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Robert Flather, chairman of Picon, has been elected president of Global Print, the international federation of printing equipment manufacturing associations.  He succeeds Jiangou Xu whose two-year presidency culminated with Drupa 2016.

  Created in 2006, Global Print comprises ten national associations from Asia, Europe and the United States.  Its objective is to further the common interests and mutual understanding of manufacturers of printing, papermaking and converting machinery, equipment and consumables.

   “Global Print also plays an important role in coordinating the busy calendar of international exhibitions to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of exhibitors and visitors alike.  This is especially necessary with IPEX, IGAS and drupa moving to a three-yearly cycle in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively,” said Flather.  

   “The variety of impressive technologies and creative printed applications shown here at drupa 2016 are very exciting. The print industry may be facing challenging times but it is not a sunset industry and it will have to embrace this new technology and adapt in order to survive. But, at the same time, it is important too that the industry focusses on attracting bright young talent to take it forward into the future.”