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!


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)


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


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


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


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.


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’


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!


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?


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


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


  • 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


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


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:

SPPRING – National Education files



The Point Square – April 5th, 6th, 7th 

With over 2,500 attendees each year, Offset has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries. Since 2009, from a Dublin base, the design conference has attracted such creative icons as Massimo Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher, David Carson, Milton Glaser, Kyle Cooper, Stefan Sagmeister, Micheal Bierut, Shepard Fairey, Tomi Ungerer, JR, Lance Wyman, George Lois and Louise Fili to speak on the main stage and at workshops during the three day event.

Representing industry at all levels, the speakers are key disruptors and influencers in their field driving everything from huge global campaigns to awe inspiring personal projects.

This year OFFSET heads for The Point Square. Tickets are now on sale at There are still some discounted tickets left at time of writing, so be sure to get one while you can.

Intergraf – News in Brief – 22/02/2019


20-22/02/2019, Shaping the Future of Print: Packaging Conference

This year’s edition of Intergraf’s Shaping the Future of Print event series was a resounding success. Packaging Conference was co-organised by Intergraf as usual with Smithers Pira, who provided conference participants with the exclusive market reportEuropean Printed Packaging Trends. For the first time, FTA Europe, the umbrella federation representing the flexographic community, was also a co-organiser. More than 100 packaging industry professionals from all over Europe were welcomed at the historic Hotel Metropole in Brussels for three days of activities. With nine fantastic conference speakers, participants heard about a wide range of topics affecting the growing packaging sector in Europe. The many networking opportunities surrounding the conference – including a visit to the European Parliament – also added a lot of value to the event. More information about the Packaging Conference will be distributed next week in a press release and on Intergraf and FTA Europe’s websites.

19/02/2019, Intergraf Board Meeting, Brussels

The Intergraf Board met to discuss ongoing activities of the association. Of particular note were developments in chromium trioxide regulations for gravure printers, printing industry requirements in the BREF and preparation of the upcoming conference Print Matters for the Future in London in May.

07/02/2019, Social Dialogue Steering Group

The Graphical Sector’s Social Dialogue Committee met to discuss the organisation of our 2019 meetings. This year’s Plenary Session is due to be held on 1st April in Brussels, and a Working Group on 21st November. The key topics of discussion at these meetings include skills, industry & economic trends, digitisation, demographics, new business models and image & environment. As usual, your travel and accommodation costs for these meetings are subsidised by the European Commission.

14/02/2019, European Employers’ Network Meeting, BusinessEurope, Brussels

Alison Grace attended a meeting of the EEN – a network of European employers’ associations representing different business sectors. Future coordination of the EEN was discussed, as well as sectoral updates in social dialogue and BusinessEurope’s newly adopted Work Programme for the years 2019-21.Updates were also given and information shared between sectors about ongoing European social affairs dossiers, including the soon-to-be-finalised Proposal for a Directive on transparent & predictable working conditions (formerly the Written Statement Directive) and Proposal on work-life balance for parents and carers.

15/02/2019, CheMI meeting, Brussels

The group is preparing a statement in view of the new Commission. The group also had on the agenda the current discussion on the change of classification of titanium dioxide. No decision could be made at a meeting between the European Commission and Member States. It is postponed to a meeting on 7 March.

20/02/2019, Presentation to Danish printers’ delegation, Brussels

A delegation of Danish packaging printers, members of Grakom, visited the Intergraf offices. They were introduced to the work of Intergraf.


  • 26/02/2019, Intergraf Security Printers Committee Meeting, Brussels
  • 26/02/2019, Keep Me Posted EU Communications Meeting, Brussels
  • 06/03/2019, Print Media Group, Brussels

Shaping the Future of the “most dynamic sector of print” at Packaging Conference 2019


Over 100 leading packaging industry professionals met last week in Brussels for the fourth annual ‘Shaping the Future of Print’ conference: Packaging Conference 2019 on 21 February. This event was organised by Intergraf, in partnership with FTA Europe and Smithers Pira. It was sponsored by GAMA International, TRESU Group and Kodak.



  • Ania Krolak, Managing Consultant at Smithers Pira, ‘European Printed Packaging Trends’
  • Kęstutis Sadauskas, Director for the Green Economy at DG Environment, European Commission, ‘Packaging Design and Systems for a Circular World’
  • Olga Munroe, Head of The Retail Institute at Leeds Beckett University, ‘Increasing Consumer Satisfaction through Sensory Packaging’
  • Guy Douglass, Creative Strategy Director at Parker Williams Ltd. / Sun Branding Solutions, ‘Inclusive Design Inspired by an Aging Population’
  • Mark Shaw, Innovations Manager at Parkside Flex, ‘Compostable Packaging: A Viable Alternative’
  • FTA Europe Diamond Award 2018 winner Pierluigi Gava, ‘Company Case Study’
  • Peter Ragaert, Professor at Ghent University and Project Manager at Pack4Food, ‘Functionality, Convenience, and Sustainability of Packaging’
  • Joanna Stephenson, Marketing Director of EFIA and Managing Director of PHD Packaging, ‘Packaging Trends’
  • Bernd Brandt, Senior Consultant at denkstatt GmbH, ‘Food Waste or Packaging Waste? Carbon Footprint of Plastic Food Packaging’

The tone of the Packaging Conference was set by the first speaker Ania Krolak, Managing Consultant at Smithers Pira, who pronounced that packaging is currently the “most dynamic sector of print”. Speakers throughout the day reinforced this view with engaging presentations on packaging trends, design, sustainability, and company perspectives.

At the end of the event, delegates took home an exclusive copy of Smithers Pira’s European Printed Packaging Trends: Market Report, which was presented to the audience by Ania Krolak. The report forecasts the market share of flexographic printing will be eroded by 2022 because of the increase of digital printing market in packaging. Nevertheless, printed flexographic packaging domination of the market, in particular in corrugated and flexible packaging, is expected to remain. It is expected to reach €32 billion in 2022, corresponding to an increase of 1% compared to 2017. In her presentation, Ania Krolak stated that there is an essential need to communicate to consumers that “packaging is not the evil of this world”.


Continuing the theme of sustainability, Kęstutis Sadauskas, Director for the Green Economy at DG Environment, European Commission, focused on “living well within planetary boundaries”. Importantly, he highlighted that “we [the European Commission] don’t demonise plastic, we don’t want to get rid of it […], but the trouble with it is the misconduct of its use”. Rather, the Commission’s main focus is the “prevention of waste” and the eco-design of products. To promote the latter, Kęstutis Sadauskas announced the development of guidance on eco-modulation for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes that will be mandatory for all packaging by 2024 and a legislative proposal to review design requirements in the packaging waste Directive, i.e. Essential Requirements. Both initiatives are expected by the end of 2019.

Peter Ragaert, Professor at Ghent University and Project Manager at Pack4Food, explained, “we need education to explain to people that packaging does not belong in the environment”. Various other speakers also dealt with issues of sustainability. Mark Shaw, Innovations Manager at Parkside Flex, focused on the development of compostable packaging, which could offer a potential solution to issues of recycling. Improving the functionality of packaging to prevent waste was identified as one of the most important changes packaging producers can focus on. Bernd Brandt, Senior Consultant at denkstatt GmbH, clarified that “the optimised function of packaging is the most important environmental benefit” because “the benefits of prevented food waste are usually much higher than the environmental impacts of production or optimisation of the packaging involved”. Peter Ragaert also dealt with functionality, stating that it is “still the most important quality of packaging”. He went on to clarify that “improved packaging doesn’t mean less or more packaging, it means customised packaging”.

Joanna Stephenson, Marketing Director of EFIA and Managing Director of PHD Packaging, addressed wider packaging trends, focusing on six key areas: consumerism, technology, economics, sustainability, fashion & design and retail revolution. Consumers today are more conscientious and self-sufficient, she explained, plus they desire authenticity and immediacy. According to Jo Stephenson, “long-term consumer engagement through the packaging” is an effective way of reaching these changing consumers. Olga Munroe, Head of The Retail Institute at Leeds Beckett University, added to this in her presentation about increasing consumer satisfaction through sensory marketing. She explored the internal and external triggers which drive purchases – explaining that retailers need to “consider the entire sensory suite [vision, smell, sound, touch and taste] to create truly memorable products”.


Packaging design was further elaborated on by Guy Douglass, Creative Strategy Director at Parker Williams Ltd. / Sun Branding Solutions, who stated that the future is “all about inclusive design”. Guy Douglass explained that “you don’t have to design for the old – you just need to bear the needs of the old in mind”. Jo Stephenson also emphasised the importance of designing packaging for Europe’s ageing population by favouring segmentation based on needs, interests and values, rather than a limiting – and potentially offensive – focus solely on someone’s more advanced age.

Finally, FTA Europe Diamond Award 2018 winner Pierluigi Gava showcased the success of his company, Cartotecnica Postumia, a European flexo printer who engaged in “lean thinking”. He claimed that “changing culture is the most important factor to transform [a business]”.

Print Matters for the Future Conference


We kindly invite you to participate in Intergraf’s Annual General Assembly and our Print Matters for the Future Conference, which will be held in London on Thursday May 23st and Friday May 24, 2019.  

The event will take place at the Hilton London Syon Park Hotel.

The Hilton London Syon Park Hotel  is located Park Rd, Brentford TW8 8JF, UK and is between Heathrow Airport and London City. The room rate is £150+VAT for single occupancy and £160+VAT for double occupancy (breakfast included).

The full event programme is as follows:

Thursday 23 May

  • Joint meeting of Board and Steering Committee 11-13 hrs
  • Lunch 13-14 hrs
  • General Assembly 14-16 hrs
  • Evening: Welcome Cocktail at 19:30 hrs

Friday 24 May

  • All Day (delegates): Print Matters for the Future Conference
  • All Day (partners): Partners’ Programme
  • Evening: Conference Dinner

Saturday 25 May

  • 08:30-14:00: City Trip into Central London, free time in the afternoon in London

Please find below the draft agenda for the General Assembly as well as a first draft for the Print Matters for the Future Conference for your information. As in Copenhagen 2 years ago, the conference on Friday will take place jointly with WPCF members .

Three persons per Intergraf member association can participate for free in the Print Matters Conference. Any additional delegates will be asked to pay a contribution towards the costs (€150). We will be charging non-members €395 to attend – this includes the Welcome Cocktail, the conference (coffee & lunch) as well as the conference dinner on Friday.

General Assembly Agenda Print Matters for the Future Conference Agenda

EU project SPPRING: Skills for the Paper and Printing Industries’ Next Generations


We are very proud to be part of the European Blueprint project “SPPRING: Skills for the Paper and Printing Industries’ Next Generations”.

The project runs from January 2019 to June 2020 and will involve European and national sectorial associations, public authorities, companies, recruitment and orientation agencies, VET schools and universities – among others.

The main goal of SPPRING is to provide a framework for developing a sectoral skills and recruitment strategy for the EU paper-based value chain, addressing both current and likely future skills needs, as well as education and training content and recruitment issues, as a basis for helping the sector remain globally competitive in the face of technological and policy changes which respond to societal challenges.

For this project and intelligence’s research, we would like to add your organisation as key stakeholder and we kindly ask you to enter your contact information into the project database via this link:

WHY participate:

  • Unique analysis of future trends in the sector;
  • Based on that analysis of trends, skills gaps to be identified for the sectors;
  • Skills gap analysis will provide clear guidance for the education sector to provide relevant education/training for all value chain in paper and printing industries;
  • Creation of EU-wide market for future trainees/graduates for new skills/job roles.

Your benefits:

  • Receive first-hand information;
  • Overall picture and analysis of the key developments in the sectors with a clear picture of the skills needed in the future;
  • Have your training needs considered in the development of tailor-made training offer;
  • Contribute to the definition of a European strategy on skills for the paper and printing sector.

Your information will be used only for the project’s purpose and you will be asked to respond to a questionnaire.

If you would like to know more take a moment to review the SPPRING project by clicking the button below. 

SPPRING Project Summary