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Members of FESPA can now hit the Web to post technical questions about screen, pad, and digital printing. The organization has a panel of experts to field the inquiries and respond by e-mail within 24 hours.

"The diminishing standard of training and education in the screen- and digital-printing industry in recent years, coupled with the closure of so many technical learning institutions in Europe, has made it increasingly difficult for printers to gain access to accurate, impartial technical advice without relying on equipment suppliers or incurring substantial technical-consultancy costs," says Chris Smith, FESPA's manager of new projects and membership services.

FESPA members who want to use the online technical Q&A service can contact their national association secretary to obtain a password. They can then register in the Members Only area of FESPA's Website,

"I am delighted that FESPA has funded the development of an online resource to provide more democratic, global access to the information and expertise that the organization can offer," says FESPA board director Michel Caza. "This will be an incredibly valuable resource, and I'm confident that many members of FESPA's national associations will benefit from knowing why things go wrong and what they have to do to put them right."

For more information, contact FESPA, 7a West Street, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9BL, UK, +44-1737-240788, fax: +44-1737-240770, e-mail:, Web:


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