History

1808 The Printing Industry arrives in Brazil. The official deployment of typography in the country was made by royal decree.
1922 The graphic factory from Rio de Janeiro Companhia Lithographica Ferreira Pinto acquires the first offset machine in Brazil.
1923 On February 17, a group of manufacturers and tradesmen of the Printing Industry founded the Association of Manufacturers and Traders of the Printing Industry.
1924 The offset arrives in São Paulo through the graphic factory Graphica Editora Monteiro Lobato, which later sold the equipment to the publisher São Paulo Editora. In the same period the machines of the Companhia Lithografica Ypiranga and Litografia Artística also arrived.
1926 The publisher Editora Pimenta de Mello & Cia. prints “Cinearte”, Brazil’s first offset magazine.
1928 The newspaper O Estado de São Paulo launches on May 17, the first supplement printed in rotogravure. Three years later (in 1931), the São Paulo newspaper A Gazeta also started printing with the system.
1931 Based on the social laws that began to be created in Brazil, the Association of Manufacturers and Traders of the Printing Industry of Sao Paulo becomes the Union of Manufacturers and Traders of the Printing Industry of Sao Paulo. Later, it incorporates the Trade Unions of Binding and Engraving Industry.
1939 Institution of the Union Tax, also known as Union Contribution, whose objective is to confirm the real legal compliance of all components of economic or professional category and meet the burden resulting from the representation of a category.
1940 In April, President Getúlio Vargas edit Decree No. 2130, which eliminated the graphic factories of all public bodies, incorporating them into the National Press.
1942 Creation of the National Industrial Apprenticeship Service (SENAI).
1944 After two years of foundation, on February 12, the SINDIGRAF-SP is officially recognized by law. It was created to gather scattered associations of Printing Houses, bookbinders and typesetters, in order to bring representation to the class of graphic factories entrepreneurs.
1945 EIn October, the School of Graphic Arts Senai Felicio Lanzara is created, with the collaboration of Trade Unions of Printing Industries and Newspapers and Magazines Enterprises of the State of São Paulo.
1949 The SINDIGRAF-SP launches the first issue of the Printing Industry (BIG) Newsletter.
1950 The Companhia Litográfica Ypiranga installs a very modern machine to print the first issue of Reader’s Digest in Brazil.
1958 Along with the inauguration of the elected board, with Theobaldo de Nigris again as president, on June 24, the new headquarters of SINDIGRAF-SP were officially opened.
1959 The first Conference Dinner of the Industrial Graphics Class with 65 participants was held, which eventually became a tradition of SINDIGRAF-SP. The Brazilian Association of Technical Printers, which later changed the name for Brazilian Association of Graphic Technology (ABTG), is founded.
1961 An editorial from the Newsletter of the Printing Industry (BIG) criticizes the government which at the end of last year had imported machinery for manufacturing notebooks to integrate a graphic workshop of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The text criticizes the import and unfair competition from the government.
1962 It starts the campaign for the expansion of the School of Graphic Arts, by agreement with the board of SENAI.
1963 The General Assembly accepts the proposal of SINDIGRAF-SP to increase from three to seven the number of members of the leadership of the organization. The proposal is also accepted by the Ministry of Labor.
1965 The First Brazilian Congress of Printing Industry was held in Águas de Lindoia (SP), and ABIGRAF was established.
1966 II National Congress of the Printing Industry, held at Guanabara (Rio de Janeiro). Besides graphics factories across the country, it was attended by delegations from Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina, totaling 500 participants.
1967 Conducting of the First Hall of Graphic Arts in São Paulo (SP), with the presence of several exhibitors in the printing industry. In October, it is founded the Regional ABIGRAF of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre. Creation of the Latin American Confederation of the Printing Industry (CONLATINGRAF) during the First Latin American Congress of Printing Industry in Mar del Plata (Argentina). The entity would have subsequently three Brazilian presidents: Theobaldo De Nigris (1969/1970), Sidney Fernandes (1985/1986) and Max Schrappe (2001-2004).
1968 It is held the 1st CONLATINGRAF Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela. Foundation of the Regional Bahia-Sergipe, based in Salvador. The II Salon of Graphics Arts, Pulp and Paper is held. The São Paulo Regional ABIGRAF is installed.
1969 Construction and Installation of the National Technical School of Graphic Arts, created by the MEC in partnership with SENAI. Inaugurated the Regional ABIGRAF in Pernambuco. Conducting, in Belo Horizonte, of the III National Congress of the Printing Industry and the Second Latin American Congress of the Printing Industry in Mexico City.
1970 Installation of the Regional ABIGRAF in Ceará.
1972 Foundation of the Regional ABIGRAF in Goiás.
1973 The IV Latin American Congress of the Printing Industry was held in Rio de Janeiro, which was attended by over 300 businessmen from various countries.
1975 ABIGRAF celebrates ten years of foundation. This year the ABIGRAF Magazine and FIEPAG (International Fair of Packaging, Paper and Graphic Arts) are released, by fusing the exhibitions of packaging and graphic arts previously conducted.
1980 The Business Groups within ABIGRAF are created, which provide information on specific industry segments, in addition to the first export consortium. The industry faces the problem of double taxation with ICM and ISS. A series of actions are taken to solve the problem.
1982 The struggle of ABIGRAF for more than ten years against the nationalization ends, at the federal level: on January 26, President João Figueiredo promulgated Decree No. 86873, prohibiting the creation of units of graphic arts in direct and indirect federal administration, as well as in established or maintained by the Government foundations.
1984 The printing industry enters the era of information and continues to fight against nationalization. Through the federal decree No. 86873 and other current in the states of Paraná, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and the Federal District, the leadership of the printing industry has been able to stop many projects to implement new state graphic factories.
1985 ABIGRAF celebrates its twenty years of existence, while ABIGRAF Magazine celebrates its hundredth edition, bringing a historical account.
1986 In May, 11 Brazilian companies participate in Drupa in Düsseldorf, Germany. About 800 Brazilians visit the fair, considered the most important event in the world for the printing sector.
1987 The private printing entrepreneurship proposes to the National Constituent Assembly the privatization of the Brazilian printing industry. ABIGRAF promotes the First National Exhibition of School Products, the Escolar 87. Around hundreds of representatives of Brazilian companies, from different printing sectors, and civic and governmental entities visited the International Exhibition of Printing, Publishing and Paper and Manufacturing Paper Industries (GEC'87) in Milan, Italy.
1989 Rio de Janeiro hosts the IV World Congress of the Printing Industry, the World Print Congress (WPC), in which 33 countries were present, characterizing it as the largest in history.
1990 ABIGRAF celebrates its 25 years of existence. Bahia hosts the V Congress of the Printing Industry.
1991 The 12th FIEPAG, International Fair of Packaging, Paper and Graphic Arts in Sao Paulo, breaks the record number of exhibitors: 500. More than 200 Brazilians, among them the main leaders of ABIGRAF and ABTG and representatives of the School Senai Theobaldo Nigris participate in Print 91 in Chicago, United States. Venezuela hosts the XIII Latin American Congress of Graphic Arts, in addition to the First Latin American Competition of Graphic Products Theobaldo De Nigris. Creation of the Graphic Excellence Award, sponsored by ABTG and ABIGRAF to stimulate quality in the industry.
1992 The CONLATINGRAF celebrates its 25 years, during the V Meeting of Printing Entrepreneurs of Mercosur and the Andean Pact, held in Asuncion, Paraguay.
1993 ABIGRAF requests to ABTG the study and the development of the industry standards that will be issued under the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT). ABIGRAF along with ABTG also makes 1993 the Year of Quality and Productivity at the National Printing Industry. New Delhi, in India, hosts the 5th World Congress of the Printing Industry, with significant participation from Brazil. The ABIGRAF Magazine receives the ABERJE Brazil 93 Award in the category of Technical Publication.
1995 The Graphic Excellence Award is named after Fernando Pini.
1996 ABIGRAF launches the Brazilian Yearbook of the Printing Industry.
1998 ABIGRAF celebrates the inclusion of 72 items of capital goods in the list that of those goods that can be imported with differentiated rate of 5%. Creation of the Course of Graphic Technology. Inauguration of the new headquarters of ABIGRAF, in the state capital. The ABIGRAF Magazine receives the Benny Award during the PIA (Printing Industries of America). In order to strengthen the graphic of the State of São Paulo, the Regional ABIGRAF of São Paulo promotes EPIGRAF (São Paulo Meeting of the Printing Industry), in Ribeirão Preto.
1999 Brazil receives 40 awards at the contest graphic quality of PIA, while ABIGRAF participates in events such as the Book Fair of Rio de Janeiro and the International Book Fair in São Paulo. Conducting of the General Meeting of CONLATINGRAF, the Graphics of the Americas in Miami, the Paris Book Fair, the International Comprint, the School fair in São Paulo, the Northeast Printgraph and the FIEPAG/Converflex, among other industry events.
2000 ABIGRAF completes 35 years of existence. Over four thousand Brazilian professionals attended the Drupa 2000. São Paulo goes on to host one of the world's six units of Print Media Academy, from Heidelberg, near the School of Graphic Arts SENAI Theobaldo de Nigris and the SENAI Faculty of Graphic Arts.
2001 National ABIGRAF chooses as a primary goal to build an image for the entity, with works related to the associates, customers, government and opinion leaders. For that, it creates the Department of Marketing. The Regional São Paulo directs its attention to micro and small businesses, in addition to seeking the interiorization of the entity.
2002 The ABIGRAF System concentrates on implementing its Strategic Plan. It takes marketing actions hitherto unprecedented marketing as advertisements for each specific achievement of the system as well as the modernization of all logos. The organization extends its political-institutional representation and relationships with government authorities. The Immune Paper Guide is designed to combat the irregular use of this input.
2003 Approval of the new statutes of the ABIGRAF System during the Brazilian Congress of the Printing Industry (Congraf). Representatives of all the entities integrating the system meet with the then vice-president, José Alencar, in order to plead solutions to the industry's problems. ABIGRAF reached its goals in working with the Senate to amend the drafting of Law nº 161/89, which brought to the ISS tax the graphic printing in general. It was also successful in the campaign for repeal of the competition to install a graphic factory within the House of Representatives.
2004 After growing up just 2.58% in 2003, the printing industry reacts and finishes 2004 with 10% growth, reaching global sales exceeding USD 5 billion, up from USD 4.5 billion the previous year. The level of employment in the sector rose 4.14% between January and October, while the Brazilian exports of graphics products in 2004 grew by 2.88% over 2003, reaching USD 193.7 million.
2005 This year National ABIGRAF celebrated its 40th birthday. There was a big event in France Buffet in São Paulo, with the presence of about 450 guests and had the highlight of the launch of the book "40 years of ABIGRAF" that recounts the history of the organization since its establishment. Also in that year, the president of National ABIGRAF and SINDIGRAF-SP, Mário César de Camargo, was elected the Graphic Arts Leader of The Americas 2005 (Graphic Leader of the Americas in 2005) and received too the CONLATINGRAF-FIEPAG Communication Personality Award 2005, an accolade shared with Julio Luis Saguier, president of the Argentine newspaper La Nación.
2006 Modernize and democratize the ABIGRAF System has been a clear motivation of the current leaders. In October 2006, the organization opened another regional ABIGRAF in Rio Grande do Norte.
2007 Continuing the expansion of the national planning process, the organization opened three new Regional Units: Sergipe, Paraíba and Amazon. This year, for the first time, ABIGRAF was the organizer of the Latin American Competition of Graphic Products Theobaldo de Nigris, sponsored by CONLATINGRAF, whose 14th edition took place in Guarujá in Sao Paulo. The Association participated in the review of the National Classification of Economic Activities (NACE) and the List of Products of Industry (PRODLIST) that underlies the production statistics in the country.
2008 This was a historic year for the printing companies, when they celebrated two centuries of the creation of the press in Brazil and released the book "200 years – The Printing Industry in Brazil". Conducting of the 14th Brazilian Congress of the Printing Industry (Congraf) in São Paulo, and another edition of Drupa, the world's largest printing trade show in Germany. Openings of two more Regional Units, this time in Alagoas and Pará. Institutionally, ABIGRAF created the campaign of appreciation of paper, with the slogan and stamp: "100% of the printed paper manufactured in Brazil comes from planted forests".
2009 The creation of "ABIGRAF Award for Environmental Responsibility" and the development of the "Campaign for the Enhancement of Paper and Print Communications" were two great achievements of the year. In an unprecedented initiative, ABIGRAF launched in August, in partnership with the National SEBRAE, the "Sectoral Study of the Printing Industry in Brazil", a comprehensive and detailed survey of the profile of the sector in the country.
2010 By completing another decade of action for the development of the sector, the entity entered into new agreements of benefits for the associated and with technical cooperation with important entities such as the National SEBRAE. In a positive scenario, of upturn in production, with exports and generating jobs, the organization celebrated 35 years of the ABIGRAF Magazine.
2011 The number of regional ABIGRAF reaches 22 and Conducting of the 15th Brazilian Congress of Printing Industry.
2012 NATIONAL ABIGRAF consolidates the entity in a strategy to standardize the communication. The Campaign for the Enhancement of Paper and Print Communications is validated as a movement signed by 26 entities of the supply chain.
2013 ABIGRAF integrates Copagrem (Supply Chain Committee of the Paper, Graphics and Packaging) of Fiesp. The Brazilian Printing Industry excels at Theobaldo Award Nigris with 14 winners. The entity recognizes the representativeness of the Brazilian printing industry. This is why it decided to develop the Printing Industry Manifesto to the Nation, which presents a series of demands for improvements to the sector.
2014 Implementation of the Two Sides Campaign in Brazil, the British organization that discloses truths about the paper and printed communication. First Meeting of Leaders of the Printing Industry, which reinforces our commitment to the industry. ABIGRAF inaugurates the Printing Entrepreneur Room at its headquarters in São Paulo and at its Office in Brasilia.
2015 National ABIGRAF completes 50 years of existence that will be celebrated at Congraf – Brazilian Congress of the Printing Industry. Conducting of the 22nd Theobaldo de Nigris Award.