NPES co-hosts Print Business Outlook Conference 2017 in Mumbai

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Abhimanyu Nohwar speaker at Print Business Outlook Conference 2016

NPES, the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, announced the opening of registration for the Print Business Outlook Conference 2017, in December 2017 at the Lalit Hotel in Mumbai, India. NPES and The Bombay Master Printers’ Association (BMPA) are co-hosts of the full-day ‘What’s Next?’-themed conference where printers, publishers, manufacturers and suppliers will examine and discuss current developments, along with the latest issues facing the printing and packaging industries. The conference precedes the PAMEX 2017 show, slated for 18-20 December 2017 at Mumbai’s Bombay Exhibition Centre.

The Print Business Outlook Conference 2017 is additionally supported by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP); Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA); Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS); PRIMIR—producer of premier market research for the graphic communications industry; and, joined by NPES members and other sponsors like Aleyant Systems, EFI, GTI Graphic Technology, HP, Konica Minolta, Ultimate TechnoGraphics, and VITS International.

This year’s conference is a must-attend event for participants seeking to network and develop partnerships among the renowned names in the printing and packaging industry, and learn from top technology companies to find the exact solutions they need to grow their businesses.

The conference program’s stellar line-up of distinguished content experts and current industry topics includes:

  • Can We Turn Air Pollution into Printer Ink?,’ with Nikhil Kaushik, co-founder of Graviky Labs
  • The Future of Augmented Reality in Print and Journalism,’ with Robert Hernandez, associate professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg School of Journalism
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Digital Printing,’ with Yoshinori Koide, executive general manager – PP & IP Marketing, Konica Minolta India
  • Print on Demand – Future of Short-Run Digital Printing,’ with Gurudutt MS, business analyst for Digital Print, Electronics for Imaging (EFI)
  • Print Production Problems Keeping You Up at Night?,’ with Snehasis Roy, director – Technical, Times of India
  • How to Survive in an Age of Changing Technology,’ with Jeffrey Protheroe, vice president – Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Aleyant Systems, LLC
  • Optimizing and Automating Photobook and Photo Print Production,’ with Raymond Duval, director, Ultimate TechnoGraphics
  • Are You and Your Customers Seeing the Same Colours? Why You Should Use Standard Color Viewing Conditions,’ with Robert McCurdy, president, GTI Graphic Technology
  • Indian Book Market – What’s Next?,’ with Vikrant Mathur, director, Nielsen Book India and Asia Pacific
  • Panel discussion on ‘Print Design Trends,’ moderated by Faheem Agboatwala, managing director, Hi-Tech Printing Services

For more information about the Print Business Outlook Conference 2017, in the U.S., contact NPES senior director Global Programs Pernilla Jonsson at pjonsson@npes.org. In India, contact NPES India director Vinod Vittoba at vvittoba@npes.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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