As we move further in to 2021, there are many exciting developments ahead for the GAA. New partnerships, continued support for the future of the industry, a return to training seminars and workshops, and an ever-growing membership are highlights for the rest of the year to come.
GAA to combine operations with AIMCAL
Greenville, SC—The board of directors and membership of the Gravure Association of the Americas (GAA) have voted unanimously to combine with the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL). The deal also has been unanimously approved by the AIMCAL board of directors and is expected to be finalized by Aug. 31, 2021, pending the positive outcome of due diligence activities.
Find some recent industry highlights from the end of October to present:
DRUPA 2021 CANCELLED – Goes Online as “Virtual.DRUPA”
December 3, 2020
Following close consultation with exhibitors and partners, the 2021 edition of drupa, the world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies, will be cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The next event will take place as scheduled from May 28 – June 7, 2024 in Düsseldorf, Germany. To maintain the momentum until then, the organizers will offer “virtual.drupa”, a four-day digital event from April 20 – 23, 2021 during the time frame drupa was originally scheduled for.
October was “rally mode” month for the Gravure Industry. The ERA European Rotogravure Association held their Annual Conference & Management Meeting in Hamburg Germany on October 5th and 6th with 50 delegates participating. As part of the AIMCAL R2R virtual conference, GAAmericas provided eight speakers in the first-ever “Gravure Tracks.” The first Gravure track with four speakers took place October 21st and the second Gravure track with four additional speakers was held on October 23rd. Then, on October 23rd The Italian Rotogravure Group held their inaugural Roto4All event. Even though it was moved to a virtual gathering at the last minute, an impressive 430 participants logged in and followed the presentations. Indeed, October a month where gravure was in definitely in the forefront.
As we all continue to operate in the midst of the pandemic, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of our members for their ongoing support. We are grateful for everything members are doing to help out during these difficult times. Our team of volunteers have been encouraged and inspired, and many tasks have been undertaken and completed, including: