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CIP4 Organization Benefits of Membership
CIP4 is an open standards association whose mission is to foster automation in the printing industry. Founded in Switzerland and with offices in Germany and the U.S., the CIP4 organization is a worldwide organization with members from over 30 countries.
Membership is organizational and all staff can get CIP4 password accounts. All members have access to a number of benefits, and one of which can easily justify the cost of annual dues:
“Our membership in CIP4 has provided us with a major tool to enable our business to integrate with MIS/ERP systems, resulting in a significant revolution in operations for our customers.” —
“I have had very technical questions about different JDF systems from multiple companies and how they should work together. Through Japs- Olson’s CIP4 Membership I have not gotten answers from a help desk, but directly from people who are defining the JDF specification. This direct connection was amazing!” —
In addition to the above, there are a few benefits that are uniquely meaningful to Full and Partner members, such as:
Partner members receive all of the above benefits plus:
Of course, like any association, the return on your investment in CIP4 membership will depend on your level of participation and the number of staff that get involved in the areas of activity that most interest them. However, if JDF is in your business plan, the decision to pay the dues in exchange for all of the above benefits should be a no-brainer; it's a great deal.
“Get involved with CIP4. They have a plethora of programs and documentation suitable for learning both the most simple and most complex implementation issues. CIP4 membership benefits serve the gamut from casual observers to high-level technologists who utilize JDF on a daily basis.” —
Membership in CIP4 is organizational and CIP4 has three primary classes of membership: Partner, Full and Associate. If a company sells software or JDF-enabled systems of any type, they are only eligible for Full ($3,300 USD/year) or Partner ($15,000 USD/year.)
Printers, publishers, prepress services, consultants, distributors, integrators and educational institutes are afforded a significantly discounted rate on membership ($175 USD/year). The founders of CIP4 agreed that the input of printers, publishers and prepress services is critical to the success of CIP4 and its standards; hence, the significant discount.
If you have questions regarding CIP4 membership benefits feel free to contact either Mark Wilton of Wilton & Partners Consulting Inc. and CIP4 Membership Officer, via email at email@example.com or via telephone at: +1 604 418 6421, or contact CIP4 Executive Director James Harvey via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at: +1 410 451 5040.
Interested in joining CIP4? You can start the process by submitting an application for membership.