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Feb 6, 2013 12:00 AM
Mr Brian Hibbitt , founding Chairman of the International Printers Network, was cloathed as a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers at the traditional Cloathing ceremony on Tuesday, 5 February 2013 at Stationers’ Hall in the City of London. He is seen in the photo with his sponsor Mr John Modlock.
Brian Hibbitt has had a lifetime of experience within the printing industry, always at the sharp end of innovation and technological change. Originally from a practical typesetting background he has had first hand experience in implementing the many changes that have faced the industry over the years. The move from letterpress to litho, the move from hot metal to early code driven photocomposition systems, the implementation of producing fully imposed colour film from DTP origination, and latterly the impact of digital printing have all been experienced and overcome.
Throughout his career he has actively participated in UK trade organisations and has served as a board member of the British Printing Industries Federation. He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Printing.
In the late 80’s he was one of three UK individuals invited by the Xerox Corporation to sit on an international study group to advise on the impact of digital printing on commercial printers as part of their development of the first Docutechs. Initially this group involved European participation but latterly was combined with its US counterpart and met regularly for the following three years. His company was one of the first companies in the UK to implement colour digital printing technology in 1994.
Using the contacts made during that time, in 1993 he established the International Printers Network and served as its founding chairman. The purpose of this grouping was to enable medium sized owner managed printers to offer a global digital printing service that could compete with the major multinational companies. In 1999 he sold his company and consequently resigned as chairman of the IPN but was asked to stay on as its treasurer and company secretary to continue to administer the running of the organisation.
From small beginnings this has now grown to a membership of almost 50 companies operating from over 200 locations across the USA, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. This has enabled him to keep in touch with the many friends and contacts made worldwide and to keep up to date on the technical developments and changes that are impacting on the industry.
The Stationers’ Company, a City of London Livery Company, has over 800 members, the vast majority of whom are senior executives in the complete range of trades within the content and communications industries, from print, and packaging, paper, book and newspaper publishing, and office products through to broadcasting and online media. Membership is drawn from across the UK and increasingly throughout the world and now includes major companies as well as individual members. Prior to becoming a Liveryman Mr Hibbitt was made a Freeman of the Company and a Freeman also of the City of London.