ACUP Draws Enthusiastic Crowd to Boston
FOR THE first time since its initial meeting in 1964, the Association of College and University Printers (ACUP) returned to Massachusetts recently for its annual conference. And despite some stiff conference competition—ACUP kicked off just days after the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association conference wrapped up in Las Vegas—ACUP 2006 was a smashing success, drawing 130 managers from around the world.
A number of first-time attendees from the New England area joined conference regulars from as far away as Alaska, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. A large contingent from California was also on hand, building enthusiasm for ACUP 2007 in San Francisco—not that enthusiasm is ever lacking at this conference.
From the moment the opening reception kicked off, the conversation and networking were in high gear. Managers shared their stories with one another throughout the week, getting advice and ideas.
This year’s event was organized by Steve Dimond, manager of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Copy Technology Centers. He proudly showed off his in-plant on the conference’s third day as part of a tour of MIT’s campus. This followed a private ACUP tour of Boston’s Fenway Park, where attendees got to stand atop the forbidding “Green Monster” and hear details about the 94-year-old ball field’s history.
The conference took place in Wakefield, Mass., just north of Boston. In addition to three days of educational sessions, Dimond assembled a packed vendor exhibit area, where attendees mingled during breaks, getting personal demos from some of the industry’s key suppliers. Evening activities included a dinner at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, an elegant event co-hosted by Kodak and Danka.
Seek New Services
For the opening keynote presentation, Dimond invited former Harvard University in-plant manager Charlie Corr, now group director at InfoTrends, a consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry. Corr provided an analysis of the printing industry, noting that 8 percent of commercial printers (3,473) closed their doors in 2005. This means fewer vendors now provide a wider range of services, he said. He encouraged in-plants to analyze their own strengths and look for new services they can provide.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.