Dates announced for The Ghent Workgroup webinar program

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Ghent Workgroup
Ghent Workgroup association with The Regional Institute of Printing Technology, Kolkata

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has announced its 2017/2018 webinar program designed to give a deeper understanding of PDF2.0 standards and PDF/X-Plus. Topics during this first series will include ‘9 reasons to preflight’, ‘Ghent output suite v5/Testing PDF Workflows’ and ‘PDF in Packaging.’

The first webinar will take place on 14 November at 4 p.m. CET/10 a.m. ET and will be hosted by David Zwang, chairman, Ghent Workgroup. “We have launched this series of webinars to share our knowledge and engage with the print, publishing, and packaging industries,” said Zwang. “Since 2002, the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has been creating best practice specification and foundation for new standards in an effort to make the global design and publishing process more reliable and efficient. This introductory webinar will look at who we are, what we do and how we do it. We will look at a selection of best practices and how people can introduce them into their business processes today,” he added.

There will be various points for discussion like, making a good PDF file and ensuring that it meets the expectations, testing workflow and how to get involved in GWG.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

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