DD Purkayastha as keynote speaker at IFRA World Publishing Expo

Indian speakers at IFRA Expo, Berlin

IFRA World Publishing Expo|DD Purkayastha to leave ABP
DD Purkayastha, managing director and chief executive officer of ABP Pvt. Ltd

IFRA World Publishing Expo is conducting the 48th meeting of the global publishing community from 9-11 October 2018, at Halls 21 & 22, Messe Berlin, Germany. The event will cover different areas including business, industry and company information, materials and consumables/materials handling, prepress production, presses and printing, etc. Decision-makers from publishing companies including managing directors, chief executive officers, presidents, managers, technical and production directors, editors in chief, editors, etc. will participate from across the globe.

The expo is expected to be a great success with around 5,000 visitors, more than 180 exhibitors, and around 100 speakers from 100 countries. International legends of media and content industry will share their ideas, learning and experience as keynote speakers.

DD Purkayastha, managing director and chief executive officer of ABP Pvt. Ltd. will be the keynote speaker at IFRA Conference Stage. He will share his view on the topic ‘A snapshot of changing Indian news media industry’ from 15:30 – 16:00 on 9 October 2018.

In addition to Purkayastha, the IFRA Conference Stage will be shared by other notable speakers, including TK Suresh, B Gouri Sankar, and Prabhu Natrajan. Natrajan, project manager at International Color Quality Club is an expert in newspaper production with 10 years of experience working for The Times of India. He will speak on ‘News about Newsprint’ from 12:30 – 13:00 on 11 October 2018.

TK Suresh, chief general manager – operations, and B Gouri Sankar, general manager – quality and prepress at Jagati Publications, will talk about consistent high-quality printing on 11 October 2018 from 14:30 – 16:00 at the IFRA Conference Stage. They will specifically focus on prepress and printing and hurdles faced in achieving necessary targets.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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