EFIA appoints new chairman

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Neil Jones, Bobst UK & Ireland managing director, has been name as the new EFIA chairman

Flexo industry association EFIA has appointed Neil Jones, Bobst UK & Ireland managing director, as chairman of its board.

Jones has worked at Bobst for three decades, including as service manager in the UK and Ireland, and spells in Japan as general manager and president of Bobst’s operations in the country.

He replaces Andy Young of DS Smith, who is stepping down from the position after four years.

Jones said: ‘I am extremely grateful to Andy for his leadership over the past years. The association is in a very strong position today as result of his efforts. I am honored to accept the position of chairman and excited about what the future holds.

Also appointed is Andy Wilson, group color manager at Coveris UK Food & Consumer, who has been named vice chairman.

‘I couldn’t be leaving the association in safer hands than Neil and Andy,’ commented Young. ‘We’ve had a tremendous period of growth, change and investment during my tenure and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved as a board.

‘Neil has a vast amount of leadership experience at Bobst and understands, having been integrally involved in our relaunch of the EFIA Academy in the last year, what the association needs to further drive its value for our members in terms of networking, recognition, lobbying, training and education.’

Jones continued: ‘We are in a good financial position to begin investing in further training and education solutions, as well as market research to support our members, which has been requested on a number of occasions. We are also obviously looking forward to our upcoming awards and encourage our members to submit entries to the competition which is now open.’

The appointments were confirmed at the recent EFIA AGM, alongside Bob Drew of Lohmann Tapes being reappointed to the EFIA board and Steve Mulcahy of Contact Originators being added.

EFIA, the European Flexographic Industry Association, represents the interests of companies throughout the UK.

Read a Q&A with EFIA director Debbie Waldron-Hoines in L&L issue 5, 2017