World Printers Forum Conference to open Berlin Publishing Days 2019

Conference to address print-related issues of publishing industry

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The World Printers Forum Conference will kick off the re-launched ‘Berlin Publishing Days’ this year. On 7 October 2019, the conference will provide an overview of the major print-related issues of the publishing industry.

Print products continue to account for the largest share of turnover in the portfolio of publishing companies worldwide. A fact impressively evidenced by the Print Innovation Awards 2018 – there is a large scope for innovation in the print sector. The new World Printers Forum Conference will describe the current challenges confronting the printed news media, at a selected location in the heart of Berlin.

The conference will be hosted by the capital city office of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Berlin. From 11:00 to 18:00 hours, the focus will be on topics of burning interest to the publishing industry – including print innovation such as new concepts or individualized products, market and business developments, new investment concepts as well as the latest developments in print design and distribution, expansion and automation possibilities for existing printing processes and presses.

Speakers will include Thomas Drensek, chief operating officer, Newspaper Printing department at Axel Springer (Germany), Iris Chyi, associate professor and new media researcher at the School of Journalism of the University of Texas, Austin (USA), Björn Christian Wilms, managing director, Styria Print Group und Druck Carinthia (Austria), Gary Thomson, senior market consultant at EMGE & Co. (UK) and Sebastian Haupt, managing partner, Multisense Institut (Germany).

Kick-off for the four-day Berlin Publishing Days

The refocused conference is the kick-off for the Berlin Publishing Days. On the two following days, the IFRA World Publishing Expo and parallel DCX Digital Content Expo will take place at the Berlin Exhibition Centre (Messe Berlin). Conference attendees have the option on both conference days to concentrate on visiting the exhibitors’ stands or benefit from the accompanying program.

The Berlin Publishing Days continue for one day after the exhibition. On day four, 10 October, the Berlin Publishing Tours will lead the visitors to selected stations at publishing companies and start-ups throughout Berlin. Participants can choose between two tours organized around the focus topics of the two parallel IFRA and DCX exhibitions.

Included in the ticket to the World Printers Forum Conference is access to the IFRA World Publishing Expo and DCX Digital Content Expo. The Berlin Publishing Days can be booked also as a full package, including conference, exhibitions and Berlin Publishing Tours.