In the UK, Picon, the association for manufacturers and suppliers to the printing, paper making and paper converting sectors, has merged with the Association of Printing Machinery Importers (APMI) to become Picon, the Printing Industry Confederation.
“The merger between these two long established industry bodies marks a significant point in Picon’s 60 year history,” says George Clarke, Picon chairman and md of Heidelberg UK. “We have taken the best elements of both organizations to emerge as a stronger and leaner association which is more closely tuned to the needs of suppliers to the printing industry today.”
Brian Filler, APMI president and md of Screen UK, adds: “It’s the right time for us to join together. A merger has been suggested in the past, but it wasn’t until now that our objectives matched so closely. It will be a seamless process as the APMI members were already members of Picon.” He will take on the role of vice chairman of Picon.
Already established as a driving force in lobbying, networking and trends analysis, the expanded Picon will continue to be proactive in providing a range of services, information and guidance to its members.
George Clarke confirms: “We are developing a whole new raft of initiatives and will be working closely with our members to ensure that we are a valuable and indispensable service to their business.”
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