Digital Technologies Will Be Focus of NAPIM Convention in Bermuda
By David Savastano
With the rapid growth of inkjet, the printing industry is undergoing a major technological shift, one which is clearly impacting ink suppliers.
With that in mind, the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ (NAPIM)2007 Annual Convention is focusing on the converging worlds of digital and traditional printing and what it means for ink manufacturers.
“Digital vs. Conventional: The Opportunities for the Ink Maker” is the title of the convention program, which will be held at The Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda from March 25-28.
The conference, which is being chaired by William Miller, president of Flint Group’s North American ink operations, offers comprehensive looks at the changes occurring due to inkjet technologies.
The inkjet ink industry will be represented by Dr. Kenneth Stack of Jetrion, John Law of Sunjet and Roger Oberg of Collins Ink. Among the additional presenters will be speakers from MAN Roland, book publishers Edwards Company, and Ian Baitz of Ryerson University.
“We’re trying to help attendees understand the competitive forces between traditional and newer forms of printing,” said Jim Coleman, NAPIM’s executive director. “We are devoting our entire program to this topic, and will be seeing how ink companies, printers and press manufacturers are adapting.”
Among the other scheduled highlights are a breakfast talk on communications byStacey Hanke, 1st Impression Consulting, Inc., on March 26, followed by the 2007 State of the Industry Report, presented by Mr. Miller and Rick Tolin of Noveon.
On March 21, the annual black-tie Ault Award Dinner honoring ink leaders for their years of service will be held.
On Wednesday, March 28, the convention will host the Technical Associate Member Breakfast, and will close with the Suppliers Party, “Beach Party,” that evening.
In addition to these events, the NAPIM Convention will also feature the annual golf and tennis tournaments and a variety of special programs, including trips to Verdmont Museum, Crystal Caves and St. George, and a glass bottom boat excursion.
For more information or to register for the convention, call NAPIM at (732) 855-1525 or through the web at www.napim.org.