BPIF launch new and improved Colour Quality Management Certification Scheme

On 30 January, version three of the newly titled BPIF Colour Quality Management Certification Scheme is being launched at the St Bride Foundation in London. The new scheme has been simplified to enable more companies to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in colour management. The launch results from feedback from all interested parties since the first publishing in 2010 of the ISO 12647 Colour Management Certification Scheme.

The scheme now takes ISO 9001 and adds requirements specific to Pre-Press and printing processes, as well as the colour values and tolerances defined in the ISO 12647 series of standards, or any other accepted standards. As a result, the certified scheme can now be applied to any printing production method and process, including outsourced printing, pre-press and proofing.

There are now two levels to the scheme “Professional” and “Elite” which are intended to provide a stepping stone approach to achieving full certification. Both levels are regulated and audited by UKAS accredited certified auditors and are the only colour management schemes to be so.

“Professional” certification is only open to printers, and is designed to demonstrate the capability of the printer to comply with a defined standard. Attaining the “Professional” level demonstrates that a company has met the minimum requirements of the scheme and that they are capable of printing in compliance with the relevant standard.

“Elite” certification is open to any organisation provided print services, including printers, print managers, design agencies, repro houses etc. and is designed to demonstrate the capability of the organisation to comply with a defined standard in order to achieve consistent quality in production, and to achieve continual improvement.

BPIF Specialist Services director Chris Selby comments: “The independence of the BPIF scheme and the UKAS accreditation of certification are the key factors in why this scheme is ‘the scheme of choice’ for all serious colour critical organisations. We have put in place a full support package to help organisations manage their colour better from a simple Colour Gap Analysis, which defines the current standing of an organisation with regards to their colour management, through to comprehensive bespoke packages of support designed to enable an organisation to achieve full ISO 12647 certification.”

For more information, please contact Chris Selby at chris.selby@bpif.org.uk

Paper Industry Welcomes New Apprentices

Paper Industry Welcomes New Apprentices

Under the Government’s review of future apprenticeships programmes, and following the development of a new Apprenticeship standard in Papermaking, Essity Trafford Park Mill in Manchester opened its doors to the first intake of new apprentices representing eight paper mills from across the UK.

With an industry steeped in history and tradition, but with an ageing workforce, this next generation of ‘budding’ Papermakers will embark on a three-year programme which will test their technical knowledge and practical and academic skills to the limit.

The industry is constantly evolving and young, talented people are an essential part in its future success.  The Papermaking Apprenticeship Programme, developed by industry experts in partnership with Unite the Union and support from The Printing Charity, is aimed at helping young people learn a unique skill, in a progressive manufacturing industry.

Jim Lang, UK Operations Director, Consumer Goods, at Essity said: “I started out as an apprentice here in the 1990s, so I can speak from personal experience that apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity from which to develop a career. It’s great to see a papermaking apprenticeship on offer under the new apprenticeship standards, as this can only help raise the quality of skills within the industry.

“We are pleased to be able to host one of the block training events at our Trafford Park Mill. When visiting different companies or sites within the industry, as the papermakers are doing as part of their course, I always learn something or see something I didn’t expect, so hopefully the apprentices learning can benefit further with this approach.”

During the course of the programme, each apprentice will attend three weeks per year of in-depth technical training, delivered by Dr Steve Mann and will cover the science of papermaking, fibres, water and chemical additives, and wet and dry end processes. Classroom training is supported by practical on the job experience on a daily basis within a paper mill environment.

Speaking about their new chosen career, Alex, one of three apprentices at Weidmann Paper Mill,
Otley said: “I am really enjoying the apprenticeship experience, learning different aspects of the job and working with everyone.”

Janet Marshall, Chairperson for the Paper Industry Trailblazer committee, said: “It’s great to see that all of the hard work that has been put into developing this Apprenticeship programme finally coming to fruition, and these apprentices will be the springboard to encourage other young people to join this exciting industry.”

In February the apprentices will continue their training at the historic Frogmore Paper Mill in Hemel Hempstead.


For further information contact Emma Punchard on 01793 889609 or email epunchard@paper.org.uk.