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APTech Affiliations & Industry Associations

  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
    • The American National Standards Institute serves as the coordinating institution for the development of voluntary standards in the United States. It provides the structure through which consensus standards are developed and approved and acts as a clearinghouse for information on standards and related activities in the United States and abroad.

      Through its membership in ANSI, NPES provides leadership and guidance in the development of standards affecting the printing, publishing and graphic communications industries. NPES serves as secretariat to three accredited ANSI groups: B65, the Committee on Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS) and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization's Technical Committee 130. NPES Standards Program. For more information, contact Debbie Orf,Assistant Director of Standards Programs by phone: 703/264-7200 or e-mail:

  • Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP)
    • The Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy is committed to increasing the understanding of the negative impact of counterfeiting and piracy by working with Congress and the administration to drive greater government-wide efforts to address this threat. For more information, contact Mark Nuzzaco, Director of Government Affairs by phone: 703/264-7200 or e-mail:
  • Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates
    • The mission of the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates is to educate Congress and key stakeholders that tax reform should be viewed through the lens of effective tax rates, the amount of taxes businesses actually pay. To accomplish this, the coalition will:
           Establish effective tax rate fairness as the best metric to make meaningful comparisons among policy choices and how they would impact different business types and industries;
           Use this metric to bolster the supporters of comprehensive tax reform that broadens the tax base while lowering tax rates for corporations, pass through businesses and individuals alike; and
           Impress upon lawmakers and key stakeholders the negative impact that high effective tax rates have on job creation, economic growth, and the competitiveness of American businesses.
      For more information, contact Mark Nuzzaco, Director of Government Affairs by phone: 703/264-7200 or e-mail:
  • Cost Recovery Action Group (CRAG)
    • The Cost Recovery Action Group is an organization whose purpose is to study, evaluate and develop options for fundamentally restructuring the American tax system, thereby strengthening the U.S. economy and making it more competitive in the global economy. For more information, contact Mark Nuzzaco, Director of Government Affairs by phone: 703/264-7200 or e-mail:
  • Customs and Border Coalition (CBC)
    • The Customs and Border Coalition is a broad-based group of companies and associations working together to present a unified voice to improve national security while still facilitating trade.
  • Global Print
    • Global Print is an International federation of printing industry members created to further the common interests and mutual understanding of manufacturers of printing, paper-making and converting machinery, equipment and consumables.
  • Idealliance
    • Idealliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been a leader in information technology and publishing since 1966. Idealliance advances core technology to develop standards and best practices to enhance efficiency and speed information across the end-to-end digital media supply chain - creation, production, management, and delivery of knowledge-based multimedia content - digitally and in print.
  • International Association of Printing House Craftsmen
    • The IAPHC is an International organization dedicated to individuals in the printing and graphic arts industry; for the purpose of their self development, their companies' success and the enhancement of the printing and graphic arts industry in society. They educate, promote, inform and connect their members and the global graphic community, fostering their growth and success.
  • International Cooperative Agreements and Alliances
    • To provide members better market information and access, NPES has signed cooperative agreements with industry associations in Europe, Latin America, China and India. The agreements call for collaboration in the exchange of market information, in education and training, and in coordinating the schedules and promotion of exhibitions. Additional information on these agreements and alliances can be obtained through the NPES Global Trade Department.
    • ANIDIGRAF - Mexico
    • India Federation of Master Printers
      • The Federation represents the major printers in the Indian market.
    • IPAMA 
    • EUMAPRINT - Europe
      • The European Committee of Printing and Paper Converting Machinery Manufacturers is a federation founded in 1957 to bring together the national associations of printing, converting and related machinery manufacturers from the major market-economy European countries and the United States. NPES was admitted to EUMAPRINT membership as the only non-European entity in 1983, and served as secretariat in 1990-1991. In addition to NPES, member associations represent Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. They account for about 80 percent of world production for the industries represented. One of EUMAPRINT's main activities is the collection and dissemination of printing machinery statistics furnished by the members. Another goal is the promotion of safety and quality standards for printing and converting machinery. And the members coordinate the scheduling of international trade expositions for the benefit of exhibitors and visitors.
    • PANAMGRAPH - North America
      • This new organization will pursue cooperative activities including exchange of statistical information, coordination of tradeshow schedules and training. The organizations founding the federation are NPES, Mexico's ANIDIGRAF, Brazil's ABIMEG, ANDIGRAF of Colombia and Canada's PESDA.
    • PEIAC - China
  • National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
    • The NAM’s  mission is to advocate on behalf of its members to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturers by shaping a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to U.S. economic growth and to increase understanding among policymakers, the media and the general public about the vital role of manufacturing in America’s economic and national security for today and in the future.
  • National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW)
    • NAW is the only national voice for all lines of trade in the wholesale distribution industry in the United States. Through direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying, and leadership of coalitions, NAW advocates its members’ interests on federal legislative and regulatory issues that directly impact wholesaler-distributors’ bottom line. NAW Institute research reports and publications provide leading management insights, strategies, and best practices for wholesaler-distributors.
  • National Coalition on Benefits
    • The National Coalition on Benefits is a group of companies and associations whose mission and purpose is to work with Congress to maintain employees’ and retirees’ access to employer-provided uniform health and retirement benefits across states and localities and to ensure that federal health reform initiatives preserve ERISA benefits. For more information, contact Mark Nuzzaco, Director of Government Affairs by phone: 703/264-7200 or e-mail:
  • Paper Industry Association Council
    • The Paper Industry Association Council (PIAC) is an umbrella organization comprising associations who represent major manufacturers and providers of paper based communications and packaging products. PIAC provides information for issue-based advocacy, grassroots, and coalition building. PIAC was formed in December 2001 and is led by a Steering Committee of association leaders selected from the Council. For more information, contact Mark Nuzzaco, Director of Government Affairs by phone: 703/264-7200 or e-mail:
  • Printing Industries of America
    • Printing Industries of America, along with its affiliates, delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency and profitability of its members and the industry through advocacy, education, research and technical information.
  • ProLiteracy Worldwide
    • ProLiteracy Worldwide champions the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies. We envision a world in which everyone can read, write, compute, and use technology to lead healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives.
  • R&D Credit Coalition
    • The R&D Credit Coalition is a group of more than 100 trade and professional associations along with small, medium and large companies that collectively represent millions of American workers engaged in U.S.-based research throughout major sectors of the U.S. economy, including aerospace, agriculture, biotechnology, chemicals, electronics, energy, information technology, manufacturing, medical technology, pharmaceuticals, software and telecommunications. For more information, contact Mark Nuzzaco, Director of Government Affairs by phone: 703/264-7200 or e-mail:
  • Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC)
    • The Small Business Legislative Council is an independent, permanent coalition of trade and professional associations that share a common concern for the future of small business. Its members work together to strengthen the influence of business on federal legislation and regulatory policy, as well as disseminating information on the impact of public policy on small business.
  • Technical Association for the Graphic Arts
    • TAGA focuses on graphic arts systems, software, and computer technology developments, as well as the more traditional areas of press, ink, and paper engineering applications. The association also provides guidance and support to its 15 active student chapters around the world, including chapters in Canada, France, Sweden, Taiwan, and Wales.
  • The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service
    • The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service is comprised of businesses and associations representing the private sector mailing industry and its 8 million workers. We represent the significant number of private businesses who continue to rely on the mail. The Coalition includes magazines, newspapers, advertisers, and catalogers; as well as industries such as financial services, telecommunications, insurance and statement mailers. Our coalition also represents suppliers such as paper, printers, envelope manufacturers, and other mail services.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, including over 830 trade associations representing all facets of the U. S. economy.