Rare printing works has been restored in Co Meath

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A rare printing works, dating back to the late 19th century has been restored and returned to Kells, Co Meath.

The printing presses and old-type fonts, dating back to 1831, were found in a workshop where a calendar still marked the date of its closure and the death of its owner Briany Finnegan on 6 May 1983.

Following his untimely death, Briany Finnegan’s sister Annie closed the workshop and it was not discovered again until her death in 2016.

“He left the printing press on the 6 May 1983. He went in for his lunch and dropped dead. His sister kept him it as shrine to him” said Mark Smith, community artist and member of the Kells Type Trail.

Mr Smith said: “The last print job was still there, it was tickets for a GAA dance. I’m sure the GAA dance went ahead but they didn’t have the tickets.”

The printing works have brought back memories for many people in the town but also for people who are working in the printing industry.

“They’re a treasure, an absolute treasure. They brought me back so many years to when I was a young guy working at this. I’m absolutely amazed at all the work carried out on these machines, to bring them back to their former glory” said Freddie Snow, a volunteer with the National Print Museum.

The contents of the complete printing works have now been donated to the people of Kells by the last living member of the Finnegan family Fr Sean Finnegan, who inherited the printing works on the death of his aunt Annie last year.

The printing presses have gone on display in Kells this weekend, as part of the Hinterland festival.

“There’s better quality rollers, better quality ink, better quality paper, they will produce better quality work than when they were printing over a hundred years ago,” said Mark Smith.

It is hoped a more permanent home will be found for the printing works in the coming months, which will add to the already established Kells Typing trial initiative.

Those involved, who want to celebrate type as an art form, say they hope to showcase a history of lettering in the town which began with the Book of Kells.

Source: RTÉ News

InterGraf Newsflash – July 2019

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The only thing hotter than the weather outside is this update for July 2019 from Intergraf. Attached you will find the latest Intergraf Newsflash for July. 

INTERGRAF NEWS

  • Dick Naafs joins Intergraf’s Board.
  • New contacts for Intergraf communications until January 2020.

EU NEWS

  • European elections: what’s next?
  • New MEPs urged to support Keep Me Posted EU.
  • NACE classification under review.
  • Finland begins Council presidency.

INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Paper prices begin to stabilise.
  • Print and paper specialists develop solutions to skills and recruitment challenges.
InterGraf Newsflash – July 2019

InterGraf Newsflash – June 2019

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Summer is finally peeking from behind the last few showers so it’s time for an update for June 2019 from Intergraf. Attached you will find the latest Intergraf Newsflash for June. Inside this month’s edition you will find:

INTERGRAF NEWS

  • Intergraf Economic Report available now
  • Print Matters for the Future conference 2019
  • General Assembly reviews a successful year
  • Intergraf Activity Report now available
  • Intergraf Directors to meet in Bordeaux
  • Royal commendation for President of Intergraf

EU NEWS

  • New European Parliament elected

INDUSTRY NEWS

  • WPCF meets in London
  • What’s in store for the packaging market?

Happy reading!

InterGraf Newsflash – June 2019

InterGraf Newsflash – May 2019

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I hope by now you have polished off the last of the Easter eggs and are ready to settle down to another missive from our friends at Intergraf. So what’s inside this issue?

INTERGRAF NEWS

  • Register now for the SPPRING project workshop
  • Last chance to register for Print Matters for the Future

EU NEWS

  • Europe prepares for EU elections
  • New regulations for online/offline retailers
  • EU single-use plastics rules adopted
  • Copyright Directive adopted

INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Intergraf speaks at Visual Media Conference
  • Training and education in focus at EGIN Conference
  • The future of work and education
  • On the future of media
InterGraf Newsflash – May 2019

Registrations open for 6 June Workshop in Graz

SPPRING

Registrations are now open for the 6 June 2019 workshop on ‘Skills needs, training and education in the paper and printing industries’, part of the Skills for Paper and Print Next Generations (SPPRING) project.

Please complete the attached registration form and return it to Theresa Bernhart (Theresa.Bernhart@austropapier.at).

SPPRING will identify skills and educational needs in the pulp and paper manufacturing and paper-based printing industries. This will inform an EU skills and recruitment strategy to upskill and enhance the availability of the future workforce. Experts from companies, VET, schools and universities, ministries, and recruitment agencies will have the opportunity to discuss and analyse the results of an EU-wide survey taken by industry stakeholders.

The workshop runs parallel to the Paper & Biorefinery Conference, 5-6 June 2019. This event is free to attend. On 7 June 2019, 09:00-12:30, attendees are invited to join a trip to the Sappi paper mill in Gratkorn, close to Graz.

Looking forward to seeing you in Graz!

SPPRING Workshop draft agenda SPPRING Workshop registration form

Print Matters for the Future – 24 May 2019, London, UK

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Join Intergraf and our global network in London on 24 May and immerse yourself in the world of print with experts from around the world. Organised this year in cooperation with the World Print & Communication Forum (WPCF), the conference will be truly international. See you in London!

AGENDA

08:30-09:00 – Welcome coffee

09:00-09:15 – Conference Opening

  • Cees Verweij, President of Intergraf
  • Michael Makin, President of the World Print & Communication Forum (WPCF)

09:15-09:45 – The UK Printing Industry
Charles Jarrold, CEO of the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF)

09:45-10:30 – For the Love of Print: Why Creative Agencies Love Print. Why Media Agencies Need to Leave their Preconceptions at the Door. And Why Brands Should Reset the Brief
Katherine Punch, Business Development Director at Hunterlodge

10:30-11:00 – Networking coffee break

11:00-11:30 – Evolution of Reading in the Age of Digitisation (COST – E-READ Initiative)
Prof. Adriaan van der Weel, Vice-Chair of E-READ and Professor at the University of Leiden

11:30-12:00 – The Influences on and Development of Paper and Pulp Prices
Alejandro Mata Lopez, Senior Economist for European Forest Products at Fastmarkets RISI

12:00-12:30 – Paper Electronics and the Challenges of an Eco-Sustainable Industry
Rodrigo Martins, Prifessor of Faculty of Sciences & Technology at the New University of Lisbon

12:30-14:00 – Networking lunch

14:00-14:30 – Research in Print Media
Intergraf Student Award Winner (to be announced)

14:30-15:00 – Advertising, E-Commerce and how Direct Mail Affects Consumers
Luke Lloyd, Market Research Manager at the International Post Corporation (IPC)

15:00-15:30 – Networking coffee break

15:30-16:00 – Online Print Markets and their Development
Bernd Zipper, Founder & CEO of zipcon consulting (DE)

16:00-16:15 – Q&A

16:15-16:30 – Conference Closing

  • Cees Verweij, President of Intergraf
  • Michael Makin, President of the World Print & Communication Forum (WPCF)

PROGRAMME

Thursday 23 May

Welcome Cocktail
19:30-21:00 – Conference Foyer, Hilton London Syon Park Hotel

Friday 24 May

Print Matters for the Future conference
08:30-17:00 – Dukes Room, Hilton London Syon Park Hotel

Conference Dinner
19:30-23:00 – Coach & Horses Isleworth

REGISTRATION

To register for Print Matters for the Future, please fill in the attached Registration Form and return it to Annie Scanlan at Intergraf: ascanlan@intergraf.eu.

FEES

Free – Up to 3 delegates from an Intergraf Member Association
Free – Journalists
€150 – Companies belonging to an Intergraf Member Association
€395 – Non-members

ACCOMMODATION

Intergraf has booked a limited block of rooms at the Hilton London Syon Park Hotel (Park Rd, Isleworth, Brentford TW8 8JF). Our room block has now almost been filled, so if you need accommodation and our booking link no longer allows you to take a room, please visit the hotel’s homepage to book directly with the Hilton’s reservations team.

ABOUT THE ORGANISERS

Intergraf is the European federation for print and digital communication, with 21 members from 20 countries. We are also a member of and secretariat for the WPCF (World Print & Communication Forum). The WPCF is a collaborative platform for the world’s major transnational and national printing associations.

Print Matters – Registration Form

6 June 2019 ‘Skills needs, training and education in the paper and printing industries’

SPPRING

Join us in Graz, Austria, on 6 June 2019 for a unique opportunity to actively participate in the Skills for Paper and Print Next Generations (SPPRING) project. SPPRING will identify skills and educational needs in the pulp and paper manufacturing and paper-based printing industries. This will inform an EU skills and recruitment strategy to upskill and enhance the availability of the future workforce. Experts from companies, VET, schools and universities, ministries, and recruitment agencies will have the opportunity to discuss and analyse the results of an EU-wide survey taken by industry stakeholders.

The workshop runs parallel to the Paper & Biorefinery Conference, 5-6 June 2019. This event is free to attend. On 7 June 2019, 09:00-12:30, attendees are invited to join a trip to the Sappi paper mill in Gratkorn, close to Graz.

Please let me know if you have any questions. And don’t forget to sign up to be a key project stakeholder (here) to be kept up to date of the survey which will inform this workshop as well as future opportunities to help define the EU skills and recruitment strategy!

Annie SCANLAN

Membership and Information Officer

Intergraf Newsflash – April 2019

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A hail and hearthy hello to you all as we start the spring season with another missive from our friends at Intergraf. So what’s inside this issue?

INTERGRAF NEWS

  • How do you support skills and recruitment in the graphic industry?
  • Upcoming events

EU NEWS

  • Ecolabel for printed paper under review
  • Keep Me Posted EU meets with European postal regulators

INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Proven advantage for education with printed materials
  • Printing industry insights with Bernd Zipper
  • Door drops under pressure
  • Flexo Best Practice Toolbox eBook now available
  • Grafkom and Grafiska Företagen prepare for ‘PrintNext’ event
  • “Newspapers can increase campaign effectiveness by 280%”
Intergraf Newsflash – April 2019

Pulp & Paper Prices – March 2019

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Courtesy of our friends at Intergraf, The Inkwell is happy to feature a report on paper prices in Europe for the month of March. The report covers graphic paper, pulp and recovered paper prices. It’s a useful overview for project managers and procurement personnel seeking to understand the global trends in paper and substrate prices that impact the bottom line when delivering print products to market.

The one-page PDF overview is backed up by a granular breakdown in spreadsheet format for those of you who really want to dig into the numbers. Find both below.

Pulp Prices – One Page PDF Report Pulp Prices – Excel Report

SPPRING Update – Education

SPPRING

Dear members,

As part of the SPPRING project (European Commission COSME), we are looking to understand the different national education systems and specialist education paths for the printing industry.

We have drafted a template (powerpoint attached below) and kindly ask you to amend this to reflect your national education system. I have attached an example for Germany which was put together for a previous EU project for the paper industry. It may be helpful to use the CEDEFOP VET country reports as a reference to structure your own knowledge of the specialist education offerings for print in your country.

In addition, could you also answer the following questions please?

In your country, is specialist education provided for education/jobs in the print industry?
If yes, please estimate the number of students enrolled in these programmes at each level of education according to the below categories (if you know this or can estimate this):


Intermediate vocational education:
o Level 2 (2 years) Basic vocational programmes

o Level 3 (3 years) Professional education programmes

o Level 4 (3-4 years) Specialist professional programmes

Higher vocational education:
o Level 5 (2 years) Higher professional education associated degree

o Level 6 (4 years) Bachelor programmes

If there is no formal education, do you consider that it is needed?
Are there vocational training centres in your country providing courses/training for the print industry?


If yes, please names these centres and give an indication of the number of students/trainees currently enrolled.

If you could fill this out and respond by March 26, we would be very grateful.

You also received a link to a stakeholder database as interested parties in the project. This database just contains your contact details in order to send you information on the project, its events and ask you to reply to one questionnaire on the subject. If you have not signed up, please do so with the following link: https://it.surveymonkey.com/r/SPPRING

SPPRING – National Education files