2018 NPIRI Summer Course July 15 - 20, 2018

The Sonoco Institute at Clemson University is the home of the
2018 NPIRI Summer Course

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Learn More About the Course | Additional Hotel and Travel Information | Registration Rates 

Tentative 2018 Syllabus


5 full days of classes
Evening receptions
All meals 
(except dinner July 16 & 18)
Daily transportation

Contact Us

For more information contact George Fuchs 770-209-7291 or Deepa George 770-209-7289

 Learn From the Experts!

Expert Instructors in Printing Ink are from the following companies:

Allnex, BASF, Cabot Corporation, Clemson University, IGT Testing Systems, INX, Joules Angstrom U.V. Printing Inks, Kershaw Instrumentation, Kustom Group, NAPIM, Printers' Service, Sun Chemical, Verso Paper

This is the only course available that covers in detail:

  • Covers where, how and why raw materials are used

  • Discusses formulation, testing and application of printing inks linked to raw material characteristics.

  • Provides first-hand exposure to printing presses (offset, flexo and digital) 


Hotel Information


Martin Inn
240 Madren Center Drive
Clemson, SC 29634

"The NPIRI Summer Course is an exceptionally unique educational opportunity which appeals to both experienced ink technicians and those new to the field. The scope and depth of the course is unmatched by any other course or seminar. This is the course to learn about printing ink."  George Fuchs, Director - Environmental Affairs and Technology for NAPIM. 

"The NAPIM Summer Course was a great learning experience for me; I enjoyed learning about the different processes for milling pigments into pastes, this is beneficial to my job because of the constant ink development that I am responsible for.  Learning about the different tools for measuring ink viscosities is also very significant for my personal growth. Fully understanding these tools has helped me improve on creating ink for various applications from stamp pads to inkjet printers." Benjamin Niederhauser,  Research & Development Pilot Lab Technician for iimak


2018 NPIRI Summer Course Preview

One of the joint efforts presented by ink companies and Technical Associate Members (TAMs) through NPIRI is the Printing Ink Technology Course. The 2017 course will move to the Sonoco Institute at Clemson University, Clemson, SC. The Sonoco Institute will provide a “state of the art” venue featuring excellent instructional resources in flexographic, lithographic and gravure printing. The move to the Sonoco Institute has also allowed NPIRI to expand its course coverage to include sessions on digital printing and electronic ink development.

Regulatory issues affecting printing ink in both the manufacturing and printing environments are critically important to understand. This year’s course features a session on the ever-evolving national and international rules affecting the graphic arts industry.
It is intended to provide a platform that encourages a common understanding of fundamentals, and from that, a more effective working relationship with your suppliers and customers.
Whether it is in the lab, the plant or the printer’s press room, maximizing productivity by improving employee technical skills is what these courses are all about.

Hotel Information

The Martin Inn 
240 Madren Center Dr. • Clemson, South Carolina 29634

Reserve your discounted room by calling (864) 654-9020 and reference that you are with the NAPIM Summer Course or CCI-GF19183.
Discounted rooms are available at this special rate through June 14th, 2018.

Room Rate: $125 for single or double occupancy plus tax rate.

If you are attending the summer course it is important that you stay at the group hotel and utilize the group block as NAPIM has negotiated this special guestroom rate with the hotel and will be holding dinners at the hotel as well as provide transportation to and from Clemson University.

Registration Rates

Registration per person                  Member                      Non-Member
Liquid Ink Module                            $985                            $1,260
Paste Ink Module                             $985                           $1,260
Combined Modules                         $1,460                         $1,960

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Cancellation fees:

100% refund of registration fee (less 4% credit card fee) prior to June 1

50% of the registration fee from June 1 – June 5

100% forfeiture of registration fee for cancellation after June 5

Travel Information

Transportation to and from Hotel

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)
• Distance: 30.0 MI/48.6 KM WEST to Hotel
• Time by Taxi: 45 Min to  1 hour
Directions from GSP to Martin Inn

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
• Distance: 128 miles /206KM North East to Hotel
• Time by Taxi: 2.5 hours
Directions from ATL to Martin Inn






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