August 29, 2018
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Ventura & Clark Counties
Important Tariffs and Trade Policy Webinar
Tomorrow, Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm PDT

Tariffs—on paper, on aluminum, and more—are the hottest and ever-changing topic in manufacturing today. Trade policy is notoriously complex, and downstream customers, like printing companies, can be left feeling confused or ignored by the tariff process. PIA and its nationally known legal experts will help you understand the basics and how you as a customer may be impacted now or in the future. Cut through the partisan rhetoric and get straight to the facts during this timely webinar. Plus, learn how to be your company's best advocate in navigating this new world of tariffs.
What will you learn?
  • Tariffs 101: Where do you as a downstream customer fit into the process?
  • Status of key tariffs currently impacting the printing and graphic communications industry
  • What's the tariffs end game? Analysis of potential outcomes
  • What you can do to best advocate for your company's interests in the new world of tariffs

Who Should Attend?
  • CEOs and Presidents
  • CFOs
  • Sales and Sourcing Managers

Webinar Presenter
J. Nicole Bivens Collinson
President, International Trade & Government Relations
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
International Trade, Customs & Export Law

We Welcome our New PIASC Members!

PIASC Board of Directors and staff welcome the following new members:
Arpine Media Group, LLC
Label Printer.

Artproduct LLC

Baldwin Technology Company Inc.

Express Custom Screen Printing Services

Global Print Inc.
Digital Printing & Bindery.

Harvard Card Systems
Gift Card Manufacturer.

International Security Products
Security Printing.

Kallman + Thompson + Logan, LLP

Mona Solutions LLC
Merchant Services.

Reliance Packaging, Inc.
Custom Packaging & Printing.

RM Print
Printing Broker.

Sappi North America
Paper Supplier.

Trinity Graphics, Inc.
Print and Copy.

Know a company that could benefit from our services and benefits the same way you do? Refer a friend and get money back towards your dues! Find out more >>

How to Improve or Restore Your Online Reputation
Has your business suffered from negative reviews online? Wondering how to respond to negative posts that reflect badly on your service or products?
In this article, you’ll discover how to respond to unhappy customers on social media and address negative online content.

Why an Online Reputation and Reviews Matter to Marketers
Every day, people use the internet to find locations, share stories, write reviews, conduct research, get information, design things, and buy and sell products and services.

These studies make it clear that what people say about your brand online directly affects your bottom line. Businesses can lose contracts, employees can get fired, and even more importantly, the brand’s reputation can suffer, whether the negative information is true or not. Online reputation impacts profit.

Cocktails & Conversations in Studio City and Cerritos
Join us from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for one or both of our upcoming Cocktails & Conversations networking events. Enjoy great drinks, small bites as you connect with other industry members, meet some new friends and network.

$25 members each location
$40 non-members each location
(includes 2 beverages and appetizers)
October 4th
Jalapeño Pete’s
11618 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
October 11th
FRIDA Mexican Cuisine
11169 183rd. St.
Cerritos, CA 90703
Get State Funding for Your Employee Training Program
If you provide job skills training for your employees, there’s a state program that can significantly lower your training costs. Although few organizations in the graphic arts industry are aware of it, each year California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) awards millions of dollars to employers throughout the state to help pay for their employee training.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Program qualifications – A broad spectrum of employers that have a physical presence in California can qualify for ETP funding, including printers. “Technically the money is available for firms of all sizes,” states Larry Mandell, Principal of Training Refund Group, an organization that helps companies obtain ETP funding. “However, due to the effort required to obtain the funding, practically speaking the program is best for organizations with at least 40 employees.” 

Ask the Technical Experts!
One of the benefits of membership is the technical expertise provided by Printing Industries of America. The technical experts from the Center for Technology and Research discuss common production problems and issues. The Center for Technology and Research helps members with environmental, health and safety concerns, and provide consulting and on-site technical assistance.

Q. What is the industry standard for wet trapping inks on press?

A. There are no official published figures for wet trap, as these figures vary depending on the ink, the ink sequence, and paper. Generally, for KCMY rotation, the green trap (yellow and cyan overprint) should be in the low 90s. The red trap (magenta and yellow overprint) should be in the low to mid 80s, and the blue trap (magenta and cyan) should be in the low to mid 70s, although the blue trap is often in the 60s.

Q. We have a client who is having issues with the coupon we digitally print for them being fraudulently copied and redeemed. What solutions can I provide to them?

A. Some digital presses give users the option of printing an invisible “void” pattern that shows up when copied. If your press doesn’t have that, digital void pantograph technology can be purchased from a provider of print security devices. Another option is to purchase paper with the void pantograph pattern pre-printed in the background. Finally, if those options aren’t effective, red fluorescing dry ink is available for many digital presses. It produces invisible images that only show up under UV light.

An Inside Look at the Cal Poly Graphic
Communications Department
Get an inside look of the department, meet some of our talented professors and current students, and learn about everything Graphic Communication has to offer. To all prospective students, welcome to the GrC Family.

Quote of the Week
"If you take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves."
~Maria Edgeworth