Hunkeler Innovationdays – 25-28 February 2019 in Lucerne

A window to the future for Indian digital printers

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The next edition of the Hunkeler Innovationdays is approaching, with the industry event taking place from 25 to 28 February 2019 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Lucerne is a two-hour train ride from Zurich airport. Manufacturers from the world of digital printing and paper finishing, binding and direct mail as well book production will come together in two halls over four days. More than 100 exhibitors will present their products with many world novelties on 40 live systems. The Innovation Days stand for networking and the latest trends in automation for digital printing and finishing; online, nearline and offline.
Several exhibitors such as Ricoh have already announced the unveiling of premieres at the event. Hunkeler AG will have a strong presence to present visitors the broad range of its latest solutions of ‘Generation 8’ systems. Konica Minolta, Screen, Xerox, HP, Xeikon, Ricoh, Canon, Riso and Nipson will show unique marketing and book production application printed on their digital presses and finished on paper processing and finishing equipment from not only Hunkeler but also Guk, Horizon, Muller Martini, Bowe Systec, Meccanotechnica and Geitz.
One of the Indian digital printers who has become a regular attendee at the event, MN Pandey of Avantika says, “At Hunkeler Innovationdays one gets the opportunity to see many interesting digital applications in one place. While many of the book printers may not want to invest in high-end digital presses and automation in the bindery right now, the major publishers are well aware of the possibilities and quite keen to make use of them as they become available.
“In any case every book printing customer wants almost instant delivery. Some of the higher levels of automation may be a few years away for Indian book and commercial printers but there are printers who are keen to learn and understand what can be done in the future. And we are keen to somehow take advantage of what the Hunkeler Innovationdays event has to offer in terms of knowledge and possibilities for our market.”
At the Hunkeler Innovationdays event exhibitors will present high-performance technology for the next generation digital printing and finishing, integrated quality-control systems, workflow software, and finishing materials and consumables. Whether book production, newspaper printing, brochure production, mailing production, security printing or transactional printing – Hunkeler Innovationdays has become a meeting point for industry professionals from publishers, printers, banks, insurance companies and mailing manufacturers.
Hunkeler Innovationdays is unlike any other industry tradeshow. The venue is compact, and the entire event is presented in a clearly structured manner. Solutions for every segment are demonstrated live with practical, real-world applications. the presented products are put into context – concentrated, practical, well-comprehensible.
More than 90 leading suppliers in the areas of prepress, digital printing and finishing, inkjet, substrates, consumables and finishing as well as software will present their latest products.
Experience end-to-end workflows of the highest efficiency, across the entire value chain, from the software to the finished product.

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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