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16 – 25 June 2020 – A sneak preview of drupa 2021

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Koenig & Bauer live from 16 - 25 June 2020

World-exclusive launches will be part of Koenig & Bauer live running from 16 – 25 June 2020, as well as seeing complete packaging workflow or commercial applications. The weekday streaming from the live area of Koenig & Bauer’s website will cover its diverse portfolio ranging from banknotes, via board, film, metal, and glass packaging through to coding, advertising, and publication printing. Registrations for the event are possible via koenig-bauer.com/live.

Senior executives will be providing updates on progress and developments. Each session lasts 20 minutes and will be in English or German, with start times at 10.00, 13.00, or 16.00 (CEST). Helping to bridge the gap between drupa originally scheduled for this month and the new date in April 2021, web visitors will learn of Koenig & Bauer’s latest innovations for the printing industry.

Koenig & Bauer Live opens with a sneak preview of its planned participation at drupa 2021. The other presentations will cover areas such as digital and webfed insights (corrugated and digital printing, flexo printing), sheetfed digital services, and commercial printing and packaging production applications. Marking and coding, metal decorating, glass and hollow container printing, and banknote solutions will be included under special solutions. Another highlight will be digital packaging printing updates from Koenig and Bauer Durst joint venture company and launch of the new B1 6,000sph VariJET 106, which integrates inkjet technology into the platform of the high-performance Rapida 106 offset sheetfed press. Also taking center stage will be the market launch of the Rapida 106 – Generation 2020.

Claus Bolza-Schünemann, chief executive officer of Koenig & Bauer said, “The wheels of technology and innovation never stop. With drupa postponed until April next year, we felt now was the time to help bridge the gap and provide updates on our progress and developments. You won’t be disappointed. These insights into the world of the print will include exclusive launches. And you can even see a complete packaging workflow or commercial application streamed live on the brand new Rapida.”

You can watch all sessions at the LIVE area of the Koenig & Bauer website. Register here for more information and to become part of the event.

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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