26th Annual WAN IFRA India 2018 conference

Learning workshop to be organized concurrently

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After a silver jubilee conference in Chennai last year, WAN IFRA India conference moves to Hyderabad this time around. It will take place from 26 to 27 September 2018 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre. After digital unsettled the industry, publishers across the world have traced the industry scenario to survive in the business. For newspapers, digital is no longer a threat and the challenges are within. Problems such as declining revenue and supply-demand gap in newsprint among others have forced the publishers to increase the cover price and take various cost-cutting and efficiency improving measures.

While this is on one side, publishers believe that content is the key to success;newsrooms are being modernized to deliver quality journalism in different formats and platforms. The challenges of fake news and promiscuous behavior of audience are being addressed using big data analysis and artificial intelligence in newsrooms.

Furthermore, this conference will address the latest trends in news publishing worldwide. It will bring ideas followed by leading market players to encounter the challenges. WAN IFRA India 2018 will have two parallel conference tracks; first, the World Editors Forum South Asia Summit for editors; second, publishers and World Printers Forum Conference for newspapers production managers. The conferences will offer ideas, insights and knowledge to thrive in the business and drive into the future.

The event will also feature learning workshops on 25 September 2018 on Social Media for editors, Innovation in Printing and Google News Lab workshop.

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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