U.S.-based NPES (The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies) and the Printing and Paper Technology Association within Germany-based VDMA/PrintPromotion Gmbh, have signed a joint agreement outlining a 2017-2018 framework for cooperation between the two organizations in the areas of industry market data and international conferences. The collaborative efforts between the two organizations will produce a variety of new initiatives and events that will include, for example, Quarterly Market Data Reports. Following the end of each quarter, NPES and VDMA will exchange index-based reports for all primary product categories collected respectively to include (by VDMA/PP) Paper Making Technology, Paper Converting Technology, and Printing Machinery. NPES will produce reports dealing with Imaging & Prepress Equipment Systems and Software, Bindery and Finishing Equipment, Total Pressroom Equipment, and Graphic Arts Supplies. More news will follow from both organizations.
Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.