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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 12 October 2018 at the office of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in Berlin, Germany, on kind invitation of Andreas Gierth, Director of Production, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH.

Board Meeting 12 October 2018 at FAZ, Berlin, from left to right: Max Garrido, Josef Konrad Schießl, Herbert Kaiser, Michael Hirthammer, Jaiganesh Muniasamy, Rainer Kirschke, Sally Pirri, Alena Kluge, Thomas Isaksen, Manfred Werfel, Sanat Hazra, Magdoom Mohamed, Andreas Gierth, and Prabhu Natrajan.

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 March 2018, discussed the developments in various markets and technologies. It discussed new projects, the WPF Conference 2018 and other events, the International Color Quality Club and the Print Innovation Aards, and the activities in conjunction with IFRA Expo 2019.

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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