Digital Innovators’ Summit 2020 postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

To run parallel to FIPP Congress in September

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Digital Innovators' Summit 2020 postponed due to coronavirus
Digital Innovators' Summit 2020 postponed due to coronavirus

VDZ and FIPP, joint organizers of the Digital Innovators’ Summit (DIS), announced that the 2020 edition will be postponed until September. This is due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 virus outbreak.

A news released by the organizers said, “We take the health and wellbeing of our attendees, speakers and business partners very seriously. The position in relation to the outbreak has significantly deteriorated in recent days, with public gatherings, mandatory quarantine and travel restrictions in place in a number of countries.

“With more than 60 speakers and several hundred delegates from 30+ countries ready to attend, and with support from committed sponsors large and small, we believe it is in everyone’s interest to postpone rather than cancel the summit. We have therefore decided to run DIS 2020 in parallel with the 43rd FIPP World Media Congress in Estoril, Portugal, September 14th-16th 2020. All existing delegate registrations will remain valid and, to thank you all for your patience and understanding, we will in addition provide free access to the FIPP Congress.”

This will be the first DIS held outside Germany but this is only a temporary measure. DIS in 2021 will be back in Berlin.

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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