Farewell to Giorgio Gianoli, ERA President of Honour Emeritus

Giorgio Gianoli had an inestimable influence on the ERA during the most successful years of the publication gravure industry, and the magazine publishing and mail order industries that were its customers.

Born in 1935, he studied at the London College of Printing and then worked at Mondadori in Verona in the 1960s and 1970s, where he introduced innovations and leading-edge technologies that made the Verona plant a world reference for the printing industry.

Later, he moved to Gruner+Jahr, and after that was a technology consultant for the gravure industry, including the Cerutti company whose gravure presses were installed all over the world.

In the ERA, he was president from 1971 to 1983, and also served as acting Secretary General following the sudden departure of James (“Jim”) Cotton, later becoming President of Honour and then President of Honour Emeritus, with his motto “Wake up Gravure” and his speech on this theme during the dinner of the ERA Annual Meeting in Turin in 2012.

He is also remembered for the biennial series of Comprint International conferences, which drew leaders of the printing and publishing industries worldwide. He passed away on 13 October 2020.