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WPF Board and General Assembly

WPF Board and General Assembly

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The World Printers Forum Board consists of 18 members, half of them representing publishing and printing companies, the other half representing materials and equipment suppliers. New Board members have been added early 2018. The recent meeting of the new Board was on 27 March 2018 at UPM in Helsinki, Finland, on kind invitation of Anu Ahola, Senior Vice President, News & Retail, UPM Communication Papers.

Board Meeting 27 March 2018 at UPM, Helsinki, Finland, from left to right: Rainer Kirschke, Menno Jansen, Max Garrido, Josef Konrad Schießl, Jan Kasten, Manfred Werfel, Andreas Gierth, Sally Pirri, Herbert Kaiser, Anu Ahola, Thomas Isaksen, Michael Hirthammer, Sanat Hazra, and Gideon Martz.

Board members represent different regions like North America, Asia, the Nordic, Central and South-Eastern European Countries as well as the United Kingdom.

Members of the WPF Board in alphabetic order are:

  • Dr. Rick Stunt, dmg media, London, UK, Chair
  • Herbert Kaiser, Koenig & Bauer, Digital & Web, Würzburg, Germany, Vice Chair
  • Anu Ahola, UPM Communication Papers, Helsinki, Finland
  • Dieter Betzmeier, Bobst, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Max Garrido, Corporation Bermont, Madrid, Spain
  • Andreas Gierth, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.), Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • Sanat Hazra, Bennett, Coleman & Co (The Times of India Group), Mumbai, India
  • Dr. Michael Hirthammer, Sun Chemical, Eurolab, Karlstein, Germany
  • Thomas Isaksen, DDPFF, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Menno Jansen, Q.I. Press Controls BV, EAE, Oosterhout, Netherlands
  • Jan Kasten, ppi Media GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
  • Rainer Kirschke, Agfa NV, Belgium
  • Manuel Kosok, manroland web systems, Augsburg, Germany
  • Gideon Martz, MakroSolutions, Schkeuditz, Germany
  • Sally Pirri, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada
  • Josef Konrad Schießl, Süddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck, Munich, Germany
  • Peder Schumacher, V-TAB AB, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Mujo Selimović, Publisher “Oslobodjenje”, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Board reviewed the work of the WPF since October 2017, discussed the World Press Trends and the developments in various markets and technologies. It discussed new projects, the WPF Conference 2018, and other events and the activities in conjunction with IFRA Expo in October this year.

The minutes and attachments to the minutes are available for download below.



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Manfred Werfel


2017-02-24 09:24

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