A number of companies have joined Fespa UK since its relaunchin June and its introduction of a simplified membership scheme. New additions to the network include Novum Graphics, Stylo, MacroArt, Super-Wide Digital and Spirit Displays as well as partners Durst, Innovia, Josero, One Vision Software, and environmental specialists Prismm and CarbonQuota.
“This is a really exciting time for us - it’s been just 90 days since our relaunchand we’re already seeing the power of a growing network,” said Fespa UK director Suzi Wilkinson.
Fespa UK is investing in three main areas where it aims to drive positive change - having identified sustainability and the environment, education and training, and technology and innovation as key challengesthe industry faces as it moves in to recovery mode.
“We held a round table with 12 printers in June as our first face-to-face event since our relaunch,” said Wilkinson. “In the meeting, it became clear that everyone’s focus is leaning towards improving sustainability right now, which matched with our ambition. It’s becoming an increasing concern for image and reputation-conscious clients, and it’s also individually important to leaders within our industry.
Dan Tyler, CEO at software specialist Vism, recently joined the Fespa UK board with a remit to drive growth in membership and develop commercial relationships with partners.
Tyler said: “We’re already moving swiftly forward with programmes to support better waste management and recycling at product end of life, alongside education and support on a range of topics including choice of materials and inks, which can make a huge difference in themselves.”
MacroArt MD Michael Green said: ”I decided to join FespaUK after taking part in its recent round table. I want MacroArt to be represented in the group that’s looking at developing industry best practice around issues such as sustainability. It’s important to have a seat at the table if you’re involved in the industry and Fespa UK offers a good forum to exchange ideas and best practice.”
The association has launched a pilot project on materials choice and waste management, involving several leadingprinters and supported by Prismm and Antalis.
Tyler added: “Fespa UK’s swift response to discussions at the round table is a reflection of our aim to make a positive difference, driving forward with purpose to deliver on specific goals and meet challenges head-on. By listening and acting quickly, we can unleash the power of ournetwork, and simply get things done.
“Every time someone joins, we become stronger and better positioned to share innovations and industry best practice. Together, we are better and I’m delighted that our work is really catching people’s attention.”