Log In | Become a Member | Contact Us


Market Intelligence for Printing and Publishing

Connect on Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

Featured:     Printing Forecast 2018     European Coverage

Hassan Igram CEO of Cedar Graphics on association consolidation

Published on February 21, 2011

Cedar Graphics President and CEO Hassan Igram discusses opportunities for associations and printers to collaborate more.

Hi, I’m Hassan Igram.  I’m President and CEO of Cedar Graphics and I kind of want to talk a little bit about the associations in our industries at NAPL, PIA, and others that have done a lot of good work over the years helping us grow as printing businesses in the United States and Canada. 

At this point I think in the way that the industry is – with all the challenges the industry is facing and the strain that the associations are probably under trying to get members to even pay up their dues and come to some of these conferences.  And I notice that this conference at NAPL the numbers are – they seem very low to me.  I’m a little bit surprised by that.  I thought they’re be a few more people here especially with the amount of knowledge that’s here.

I think it might be a good time for discussions and I think there have been to some degree of the two associations collaborating more on conferences for example and seminars where they can both lend their expertise.  So that we can learn as printers and print service providers for both associations in one shot because I think time is so important to all of us right now and to take the time to go three or four conferences a year is very difficult.  In fact, it’s almost impossible in today’s climate. 

When we have to kind of skinny down our staffs and do a lot more work then we really would like to, especially for me at my age to make our businesses viable and help them survive and hopefully thrive in this down economy.  And I know that things are probably going to turn around but our businesses are not going to ever be the same.  I think everybody would agree with that so we have to – in the process of reinventing ourselves.  And the resources – if resources could come together especially through the associations and provide us with a guidance and knowledge in how to do that, I think it would be valuable. 

So my opinion is that if the association could collaborate with each other more, they each have their strengths, probably have some weaknesses.  I think it would be great for the industry. 

Email Icon Email         

 

Post a Comment

To post a comment Log In or Become a Member, doing so is simple and free

 

 

Recent Videos

 

Video preview: Frank: Book Publishers Turn the Page

Frank: Book Publishers Turn the Page

Published: February 23, 2018

Frank opines about offset vs. digital printing for books and variable art for packaging. Book publishers are changing their warehousing and distribution strategies as a result.

 

Video preview: As Far as the Eye Can See: Increasing Color Display Quality

As Far as the Eye Can See: Increasing Color Display Quality

Published: February 23, 2018

Kevin O'Connor, Principal at Make Color Behave, talks about advances by Apple and others are looking ahead to new video standards that will enhance color viewing beyond SRBG which only presents about 35% of the colors the unimpeded human eye can see. The most current Apple screens will support new standards that will capture about 53% of what we can see with our eyes.

 

Video preview: USPS Challenges Trish Witkowski to Discover NEW Print Finishing Techniques for Mail

USPS Challenges Trish Witkowski to Discover NEW Print Finishing Techniques for Mail

Published: February 22, 2018

Tim McGinley of the Mail Innovations Program at the USPS challenges Finishing Section Editor Trish Witkowski to find new print finishing techniques and effects for mail. Trish begins her journey with Jeff Hernandez of Classic Color and his groundbreaking Brand Alchemy exploration. Jeff is developing realistic textures that mock actual products, and he’s putting the ideas directly into the hands of creatives.

 

Video preview: Arna Marketing: “A Technology Company That Happens to Print”

Arna Marketing: “A Technology Company That Happens to Print”

Published: February 21, 2018

New Jersey’s Arna Marketing, “a technology company that happens to print,” builds custom programs for its customers, heavily leveraging variable data and digital printing via Canon Solutions America’s Océ Varioprint and Colostream systems. David Zwang talks to Steven Hegna, President and “Concierge” of Arna Marketing, about the work he currently does for his customers, as well as where he sees his business going.

 

Video preview: Wim Fransen on Handling Disparate Data in Automated Workflow

Wim Fransen on Handling Disparate Data in Automated Workflow

Published: February 20, 2018

David Zwang talks to Wim Fransen, Managing Director, at Enfocus about building lights out automated workflow through job on-boarding, preflight, and its automation mix of software platforms.

 

Video preview: Signage—and the Superbowl—Mean Business for Twin Cities' Pixelwerx

Signage—and the Superbowl—Mean Business for Twin Cities' Pixelwerx

Published: February 19, 2018

Richard Romano talks to Adam Carver, President & CEO of Minneapolis' Pixelwerx, about his wide-format, signage, and specialty graphics business. Pixelwerx also recently acquired Canon Solutions America Océ Colorado 1640 UVgel wide-format printer.

 

View More Videos

 





Become a Member

Join the thousands of printing executives who are already part of the WhatTheyThink Community.

Copyright © 2018 WhatTheyThink. All Rights Reserved