IFRA World Publishing Expo, DCX Digital Content Expo to be part of Berlin Publishing Days 2019

The Berlin Publishing Tours on 10 October

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This year, IFRA World Publishing Expo and DCX Digital Content Expo, international industry trade fairs focusing on publishing, digital content creation, distribution and monetization, will be part of the Berlin Publishing Days 2019.

Visitors will be able to concentrate on the exhibits and presentations for two entire days on 8 and 9 October.

The World Printers Conference will kick off the Berlin Publishing Days on 7 October. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung will host the conference in the heart of the city from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Current topics of the publishing industry, like computer-to-plate, press automation, business models, investments and newsprint will be discussed. The programme will be complemented with the urgent topic sustainability and the presentation of the latest innovations.

The Berlin Publishing Tours on 10 October offer two more event highlights each with a different focus – a Print Tour and a Digital Tour. Between 10 a.m. and approximately 6 p.m. participants can visit three innovative printing and distribution companies, media enterprises and start-ups that will give insights into their daily routines.

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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