According to ApfA, it will set out to raise the profile of the Print Finishing industry. ApfA believes that in recent years this corner of the print industry has grown considerably, with many diverse businesses set up purely to service the print business throughout Australia.
“The ApfA would set out to create awareness in the designer, print and buyer community about finishing processes as well as setting and maintaining sector standards” explains Trevor Hone, Avon Graphics managing director.
“We would like to see the association sponsoring some form of excellence awards for Print Finishing with perhaps an innovation award.”
It is the intention of the ApfA to attract members from companies that manufacture and supplying finishing services to the printing trade. The targeted companies include bookbinding, foiling, embossing, laminating and coating, forme cutting, gluing, mounting, stringing, and tooling manufacturers. As long as the company’s main source of business is directed to the finishing of print, then they will be encouraged to be part of the association.
“Another great benefit for the printing industry will be the Finishing Workshops we intend to run for the print estimators and production people. These workshops will be designed to answer questions and explain the best way to plan your finishing. From both a cost benefit and also to increase productivity and reduce spoilage,” says Mathew Powell of C P Gluing.
A Web Site has been constructed and can be viewed at www.apfa.asn.au. The site is still in its early stages but will eventually have general association information as well as web links to the Printing trade finishers own sites.
Companies including Marvel Bookbinding, TLC, Allkotes, Precision Forme Cutting, C P Gluing, H F Webb, Hygrade are among the members already on board.
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