Digital Innovators’ Summit 2020 to go ahead as planned

Position statement on Coronavirus outbreak for DIS 2020

Digital Innovators' Summit 2020
Digital Innovators' Summit 2020

Digital Innovators’ Summit presented by FIPP and VDZ scheduled to be held from 24 to 25 March 2020 in Berlin, Germany will go ahead as planned. A notice titled ‘Position statement on Coronavirus Outbreak for DIS 2020’ said, “We are actively and continuously monitoring the situation around Covid-19 Coronavirus and we wish to express our sympathies to all those around the world who have been affected. We are paying extremely close attention to the guidelines being issued by the WHO, by the European Union and the German government.

Currently, the German Federal Health Ministry advises travellers to steer clear of heavily impacted areas, which does not include Germany, and to exercise the same kinds of preventive measures they’d use to avoid influenza and other illnesses – i.e. frequent hand washing.

We would ask everyone that is attending the DIS to consider whether they might be affected by any quarantine measures before starting their journey. If you are showing any symptoms of flu-like illness, then we would ask you to respect your fellow attendees and give the event a miss this time.”

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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