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As it continues to build its international community, FESPA announces the addition of the Mexican association Amerografics to its member base, only weeks after the Sri Lanka Association of Printers and the Nepal Printers Association join as FESPA associate members.

As an associate member, the members of Amerografics will benefit from a variety of FESPA educational resources and training initiatives, as well as participating in a growing number of international projects and events, including research studies, conferences, industry summits and exhibitions.  FESPA will benefit by forging stronger links with Mexican, and wider Latin American, printing professionals.

FESPA’s firm commitment to Mexican printers is clear from the events that it runs in the country. The organisation held its first successful sign, screenprinting and digital imaging exhibition in the country last August, which was followed by a second FESPA Mexico 2009 event. Attracting over 8,500 visitors to both exhibitions, FESPA Mexico has been established as the region’s leading trade show. In July 2009, FESPA also held its inaugural FESPA Summit in Mexico.  With over 70 delegates, which included printers and suppliers, the one-day summit in Mexico City comprised presentations and workshops on topics including the economic outlook in Mexico, environmental considerations with the introduction of a new law about printing on recyclable materials, and current and future technological developments. 

Founded in December 2008, Amerografics currently consists of screen, signage, digital and textile printers. With an office located in the District Federal of Mexico and another in Guadalajara, the association undertakes a wide range of activities on behalf of its members. Its aim is to strategically manage activities to improve the relationship between manufacturers and suppliers with the print community, as well as promote the exchange of knowledge and information amongst industry peers. Amerografics organises various events in Latin America to strengthen links in the community and offer educational training on topics, such as innovative printing.  It is active in encouraging social responsibility and planet-friendly practices. It seeks to support and develop the printing industry by engaging in open dialogue with relevant political authorities, in addition to representing the rights and interests of members, both nationally and internationally, before governmental bodies. It has already established relations with The Secretary of Economy and the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) that presented at the Mexico Summit in July.

Mr. Francesco Brocchi, President of Amerografics says: “We are thrilled to be part of FESPA’s global community. FESPA played an integral part in founding Amerografics, recognising the strong need to bring together Mexican printers to support them, as well as developing the industry at both a national and global level. Being a member of FESPA enables us to offer our members additional support with a wider range of educational and training resources, and access to a number of services that FESPA provides, including its world-class summits and exhibitions.”

Nigel Steffens, CEO of FESPA, comments: “We are delighted that Amerografics has become a member of FESPA.  The Mexican printers that we meet are highly engaged, motivated and ready to proactively pursue market opportunities. We see FESPA playing a key role in the positive development of the printing industry in Mexico and more widely in Latin America. We’re confident that our partnership with Amerografics will be mutually beneficial and look forward to collaborating with these new members in the coming months.”

For further information, please visit the Amerografics website at www.amerografics.org