Digital Innovators’ Summit 2020 to go ahead as planned

Position statement on Coronavirus outbreak for DIS 2020

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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.”

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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