ECOPRINT EUROPE LIVE: 2012 FOCUSES ON SUSTAINABLE PRINT BUSINESS

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The new print industry event, dedicated to sustainable print production in retail, interiors, POP and packaging, has been launched. The companys aim is to draw together a community of leaders, innovators and early adopters who see the true value of sustainable print production, moving the industry forward by enabling print service providers to improve the performance, profit and sustainable future of their businesses.

Organised by FM Brooks, part of the Mack Brooks Exhibitions Group, and headed up by Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson, the first EcoPrint Europe will be held in Berlin on 26 and 27 September 2012.

Frazer Chesterman, Director, FM Brooks, said This is an event that focuses on good, sustainable business. We believe that true sustainability is a result of the focus on efficiency, the reduction of waste, implementation of effective process management and a committed, dynamic sales and marketing campaign. Our research suggests that increased profit and competitive advantage can result from a strategic investment in improving your business’ sustainable practices.

Chesterman said the content and focus of the event will not only be different from any other event in the print industry’s event calendar, it will also provide attendees with a defined and practical guide to implementing and enhancing profitability through a sustainable approach to print business.

The greatest misconception in the industry today is that implementing environmental initiatives costs the printer money and that ‘going green’ is not commercially viable. However, in many cases the opposite is actually true and printers are missing out on an important and profitable new revenue stream if they don’t engage with opportunities in the eco space. The event is as much about economics as ecology because sustainable businesses are in a far better position to embrace sustainable resources, said Chesterman.

The events unique focus will assist the industry in dispelling these misconceptions and myths, both in the eyes of printers, but also critically, in the eyes of the brands and the consumer. We see this event as a key component in helping the industry to get these positive messages out to printers, their customers and the end consumer.

Marcus Timson, Director, FM Brooks, said, We see that the retail, point of purchase and packaging sectors are leading the change because this is where the consumer comes into direct contact with a product before any purchase is made.  Many brands are in the process of aligning their supply chains to meet their carbon neutral pledges in time for 2015 and 2020 and will expect their suppliers to fall into step.

The events ‘Are you ready?’ launch campaign is designed to challenge the print industry and asks whether businesses are really ready for the shift to sustainable print production. It is better to begin making the transition now and on your own terms before legislation and regulation forces your hand, said Timson. Being ready proves you are committed to sustainability and are a trusted supplier of responsibly produced products.

The print community currently doesnt have a focused forum for eco-print production, said Chesterman. EcoPrint™ will create a timely and sophisticated environment that encourages strategic conversation, collaborative problem solving and creative thinking. From the outset, it  has been focused wholly on participating companies and potential visitors, and what they genuinely need from an event. In fact, for the inaugural steering group committee meeting in Dusseldorf, which took place yesterday, over 50 of the industry’s leading manufacturers and key influencers came together to work with us to refine the concept and agree the format for the event.

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