Conference is coming (12th June) .. Time to book !

22nd May 2017

Sheet Plant Association 93rd Conference is just around the corner... read on to see what we have planned for this the most popular Conference in the SPA calendar. Below is the full run down of content/presentations and we will (weather permitting) have a Booze Cruise down the River Avon. The venue is the newly refurbished Crowne Plaza (formerly Holiday Inn) on the River In Stratford.


The Agenda is packed with great presentations and we are launching our newest SPA Initiative - 'Become a Print Champion'... Would you like to dramatically improve your quality of print and charge a higher price for it ? Would you like to do this without buying a new machine ? - better results off your existing flexo machines...

Flexographic printing is continuing to improve, recent advancement's in anilox and plate technology complemented with new ink chemistry, screening, curing and drying systems.
Flexographic printing remains a growth industry with many suppliers and companies investing heavily in R&D to enable new technology to enhance flexography to the masses and not just the few.

Steve Ferbrache will be introducing this Initiative at Conference and it will major on - 

Improving your print in six simple steps

1.    Understanding the basics
2.    First steps forward Fingerprinting is law
3.    Plate materials and imaging
4.    Anilox the clean way to print
5.    Screening and drying
6.    Control the variable's let the pounds look after themselves!

Steve Ferbrache

Steve Ferbrache has accumulated nearly 30 years’ experience in the print industry, with a strong background in both flexible packaging and corrugated printing. Steve has gained excellent understanding and recognition in flexographic printing, most recently as print manager at DS Smith Belper`s UK facility. Steve was a key part of the project team to build and optimise the award-winning Pre-print facility, utilising the Uteco Diamond press.  He has also been heavily involved in R&D and print awareness programs. 

Steve’s knowledge of Flexo printing and fast developing digital technologies is second to none, and having helped to implement several major installations during his career, Steve knows what it takes to both manage and print to the highest quality standards.

We are delighted to Welcome back Dan Aylward (ex KPMG) who is a Conference favourite and he will be commenting on Post Election UK Economic Prospects...

Dan Aylward

Dan is a development and macro economist in Vivid Economics’ growth and development practice area. He has led projects for public and private sector clients in the UK, Europe, Africa and Middle East, focusing on macroeconomic analysis, economic modelling and economic growth policy. His clients have included the various UK and foreign government departments and private sector clients in the financial, energy, telecoms, transport, oil and gas and manufacturing sectors. He has previously spent two years in Lesotho working on industrial policy and private sector development. He joined Vivid from KPMG’s macroeconomics team and office of the chief economist, where he wrote a number of articles and gave over 30 talks on the global and UK policy environment and economic outlook.

The rest of the Agenda looks like  -

Corrugated Industry - Market Update
Employment Law - Update
H&S Update
Supplier of the Year
SPA Survey Results
R&D Tax Credit - Update
Supplier Spotlight

Booze Cruise down the River Avon

The Conference is eagerly awaited and will be very well attended. It is therefore advised that you book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.


***** The last Conference was a 'sell out' 4 weeks before the Conference date - so please BOOK EARLY ******

Book your places to attend today by clicking on 'SPA 93rd Conference - 12th June 2017' link below or in the Upcoming Events section of the SPA website and confirm your attendance or phone the SPA Office on 01509 890009 or email