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Print Buyers, Converters Panels Headline Upcoming NAPIM Convention

By David Savastano, Ink World Editor | 03.03.10

While the global recession has clearly had a major impact on the printing ink industry, the packaging ink segment has remained fairly steady. Print buyers and converters alike continue to look for an edge that will differentiate their products in the eyes of consumers.

With an eye toward providing insight into the needs of print buyers and converters, the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) is assembling a virtual Who’s Who of industry leaders to discuss their requirements at its Annual Convention. Confirmed panelists from print buyers include executives from Coca-Cola, The Hershey Co., and Perseco, with speakers from Campbell’s Soup and Kimberly-Clark also invited.

Converters are also offering their insights on their own panel, with Graphic Packaging, Sound Packaging, Yerecic Label and Bryce Corp. among the expected speakers.

A third panel, which is being put together by INX Digital president Ken Kisner, will examine the impact of digital printing on packaging.

Jim Coleman, executive director of NAPIM, said the panels will offer excellent insight into the needs of print buyers and converters. In addition, Mr. Coleman said there will be lengthy question and answer sessions with each panel.

“Packaging is one of the most dynamic markets for ink manufacturers, and it is undergoing tremendous changes,” said Mr. Coleman. “It is good for ink companies to get the perspective of the people who design and buy packaging as well as those who produce it. The digital printing panel is focusing on how inkjet and liquid toner are impacting packaging and label printing.

”All in all, it looks like it will be a great conference,” Mr. Coleman concluded.

As for the Printer/Converter Panel, Mr. Coleman noted that it covers many of the major printing segments: Graphic Packaging (folding carton); Sound Packaging (corrugated); Yerecic Label (labels); Bryce Corporation (flexible packaging); and the Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers' Association (multi-wall bags).

Aside from these panels, an overview of the packaging industry will be presented by Tim Burns of Cranial Capital, and Martin Kanert from EuPIA will provide an update on European food packaging activity.

NAPIM’s 2010 Annual Convention will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, AZ from Sunday, April 18 through Tuesday, April 20. For more information, contact NAPIM at (732) 855-1525, or check the website at