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JDF Consortium CIP4 Absorbs NGP Functions

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JDF Consortium CIP4 Absorbs NGP Functions

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The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization and the Networked Graphic Production (NGP) Partners announced agreement to move the functions of NGP into CIP4, effective immediately.

All members of NGP are already members of CIP4, and the NGP steering committee and all functions of NGP will be assumed by the Business Networking Group, a new working group within CIP4. All NGP operations will be assumed by CIP4 during a transitional period between now and the drupa trade show in May.

"CIP4 has been successful in the development of the JDF and Printtalk specifications, the development of software development tools and technical education programs," said Thomas Reichhart, CEO of Hiflex Group and NGP chairperson, "and I believe that the addition of the Business Networking Group fills a void for CIP4 by providing market outreach programs and an environment for the non-technical leadership of membership companies to come together, exchange ideas, and address the business issues of print process automation."

The first "summit meeting" of the Business Networking Group will be held in Spa, Belgium, during the week of March 10th in conjunction with CIP4's Interoperability Forum and working group meetings hosted by GamSys GmbH. Questions regarding the convergence of NGP with CIP4 should be addressed to CIP4's Executive Director, James Harvey (executive_director@cip4.org).

CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants, and end-users in the print communications, graphic arts industry, and associated sectors, covering various equipment, software, peripherals, and processes. …

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