FESPA Eurasia 2019 – 5-8 December 2019, Istanbul

Promoting the region's specialty print community

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FESPA Eurasia 2019
FESPA Eurasia 2019

FESPA Eurasia 2019, taking place from 5 to 8 December 2019 at IFM Expo Istanbul, Turkey, will offer visitors a vibrant exhibition packed with innovations from more than 250 exhibiting brands. The 2019 edition is expected to be 30% larger than its earlier edition in December 2018. It will accommodate 20 more exhibitors, providing the region’s specialty print community with a substantial showcase of technologies and consumables for screen, digital and textile print.

Now in its seventh year, FESPA Eurasia continues to gain momentum in the regional market. A total of 112 exhibiting companies will participate in FESPA Eurasia 2019 for the first time, giving returning visitors access to an expanded choice of suppliers and even more solutions to explore.

Neil Felton, chief executive officer, FESPA, said, “Demand from exhibitors for space at FESPA Eurasia has been exceptional this year, supported by the hard work undertaken by our Turkish National Association partner ARED to develop the event. The market’s response has been so positive that it has been necessary to make use of the reception hall area at IFM Expo to expand the floor plan. Visitors can look forward to the most comprehensive exhibitor line-up.”

Visitor registration is free of charge online. Register here  using promotional code EURM901.

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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