The newly appointed chairman of the Flexographic Industry Association UK (FIAUK) has shared insights into some of the initiatives he is set to lead during his tenure.

FIAUK has been born out of the EFIA, with the rebranding to better encompass the association’s commitment to the UK flexographic market by ensuring the future needs of the industry and its members in the UK are being met.

In regard to the future, FIAUK chairman Andy Wilson has identified a variety of topics that will be a focus for the association during his tenure and going forward.

Mr Wilson stated, ‘The world around us is changing fast and we need to adapt and evolve to keep up and stay relevant. One area where I believe FIAUK can support the industry is working with education authorities and government to promote the packaging industry as an attractive career path for young people to pursue. It is vital for any business to have a constant stream of talent being developed for succession planning, but also new creative ideas that will move the industry forward. This is a key area where we will be looking to offer wide-ranging support to members.’

There will be a renewed focus on creating fresh content for the association’s e-learning platform, FIAUK Academy, as well as an improved user interface. FIAUK is a comprehensive training package delivered in a modular format and covers everything for the flexographic print and packaging supply chain, from artwork origination to waste and recycling.

The environment, sustainability and circular economy will also be a key area for Mr Wilson and the sssociation in the coming months and years. He commented, ‘This is a huge topic but by continuing to work with our partners, such as the Packaging Federation, the Retail Institute and the Graphics & Print Media Alliance (GPMA), we will be looking at new, innovative ways that we can support members and the wider industry to navigate to a better, more sustainable future.’