Deadline extended for WAN-IFRA Print Innovation Awards

Winners to be honored at IFRA World Publishing Expo in Berlin

Print Innovation Awards 2018
Print Innovation Awards 2018

WAN-IFRA’s Print Innovation Awards recognizes the world’s most innovative print products from newspaper and magazine publishers. The goals of the competition are to demonstrate the enormous innovation potential of printed newspapers and magazines and to convince advertisers of the great capabilities of print.

The deadline to submit entries for the award has been extended till 12 August 2019. Entries are welcome from newspaper and magazine publishers, advertisers, media and advertising agencies. Participation is confidential. WAN-IFRA will only publish the names of award winners.

The annual awards are assessed by an international jury of experts. Gold, Silver, and Bronze prizes will be awarded in each category. Winners will be honored on stage at IFRA World Publishing Expo in Berlin on 8 October 2019. Print Innovation projects will be presented in a dedicated brochure later. Successful case studies will also be presented at the World Printers Forum Conference.

The Print Innovation Awards competition focuses exclusively on print innovation. The Print Innovation Awards are a worldwide competition. Participation in the Print Innovation Awards is simple, quick and affordable. Successful projects will receive international recognition, they will be presented on stage, in print and at international events. The winners of the awards will be announced on 10 September 2019.

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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