Print Summit 2020 to be held on 23 January at Tata Theatre

Impressive line-up of speakers

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The 2020 edition of Print Summit, the annual knowledge seminar organized by the Bombay Master Printers’ Association (BMPA), will be held in Tata Theatre in NCPA on 23 January 2020. The event is being supported ITC, Koenig & Bauer, Ample Graphics, Huber Group, Siegwerk, Srinivas Papers, Toyo Inks, Vinsak, Arushi Agencies, Autoprint, ICP Industrial, Light Punch Maker, Nippon Color, Pratham Technologies, Robus India and Technova.

The Bombay Master Printers’ Association (BMPA) has been organizing Print Summit since 2005 as a celebration on the occasion of Printers’ Day annually. Over the years, the organizers have consciously steered Print Summit away from being print-centric to a more holistic event with an eclectic choice of entertainment too.

Over the previous editions, delegates at Print Summit have come from a variety of segments, such as commercial printing, package printing, labels, POP-POS, wide format printing, on-demand printing, corrugation, creative industry, and ad agency. Personalities attending the conference are largely owners, decision-makers, technologists, shop floor personnel, marketers, designers, and admin folks and students.

Just like every year, Print Summit 2020 too will see speakers from varied backgrounds. Some of the speakers lined up for Print Summit 2020 are D Shivakumar, group executive president, Aditya Birla Group; Gaur Gopal Das, who is an international life coach; Josy Paul, chairman, BBDO India; Vivek Krishnani, managing director, Sony Pictures Entertainment India; K Shankar, chief executive officer, Feedback Consulting Services; Vivek Bhargava, chief executive officer, DAN Performance Group; Iqbal Kherodawala, chief executive officer, Printline Reproductions; Manish Sharma, co-founder, Printo/Canvera; Naresh Kumar Dasari, managing director, Macro Media Digital Imaging; Pragnyat Lalwani, director, Seshasai Business Forms; and Kaushal Sampat, senior advisor, Rubix Data Sciences.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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