26th Annual WAN IFRA India 2018 conference

Learning workshop to be organized concurrently


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.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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