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

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The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

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