Conference program for Gulf Print & Pack Summit 2018

Gulf Print & Pack Summit

The conference program for the first edition of Gulf Print & Pack Summit has been announced. Gulf Print and Pack Summit 2018 will be held at Dubai’s Roda Al Bustan Hotel on 4-5 March 2018. The two-day conference and table-top exhibition will address major technology areas and topical business issues for printers, converters, industry suppliers and design professionals based across the Middle East region.

The conference will feature presentations on market trends and new technologies, key challenges faced by the industry and will also hold discussions on the future of print. A keynote presentation will be delivered by Chris Lynch of platinum sponsor Xerox Middle East and Africa alongside Atlas Printing Press’ Amit Radia. Highlighting how digital print technology can transform the business of printing, the speakers will examine investing and installing digital equipment, reduction of production costs whilst improving print quality and discuss how to serve the growing market demand for personalized, seasonal and customized products.

The opening day will feature a high-level CEO printer panel discussion with Vinesh Bhimani of Kimoha Entrepreneurs, Leo Pack’s Chandrasain Negandhi and Sebastian Lonth from Reprotronics. Other presentations will include Stewart Johnston from the Smithers Group, who will be exploring macro-economic trends facing the wider printing industry and discuss projected growth forecasts for the region’s market and FINAT’s president and managing director of OPM Group, Chris Ellison, who will be sharing his expertise in using MIS and workflow automation.

Sessions will be undertaken on the latest developments in logistics labeling and tracking technologies, wide format printing and diversifying from commercial printing into the high growth segment of flexible packaging. Leonhard Kurz’s Ayhan Usulu will speak about innovations in anti-counterfeiting solutions, while Enayet Kabir from Landmark will share his insights into the strategic sourcing and procurement of offset and digital printing. The conference will close with a retailer and brand panel discussion where contributors including Sukhdev Singh Saini of General Mills and Unilever’s Perwaze Qaiser will share their experiences and best practice tips and educate on improving brand enhancement by creating a premium look for products.

Alongside Xerox, other exhibitors include AFRA International, Anoop Plastic Products, Bobst, Durst, Heidelberg, Heliozid, Konica Minolta, Nilpeter and Vinsak.

Lisa Milburn, managing director, Gulf Print & Pack said, “We have a very strong line-up of technical sessions, candid panel discussions and best practice business case studies in store for delegates. The event will also offer invaluable sourcing and networking opportunities with face-to-face interaction guaranteed between visitors, exhibitors and speakers. Apart from educating on the aforementioned topics, the conference program will deliver a comprehensive round-up of the latest technologies being released into the market and mix of timely topics designed to cover and give practical advice on how to deal with the real issues and threats.”

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.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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