drupa Cube 2020 – Eleven days of vision and inspiration

Focus on innovative web-to-print and packaging technologies

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drupa is much more than just a global trade exhibition for the print industry – drupa ranks as a top international fair that identifies important trends, offers insights into future developments and drives inspiration. To provide participants with the best possible visitor experience, drupa invests in top-class knowledge transfer through its five special forums, the drupa Cube being one of them. “educate – engage – entertain” has once again been chosen as the slogan of the drupa Cube for 2020, designed to provide a broad spectrum of highly relevant content that is motivating, highly stimulating and interactive for visitors thanks to the various talk formats.

World-renowned speakers are set to create a buzz with a visionary range of topics. Best-selling author Michael Gale and internationally renowned designer James Sommerville will also contribute to the top-class programme with keynotes. Over 40 sessions – keynotes, C-level sessions, workshops, brand stories and best practice examples, the drupa Cube serves as a source of inspiration and expertise on new digital business models. The content will bring participants up to speed with the global megatrends that have already left their mark and are on course to shape the future. In this respect, digital transformation continues to play a significant role. The focus will be on innovative web-to-print and packaging technologies, the potential of a platform economy with more diversified sales channels and new collaboration models, as well as the changing expectations of connected customers in a social media culture – to the backdrop of the industry’s growing sustainability and circular economy obligations.

Our primary aim is to put as many ideas as possible out there that participants can successfully implement in their own companies,” says Sabine Geldermann, director drupa and global head of Print Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf. “We want to offer a programme that meets their actual needs.”

Practical recipes for success

James Sommerville and Michael Gale, along with representatives of global brands and leading industry experts, are on the starting blocks to share their knowledge with drupa 2020 visitors. With “The Digital Helix. Transforming your organization’s DNA to thrive in the Digital Age”, Michael Gale has written a guide for decision-makers who want to bring their company into line with digital business models. Gale’s book has become an international best-seller. Top brands use his company Inc. digital’s digital helix algorithm to accurately place their marketing and sales investments in digitization projects. The drupa Cube looks at the future of the industry and offers concrete recommendations for activities that will secure a successful digital management as well as important background information on how to take the plunge into digital management. James Sommerville, on the other hand, is no stranger to strengthening brand images. The British star designer dusted off Coca-Cola’s old image in 2013, raised its design language to a whole new level and gave it the face that is still etched in our memory today.

The print industry has undergone a remarkable technological transformation and can be hailed as a “best case scenario” in this respect – both in terms of changed processes and new business models,” says Michael Gale. “As we access new fields of application, acquire new technologies and capture new vertical markets, we are caught up in the maelstrom of this transition. The print industry must proactively embrace this change. Companies that go digital increase their profits up to five times faster than their competitors; companies that don’t follow this track will therefore find the going incredibly tough. Personally, I find this new market not only important but also very exciting and I’m eager to share my enthusiasm with others. In the drupa Cube, we are putting the spotlight on a number of examples and solutions designed to illustrate strategies for successful corporate management.”

A programme with depth

To give it a clear structure, the drupa Cube programme is divided into five thematic fields. In addition to the keynote presentations by James Sommerville and Michael Gale, the business evolution lecture sessions focus on global market trends, best practices in sales and marketing, and innovative business models. Print Futures is dedicated to relevant technology trends in print and packaging, along with printed electronics applications. Brand owners and agencies will also share their Brand Stories. In the fifth category, Executive Think Tanks, business leaders are invited to exchange ideas with keynote speakers. Pre-registration is required for these sessions. The complete programme of the drupa Cube, which will take place for the entire duration of the fair from 16 to 26 June, will be available online at the end of February at www.drupa.com/cube-en.

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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