December 2018

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Not Your Grandfather's Factory: Modernizing Manufacturing to Attract Millennials


Not Your Grandfather's Factory: Modernizing Manufacturing to Attract Millennials

           Why is engagement such a big deal in manufacturing and the skilled trades? Because according to a 2013 industry report, for every four trade positions that workers retire from, the industry is producing only one replacement. Worse yet, it's predicted that in the next decade, that 2 million out of the 3.5 million manufacturing jobs available will go unfilled because of the lack of available talent.

  Fall Tech Conference Summary


This year's technical conference was held October 9-11, 2018 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois.  Our theme this year was "Developing for a Dynamic, Global Environment". 

There were 191 attendees from six different countries for this year's conference.

Monday, prior to the technical conference, the NPIRI Board and Food Packaging/EHS Committee Meetings were held.  For the second year, the pre-conference Tuesday morning short course, "Introduction to Ink Formulation and Manufacturing" was held to a sellout crowd with instructors Les Watkins, Lisa Fine, Jerry Napiecek, James Ford and Joe Cichon!

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  2 Sides


Two Sides is a global, non-profit organization present in Europe, North America, Australia, South Africa, and South America, with more than 1,000 members from across the Graphic Communications Industry. Members include industry manufacturers and suppliers including forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, pre-press, press, finishing, publishing, printing, envelopes, and postal operators.

Our mission is to promote the sustainability of the Graphics Communications Industry by dispelling common environmental misconceptions and providing users with verifiable information on why print is an attractive, practical, and sustainable communications medium.

Two Sides is working in partnership with NAPIM to provide members with the tools and information that are critical to telling a compelling story about the benefits of print. Cooperative industry support helps raise awareness across suppliers, customers, and end users on how print is a sustainable product and plays such a critical role in our economy and daily lives. 

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