CCI Europe adds Digital Collections DC-X

Digital Collections in Hamburg acquired by CCI

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CCI Europe based in Hojbjerg, Denmark has acquired full ownership of Hamburg, Germany based Digital Collections. Digital Collections will now join the existing collaboration between CCI and its other subsidiary company, Escenic, in the development of its online CUE news publishing platform. CCI’s editorial systems, including Newsgate, are used by leading news publishers such as Kasturi and Sons and Bennett-Coleman, in India.

In the last six months, CCI has received orders for CUE installations from several large media companies such as The Economist, Polish broadcaster TVN, and German news publishers Der Tagesspiegel, Handelsblatt, Badische Neueste Nachrichten and Ippen-Gruppe, according to the company. Digital Collections is known for its DC-X digital asset management platform, which enables media companies to manage content assets such as pictures, text and videos in a central content repository and integrate external sources, such as RSS feeds and agency wires, into their content creation workflow, according to CCI.

To be added as a native component of CCI’s CUE, DC-X will continue as a standalone digital asset management solution as well. The Hamburg-based supplier of content, editorial and publishing production workflow systems ppiMedia also uses Digital Collections DC-X in conjunction with its Content-X editorial system for storing content in a media-neutral format to be played out as text, images, video and audio.

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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