The Graphic Arts Show Company® was formed in 1982 by the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies® (NPES®), and Printing Industries of America. GASC’s mission is to provide an effective forum through shows and conferences to meet the marketing requirements of the graphic communications and converting industries. GASC brings the industry’s buyers and sellers together in the most cost-effective way possible.
GAERF was founded in 1983 by NAPL, NPES, and Printing Industries of America. These three national associations jointly own GASC. GAERF was created to channel a portion of the revenues earned by GASC-managed shows, such as GRAPH EXPO® and PRINT®, into projects supporting a strong future for the industry.
GAERF administers PrintED®, a national accreditation and certification program, MAKE YOUR MARK® in Graphic Communications, an industry image and recruiting campaign, and a grant program that has awarded over $4.6 million to fund projects that foster the advancement of knowledge and education in the field of graphic communications. In addition, GAERF, in conjunction with GASC, sponsors free Career Awareness Day programs during PRINT and GRAPH EXPO.
PRINTING INDUSTRIES OF AMERICA
Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with more than one million employees. It serves the interests of more than 10,000 member companies. Together with its nationwide affiliate network, Printing Industries delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the graphic communications industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.