Worldwide Publishing and Content Community meets from tomorrow in Berlin

Worldwide Publishing and Content Community meets from tomorrow in Berlin

With 181 exhibitors, the well-established IFRA World Publishing Expo begins tomorrow, for the first time together with the new DCX Digital Content Expo. The spectrum covered by the dual exhibition ranges from the print production chain up to digital innovations in the news and content industry. Key highlights include international keynote lectures and the presentation of the World Digital Media Awards. 
The 47th edition of the IFRA World Publishing Expo comes in a strengthened position to Berlin, with many important exhibitors for the print business marking their participation. In the new WAN-IFRA Report, ‘High-Value Print Production,’ that the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers has published to coincide with the exhibition, it is described how many publishers and newspaper printing companies are making every effort to offer higher-quality products. By doing so, they can offset reduced print-runs by processing additional orders. Printing presses, plates, prepress, paper, ink, mailroom technology, distribution, management and organization—content producers have the opportunity at the exhibition to bring themselves up to speed with the latest developments for the print sector. 

At the same time, the new DCX Digital Content Expo, which shares Halls 21 and 22 at Messe Berlin with IFRA, focuses on digital: with the spotlight on strategy, newsroom, production, distribution, monetization and advertising for digital content. Latest trends, reflected also in the exhibition program, are solutions for dealing with fake news and hate comments, Artificial Intelligence for media makers, robot journalism as well as the possibilities to make money with platform publishing. 

World Digital Media Awards: Presentation ceremony on the first exhibition day 
The World Digital Media Awards are the most prestigious awards for Best Practice innovations in worldwide digital publishing. WAN-IFRA presents the Digital Media Awards during the year in various regions throughout the world. 

The awards present inspiring models for the industry. Publishing companies and other news publishers have the opportunity to get to know examples of Best Practice from all over the world. The World Awards are given in ten different categories. The winners of the regional Digital Media Awards (Europe, Asia, Latin America, India, Arabic Middle East and Africa) compete for the World Digital Media Awards that will be announced this year at the Digital Content Expo in DCX Berlin, on 10 October 2017. The awards ceremony will begin at 3.30 p.m. on the conference stage.

Keynote and other outstanding speakers
The list of speakers ranges from important heads of leading publishing companies such as Michael Golden (The New York Times Company), Mathias Döpfner (Axel Springer SE), Kevin Beatty (dmg media, UK, Daily Mail), up to well-known researchers and authors such as Iris Chyi (University of Texas at Austin, USA), Jeff Jarvis (author “What Would Google Do?”) and Vasily V. Gatov (Russian Publishers Guild). Altogether the program consists of more than 100 speakers on four stages. These include, besides many entrepreneurs, also representatives of innovative media, such as Jason Karaian (Quartz), Xavier van Leeuwe (NRC Media), Esra Dogramaci (DW – Deutsche Welle) and Ilkka O. Lavas (founder of multiple start-ups).

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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