by: Photos by Catherine Maffet
Newspaper production professionals gathered in Allentown, Pa. May 7-9 for the 25th anniversary of the Muller Martini Users Group conference. They came from the Los Angeles Times, Hartford (Conn.) Courant, Belleville (Ill.) News Democrat, Boston Globe, Frederick (Md.) News Post, Kansas City Star, Newark Star Ledger, New Jersey Media Group, The Republican (Springfield, Mass.), Canada’s Black Press Group, Journal Register (Exton, Pa.), Albany Times Union, New York Times, and Washington Post. Overall, 41 customers representing 18 different properties attended the event.
This year’s theme “Change, Challenge and Opportunity” was front and center. Breakout sessions featured hands-on training from manufacturing representatives specialized in machines, such as the SLS3000, SLS2000, and SLS1000. Other topics focused on engineering for the future, partnering with other commercial operations, and SLS upgrades. Attendees also witnessed the live production of the New York Daily News Sunday comic package.
“By anchoring the annual conference at the Muller Martini plant in Allentown, it gives the conference attendees unlimited access to Muller Martini’s staff,” said MMUG board president Julius Neto. “Overall, there was a sense of camaraderie and willingness to meet the ever present packaging challenges with a sense of optimism to turn these challenges to new opportunities.”
Next year’s conference will be May 5-7, 2016.