DD Purkayastha as keynote speaker at IFRA World Publishing Expo

Indian speakers at IFRA Expo, Berlin

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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.

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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