michael Makin, current president and CEO of Printing Industries of America, will become executive vice president of the unified organization, effective May 1. The new name of the association will be announced in the coming weeks, as will the combined board of directors.

Ford Bower

Ford Bowers is elevated to President and CEO of the combined organization.

“As convergence increasingly continues in our industry, this newly formed entity with PIA is the logical progression of our long history together,” Bowers says. “SGIA acquired NAPCO Media in 2019, bringing the industry’s leading media company under our umbrella. Now, with PIA, we can provide even more streamlined services across all market segments and in one easily accessible location. Together, we host the most renowned thought leaders, events and programming in the printing and graphic arts community.

“PIA is thrilled to partner with SGIA, combining resources to serve every segment of the printing industry. Bringing together the vast talent of both organizations, along with the media expertise of NAPCO Media, is a game-changer,” says Makin.

In addition to collaborating to produce the PRINTING United exhibition and conference, SGIA and NAPCO Media recently partnered with PIA and its affiliates to launch a powerful resource channel dedicated to providing the printing and graphic communications industry up-to-the-minute information and resources. about COVID-19 and how to navigate the latest information on the pandemic. the COVID-19 Resource Channel continues to serve the industry with this critical detail. Companies will now work together to continue to offer these essential resources and services.

Further details of the merger and service combination will be announced as the integration progresses. In the meantime, information is available on both companies’ websites until the new site reflecting the combined organizations is launched. To visit or for information.

In a significant milestone in the printing industry, on May 1, 2020, the SGIA and PIA are officially partnering to create the largest and most comprehensive printing and graphic arts association based on the members in the United States. Members now have unparalleled access to education, training, workshops, events, research, government and legislative representation, safety and environmental sustainability advice, and resources from the industry’s leading media company – NAPCO Media.

This new combined association produces the PRINTING United Expo and Conference, the printing industry’s three most important days. This year, PRINTING United is taking place in Atlanta from October 21-23, 2020. This expansive exhibition of printing, education, programming and service technologies and supplies is showcased to the industry as a whole and represents all market segments under one roof. For more information visit


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