The Print Business Outlook Conference 2018 at Hyderabad

Print Business Outlook Conference

NPES of USA and Telangana Offset Printers Association (TOPA) of Hyderabad will organise the Print Business Outlook Conference 2018 themed ‘Power of Packaging’ on 11 March 2018.

The PBOC 2018 will comprise of some of the top think tanks and will provide a great opportunity to similar minded peers. The conference is aimed at highlighting the insights of emerging practices and industry expertise in packaging and labeling sector.

A number of industry personalities will talk upon a range of topics. Paul Jenkins , founder of ThePackHub will speak on the topic, Why packaging design matters in today’s market?, Chakravarthi AVPS, chief executive officer and managing director of Ecobliss India and global ambassador of World Packaging Organization will speak about Global Trends in Pharmaceutical Packaging. Narendra Paruchuri, chief executive officer of Pragati Offset (P) Ltd will speak on the topic Innovation wins in packaging, Henier Muller, director, key accounts CGS GMbH will speak upon Proofing and prototyping for packaging and Gordon Raid, founder and creative director of Middle Boop will talk on the topic Branding Mistakes – Not listening to the consumer.

A panel discussion will take place during the course of the event. The panel discussion will be titled as ‘The Power of Packaging’. The panelists comprise of, Avinash Kumar Talwar , director – Supply Chain Management, head – Global Sourcing (Strategic & Plant) Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, S N Venkataraman, divisional head marketing, paperboard and speciality paper division, ITC PSPD, Chandiprasad, general manager – Packaging Development, Aurobindo Pharma, Sanjiv Jaggi, head of Pharma Division, Constantia Flexibles and A Appandurai, country manager, Indigo and Inkjet business solutions, Hewlett Packard India Sales Pvt. Ltd. among others.

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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