06.06.2016

Picon’s Robert Flather elected as global print president

Düsseldorf, 3rd June 2016. Robert Flather, Chairman of Picon, has been elected President of Global Print, the international federation of printing equipment manufacturing associations. He succeeds Jiangou Xu, Chairman of PEIAC, the association of Chinese manufacturers, whose two-year Presidency culminated with drupa 2016. Created in 2006, Global Print comprises ten national associations from Asia, Europe and the United States. Its objective is to further the common interests and mutual understanding of manufacturers of printing, paper making and converting machinery, equipment and consumables.Picon is the member association for the UK. “The Presidency of Global Print is a great honour, not only for me but also for Picon,” says Robert Flather. “I would like to thank my predecessor Jiangou Xu for his excellent work maintaining and furthering Global Print’s role as the unified voice of national organisations representing thousands of companies and over 250,000 employees. I look forward to continuing his work, particularly with regard to collating and exchanging information about the changing market trends in our fast-changing industry.“The variety of impressive technologies and creative printed applications shown here at drupa 2016 are very exciting. The print industry may be facing challenging times but it is not a sunset industry and it will have to embrace this new technology and adapt in order to survive. But, at the same time, it is important too that the industry focusses on attracting bright young talent to take it forward into the future.“Robert Flather, Managing Director of KOLBUS UK and President of KOLBUS France and Libertec, Belgium joined the Picon Council in 2008 and was elected Chairman in 2015.  He is also a member of The Stationers’ Company, the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries, and Chairman of its charitable arm, the Stationers’ Foundation.