Entering a New Era
Announcing the formation of Gravure AIMCAL Alliance (GAA)
The GAA name is headed towards a strong, robust future thanks to our new partnership with the Association of International Metallizers Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL).
Slated to take effect on August 1, 2021, Gravure Association of the Americas will become part of AIMCAL. Our current membership will automatically be entitled to all the benefits enjoyed by AIMCAL members. All existing benefits, products and services will continue under the banner of Gravure AIMCAL Alliance and can be found at www.gaa.org.
Currently, a steering committee is actively seeking out any members who would like to be part of managing the continuing operations of the association. Please contact us if you would like to be involved.
Education = Excellence
In gravure, we all know quality is a direct reflection of operator expertise. To ensure our membership has access to the best training and continuing education in the industry, the GAA, together with AIMCAL, offers a number of opportunities to enhance the skill and technical know-how of your entire production team.
GAA Online Gravure Certification
Certification is one of the best way to demonstrate to customers and clients that your operation is committed to exceptional quality and results. Our online certification courses allow team members to learn essential skills and steadily gain more technical knowledge at their own pace. There are four levels of certification training available online:
- Level 1 Assistant Certification (suitable for assistants and especially new hires)
- Level 2 Operator Certification (suitable for experienced press operators)
- Level 3 Application Specialist Certification (suitable for non-pressroom personnel and sales)
- Level 4 Master Operator Certification (suitable for press operators with advanced press-room experience)
GAA members have been actively utilizing the Gravure Certification Program with positive feedback. All course content is continuously reviewed and updated to reflect the latest industry developments, technologies, and techniques.
Information and registration for all four levels of the certification is available at: https://gaa.org/services/training/online-gravure-certification-training/
Special Member pricing has been established for the Certifications:
- Level 1 $1000.00 offered to members at $500.00
- Level 2 $1,500.00 offered to members at $1,000.00
- Level 3 $2,000.00 offered to members at $1,500.00
- Level 4 $2,700.00 offered to members at $2,100.00
New Virtual Training Courses from AIMCAL
As part of our new relationship with AIMCAL, GAA members can now access the AIMCAL Academy – a series of virtual training classes that cover a broad range of topics, including, but not limited to:
- Web handling
GAA members will receive the $200 AIMCAL Member Discount when registering for any 2021 AIMCAL ACADEMY courses. Each course will remain online for 30 days for attendees to access recorded classes. You can register or view the course details at the following link:
When registering for the course, select Non-Member Converting School and enter the discount code “ GAAMember “ (no quotes) at checkout. Users may need to create an account and select the shopping cart before completing the registration.
This special GAAMember Discount Code allows the individual to receive a $200 discount off any AIMCAL ACADEMY course(s). It is applied to each individual registration and available for multiple people or multiple courses at the same time. Each registration earns the $200 discount. So, if you register for four courses, or four people in one course, this becomes an $800 discount!
If you have any questions, please contact Tim Janes at 1-803-948-9469 or email@example.com.
On-site Training/On-site Consulting
Will resume as soon as pandemic restrictions are lifted. In the interim, we continued to deliver mentored training, featuring our technical experts in a virtual format. To schedule something for your organization, contact us here.
A Virtual Success – Our Latest Digital Gravure Seminar
The Gravure Basic Seminar was held virtually on May 4th, 5th & 6th 2021. Thanks to Bob Kikkert and Mike Gaffney, our consulting staff, who acted as moderators and presenters during the virtual event.
The three sessions were well attended and resulted in the most informative seminar held to date. Presentations ranged from Gravure market to the operation of diverse Gravure presses, with thirteen experienced speakers discussing pressroom safety, ink, substrates, cylinder engraving, doctor blades, impression rollers and much more. There is no doubt that this format will continue to be part of the training and educational tools utilized by GAA.
Be on the lookout for future Seminar events, which we will announce via this newsletter and also on www.gaa.org/events.
The Gravure Forum Returns This Fall
Join us October 18-21th in Orlando, FL
The Gravure Forum (formerly Technical Forum) is back this year – and will be held during AIMCAL R2R at the International Converting Exhibition (ICE) this October. The all-new Gravure AIMCAL Alliance team will host a multi-part series with a range of options available to suit your team’s educational and budget needs.
- Monday Oct. 18th: Gravure Fundamentals
- Tuesday through Thursday: Gravure technical content tailored to audience in attendance
- Sessions are only a few hours each, allowing plenty of time for enjoying the rest of the ICE event.
Please stay tuned to our website at www.gaa.org/events for future updates regarding registration, hotel information, and more.
Submit Your Cylinder Society Nominations Today
To receive a Nominee Application Form, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , and put “Cylinder Society” in the subject line. Let us know the number of nominations you would like to make and the form will be sent to you.
We are happy to announce that as part of the agreement with AIMCAL, a new Endowment of $25,000.00 will officially be established under the name of the Gravure AIMCAL Alliance.
Thanks once more to American Cylinder Products, Interprint, and Fres-co for continuing their Scholarships for 2021.
Thank you, as always, to our DONORS. Your generosity and faith has allowed us to rebuild GAA, support the next generation, and create a brighter future.
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Gold Level @ $2,500.00:
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