Xeikon to participate in The Print Show 2018

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Xeikon

Reflecting The Print Show 2018 theme ‘Energise Your Business’, Xeikon will highlight and demonstrate a wide range of exceptional print production capabilities for commercial print, labels and packaging sectors.

Focus on customer engagement
The company focus will be on customer engagement to discuss and present the best possibilities and synergies of its digital print production solutions that continue to be expanded under Flint Group’s ownership.

Filip Weymans, vice president – Marketing at Xeikon said, “As a long-standing leader and innovator of digital, color printing technology, we are attending The Print Show to take the opportunity to meet with dynamic print operations in the UK. Through discussion and demonstration, we will show how our rich heritage of technology research and development continues to innovate and drive the expansion of the Xeikon portfolio to meet and manage many different applications.”

Xeikon continues to take the broader view on market developments and its highly skilled and expert team will be on hand to help customers identify clear paths of creativity that support operational profitability through the company’s technology agnostic approach. Weymans explained, “Essential to this approach is building strong and interactive relationships with our customers.” Xeikon developed the aXelerate program for this very reason – to engage and help printers and converters understand how to sell digital print, grow their business and develop a profitable business model.

Weymans added, “Customer engagement is at the heart of all business. Xeikon is looking forward to meeting its UK customers at  The Print Show on Stand 103a. Our experts will be on hand to help you find the digital technology that will take your business on to a new level.’

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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