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BPIF and NAPM to hold joint print and paper supply chain forum

The BPIF and NAPM have joined forces to organise a unique print and paper supply chain event this September that will bring print customers, print manufacturers and paper suppliers together for the first time.

Unfolding the future – the changing market for print and paper will be held on 27 September 2012 at the Guoman Tower Hotel in London. An optional dinner will be held at the Hotel on the evening before the forum for delegates who wish to stay overnight.

The speaker line-up includes high profile leaders from all parts of the supply chain. From the paper sector PaperlinX  Marketing Director Philippa Charlton  will be speaking, together with UPM-Kymmene Anu Ahola and  Confederation of European Paper Industries Energy & Environment Director Marco Mensink. A print perspective will be provided by Northend Print Solutions CEO Nigel Stubley, with customer insights coming from Tesco Marketing Director David Williams with Katleen Pelsmakers and BSkyB Head of Print Management Mark Cruise. An external perspective from the automotive supply chain will be provided by Jaguar LandRover Head of Research Tony Harper. 

BPIF CEO Kathy Woodward says: “This event is well-timed and will address one of the biggest issues facing printing companies today. Although every printer will be all too familiar with the impact of higher paper prices on profit margins, strategic shifts in the global forest fibre sector are about to make this issue far more acute. The Forum will raise awareness of these developments and examine how they can be addressed. We have been able to put together a fantastic programme of speakers, and delegates will also enjoy a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from all parts of the print and paper supply chain.”

NAPM Director Tim Bowler says: “With world population set to grow by 30% by 2030, papermakers will increasingly be switching their focus to renewable sources, in terms of both energy production and alternative wood products. Inevitably, price pressures will continue to be a major concern for anyone who buys paper or print media. Printers and paper merchants are equally impacted by these developments and need to be working with each other to take cost out of the supply chain, streamline procurement and enhance the efficiency of distribution processes. This Forum will provide the insights we need to get this important dialogue under way”.

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The BPIF is the principal business support organisation representing the UK print, printed packaging and graphic communication industry. We are one of the country's leading trade association and we strive to ensure our members' requirements come first. Through listening to their needs we have developed an unrivalled range of products and services that go well beyond those provided by a traditional trade association.

We provide the highest standard of support for printers to grow and develop healthy, sustainable and profitable businesses, aiming to provide an environment geared towards their businesses success. Here at the BPIF we offer practical, value-adding solutions for all areas of a print organisation, ranging from Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality issues; with the implementation of HR requirements; provide resolutions of technical or legal issues; as well as advice and support on marketing, sales and finance. This is all delivered by individuals and teams of highly skilled and experienced print and media industry specialists.

We also offer a wide range of opportunities for networking both regionally and nationally, including prestigious events, special interest groups, seminars, conferences, workshops, training and short courses on a wide range of topics and skills.

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