#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

Regulatory Session

Wednesday, October 11
1:00 - 5:00pm

Regulatory Sessions

Moderated by Greg Pace, Sun Chemical -This session covers the ever evolving regulatory world from a state, federal and global perspectives.

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

1:00 - 1:45pm
T11- Pigments for Sensitive Applications, Ruth Bauer

1:45 - 2:30pm
T12- LCSA Implementation: What’s Happened, What’s Next, and How to Stay Informed, 
Christina Franz, ACC

The presentation will take a deeper dive into the rules, policies, and actions EPA has and will be taking as it implements the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LSCA) amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 


2:30 - 2:45pm - Break

2:45 - 3:30pm
T13- Continual EHS Improvement - Incident Reduction Through Risk Management, Stephen Divarco
, Sun Chemical 

Risk management is an activity which integrates recognition of risk, risk assessment, developing strategies to manage it, and mitigation of risk using managerial resources.  While traditional risk management focuses on risks stemming from physical or legal causes (e.g. natural disasters or fires, accidents, death), the presentation focuses on risks that can be managed to improve safety.  Given risk identification is a proactive approach to preventing problems before they occur, it is critical to understand our risks and putting measures in place to prevent issues from occurring (i.e. doing it right the first time).  Benefits of risk management include 1) minimizing or preventing cost overruns, schedule delays, and performance problems and 2) promoting teamwork, influencing safety, and increasing product life cycles.

3:30 - 4:15pm


Right at this moment in history, there’s more going on than usual on the regulatory front affecting food packaging inks and related businesses.  There’s a new government administration with a bold, new approach to regulation, and at the same time, activist NGO’s are challenging some of the foundations of the regulatory set-up, both inside and outside courts.   Prominent Food and Drug attorney and author Eric Greenberg will examine these and other important current developments that are expected to affect your business in coming years.

4:15 - 5:00pm
T15-2017 Current NAPIM EHS Issues, George Fuchs, 

  • SDS – Handling supplier health hazard classification variations
  • ANSI Safety Standards 2017 -  What’s new and different in the 2017 updates to the  Three Roll  Mill  and Vertical  Post Mixer safety  Standards
  • Threshold  of Regulation (ToR)  Project – status update on the  project aimed at gaining exemptions for printing  ink raw materials
  • Cobalt – What’s the latest global regulatory information and  likely future trend on the  use  of  cobalt in  ink formulations.  
  • Definition of Solid Waste (DSW)  -  2017 has brought about changes  in the recent  EPA regulation covering the definition of solid waste -  learn what this  means for the ink manufacturers
  • PCB’s -  Update  on  Washington State  efforts to regulate  PCB’s and its  relationship to  printing inks.

NPIRI Bulletin

May 2018 – Supply Disruption for Important Photoinitiator for UV Inks and Coatings

Thu, 10 May 2018 12:47:23 +0000

A  plant manufacturing an essential precursor for the production  of a critically important photoinitiator is causing major  problems for the inks and coatings industry.  Read detailed information in Ink World’s blog post on this issue:

Category: Business/Market

The Power of Print

Tue, 01 May 2018 17:53:16 +0000

The power of print – an infographic High resolution version available here:

Category: Business/Market

Direct Mail Resurgence

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 19:47:33 +0000

Source: https://www.xerox.com/en-us/digital-printing/direct-mail-printing?mc_cid=e477987358&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d&mc_cid=e477987358&mc_eid=d28c9b7cb7 The Resurgence of Direct Mail If the ultimate objective of any marketing effort is to motivate action, then printed direct mail is the gold standard. Consider for a moment the number of marketing messages consumers are exposed to … Continue reading

Category: Business/Market
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