Michael Makin new President of World Print & Communication Forum

At the annual meeting of the World Print & Communication Forum which took place in Chicago on September 15, 2009, Michael Makin was unanimously elected President of WPCF. He succeeds Chris Sykes, Director of the Printing Industry Federation of South Africa, who had been President since 2003 and who hosted the successful World Print Congress in Cape Town in 2005. Upon his departure Chris Sykes stated that it was an honour and a pleasure to work with his international colleagues and steer WPCF during the past 6 years.

Michael Makin new President of World Print & Communication Forum

Michael Makin, CEO of Printing Industries of America (PIA) declared “I am deeply honoured by the confidence that is placed in me and will do my utmost to continue the work of Chris Sykes”. Michael Makin will put a special emphasis on the exchange of economic information and best practices among the federation members and enlarge the scope of activities to focus more on specific topics of importance to the printing industry at international level.

In its discussions the Board debated the current economic crisis, its effects on the federations and the actions federations have taken to help their members in these difficult times. A next meeting is foreseen for February 2010 in London.

WPCF is the world organisation of the printing industry regrouping federations from the US and Canada, Japan, China and Hong Kong, Europe, India and South Korea.