The Engravers Association commenced in 1947 when a small group of engraving companies decided to meet regularly to discuss matters of importance including quality of materials, working conditions and employment issues.
Some of the companies were pantograph engravers using large manual engraving machines while the majority were acid etching companies.
This latter method was used for doing multiple runs and is still used today.
Initial members were Raynors, Adept Nameplates, Morris Productions, General Engraving, Acme Engraving, E. R. Flemming, William Bingle & Son, Powell & Hohnen, Edgar Kemp Engravers, Rider Bell and A Russell.
Only a few of the original Companies are still in existence.
Over time the name of the Association has changed.
In June 1989 it was the Master Engravers Association, then in August 1993 it became The Australian Engravers and Signmakers Association. In February 1994 it changed to its present name.
Part of a letter written in 1978 by the Secretary, Mr. Alan Williams, provides some insights into the past:
"This letter will serve as an introduction to the existence of the association, which has as its objective the promotion and administration of the industry of engraving and the manufacture of nameplates and allied products.
Having its inception in 1947, the association has been responsible for many achievements related to the industry.
The noteworthy being the acceptance of the general public and government authorities of a high standard of craftsmanship of its constituent members.
The industry at the present time is beset by a number of problems among which of those are:
The quality of engraving materials.
Customers requirements and the training of suitable labour.
The problems may be best dealt with by a body of interested parties acting in unison for the benefit of the individual and the engraving industry as a collective body.
The affairs of the Association are conducted by representatives nominated by each member organisation who meet on a bi-monthly basis.
In addition, a fraternal relationship is developed amongst all members by medium of attendances at meetings and social functions organised by the committee."