LIA and Visual Connections host industry social event in Sydney

Visual Connections and the NSW division of the Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) recently hosted a large networking event in Sydney with over 50 members of the industry in attendance.

The event, held at the Carnarvon Golf Club in Sydney, was supported by a number of industry associations and organisations including Visual Connections, Old Friends Association, PVCA, Penrith Print Museum, Women in Print, Press Gang and Fespa.

James Cryer (JDA Print Recruitment), Ray Berwick (Smartech), Luke Wooldridge (Fujifilm Australia), Sarah Moore (Visual Connections)

According to LIA NSW president Angus Scott, it is hoped that this industry social event will become an annual event – potentially earlier during the year to take advantage of daylight saving and will join the other events in the LIA NSW events calendar including the PICAs.

John Tadros (Spotpress), Sean Thompson (IVE), Andreas Schwoepfinger (manroland goss), Richard Clark (IVE), John Georgantzakos (Spotpress), Jim Strounis (JTS), Scott Mohammed (JTS)

“The LIA were formed in 1963 in Sydney, known as the Litho Club in those days and was modelled on the very successful Litho Club in the USA. Over the years, the LIA has played a significant role in advancing the technical knowledge within the printing industry. The LIA is also a contributor to the ISO Standards Association – we are voluntary and not-for-profit,” Scott said.

Bob Lockley from the Penrith Printing Museum spoke about the challenges experienced during COVID, the need for younger participants to join with Museum as well as a need for support from sponsors. Lockley also discussed the need to find new premises for the Museum following the decision for the Penrith Paceway to be sold.

Angus Scott (LIA NSW) with Bob Lockley (Penrith Printing Museum)

Other presentations during the event were from Kevin Flippance representing the FPLMA discussing the importance of the labels and packaging association and Jeremy Brew representing Visual Connections discussing the upcoming PacPrint exhibition and the importance of booking flights and accommodation sooner rather than later for the event to be held in Melbourne from 28 September to 1 October. 

More photos from the evening below:

Aleks Lajovic (Impact International) and Kevin Flippence (Gulmen Digital & FPLMA)
Andreas Schwoepfinger (manroland goss), Craig Dunsford (Ovato) and Dennis Wickham (manroland goss)
Denis Fath (Fujifilm Business Innovation), Roger Labrum (Fujifilm Business Innovation), Anthony Parnemann (EFI), Luke Wooldridge (Fujifilm Australia)
Mamdooh Sidhom (National Blanket Converters), Tony Barhoum (T&L Printing Supplies), Paul Banbo (Ontex)
Darren Massingham (Celmac), Jeremy Brew (HP), Johnny Rumney (Celmac)
Sam Varughese (Ball & Doggett) and Brett Wark (Smartech)
Steve Dunwell, Phillip Lawrence (Eco Strategy) and Grant Churchill (Smartech)
From Left – Warwick Roden – former MD of Roden print and current member of the LIA committee with wife Jan Roden, LIA President (NSW) Angus Scott and former LIA Presidents Nyran Norris, Allan Wetherell – former head of TAFE, Greg Grace – former Heidelberg educator and TAFE lecturer
Sarah Moore (Visual Connections), James Cryer (JDA Print Recruitment), Jenny Harris (Visual Connections)

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