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About the Association for Print Technologies

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About the Association for Print Technologies

The Association for Print Technologies (APTech℠), formerly known as NPES, is a purpose-driven organization dedicated to supporting the entire commercial printing value chain.

We believe in helping our members maximize alignment with their value chain partners to be more effective and competitive. Printing has been vital to communication for decades; today, the digital culture has heightened our industry’s complexity and reframed its relevance. APTech’s signature event—PRINT—answers the call by bringing the boldest and brightest innovators, influencers, and newest technology together to create connections that showcase and advance our industry.

 APTech makes available to its members a wide range of services including: 

  • Industry Market Data & Research – Actionable information for immediate implementation
  • Global Business Development – Targeting key international markets; consulting and direct assistance for members
  • Education Programs – Offerings from C-Suite to skill-building workforce development
  • Events that Convene the Industry – Connecting the printing value chain for Education, Business 
    Networking and Commerce
  • Government Affairs Representation – Engaging the printing value chain to leverage advocacy to drive favorable business outcomes for The Industry
  • Safety and technical standards development – Providing coordination in the national and international arenas

APTech Managed Organizations:

Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) was created in 1983 with its mission to develop the next generation workforce for the graphic communications industry. GAERF is managed and directed by the Association for Print Technologies (formerly NPES) from their headquarters in Reston, Virginia.

International Color Consortium

The purpose of the International Color Consortium (ICC) is to promote the use and adoption of open, vendor-neutral, cross-platform color management systems. The ICC encourages vendors to support the ICC profile format and the workflows required to use ICC profiles – enabling the translation of color definition information into a standard color interchange space.


Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR®) is the premier market research association of the graphic communications industry. Members are from diverse segments of the industry (manufacturers and distributors of equipment and supplies, printers, trade shops, publishers, and paper companies), and are foremost in their area of specialty.

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