Hunkeler Innovationdays, Lucerne – 25 to 28 February 2019

Digital print and automated inline finishing

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From 25 to 28 February 2019, the global elite in the field of digital paper processing will congregate at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland.
From 25 to 28 February 2019, the global elite in the field of digital paper processing will congregate at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 will take place from 25 to 28 February 2019 at the exhibition center in Lucerne, Switzerland, about a 2-hour train ride from Zurich. The biennial show will be focused on digital print and automated finishing, binding and mailing processes. Many of the almost 100 exhibitors have announced global premieres at their stands. The theme of the event that takes place every two years is ‘Success with automation.’

Continuous workflow automation will again be one of the focal points of Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019. Transactional printers, direct mailers, book manufacturers and commercial printers are seeing print run lengths decline, driving up the number of make-ready processes. Efficient new production lines must minimize or eliminate manual interventions to save costs and increase margins. The ‘white paper in, finished product out’ business model depends on advanced automation. Hunkeler itself will demonstrate the leading-edge automation now available on their Generation 8 production system platform.

Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 will have slightly more exhibitors than in 2017. Almost 100 partners will present their latest products in all areas of digital printing and processing in Halls 1 and 2. These partners include all the major manufacturers of printing and finishing systems, software developers and providers of finishing materials and consumables. As in previous years, some of the exhibitors will again use the exclusive surroundings of Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 to offer a global premiere of their latest innovations.

Hunkeler Innovationdays has always featured an interdisciplinary concept and a collegiate atmosphere, and that spirit continues today. In the two, comparatively compact, halls all major players in the space meet up with owners, CEOs and management staff, making this a unique international industry event. Several exhibitors collaborate closely to demonstrate tightly-integrated production processes. Visitors also gain insight into a wide variety of practical, real-world applications that have immediate business relevance.

Those interested in visiting Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 can register today at innovationdays.com. Entrance to the event is free of charge.

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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