BMPA Print Summit in Mumbai

13th BMPA Print Summit on 24 January 2019, at NCPA’s Tata Theatre

Inauguration of Print Summit 2017

Print Summit, an annual knowledge seminar, will take place on 24 January 2019, at NCPA’s Tata Theatre, Nariman Point, Mumbai. The event is hosted by the Bombay Master Printers’ Association (BMPA) since 2005 for stakeholders from the print-packaging and allied industries.

Print Summit is undertaken by the association as a unique effort to commemorate Printers’ Day as a tribute to Johannes Gutenberg – a German innovator whose invention, the movable type, revolutionized mass printing. The BMPA is steadfast in its goal to construct an agenda that consolidates the progress made over past editions of Print Summit held since 2005. It always strives to make the key note address more conspicuous and build content that resonates and heralds the changes and challenges shaping the industry.

People from commercial printing, package printing, labels, POP-POS, wide format printing, on-demand printing, corrugation, creative industry and ad agency will be part of the event. Personalities attending the conference will be largely owners, decision makers, technologists, shop floor personnel, marketeers, designers and IT & admin personnel.

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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