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PROKOM announces expansion following inaugural conference success


PROKOM, the independent community of Konica Minolta production printing users, has unveiled more expansion plans as it continues to develop into a global organisation.

Today [10 May] at the start of the inaugural conference in Vienna, Austria, that has attracted almost 170 delegates it has been announced that a second edition in Europe will be held in Budapest, Hungary, next June.

The ‘Power of PROKOM’ conference in Vienna from 10-12 May has been created to give members from all over the globe, including virtually every European country, a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to network, learn and grow their business in a multi-channel world.

Andy Barber, Managing Director (Digital) UK Mail Ltd, Chairman of PROKOM.
PROKOM began with a focus on Europe, which is why this continent was chosen hosted the inaugural conference. However, we’ve seen fantastic growth in the number of members from North America and Canada, as well as support in areas such as Russia and further afield.

The significant interest from the US, with over 30 registrations, is a clear signal we have to take serious for the future. It’s always been our intention to expand into other regions of the world – including a roll-out for Asia and further afield - for a ‘global community’, but this is another indicator why we have to find a way to deliver this.

We exceeded our goal of 150 confirmed registrations which we set when we booked the inaugural conference last year. Now we know the appetite for such an event, next year we are looking hard at how we meet expectations going forward. I’m sure we’ll get lots of additional ideas on how we can better work together at this conference and in the future.
Andy Barber, Managing Director (Digital) UK Mail Ltd, Chairman of PROKOM.
Toshitaka Uemura, General Manager, Konica Minolta Inc
PROKOM is an essential part of the Konica Minolta strategy, which includes adopting a more ‘customer centric’ sales approach. This is why we are proud to support this user community to help our customers thrive and grow in an ever-changing print communication industry. They want us to help grow their business using our technology – and PROKOM is a great forum where they can express their views, share experiences, learn and profit knowing they have a strong organisation that is committed to their needs.
Toshitaka Uemura, General Manager, Konica Minolta Inc

Topics for the conference programme include: “The Future Of Digital IS Print”, “Making Print And Marketing Human”, “Print And Marketing - Two Sides Of The Same Coin”, Learning A New Skill That Could Kill You”, “So You Want To Be A Print And Marketing Services Provider” and “How To Achieve Predictable Profits”.

There will also be many sessions including panel debates. Delegates will stay at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel, where the conference is being held. The conference hashtag is #pop17 and the PROKOM Twitter handle is @ProkomOrg

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