#1 conference for printing and ink manufacture

Why Attend?

You'll get maximum educational and networking opportunities with a minimal time commitment. Return to your job with new ideas, methods and best practices that you can apply immediately

What Will You Learn?

Learn the latest develops in key issues affecting the Ink Industry. Benefit from information exchange, professional networking and a wide variety of educational and networking opportunities in an informal, relaxed environment.

Program Highlights

Technical and Regulatory Sessions, Keynote, New Technology, Table Top Exhibit, Awards Dinner, Golf, EHS Update, Market Trends

Opening Session

Tuesday, October 25
12:00 - 5:00pm

These opening sessions focus on updating you on key graphic market and business perspectives.

(Program subject to change.  Check back here often for updates.)

1:00 - 2:00pm
T1- Keynote Address: "Operation Tomodachi"  
Tak O’HaruA former ink company senior executive will share his inspiring story about perseverance and leadership during Japan’s catastrophic tsunami, to open the 2016 NPIRI Technical Conference.

2:00 - 2:45pm
T2 Food Packaging: EU versus US Regulatory Comparison, Catherine Nielsen, Keller & Heckman LLP

Provides an overview of the regulation of printing inks in the U.S. and the European Union (EU). Learn the “basics” of how printing inks are regulated in the U.S. and EU. Focus will be given to unique issues faced by the printing ink industry, and better understanding customer assurance questions as they relate to printing inks.

2:45 - 3:00pm - Break

3:00- 3:45pm
T3 Supporting Industry Innovation: Collective Management of Information and Outreach, 
Steve Sides, American Coatings Association 

Like the ink industry, paints and coatings present a complex developmental profile that is very much driven by end user needs. While ink may not face the dual role of protecting and decorating the surfaces on which it is applied, it has its own set of critical technical requirements.

3:45 - 4:30pm
T4 2016 State of the Industry, 
Jim Leitch, Braden Sutphin Ink Company
Ink manufacturers, suppliers and other graphic arts professionals will benefit from important insights and statistics covering the graphic arts industry

4:30 - 5:15pm
T5 Supplier Showcase

Get up-to-speed with the latest products and developments in the graphic arts supply chain with these fast-paced supplier showcases.

NPIRI Bulletin

New EPA Administrator Confirmed

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:37:19 +0000

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed as EPA Administrator with a Senate vote of 52 to 46 last Friday, February 17, 2017.   U.S. Senate Committee Environment and  Public Works Press Release.

Category: Regulatory

NPIRI Bleaching White – Now Available

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:44 +0000

The spectrophotometrically controlled NPIRI Bleach White – X-1025 IT10 NPIRI Universal Bleaching White (containing by weight 60% zinc oxide and approximately 40% of hydrogenated methyl rosinate) specified in  ASTM D2066 -07(2012)  is available from Colorcon, No-Tox® Products 171 New Britain Boulevard … Continue reading

Category: Technical

Mineral Oils: Exposure, Toxicity, etc. 2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:49:22 +0000

FYI, a new scientific study has recently been released that compares accumulation of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) in rats to humans; findings imply that current acceptable daily intake for MOSH may be set too high and current human exposure … Continue reading

Category: Regulatory
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