Three days of expert talks, new business and effective solutions

InPrint Munich 2019

InPrint Munich 2019
InPrint Munich 2019

The industrial print industry gathered in Munich from 12 to 14 November 2019 for its leading exhibition on print technology for industrial manufacturing. InPrint Munich 2019 offered a highly targeted platform for 136 exhibitors from 22 countries to get in contact with integrators and users of innovative print technology in a wide variety of manufacturing sectors, ranging from automotive, medical devices, interior design and electronics to plastics, textiles, packaging, and many more.

A total of 2,755 visitors from 60 countries attended the show to discover printing machinery, print-heads, and components, inks, fluids and chemicals, UV technology, drying, and curing equipment and services for printing on different surfaces, materials, and shapes. A majority of visitors were from Germany; other major visitor countries included Italy, Austria, Switzerland, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Poland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. Visitors from outside Europe mainly came from Japan, the USA, and China.

“At this year’s InPrint Munich, we could see that the industrial print sector has developed further and is moving forward in the right direction. The industrial print community has emerged from its experimental phase, now offering effective solutions,” explained Nicola Hamann, managing director of the organizers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. “Practical applications and custom-built systems, as well as profitable business models, were the focus of both exhibitors and visitors at this year’s event. Print technology providers met with integrators and manufacturers who were looking for specific solutions to enhance their production process, develop their business, or serve new market segments.”

Exchange of expertise on finding the right approach for complex integration projects was also the major topic outside of the exhibition stands. A three-day conference consisting of a technical stage and an application stage offered case studies, technical talks, and panel discussions held by more than 70 different speakers. The new Consultancy Corner was a great success, with some 40 participants making use of this new service. In one-to-one sessions, independent experts offered free advice and guidance on how to integrate print tech solutions into their specific industrial manufacturing environment.

A first analysis of the exhibition survey showed that both exhibitors and visitors particularly valued the specialist profile of the show, the high quality of the products and systems on display, the comprehensive educational program as well as the expertise of the audience.
Many exhibiting companies stated that they had made new business contacts and led in-depth conversations with visitors at their stands. They praised the high quality of the specialist and targeted visitor audience and the innovation-based concept of the show.

The visitor survey showed that visitors were mainly from a variety of manufacturing sectors and print service providers. Visitors from the printing industry were professionals of digital, screen, inkjet, flexo, and specialist printing applications. Visitors from the manufacturing industry covered a large variety of sectors such as packaging, plastics, electronics, the automotive industry, surface treatment, textiles, fashion and accessories, glass and ceramics, floorings and interior design, decals and front panels, food and beverage, medical devices, consumer goods, and many more. They were seeking solutions for functional as well as decorative printing applications.

Next year, InPrint will be held in Milan, Italy, from 22 to 24 October 2020. InPrint Milan 2020 will be co-located with Viscom Italia, the International Trade Fair on Visual Communication. InPrint comes back to Munich, Germany, in 2021.

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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