06 Mar 2021

BPIF appoints Darren Shepherd as Chairman of North East region


The BPIF, the UK's principle printing, packaging and graphic communication business support organisation, has recently welcomed Darren Shepherd as Chairman of the North East region.

Darren moves from being Deputy Chairman of the North East region whilst James Buffoni, Head of Marketing at the Ryedale Group, now fills the Deputy position that Darren has left vacant.

The British Printing Industries Federation offers practical solutions and support to organisations in all areas of print; including Health and Safety, environmental and quality issues. They also offer a range of services such as insurance and financial alliance which provide healthcare and pensions advice. The BPIF organise regular learning seminars, events and networking, which is highly praised by its members.

Darren's main objectives as Chairman include representing the views of the North East region's members and providing feedback on both Regional and National BPIF policies. Last year the UK print sector generated a turnover of £14.3 billion from 10,500 companies, employing 140,000 people.

In his role as Jade's Managing Director, Darren boasts a wealth of knowledge, heritage and 27 years of experience in print. Darren's father, Dennis Shepherd, created Jade 40 years ago operating presses in his garage with the help of family and friends before obtaining the first company premises. Over time, the company has flourished into a full solution communications, print and new media organisation, with 52 staff generating £4 million a year in turnover. 

Darren has spent his entire life working in the print industry alongside his brother Barrie, who also works at Jade as Pre- Press Director. Darren has held a selection of roles at the company, starting out in production as a printer, then working in the estimating department and general management, before landing the role of Managing Director in 1996.

Darren said: "I am utterly thrilled to take on the role of Chairman of the BPIF North East region. The Federation do such a wonderful job in supporting the UK printing industry and it's fantastic to be involved in something that I have known all of my life, growing up as part of a family owned printing company. Jade have gone from strength to strength over 40 years and we now offer full solution marketing communications and new media products, such as QR coding and data collection, as well as print. I'm very much looking forward to working as a sounding board to help the BPIF in every way that I can."


Xaar appoints General Manager for Asia Pacific and new Ink Sales Manager

Xaar New Appts

Xaar, the world's leading independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Bobertz as General Manager Asia Pacific, and Duncan Gellatly as Ink Sales Manager.

These newly-created roles are part of Xaar's expansion plans and ensure that the company has the best structure in place to deliver rapid growth over the next few years.

Bob Bobertz brings 12 years' experience as General Manager Asia Pacific with Linx Printing Technologies, an industrial inkjet manufacturer and a global leader in the product identification market. Based in Hong Kong, Bob now has operational responsibility for all Xaar's activities in the Asia Pacific region, encompassing China, Japan, Korea, India, Australasia and the Asian rim countries.

Xaar works in partnership with the world's leading ink manufacturers to develop and approve the widest range of inks that are compatible with its range of printheads. Duncan Gellatly joins Xaar as Ink Sales Manager from Avecia, a leading supplier of pigment and colourants to the printing industry. He has extensive commercial and technical inkjet experience and now has global responsibility for Xaar's ink sales strategy which includes managing ink partner relationships to ensure that Xaar meets the needs of the graphics and ceramics markets.

Phil Eaves, Sales and Marketing Director, Xaar, says: 'These new senior management appointments add top level skills and experience to the company at a time when we are undergoing substantial growth in a number of market sectors. Bob and Duncan bring considerable inkjet knowledge and commercial expertise and will help drive significant further success in 2011 and beyond."

[Photo shows Duncan Gellatly, Ink Sales Manager, & Bob Bobertz, General Manager Asia Pacific]

FESPA appoints new Managing Director of Exhibitions and Events

Fespa Felton

FESPA has appointed Neil Felton to the position of Managing Director, Exhibitions & Events, reporting to CEO Nigel Steffens.

Neil will direct FESPA’s international portfolio of exhibitions, which includes the flagship FESPA 2013 event (London), FESPA Digital 2012 (Barcelona), FESPA Asia 2011 (Singapore), FESPA Mexico (2011, 2012, Mexico City) and FESPA Americas 2012 (Miami).   FESPA’s exhibition sales, operations, marketing and events teams will report to Neil.

Neil is a highly experienced exhibitions director, having most recently held the position of executive director for exhibitions at William Reed Business Media, an organisation with a portfolio of business-to-business events in the food and drink sectors.  This included the UK’s largest food-led event, attracting in excess of 40000 visitors.  In that role, Neil managed a team of 21 personnel including four individual show directors, with responsibilities embracing sales, marketing, operations and administration.  His team received the Team of the Year award in the coveted Exhibition News Awards in 2010.

During his six-year tenure with William Reed Business Media, Neil presided over a three-fold growth in event revenues from his division.  He directed the launch of the Food and Drink Logistics Show, and devised several other business growth initiatives.  Prior to that, Neil spent eight years at Penton Media Europe in charge of the company’s two top shows, having gained sales experience in a series of media roles following his graduation from Thames Valley University, where he gained a degree in Modern European Studies.  Neil speaks fluent German.

Neil Felton comments; “I’m delighted to be joining FESPA at such an exciting time in the organisation’s history.  I have always relished directing exhibitions that serve specific business sectors and their stakeholders, and I’m enthusiastic about getting to know and understand the global wide-format print community that FESPA serves. 

“FESPA’s growth in the last six years has been phenomenal, yet in several regions and market segments this is only the tip of the iceberg.  Undoubtedly there are still untold opportunities for FESPA to bring together print service providers and their suppliers, and to create environments where the community can share its collective technical and commercial knowledge and expertise.  I look forward to meeting with exhibitors and visitors in the coming months to find out how FESPA can continue to meet their evolving expectations.”

Neil Felton’s appointment is effective from May 11th 2011.  He replaces Frazer Chesterman, who is leaving FESPA to pursue a career opportunity in a non-competitive event organisation.

Stan Lemmens joins Duomedia PR

Duo Stanlemmens

Duomedia clients now have additional support to bolster their online presence after the company recruited Stan Lemmens. In his new role, Stan will focus on new digital media technologies, including search engine PR, and will offer expert practical support to clients wanting to develop their online communications. He will also be involved in Duomedia’s new strategic service offering, including media training, and will support the team on business development in graphic arts and packaging markets.

Stan has been involved in the graphic arts industry for more than 25 years. He began his career as a technical prepress specialist before moving into marketing and PR at Artwork Systems/Enfocus and EskoArtwork (both still duomedia clients) in 2004. As Marketing Manager, Stan focused on design, packaging and brand owner/design markets, as well as new media technologies.

Stan lectures at Belgian universities that specialize in graphic arts, photography and science. He’s also a popular speaker and moderator at seminars, conferences and other industry events.

“Stan will give us the client’s perspective and a better understanding of the challenges they face,” says Anja D’Hondt, Managing Partner and Founder of Duomedia. “And his strong technical and marketing expertise means he is perfectly placed to help clients with their PR and marcom programmes.”

Outside of work, Stan’s varied interests include sailing, photography and playing the guitar. He’s also very keen on Macs and cutting-edge design.

Stan is a very welcome addition to the Duomedia team. His motto is: “Believe in what you can, since you can do more than you believe!”

Ronen Zioni appointed HP's marketing director for Graphics Solutions Business in EMEA

Hp Ronen Zioni

Ronen Zioni has been appointed HP’s marketing director for its Graphics Solutions Business in EMEA. Based in Barcelona, Spain, Zioni with his team will provide cross-portfolio marketing support to the three businesses of GSB across the EMEA region to continue to drive awareness and support growth of its HP Designjet, HP Indigo and IHPS and HP Scitex business units. 

Zioni holds a degree in Economics and Business Management at Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, and has worked in the printing industry since 2001. He has wide range of expertise and experience in business management, direct and channel sales, marketing and business development. His previous role was EMEA aftermarket business manager, Sign and Display for HP Scitex.

HP announces two new executive appointments with Graphics Solutions Business

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HP today announced new executive appointments within its Graphic Solutions Business (GSB) as part of its strategy to drive the transformation of analog to digital printing. 

HP GSB Senior Vice President Christopher Morgan has promoted two veteran HP executives, Sumeer Chandra and Francois Martin, to lead the global marketing effort.

Print's new business models

"Digital colour printing has created new, effective business models with personalisation, on-demand production, simplified supply chains and improved sustainability for print," said Chandra, the new GSB vice president, Worldwide Marketing and Strategy. "As a leading digital colour printing solutions provider, HP is helping print service providers and their customers understand the distinct advantages of digital technology and how it can transform their business."    

Chandra was previously vice president, Strategy and Planning, for the HP Imaging and Printing Group.

Martin, the new GSB director of Worldwide Marketing reporting to Chandra, previously served as GSB marketing director for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and as EMEA current business manager for HP's Indigo digital press division.

"The market is rapidly becoming aware that HP's digital printing solutions are changing the industry in a way that affects how printing companies and their clients look at printing. Ideas now can take any shape – virtual or tangible, mass communicated or personalised," said Martin. "Our goal now is to clearly establish HP's industry leadership and market the benefits of digital to an expanding audience – from print service providers and technical design professionals to creative agencies and brand owners."

Dynamic growth opportunities

Digital colour printing continues to be the significant growth factor in the global graphic arts industry. Overall volume for HP-printed digital colour pages for example, has continued to achieve sizeable increases, particularly when compared to trends in the analog printing market.

HP's marketing strategy focuses on application areas where digital printing's benefits can have the greatest impact, including:

  • Advertising, marketing and direct mail – applications that benefit from digital printing's ability to produce personalised materials for a higher return on investment 
  • Publishing – a segment that is transforming to digital, print-on-demand technology to reduce waste, print overruns and warehousing expenses associated with analog printing
  • Labels and packaging – where HP Indigo print quality creates greater shelf impact, and solutions for flexible packaging, shrink sleeves, in-mold labels and folding cartons offer additional options for brand owners and design agencies
  • Signage and display – an area that is evolving from solvent to latex and UV printing for greater flexibility and reduced environmental impact in creating materials for indoor and outdoor use
  • Technical design – a market that relies on HP's large-format and 3D printing solutions for mechanical CAD, architecture and engineering applications to print and share blueprints, prototypes and other technical materials.