Visual Connections, PVCA in events joint venture

Industry suppliers association, Visual Connections, and the Print & Visual Communication Association (PVCA) have signed a new agreement which means they will co-host key industry events.

The deal has created a new entity known as Visual Industries Events.

The events that will come under this umbrella include the PacPrint tradeshow but also extend to the traditional PVCA events including the state-based PICA awards, National Print Awards and the Print2Parliament event held in Canberra each year.

PVCA CEO Andrew Macaulay joined Peter Harper, CEO of Visual Connections, to announce the new venture, saying it continues a longstanding friendship and working relationship between the two organisations.

“PVCA and Visual Connections already co-host the industry’s leading trade shows, PacPrint and PrintEx, and our relationship has flourished for many years, through name changes, mergers and industry transformation,” Macaulay said, adding the very first PacPrint exhibition in 1970 was co-hosted by the same two organisations, although at that time they had different names.

“While many things have changed over the past 50 years, the strength of our partnership, built on the intrinsic relationship between the industry’s suppliers and its businesses, has continued unabated. It is on this strong and positive basis that we have expanded our partnership to
include the PICA and National Print Awards and the annual Print2Parliament! event.”

Sound basis for future events: Harper

Visual Connections CEO Peter Harper said the joint venture will provide a sound basis for future industry events.

Harper says the state and national print awards and Print2Parliament are a perfect fit for Visual Connections.

“We have always been guided by our commitment to supporting a sustainable future for our industry, through education, sponsorships, grants, industry events and networking opportunities,” he says.

“The PacPrint, PrintEx, Visual Impact and Label & Packaging expos are foundational in supporting both industry businesses and their suppliers to invest in the future of our industry.

“The PICA and NPA Awards which recognise and celebrate the achievement of excellence are not only so important for the businesses who work so hard, every single day, to maintain the world-leading standards for which Australia is renowned, but also provide a vital platform to promote our industry, demonstrate the value of ‘buying local’ within Australia, and market our advanced, high-quality offerings around the globe.

“We are particularly excited, too, to co-host Print2Parliament!, an outstanding initiative which has already made inroads into the recognition and understanding of our sector with senators and others in the corridors of power.

“We have long supported the event and look forward to working with our colleagues to ensure it continues to deliver even more benefits into the future.”

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