Conference program for Gulf Print & Pack Summit 2018

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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.”

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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