On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff, NAPIM is announcing the cancellation of the Summer Course scheduled for July 12-17, 2020 at the Sonoco Institute – Clemson University, South Carolina due to coronavirus.
Clemson University has moved all classes online through the summer session with no plans to open the university for outside events. The Summer Course is such a hands-on experience that without the use of the classrooms and labs, there will be no virtual or online alternative offered.
March 13, 2020
On behalf of the NAPIM Board of Directors and Staff, the decision has been made to cancel NAPIM’s Spring Convention scheduled for April 17-20 in Phoenix, Arizona due to concerns related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
This was not an easy decision for us to make. However, it is our obligation to do what is in the best interests of all our attendees and event sponsors. As we have all been following the news surrounding coronavirus, it is changing hourly with local and state governments issuing safety declarations, airlines cancelling flights, and large events such as conferences and sporting events being cancelled. Some attendees have already informed us that their companies have stopped all employee travel and that they would not be sending anyone to the NAPIM Spring Convention.
This is an unprecedented situation for our organization, but we wanted to inform you as soon as a decision was made.
The links below show the NAPIM position on the ink industry designation as “Essential Manufacturing” and related information from the US Department of Homeland Security – Cyber Infrastructure Security Administration (CISA) – GUIDANCE ON THE ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKFORCE
NAPIM position March 20, 2020
CISA March 19, 2020
Please contact John Copeland or George Fuchs with any comments or questions.
Helsinki, 16 January 2020 – ECHA has added three new substances to the Candidate List due to their toxicity to reproduction and a fourth due to a combination of other properties of concern. This latter causes probable serious effects to human health and the environment, giving rise to an equivalent level of concern to carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR), persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances.
Recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) covering work-related illnesses and injuries for the printing ink manufacturing industry (NAICS: 32591) show significant reductions in both total work-related cases and lost workday cases. Read More on the NAPIM website.
On February 18, 2020 the European Union published a delegated regulation classifying titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a category 2 suspected carcinogen by inhalation1. This classification is applicable to facilities handling/processing or selling dry, powder titanium dioxide where there is a potential for evolution of TiO2 particulates. Read more in the member’s area of the NAPIM website.
Mark your calendars for the 2019 NPIRI Technical Conference. This conference is the only educational event that focuses on the market, technical, regulatory and new technology issues for the printing ink and printing industries. You won’t want to miss this year’s NPIRI Technical Conference
Currently the National Printing Ink Research Institute (NPIRI) is revisiting the printing ink industry involvement in the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) test methods under sub-committees D01.37 – Printing Ink Vehicles and D01.56 Printing Inks. A listing of the test methods for both sub-committees and other ASTM-related information is available on the ASTM page of the NAPIM members website.
NAPIM is collecting information from its membership to determine potential impacts of Chinese tariffs on the List 3 materials. Visit the tariffs page on the NAPIM members website for more information.