Countdown begins for 25th WAN-IFRA Conference India 2017

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This year’s WAN IFRA Conference, to be held from 12 to 14 September 2017, is going to be special as it is the 25th (Silver Jubilee) year of the conference in India. The countdown for the event has already begun with WAN IFRA expressing gratitude to all its sponsors and partners for their support. The three-day event to be held at the Hotel ITC Grand Chola in Chennai is the largest gathering of newspaper publishers in South Asia and is co-sponsored by the Indian Newspaper Society. This year, the silver jubilee conference of WAN-IFRA in India is being sponsored by PPI Media Solutions, manroland web systems, Google and CCI Europe. The publications supporting the event include All About Newspapers, Asian Newsmedia Focus, Gxpress.net, Indian Printer & Publisher, PressIdeas, Rind Survey and World News Publishing Focus.

The WAN-IFRA Silver Jubilee Conference will kick off on 12 September 2017 with three pre-conference workshops—two in the morning and one in the evening. The main conference will begin the next day on 13 September 2017 with keynote address by The Street Inc. This is an excellent platform for media professionals to connect with the right people, get insights from innovators who are transforming the global media industry and learn from case studies and best practices that are directly relevant to different media operations. It is also an opportunity to discover the “Best in South Asia” at the South Asian Media awards ceremony. The venue, Hotel ITC Grand Chola, is ideally located on Mount Road, in Chennai and is close to many key areas of the city, while the domestic and international airport is just 8 km away.

For more details, log on to http://events.wan-ifra.org/events/wan-ifra-india-2017-conference or contact: Vijayalakshmi Murali, asst. manager, sales & operations, Ph: +91.44.4211 2893 email: vijayalakshmi.murali@wan-ifra.org
b) Suresh Babu, in charge of exhibition and sponsorship, Ph: +91.44.4211 0640 email: sureshbabu.kr@wan-ifra.org

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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