David Savastano, Editor11.15.18
The 62nd Annual National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Technical Conference, which began Oct. 9, offered attendees a look at key issues, technical advances, regulatory matters and new technologies.
Hosted by the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), the first two days of the 2018 NPIRI Conference covered a wide range of issues, from the packaging needs of brand owners and the many challenges faced by purchasing executives to tariffs and new regulations. The conference was held Oct. 9-11 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL.
Before the conference started on Oct. 9, NAPIM held “Intro to Ink Formulation and Manufacturing,” a three and a half hour short course on ink basics. It was taught by Les Watkins, Lisa Fine, Jerry Napiecek, James Ford and Joe Cichon.
The NPIRI Conference began in the afternoon, with the Keynote Talk given by Ron Osborn, principal scientist at Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Osborn noted that food packaging main
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