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TAGA Announces MicroTech Forum

Friday, August 30, 2002

Press release from the issuing company

Rochester, NY — The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts announced that it will host the first TAGA MicroTech Forum, October 7th and 8th, at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza, Chicago, Illinois. In April of 2002, TAGA (the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts) set out on a long-term initiative to bring together innovators from the graphic arts with those from the fields of microelectronic technology and nanotechnology. TAGA’s first effort was to create the TAGAMicroTech@printplanet.com electronic forum, and now TAGA is providing a forum for this same community of innovators in order to foster dialogue, collaborative research, and partnerships. This first TAGA MicroTech program will focus on introductions, networking, and open dialogue in the hope that it will inspire wholly new technologies and markets for printing. Some of the topics will include discussion of printing circuitry and transistors, printable displays, radio frequency IDs, and other micro technology applications in the graphic arts under development. The event is being held in conjunction with GraphExpo and features a one-day, all-day forum on the 7th and an evening reception hosted by PrintPlanet at McCormick Place South on the 8th. According to Dr. Richard Goodman of Kodak Polychrome Graphics and TAGA Vice President of Technical Papers, “The MicroTech Forum represents the most significant major new opportunity in print related technologies covered by TAGA for at least a generation.” “There are technologies that have been proven in the lab,” said Jim Harvey, President of Media4theWorld, “that are ready for the transition to the pressroom, but the micro technology companies need to partner with graphic arts companies to do the collaborative research and testing necessary to make that transition. This event will help establish those partnerships and may be the keystone event in building a huge wholly new market for the printing industry.” This event is intended to be a semi-private event. Although Non-member registrations will be accepted, capacity is limited to 100 registrants and only those with a serious interest in micro technology and nanotechnology applications in the graphic arts are encouraged to register. For more information on the event, including a complete agenda and registration form, please visit www.taga.org.




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