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2011/09/08 The Balkan Print Forum Annual Event, October 27-28, 2011, Belgrade, Serbia

The sixth Balkan Print Forum (6th BPF) event under the patronage of manroland AG and the first meeting of the Initiative for Printers' Education and Qualification (1st InPEQ) within the 6th BPF will take place on October 27-28, 2011 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Hosts of the event are the Union of Graphical Engineers and Technicians of Serbia (SGITS), Belgrade Polytechnic, the Department of Graphic Engineering and Design at the University of Novi Sad, manroland Serbia and manroland AG, Germany.

Invited to the 6th BPF and the 1st InPEQ 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; professionals, experts and managers from the printing industry of the BPF member countries and partner countries; manroland and other sponsors' customers; partners from the National Printers Federations of Russia, Ukraine and Moldova; representatives of the print media schools and universities from the Balkan countries, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and other European countries; members of Intergraf, the International confederation for printing and allied industries; the Balkan trade press and the local press.

On October 27-28 speakers from manroland AG, manroland CEE, Muller Martini Austria, Océ Printing Systems, drupa, UPM, Intergraf, ABB, the printing house Politika a.d. and Arben Graphic Systems will present interesting and innovative information under the motto of the 6th BPF: "Technological competence and innovation for product differentiation and quality assurance". Brochures and info documents will be presented also by Agfa Graphics Austria, Sappi, Cofely, M-real, PrintCity, Zentrum für Druck und Medien and some other companies. manroland AG, Océ Printing Systems and a Serbian printing company will participate in the discussion panel "New technological applications for value added printing".

At the first meeting of the Initiative for Printers' Education and Qualification on October 28 representatives of 13 print media schools and universities from 10 European countries will exchange information under the motto: "Professional education and qualification for long-term success". Professors from the Athens TEI and the Hellenic Open University, from Belgrade Polytechnic, the Media Technical College Bucharest, the Munich University of Applied Sciences, the Óbuda University in Budapest, the Stuttgart Media University, the Ukrainian Academy of Printing, the Sofia University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, the University of Ljubljana, the University of Novi Sad, the University of St. Kliment Ohridski in Bitola and the University of Zagreb intend to discuss about the activities of their institutions and about different possibilities for collaboration and knowledge exchange.

During the 2-day forum the participants will receive a perfect possibility to get up-to-date information, to exchange experience and know-how, to establish new direct contacts to the suppliers and to intensify the existing ones, to discuss important professional issues.

The sponsors and the supporting companies of the event will present the latest print industry information on table-tops in front of the event hall - another very good possibility for the participants to get acquainted with technological novelties and innovative solutions.


The Balkan Print Forum development
The Balkan Print Forum is an initiative of the Printing Industry Union of Bulgaria and manroland AG. It was founded on October 26, 2006 in Velingrad, Bulgaria. Co-initiator manroland took over patronage of the project. The second Forum was organised on November 14-15, 2007 in Athens. On May 31, 2008 manroland AG, the patron of the Balkan Print Forum, invited to its drupa booth members of the Balkan Print Federations to participate in the Balkan Print Forum drupa event. The third Balkan Print Forum meeting took place on October 23-24, 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey. The fourth Forum was organised on October 22-23, 2009 in Bucharest, Romania. More than 200 participants from 14 countries attended the fifth Balkan Print Forum on October 14-15, 2010 in Budapest, Hungary.

Since drupa 2008 member countries of the Balkan Print Forum are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. The main targets of the Balkan Print Forum are to share experiences and know-how, to initiate and intensify contacts, to support joint projects in the Balkan region. The annual meeting is one of the main activity of the Balkan Print Forum at which the participating companies are given the possibility for presentations, discussions and the exchange of information and know-how in the field of modern print technology.

During the last two years the Balkan Print Forum has developed to an institution for providing daily contacts with members, partners, manufacturers and suppliers. Participating in this institution ensures useful contacts and gives the possibility for answering questions, discussing ideas and finding appropriate solutions. As a matter of course the Balkan Print media community is expanding beyond the geographic boarders which proves the importance and the need of more communication in the printing industry of the region. The BPF Newsletter supplies regularly important information about the activities in the printing industry of the member countries.


Starting of the InPEQ
The new Initiative for Printers' Education and Qualification InPEQ of the Balkan Print Forum was founded in October 2010. Its aim is to support professional education and qualification in the BPF member and partner countries. Partners are printers' federations, schools and universities of the BPF members and some other European countries. The main target of the initiative is to establish a professional communication network of the print media schools and universities, the printing industry and the manufacturers of printing systems and printing materials from the Balkan countries, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and other countries. The InPEQ annual meeting will provide a platform where the participating companies and institutions will have the possibility to present, discuss and exchange information and know-how in the field of printers' education and qualification.


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TSpeakers at the Fifth Balkan Print Forum: (from left) Prof. Gerd Finkbeiner, Chairman of the Executive Board, manroland AG; Ulrich Bernhard, Sales & Marketing Manager, Europe, Middle East, South America, Leonhard KURZ Stiftung & Co.KG; Dr. Csaba Horváth, Director of Media Technology Institute, ÓbudaUniversity, Hungary; Engelbert Stranegger, Director Business Development Inkjet Technology, Océ Printing Systems GmbH; Roland Henn, Managing Director CEE, Muller Martini GmbH; Bernd Schopferer, Product and Marketing Manager, Muller Martini Druckmaschinen GmbH and moderator Miklós Balog, Ex-president of PNYME. © Balkan Print Forum More than 200 participants from 14 countries attended the Fifth Balkan Print Forum meeting under the patronage of manroland AG on October 14, 2010. © Balkan Print Forum More than 200 participants from 14 countries attended the Fifth Balkan Print Forum meeting under the patronage of manroland AG on October 14, 2010. © Balkan Print Forum