Alison Grace

Alison Grace

The Evolution of Reading in the Age of Digitisation (E-READ) is a European research initiative which has focused on how readers - particularly children and young adults - comprehend written text when using print vs. digital materials. The results of this research was presented at the Graphical Sector’s Social Dialogue Plenary on 1 April by Anne Mangen, PhD., Professor, Norwegian Reading Centre, University of Stavanger.

Both mediums - paper and digital - have different advantages and disadvantages, but E-READ research shows clearly that “paper remains the preferred reading medium for longer single texts, especially when reading for deeper comprehension and retention.” According to one publication (Delgado et al., 2018), “[I]gnoring the evidence of a robust screen inferiority effect may lead to inefficient political and educational decisions.” These findings are very important for our industry and should be communicated widely.

You can read more about E-READ’s main findings in the Stavanger Declaration.

Since the results of this research are so interesting for printers, Intergraf has invited another representative of the E-READ initiative, Professor Adriaan van der Weel (University of Leiden), Vice-Chair of E-READ, to present at Intergraf’s Print Matters for the Future conference in London on 24 May. To register for this event, download the Registration Form from our dedicated event webpage and send it back to us to secure your place.

On Thursday 9 May, VIGC is organising a Benelux Online Print event, #BOPE19 powered by Octoboost/Sappi and Fespa, in Antwerp. Nine European speakers will highlight Online Print from different perspectives. Intergraf is supporting this event as a media partner.

Online Print still has a lot of growth potential in Benelux. This was the conclusion drawn from the Benelux Online Print event last year. With 135 participants, last year’s event was sold out so a follow-up event this year was considered essential.

With top speakers from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, #BOPE19 offers this year a varied and inspiring program under the title ‘Join. Explore. Act! ‘. It will be a day of inspiration, information and the possibility to network with CEOs of leading European Online Print players. For any Benelux company wanting to expand to online print, this is a unique opportunity.

The day program will be concluded with a drink and there is also the possibility to visit the Zoo of Antwerp with a guide. In the evening, we conclude in style with a VIP dinner offered by Aleyant Pressero by Four Pees in one of the stately rooms of Zoo Antwerp. With the help of Antalis, VIGC can also offer a company visit to Control Media in Etten-Leur (the Netherlands) on Friday 10 May. This offers participants the opportunity to link the theory to a beautiful practice example.

You can register for this event or find more information about #BOPE19 on the event website: https://bope.vigc.be/?lang=en

About you

What is your background?

Back at the tender age of 13 my ambition was to print my school newspaper myself. As a sideline I also temped at a printing company and at some point, I was permitted not just to clean the presses but also to do my own printing. Admittedly that wasn’t really high-end stuff; above all the final result was only good enough for a school newspaper. I was simply excited and fascinated by printing, even back then. In 1998, when I was still a CEO of a production agency, I realized that the Internet was the future and that it would change everything as soon as a couple of masterminds had recognized and exploited its potential. Back then I advised companies as a sideline – and so when I finally became self-employed in 1999 I was able to concentrate fully on consultancy and on my clients. This is what I still have a passion for now – trying to understand my clients’ problems and generating solutions. In the 1990s and early 2000s I established a reputation as a PDF expert and published plenty of articles in Europe and in the US Seybold Report. Sometimes I am amazed when I look at my archive. But I firmly believe that had I not been receptive to this new technology back then and been prepared to help to make it accessible to the print market, then the foundations for zipcon consulting would probably not have been laid.

What do you do at zipcon consulting GmbH?

We regard ourselves as an independent and integrated strategy and technology consultancy and we do business all over the world. Our credo is very simply “Analyze, Advise, Action” – that means that we advise our clients on how they can solve their problem or challenge once we have analyzed their initial situation. We are prime market innovation movers in the areas of mass customization, digital print, web-to-print, e-business print, functional print, color management, quality assurance, management information systems (MIS), print, workflows and automation. As part of our consultancy projects we offer packages that take different forms and provide different types of coverage. The client decides whether they require feedback on the status-quo of their current project or a sparring partner for long-term consultancy. At the end of the process we provide them with a comprehensive technical white paper with specific implementation measures for their IT as well as relevant action recommendations to optimize their website from both search engine and user perspectives.

Tell us about the books you have authored.

My first book was “PDF+Print” in 1999. It was published all over the world in English, German, Danish, Japanese and Russia. After that I wrote several books about PDF and PDF-Workflow. In 2007, I published the first “Web-to-Print-Study” – with more than 600 Pages, followed by the “Web-to-Print”-Book in 2014. Since then I have concentrated on my own blog www.beyond-print.net and now, since February 2019, the Print-Paper “beyond-print.unplugged”. So not that much!

 

About online print

How do you define the online print industry?

For many people the “online print industry” is just a Printer with a Shop or a Vendor like Vistaprint. To me it’s more. It’s the market of “online driven turnover for print” – and this means, if nothing else, that everyone can become an “online printer” – in B2B or even B2C. However: The foundation is always a transforming company. Companies that still think in an analogue manner and only try their luck with an online shop will have no success.

What is the share of online sales of print in Europe? Worldwide?

In Asia, online print as a proportion of the total print market is set to increase to around 35 percent in the next three years, i.e. by 2022, meaning that it will come in at just under the figure of around 40 percent that zipcon has forecast for Western Europe. Online print’s share of the overall D/A/CH print market is growing every year and in 2017 amounted to between 25 and 28 %. In 2016 sales of more than 28 billion Euros were generated just in Europe – according to Statista the annual increase is 10 % and the garment segment therefore provides massive potential for print applications.

What is your expectation on the forecasted share in the coming years?

The online print market is one of the fastest growing markets in the print and media industry and is gaining increasing importance. The billion-Euro online print market is a lucrative business. In 2017 average growth in the D/A/CH region was 12 %.

Which printing markets are most subject to move to online printing?

There are many areas moving to the online printing world. Let’s take the clothing industry, of which large portions have been outsourced to Asia. You buy these products off the peg. But if you want an expensive, tailor-made suit, you have to go to a tailor, and have it made to measure. Or you can go to an Internet tailor, who ascertains your requirements using a configurator and produces your suit for an affordable price. Similar services are also provided for furniture and other items, which we believed had migrated to low-wage countries never to return. Entrepreneurs that go down the customized production route are demonstrating that it is also possible in Europe to manufacture inexpensively and close to where customers are.

Such offerings even exist in the food segment. At MyMüsli the customer can create their own granola mix on the Internet, factoring in their personal tastes and preferences and any allergies. The granola mix created this way is mixed exactly in line with customer specifications and delivered in a can. And MyMüsli even goes one better. The customer can personalize not only their granola mix but the can as well. The customer selects images, texts and colors – and the can is printed direct-to-can and customized.

What advice would you give to printers willing to enter the online printing market?

Print entrepreneurs often lack patience. While a print provider’s “normal” innovation process, i.e. the selection, purchase and commissioning of a printing press, includes a clear timetable, that’s only feasible to a limited extent where “uncharted- territory” eBusiness or eCommerce projects are involved. Some traditional print entrepreneurs or publishers often can’t grasp the fact that eCommerce and the necessary software solutions a) cost money and b) are very complex entities. They first of all prefer to tinker with a supposedly inexpensive store, until they realize that this business model is unfortunately not specific enough to ensure long-chain success and has also swallowed a huge six-figure sum of money.

 

About the graphical sector in general

What challenges do you see for the printing industry in 2019 and beyond? And for online printing specifically?

Firstly, digitalization and product diversity require modern standards of service and smart logistics! Online print providers sometimes underestimate – the number of linked-in shipping service providers or logistics partners. Without naming any consigners here – every reader has heard of cases of delay, damage and other negative sorts of things that happen to shipments on the way to customers. It is then all the more annoying if the print provider has done a great production job only for the consigner that it trusts to virtually destroy that customer relationship. Giving customers a choice of shipping companies can help in such situations.

Secondly, “print product marketers” usually don’t do any printing themselves, but instead utilize a network of different, what you could term contract print providers and then sell the products of these unnamed companies under their own brands. However, the stigma of dictating prices to their suppliers is often attached to these platforms as well. Squeezing would be the less diplomatic albeit often the more accurate term. That’s because oddly enough many of the platforms are cheaper than online print providers with their own machinery assets. Supply bottlenecks, late deliveries, a reduction in available offerings etc. could be the consequences – and cause a collapse.

What are the opportunities?

Premium print is slowly increasing in price, because many customers are rediscovering its value. More and more print-specific and print-related products are making inroads into the premium segment. Quality is expressed not just in the look and feel of the product. Rising aspirations can be met by incorporating electronic aids like sensors etc. There are plenty of print options available for this purpose – and there is plenty of development work being undertaken in this field. I was once again able to see this for myself on my last visit to Luxepack. It doesn’t even have to be premium-finish packaging to make an impact. The opportunity of delivering customization at familiarly high quality is much more important here – irrespective of whether packaging, mailshots, job printing or gift items are involved. There are plenty of ideas and production options about in the wider printing industry, and that’s what the future of print will be based on as well.

Next, if you consider the sales potential in the lucrative photo eCommerce software market and every kind of Internet-based photo product finishing solution, then you soon realize why software and hardware providers from this segment are all evolving in the direction of these two aspects. According to the Photoindustrie-Verband , sales of value-added photo products (e.g. calendars, gift items and posters – not prints) in 2017 amounted to around 220 million Euros just in Germany alone, which represents an increase of 7 million Euros compared to the previous year. Sales of photobooks in Germany increased even more sharply to 303 million Euros – which represents a rise of more than 12 percent compared to 2016. This is a lucrative field of business activity, particularly because further growth can be assumed.

How would you assess the current pace of change in the industry? How can companies keep up with this?

Online ERP. I regard this as the top topic in the next few years. Why? Because I am fed up of having to explain to my clients why this or that MIS can’t or can only partially be docked on to their stores. Why don’t the many providers of MIS (oddly enough, this is what ERP systems are called in the print industry) understand that they are shooting themselves in the foot if they are not receptive to or even switch to a cloud environment and browser-based applications? Companies that work with “online ERP” systems have an advantage over all the others – they are maybe not 100% perfect, but this is likely to be just a matter of time. Switching from classic client server-based systems to browser-based ones is certainly no walk in the park, but it is a key feature of digital transformation and a “must have” for all companies that wish to transform their businesses.

What are the most crucial future trends and technologies?

So, at the end of the day you already know it because it’s all about mass customization which means, really, this is turning in to a big trend. However, the current rapid growth is finite. Studies assume that the market potential for mass customization will settle at around 30% of the overall market, even in countries where custom products are in demand. If you consider this in its own right, this is just gigantic and commercially speaking very appealing as well, since the products provide customers with an additional benefit, which results in a willingness to pay a higher price. Products from this segment are on average 20% to 50% more expensive than mass-produced goods.

Another business trend taking place is in the direction of localization. An example of this can be seen in Cimpress, who two years ago had a centralized company organization but switched back to its roots so that their local organizations could then decide everything. This is necessary because e-commerce always has a flavor of localization, a voice, a mentality of a people so that e-commerce is not soulless.

Big data is also used for something we call predicted production. This is a trend that although is not yet finished. This means for example, if it’s Christmas and there is a special kind of book that is better sold at this time or before Christmas than it would be during the summer. Or for example if summer is coming up and you know there will be a lot of thrillers that you can read on the beach then at this time you won’t be reading a Christmas book. And so you can see that over the course of the year Christmas book sales are going down in the summer but coming up once again in the winter. This creates a sort of wave of the demand of books and a machine behind all of it that calculates these trends by things such as region or season. And if you want to produce or set up a predictive production you need to know what kind of paper, what kind of production you need, what kind of production speed is needed, how many machines are needed, how to postpone items or to give customers a special price if they wait a little bit longer. With all of that you need technologies such as big data and AI.

What advice do you have for printers?

Speed up!  I keep on noticing that the print industry in particular is extremely slow at actioning new ideas or business approaches. Odd, after all the print industry still regards itself as very innovative – but compared to some start-ups, most print providers are in “tortoise mode”. OK, a new printing press can be installed in an instant, but the relevant software can take a while. Why? Because still too many print providers believe they don’t need any form of digital business intelligence (i.e. a proper IT team with its own development resources)– and everything that they want to implement quickly turns into a dramatic series of time overruns. Incidentally the major online print providers are no exception – although they (usually) have more financial resources available, their decision-making channels often resemble those of a government agency or local authority as soon as their sales exceed 100 million Euros.

Print will remain a key component of the communications mix, but the know-how required to produce that mix will be less and less a set of design or marketing skills and going to a conventional print provider will become the exception. Advertisers will instead switch to online print platforms, where processing is standardized, and the best price is guaranteed. Consequently, print companies need to network much more with potential clients and enhance their eBusiness print offerings, expand or search for niche partners for certain applications.

 

About Intergraf’s Print Matters for the Future conference

What will you be speaking about at our Print Matters conference?

Of course I will go into online print and the current market development. But also, how online print is changing our industry - to the positive as well as to the negative. For me it is important to show: Print, whether sold online or offline, is an important part of the media canon of our society and thus a central building block for present and future communication.

Print Matters for the Future

Friday, 29 March 2019 10:24

 

Join Intergraf and the WPCF in London on 24 May for the next installment of our annual ‘Print Matters for the Future’ conference series. This event has rapidly grown into a highly-anticipated fixture in the calendars of national printing associations worldwide and with our agenda now finalised, this year promises to deliver. We hope to see you in London!

The event will take place at the Hilton London Syon Park Hotel (Park Rd, Isleworth, Brentford TW8 8JF).

 

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.

 

Agenda

08:30-09:00    Welcome coffee

09:00-09:15    Conference Opening: Cees Verweij, President of Intergraf and 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: 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, Professor 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 (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

16:00-16:15    Q&A

16:15-16:30    Conference Closing: Cees Verweij, President of Intergraf and 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

 

Fees

Three representatives from Intergraf’s national member associations can attend this conference for free. For additional participants and other Intergraf member companies the cost is €150. For non-members the cost is €395.

 

Registration

REGISTRATION FORM: for Intergraf General Assembly AND Print Matters for the Future conference (Intergraf members only)

REGISTRATION FORM: for Print Matters for the Future conference

Send your completed registration forms to Reka Sipos at Intergraf: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shaping the Future of Print

Friday, 01 March 2019 15:59

Commercial Printing Seminar 2020

The next event in Intergraf's 'Shaping the Future of Print' event series is due to be held in 2020 on the topic of commercial printing. Return to this page closer to the time for more details. You can register your early interest in this event by contacting Annie Scanlan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Packaging Conference 2019

 

 

Over 100 leading packaging industry professionals from 22 countries met in Brussels on 21 February for the fourth annual ‘Shaping the Future of Print’ conference: Packaging Conference 2019. This event was organised by Intergraf, in partnership with FTA Europe and Smithers Pira. It was sponsored by GAMA International, TRESU Group and Kodak.

Speakers

  • 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’

Event Summary

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]”.

Social Affairs

Friday, 01 March 2019 14:06

Social Affairs

Social Affairs have been high on the agenda of the Juncker Commission in 2014-2019. With the introduction in 2017 of the European Pillar of Social Rights, many social policies - such as transparent and predictable working conditions and work-life balance, for example - have been prioritised, resulting in updated legislation in these areas. Social Affairs are an important facet of the European project and will undoubtedly continue to be prioritised in the new 2019-24 legislature.

Intergraf works with the European Commission when potential legislation is considered. With our strong links to Commission DGs and officials, as well as our membership of cross-industry groups - such as those led by BusinessEurope - which meet regularly to discuss issues at stake, we ensure that concerns of the graphic industry are heard. Our EU policy work on social affairs covers the following topics:

 

  • Employment policy
  • Skills and qualifications
  • Health & Safety
  • Moving and working in Europe
  • Rights at work
  • Social protection and social inclusion
  • Involvement in related EU projects (e.g. SPPRING)

 

Social Dialogue

Intergraf is a member of the Graphical Sector's European Social Dialogue Committee, which organises and takes part in discussions, consultations and joint actions between employers (Intergraf) and trade unions (UNI Europa Graphical & Packaging) in the printing industry, alongside the European Commission. You can download the 2019-21 Work Programme of our Social Dialogue Committee here. Topics discussed in European Social Dialogue fall under the following categories:

  • The technological, social and economic situation and trends of the sector at EU level
  • Digitisation
  • Demographics
  • Skills and follow-up of the 2013/14 joint EU project "Future Skills in the graphical industry"
  • New business models and follow-up of the 2010 joint EU project on "Best practices in socially responsible restructuring of printing companies"
  • State aid and unfair competition
  • Image and environment

Upcoming meetings: The next meeting of European Social Dialogue will take place on 20-21 November 2019 in Brussels. This is a two-day event consisting of a SPPRING project Workshop on 20 November, followed by a European Social Dialogue Working Group on 21 November.

Primary contact: Alison Grace

Environment

Friday, 01 March 2019 14:05

Environment

More legislation than ever before is decided upon at European level. This affects the day-to-day running of a printing company. From what ink you can use and how companies report their emissions, to employment law and health & safety - EU legislation affects it all. So it is vital that the European graphic industry is strongly represented at the European Union.

Intergraf works with the European Commission when potential legislation is considered. With our strong links to Commission DGs and officials, as well as our membership of groups which meet in the Commission to discuss issues at stake, we ensure that concerns of the graphic industry are heard.

Environmental policy is predominantly decided at European level. Policies on industrial emissions, on the use of chemicals, on waste management or in the future possibly on printing inks are all initiated by the European Commission and follow the European legislative decision-making process. Intergraf is representing the interests of the European graphic industry on the following:

  • Industrial emissions (Best Available Techniques Reference Documents - BREFS)
  • Environmental labels (EU Ecolabel, national schemes)
  • Ecodesign/recyclability/deinkability
  • Timber/forest management (Timber Regulation, chain of custody certification - FSC, PEFC)
  • Carbon/environmental footprint of printed products
  • Carbon/environmental impact of digital
  • Food contact material (mineral oil)
  • Waste policy
  • Paper recycling
  • Single use plastics
  • Chemical policy (titanium dioxide, chromium trioxide)
  • Energy efficiency
  • Corporate social responsibility

Primary contact: Laetitia Reynaud

Competitiveness

Friday, 01 March 2019 14:04

Competitiveness

More legislation than ever before is decided upon at European level. This affects the day-to-day running of a printing company. From what ink you can use and how companies report their emissions, to employment law and health & safety - EU legislation affects it all. So it is vital that the European graphic industry is strongly represented at the European Union.

Intergraf works with the European Commission when potential legislation is considered. With our strong links to Commission DGs and officials, as well as our membership of groups which meet in the Commission to discuss issues at stake, we ensure that concerns of the graphic industry are heard.

Intergraf works on European policy matters that may impact the competitiveness of the European graphic industry. These include:

  • Taxation (VAT on printed products vs digital publications, VAT reform)
  • Data protection
  • Production costs (evolution of paper prices, consumable prices, energy costs, postal rates)
  • Limitation to advertising (through taxation or legislation)
  • Digitalisation (e-government, e-invoicing)
  • Copyright issues (reprography requirements impacting digital printing)
  • Postal infrastructure and services
  • Online selling (e-commerce, payment services)
  • Cross-border selling (VAT, geo-blocking)
  • Industrial policy
  • Labelling requirements
  • Trade (paper duties)
  • Sectoral statistical classification
  • Money laundering
  • Cash control
  • Packaging security features

Primary contact: Laetitia Reynaud

Annie Scanlan

Friday, 01 March 2019 13:17

With an international background in consulting, Annie is specialised in European affairs, public policy and communications. She is responsible for all FTA Europe activities, including EU policy work relating to packaging, alongside supporting Intergraf’s core business events and projects. As a dual British/Irish citizen, Annie’s native language is English and she is also learning Dutch.

Introducing the new face of Intergraf!

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 15:02

Intergraf is beginning 2019 with a new look. We now have a BRAND NEW logo, corporate image and website for you to explore. We look forward to sharing more with you over the coming years!

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