2010/08/26 Fifth Balkan Print Forum Event
October 14 - 15, 2010, Budapest, Hungary

The yearly meeting of the Balkan print media community
The Fifth Balkan Print Forum meeting under the patronage of manroland AG will take place on October 14, 2010 in the National Széchényi Library located in the former Royal palace of the Buda castle district in Budapest. Hosts of the event are the Technical Association of the Paper and Printing Industry (PNYME), Hungary; manroland Magyarország Kft., Hungary; manroland AG, Germany and the Budapest "MoD Mapping Company". Invited are managers and members of the National Printers Federations of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey; specialists, experts and managers from the Hungarian printing industry; manroland customers; as well as representatives of Intergraf, of the Balkan Graphic Arts Schools and Universities, the Balkan trade press, the local press, guests from the National Printers Federations and Graphic Arts Universities of Russia and Ukraine.

The attendees of the event will be welcomed by Mr. Endre Fábián, president of PNYME, who will inform about the goals and activities of the Hungarian Association. Prof. Gerd Finkbeiner, Chairman of the Executive Board of manroland AG, co-founder and great supporter of the Balkan Print Forum initiative, emphasises: "The objective of our commitment to the Balkan Forum is to fully support the printing industry in the region in improving quality, profitability, competitiveness, and the development of young talents. For manroland the Balkan region is an important, vital and future oriented market and it's great to meet all the relevant association representatives, customers as well as our local partners at the Balkan Print Forum." Finkbeiner will present his "Perspective Print 2020 - Increasing efficiency and creating value with premium printing". Speakers from Muller Martini GmbH, Océ Printing Systems GmbH and Leonhard KURZ Stiftung & Co.KG will give their presentations at the Forum under the motto "Premium Printing - High Impact, Good Achievements". The companies manroland AG, Germany, UPM and KNER Packaging Kft., Hungary will participate in the discussion panel: "Good Achievements in Packaging Printing", which has been introduced in the event programme for the first time this year.

The participants will have the possibility to discuss the future mutual activities of the Balkan Print Forum: exchanging technical information, supporting training and education of students and printers in the region, promoting events in the graphic arts industry of the Balkan countries, performing information assistance for the Balkan trade press. At the special meeting of the representatives of the European Graphic Arts Schools and Universities Dr. Volodymyr Mayik and Prof. Oksana Chorna will inform about the basic scientific research directions of the Ukrainian Academy of Printing.

Information material will be presented on table-tops by manroland AG, main sponsor of the Fifth Balkan Print Forum event, the co-sponsors: Muller Martini GmbH, Océ Printing Systems GmbH and Leonhard KURZ Stiftung & Co.KG, the sub-sponsor UPM, the supporters: M-real, Weilburger Graphics GmbH, Agfa Graphics and Sappi, as well as by the PrintCity Alliance. This is an additional possibility for the representatives of the Balkan print media community to get up-to-date information, to establish new contacts to the suppliers and to discuss important issues.

On October 15, 2010 the Fifth Balkan Print Forum participants will have the opportunity to visit the Budapest printing house "MoD Mapping Company", where they can exchange views, opinions and know-how with Hungarian specialists and managers.

An initiative for supporting printers in the Balkan region
According to the Balkan Federations Constituent Agreement signed on the Second Forum in Greece the main targets of the founders and the members of the Balkan Print Forum are:
- To exchange regularly information about the activities of the Printing Industry Federations, about the state of the art and the development of the printing industry in the partner countries.
- To help with the realization of new regional printing projects.
- At the Balkan Print Forum yearly meetings to present and exchange information, experience and know-how in the field of modern print technology, to make new contacts and intensify existing ones with partners from the region.
- To support the education and qualification of students at print media high schools and universities and young specialists in the printing companies of the Balkan Print Forum partner countries.
- To support each other during local and international print exhibitions and trade shows.
- To represent the interests of the Balkan Print Forum members in European and international initiatives.

The Balkan Print Forum initiative development
Initiators of the Balkan Print Forum were the Bulgarian Printing Industry Federation and manroland AG. The Balkan Print Forum was founded on October 26, 2006 in Velingrad, Bulgaria. Co-initiator manroland took over patronage of the project. The Hellenic Federation of Printing Media Communication and the company Graphics S.A. organised the Second Forum on November 14, 2007 in Athens. On May 31, 2008 manroland AG, the patron of the Balkan Print Forum, invited to its drupa stand members of the Balkan Print Federations to participate in the Balkan Print Forum drupa event. The meeting focused on trends and perspectives in the printing and media industry. The Third Balkan Print Forum meeting was organised on October 23, 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey, by BASEV, the Printing Industry Educational Foundation of Turkey and MAN Ferrostaal A.S, Turkey. The Fourth Balkan Print Forum took place on October 22 and 23, 2009 in Bucharest, Romania. It has been organised and supported by the Printers Association 'Transilvania', Romania; manroland AG, manroland Romania S.R.L; UPM; Sun Chemical; EUROEXPO Trade Fairs, Romania and Agressione, Romania.

The participation of more than 170 attendees in the last Forum shows very expressive the strongly increased interest in the event.

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The Fourth Balkan Print Forum seminar. The Fourth Balkan Print Forum guests at EDS Romania in Ghimbav, near Brasov. The speakers at the Fourth Balkan Print Forum in Bucharest, Romania (from left): Daiana Salagean, Foreign Relations Manager, Agressione Group, Romania; Robert Schneider, Technical Manager Offset, Sun Chemical; Daniel Siegel, Manager Technical Sales Central Europe, UPM Paper Business Group; Thomas Hauser, Vice President Corporate Marketing & Communications, manroland AG; Alexandru Galos, President of the Printers Association 'Transilvania', Romania; Mirela Marica, Executive director, Printers Association 'Transilvania', Romania; Dr. Rossitza Velkova, coordinator of the Balkan Print Forum.