World Media Congress, 15-16 September, Estoril Portugal

Website now live; registration opens soon

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FIPP World Media Congress
FIPP World Media Congress

In 2020, the 43rd edition of the FIPP World Media Congress will take place in Estoril, Portugal on 15 and 16 September (within opening night on 14 September). The Congress website is now live, with bookings opening with an exclusive flash sale from 12-14 February. The offer gives one the opportunity not only to save €1,000 per ticket but also get one hotel night for absolutely free.

From this year an annual event, the FIPP World Media Congress, will again bring together senior media and other executives from around the world. To learn more about the Congress, visit fippcongress.com or by visiting these pages:

  • Read about why you should attend
  • Read about who attends
  • Read (and see) about the location and venue
  • Take a look at the recommended hotels
  • Learn about the speaker programme and submitting speaker proposals
  • Find out about sponsorship opportunities and our marketplace, and what will be our dedicated Deal Room one-to-one meeting place

For speaker or content proposals and marketing-related questions, get in touch with FIPP’s chief content and marketing officer, Cobus Heyl at Cobus@fipp.com. For sponsorship, exhibition and other partnership opportunities, contact FIPP’s chief revenue officer, John Schlaefli at John@fipp.com. For delegate, group bookings and other general enquiries, write to FIPP’s event manager Natalie Butcher at Natalie@fipp.com.

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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