NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies is a trade association of over 400 companies which manufacture and distribute equipment, systems, software, supplies used in printing, publishing and converting.
The Association was founded as the National Printing Equipment Association in 1933. The 26 charter members included manufacturers of printing presses, bindery equipment, typesetting machinery and specialty equipment.
Today, the Association represents manufacturers, importers and distributors of equipment, supplies, systems and software used in every printing, publishing and converting process from design to distribution. Virtually all industry products and processes are represented by the member companies, which range in size from under $1 million in annual sales revenue to more than $1 billion.
NPES makes available to its members a wide range of services including:
Statistical, safety, marketing and education data and programs
Government affairs representation
Safety and technical standards development coordination in the national and international arenas
International trade assistance
NPES headquarters also house the offices of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). GASC events include the international PRINT® show and the national GRAPH EXPO® exhibition.
Residing at this same location are the offices of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®). GAERF was created by the National Association for Printing Leadership, NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies and the Printing Industries of America in 1983. These three national associations jointly own the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC®). GAERF was created to channel a portion of the revenues earned by GASC-managed shows into projects supporting a strong future for the industry.