Yardley recognized for her contributions to print at Prokom global conference in Hungary

Prokom, the annual conference for Konica Minolta technology users, was held in Budapest, Hungary.
Prokom, the annual conference for Konica Minolta technology users, was held in Budapest.
Andy Barber.
Andy Barber.

Prokom 2018, the second annual Konica Minolta technology users’ conference held in Budapest, Hungary June 6-7, 2018, has been hailed as a resounding success by Konica Minolta and its user group attendees from around the world. Delegates came from Canada, the U.S, Australia, Singapore, China, India and many countries across Europe gathered to network and learn from each other. Feedback on the conference speakers and breakout sessions was incredibly positive and members were inspired and motivated to take the lessons learned back to their respective businesses. “Our belief is that it’s not just about what people make, but about what they make possible,” said Andy Barber, Chairman of Prokom. “And we’re truly proud of what was made possible for our members at the conference in Budapest. Our members were incredibly positive in their feedback.”

Christine Yardley.
Christine Yardley.

Attendee Christine Yardley, President of Print Panther in Oakville, Ontario, added: “To make my business thrive, I need ready access to the latest trends, top-notch training for me and my team, and the ability to share and collaborate with peers and industry experts. The Prokom Conference in Budapest provided all that and more. Prokom provides access to education, networking and a platform to share ideas and get inspired. I feel more productive, better informed and more profitable – and that’s good for business.”

The high-end printing and finishing company founded in 1997 Print Panther was the first printer in Canada to install Konica Minolta’s MGI JETvarnish 3DS and iFOIL system. It also recently won a Gold Leaf Award at the recent 25th Annual Foil and Special Effects Association Gold Leaf Awards held in Nashville, Tennessee. Print Panther was awarded with two Golds and one Silver for the most creative use of foil and embossing labels, the best use of holographic foil, and the best use of digital spot UV and foil. The winning entries were all printed using MGI technology from Konica Minolta Canada.

The Prokom conference concluded with an evening celebration dinner at Kiscelli Museum in the city. There, four Prokom members were recognized for their contribution to print at the inaugural Prokom Innovation in Print Awards. The winners were: Christine Yardley – Print Panther; Ilya Kunakhovich – Onebook (Russia); Rob Finnie – Nettl (UK); and Joelle Chen – Superskill (Singapore). The next Prokom conference will be held in Valencia Spain on the June 5-6, 2019. An early-bird discount offer has been launched and bookings are already being taken – which reflects the exceptional positivity throughout the Prokom community. “At Prokom we’re really excited about the next 12 months and we can’t wait to get everyone together again for an even better event next year,” Barber added.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.