Hunkeler Innovationdays – 25-28 February 2019 in Lucerne

A window to the future for Indian digital printers

Hunkeler Innovationdays
hunkeler Innovationdays 2017

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.

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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