NAPIM Convention Will Offer Roadmap to Ink Industry's Future

By David Savastano, Ink World Editor | 10.28.09

There can be little doubt of the impact that consolidation has had on the ink industry, both from within the industry itself and among its customers

There can be little doubt of the impact that consolidation has had on the ink industry, both from within the industry itself and among its customers.

With that in mind, the theme for this year’s National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) Convention is “Consolidation’s Effects and Tomorrow’s Roadmap.” The convention, which will be held from March 28-April 1 at the historic La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, CA, will feature a variety of talks centering on the globalization of the business world and the impact of consolidation.

“This convention will provide a look at where our industry is heading, and how to plan for the future,” said Jim Coleman, NAPIM’s executive director.

Among the highlights will be a March 30talk byGraeme Deans, author of “Winning the Merger Endgame - A Playbook for Profiting from Industry Consolidation,” will offer his thoughts on consolidations. He will be followed by a panel of industry leaders from Europe and North America, who will discuss the state of the ink industry in their respective regions. Among those on the panel are Dave Frescoln, Flint Ink’s president; Herbert Forker, Siegwerk Group’s president and CEO; Peter Koivula, chairman, president and CEO of Akzo Nobel Inks; Ernesto Sanchez, director general of Sanchez S.A.; and Jim Leitch, Braden Sutphin Ink’s CEO.

On Wednesday, March 31, a panel of leading executives of printing press manufacturers will discuss how the printing industry is evolving from their perspective.

“The highlight of the convention will be Graeme Deans and our two panels,” said Michael Gettis, NAPIM treasurer and Colorcon’s general manager, who is serving as program chairman for this year’s convention. “Mr. Deans will discuss how globalization has changed the world of business and has enabled industry consolidation, as well as the new models of business and the barriers of entry into business. The panel of European and North American ink industry leaders will bring to light the similarities in the market and what will happen in the future, and the press manufacturers panel will also provide us with information our customers will be heading.”

“As an industry, we see what is happening with our customers, and the panel of press manufacturers will be able to offer another view on where our customers are heading,” Mr. Coleman said.

The convention opens March 28, with the President’s Reception and Dinner. On March 29, the keynote speaker will be Tim Gard, a comedian, who will discuss “Developing a Comic Vision.”

That will be followed the Annual Meeting, which includes the State of the Industry 2004 Report, which will be presented by Mr. Leitch, a member of the NAPIM Management & Information Committee.

Mr. Deans will open the March 30 session, followed by the panel on Europe and North America. On Tuesday night, there will be the Ault Award Dinner, honoring an ink official for years of dedicated service.

After the Technical Associate Member (TAM) Breakfast on March 31, the printing press manufacturers panel will be held. In the evening, the Suppliers’ Party, featuring Casino Night, will be held.

Aside from the business portion of the convention, there will be the annual golf and tennis tournaments. In addition, there will be a variety of interesting tours, including Sunday’s historical tour of La Quinta, Monday’s Jeep Tour, Tuesday’s visit to Plaza Roberge¢ Galleries, Lunch at Augusta’s and Shopping at El Paseo and Wednesday’s visit to the Palm Springs Follies.

While the convention officially ends April 1, attendees are invited to stay on Thursday to help work on a Habitat for Humanity project, which is part of NAPIM’s goal to give something back to the convention’s host community. This is a post-convention project that NAPIM has undertaken the past two years, and the results have been gratifying for those who have participated.

For more information or to register for the convention, call NAPIM at (732) 855-1525 or on the web at www.napim.org.