Visual Connections promises to be a united force to help better the industry and move it towards a sustainable future in turbulent times.
The supplier group, born from last month’s merger of GAMAA and VISA, officially launched on Thursday night following its second board meeting.
The evening at the Pennant Hills Golf Club was attended by 64 guests, including representatives from the group’s 94 members, along with media and other print figures.
They included top executives from manroland, HP, Currie Group, Roland DG, Ferag, Screen, Graph-Pak, DES, Bottcher, Halifax Vogel, Mutoh, and Epson, along with new PIAA chief executive Jason Allen.
Conspicuously absent were representatives from major manufacturers Heidelberg, Ricoh, Fuji Xerox and Konica Minolta.
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President Mitch Mulligan addressed attendees, proclaiming the organisation’s mission and thanking key board members for helping the merger happen ‘without too much histrionics’.
“The new association will continue to foster both GAMAA and VISA’s ethos, which has been to promote synergy between vendors for the betterment of the industry as a whole,” he said.
“With the combined memberships of both associations, Visual Connections is representative of all the major suppliers across the print, graphic and signage industries.
“The mandate for Visual Connections was firmly based on the objectives of both GAMAA and VISA to give back to the industry.
“The board of Visual Connections is committed to contributing to a sustainable future for our industries by continuing to invest in education, sponsorship, exhibitions and grants programs.”
The first challenge for the new association is next month’s Visual Impact wide format trade show in Melbourne that will be the first conducted by the merged entity.
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