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PIAA strengthens ties with Packaging Council

Wednesday, 08 June 2016
By Print 21 Online Article

On the road: PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay (left) meeting with Graham Jamieson, PIAA board member & GM, Picton Press, in Perth

The PIAA has welcomed the Packaging Council of Australia (PCA) into its headquarters in Sydney as part of a wider strategy to increase cooperation between all sectors of the printing industry.

“We’re doing what a peak industry body should be doing by reaching out to all of the other industry associations in order to increase communication and collaboration across the entire sector,” said new PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay. “We need to be a dynamic, responsive peak industry organisation and we have the resources to help and support all of the specialty groups in the industry.”

David Carter, CEO PCA

The PIAA and the PCA have signed an agreement ‘to develop a collaborative and beneficial relationship’ which will see PCA CEO David Carter moving into an office at the PIAA headquarters in Chatswood, Sydney.

“The PCA will utilise office space within PIAA premises for the purpose of undertaking its business activities in a corporate environment,” said a PIAA statement.

“We reached out to them and they were keen to continue negotiation,” said Macaulay, who dismissed suggestions of a possible future merger between the two associations. “You can’t really have a merger when a lot of their members are also members of the PIAA. We’re just looking to see how we can align with them and how we can help them.”

Macaulay – who has hit the ground running since taking over the CEO job and just completed a national roadshow to meet with members – has also established the Printing Industries Curatorial Working Group to preserve the association’s historical artifacts – an area of concern under the previous administration.

James Cryer at PIAA offices in Chatswood

Industry veteran James Cryer of JDA Recruitment will assist Macaulay in determining the best way to preserve and display the PIAA’s extensive collection of historical books and documents.

“James is fantastic and he’s stepped up and offered to chair the working group as we reach out to any other members with interest and expertise to help with the task.” The preservation of industry collections is of the utmost importance and we welcome members who are interested in the project to make contact and participate, he said.

Macaulay also revealed that the association recently stepped up its government lobbying activities.

“We’ve met with several key federal and state politicians and those negotiations are continuing, especially in the lead up to the federal election. We’ve also thrown our support behind the campaign against proposed changes to the parallel importation rules.

The PIAA has also launched a daily email newsletter. “We’ve listened to what our members are saying and they want open communication. The objective is to be in dialogue with our members.  We don’t want to inundate them with information but we do want them to know what we’re doing.”

Macaulay is eager to get on with the job. “Right from the start I knew I needed to get involved quickly and listen to as many people as I could.  We’re a big, complex industry and that alone would mean that I’d want to get busy.”

(l-r) Doug Rose, MD, Stockman Paper, Perth, with PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay (photo: Mary Jo Fisher)



3 Responses to “PIAA strengthens ties with Packaging Council”

  1. June 08, 2016 at 4:10 pm,


    Congratulations Andrew
    Be sure to keep up the good work you have started.
    Do not let “old die hards”, get in your way.
    Aligning with as many other organisations involved in
    the graphic arts industry, should have happened, many
    years ago. Printing is a generic term that has some what
    been surpassed. NOW – it is all about Imaging on a Substrate

  2. June 08, 2016 at 8:48 pm,

    Inky McFee

    Finally, someone gets it! Already achieved more than the previous bloke.

  3. June 15, 2016 at 10:50 am,


    May I support the above endorsements.
    Having now met the new CEO I smell a refreshing air of enlightenment emanating from the PIAA – a refreshing change from the dark days that characterised the previous regime.
    The new strategic relationship with the PCA is hopefully indicative of more collaboration which should take place with, and between, other organisations within the broad ”graphic arts” community.
    May I point out that the writer in the No.1 ”poll position” above – is none other than the Silver Fox himself, that great doyen of print, one of the great movers and shakers who drove the post-war growth of the PIAA (then known as PATEFA) – Neil Mulveney – still alert and on the ball. Great to hear his comments encouraging the PIAA to move forward with the times. Sometimes these octogenarians can be more far-sighted than we give them credit for!!!

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