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25 years strong: Muller Martini User Group conference celebrates milestone in Allentown.

Newspaper production professionals gathered in Allentown, Pa. May 7-9 for the 25th anniversary of the Muller Martini Users Group conference. They came from the Los Angeles Times, Hartford, (Conn.) Courant, Belleville (Ill.) News Democrat, Boston Globe, Frederick (Md.) News Post, Kansas City Star, Newark Star Ledger, New Jersey Media Group, The Republican (Springfield, Mass.), Canada's Black Press Group, Journal Register (Exton, Pa.), Albany Times Union, New York Times, and Washington Post. Overall, 41 customers representing 18 different properties attended the event.

This year's theme "Change, Challenge and Opportunity" was front and center. Breakout sessions featured hands-on training from manufacturing representatives specialized in machines, such as the SLS3000, SLS2000, and SLS1000. Other topics focused on engineering for the future, partnering with other commercial operations, and SLS upgrades. Attendees also witnessed the live production of the New York Daily News Sunday comic package.

"By anchoring the annual conference at the Muller Martini plant in Allentown, it gives the conference attendees unlimited access to Muller Martini's staff," said MMUG board president Julius Neto. "Overall, there was a sense of camaraderie and willingness to meet the ever present packaging challenges with a sense of optimism to turn these challenges to new opportunities."

Next year's conference will be May 5-7, 2016.

Caption: 1. The Boston Globe production team

Caption: 2. Attendees were invited to watch the live production of the New York Daily News Sunday comic package inside the Allentown facility

Caption: 3. (Left) The Muller Martini User Group board members (from left): Daniel Cropley and Cathy Roberts of Muller Martini, Don Bradley of the Belleville (III.) News Democrat, Julius Neto of the Hartford Courant, and Durga Bhoj of the Los Angeles Times

Caption: 4. Los Angeles Times packaging operations manager Dhurga Bhoj, leads the "Change, Challenge and Opportunity" open discussion session

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Author:Maffet, Catherine
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Date:Jun 1, 2015
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