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The print industry’s workforce grows

As the print industry continues to plug away despite economic and political uncertainties, some companies are strengthening their workforces to ensure a strong and certain foundation for the future.

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Thomas Degenfeld joins Color Concepts as strategic partnership manager for hard- and software manufacturers

From expanding management, to investing in new roles, the latest acquisitions demonstrate the industry’s continuing commitment to taking on whatever challenges are thrown its way.

Ahead of the opening of its first Midlands site, flexible pouch firm, ePac UK has appointed John Peat as its new managing partner and director.

Peat brings with him over 30 years of experience in the healthcare, home and personal care, and beverage label markets.

As the company expands its presence in the UK and Ireland markets, Peat will work closely with ePac’s European managing director and Nick Monk, sales director for UK and Ireland and managing partner of ePac UK.

Peat comments: “The flexible packaging market in Europe is most definitely ripe for innovation, and in particular, ready for digital print with all the benefits the technology can bring to brands of all sizes.

“I have always had a passion for pushing the boundaries and relish the chance to be an integral part of ePac UK’s future.”

The flexible packaging market in Europe is most definitely ripe for innovation, and in particular, ready for digital print with all the benefits the technology can bring to brands of all sizes

Elsewhere in the label sector, NiceLabel has appointed Thomas Beyer as vice president of the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

Beyer founded NiceLabel operations in Germany and has been a key member of the international leadership team for over ten years.

Following a shift from label design applications to next generation label management systems, the firm has experienced significant growth.

Beyer will work to further build on the company’s global growth and will also focus his attention on enforcing its customer and partner support in the APAC region.

In the software world, Thomas Degenfeld has joined Color Concepts as strategic partnership manager for hard- and software manufacturers.

Stuart Bates has been appointed as solutions sales manager at Antalis following a surge in consumer demand for packaging solutions

During his 23 years in the digital printing industry, including 11 years at ONYX Grahics, Degenfeld established a distribution channel in the EMEA region as well as building original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partnerships with various printer manufacturers.

Degenfeld has also worked with Color Concepts in the past on training for resellers and printer manufacturers. Marco Roos, chief executive officer of the firm comments: “Color Concepts is expanding its efforts in serving our partners with the best support and digital services.

“Thomas is an experienced relationship manager, with the experience and expertise we need as a team and has supported and believed in Color Concepts’ vision from the very beginning.”

Also committing to further strengthening its relationships with partners, Epson has appointed Darren Phelps as its new vice president of business sales within Europe.

As it grows across the EMEA region, one of Epson’s key priority is to simplify its sales model for business print.

Phelps recently led the firm’s recent expansion of its channel partner programme which aims to offer additional value to its resellers.

Thomas is an experienced relationship manager, with the experience and expertise we need as a team and has supported and believed in Color Concepts’ vision from the very beginning

Phelps says: “Our 100% commitment to the channel and simplified sales model, along with the cost-saving and environmental benefits of our technologies make us a reliable partner for the channel, able to add value and offer support. My aim is to further strengthen these relationships, to drive growth for both us and our partners.”

In response to growing demands for packaging solutions, Antalis has appointed Stuart Bates as the newly-created role of solutions sales manager.

The firm says it has experienced a “surge of industry awareness” in environmental and social concerns around packaging, waste and ‘best-use materials’.

Bates will lead the development of Antalis’ in-box solutions, automation and void reduction business.

David Hope, packaging director at Antalis UK and Ireland comments: “Stuart’s appointment as solutions sales manager will strengthen our existing and established packaging team in the UK and Ireland and bring an unrivalled wealth of experience in this evolving growth sector.”

Gavin Ward, Vivid Laminating Technologies’ new technical director

As it takes its research and development up a gear, Vivid Laminating Technologies has appointed long-serving employee, Gavin Ward as its new technical director.

Having been with the company for over 22 years, Ward has spent the last ten years both working directly or managing the research and development side of the business.

Ward comments: “We’re a family run business, with many of the team being here for as long as I have, in a few cases even longer. Our values have never changed and it’s why we continue to retain and attract new customers.

“It’s come to a point where we’re working on many cutting-edge ideas, and we need to dedicate more time and resource to research and development. The team and I are very much looking forward to the challenge.”

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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