Wan-Ifra India Media Leaders eSummit 2020 – 21& 22 September 2020

Learning from the automotive industry – RD Bhatnagar talks to the CEO of Daimler India

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Sivakumar Sundaram,Wan-Ifra India
Sivakumar Sundaram, chairman Group Executive Council, Bennett Coleman Photo careers.timesgroup.com

Wan-Ifra India is doing its first virtual summit on 21 & 22 September 2020. Called, ‘Back to business: Strategising for post-Covid world and the future of news business’ an initial list of panelists has been announced. The back to business session will be chaired by Sivakumar Sundaram, chairman – Group Executive Council, Bennett, Coleman & Co. The panelists will be Jayant Mammen Mathew, executive editor and director, Malayala ManoramaAnant Goenka, executive director, The Express Group; and, Nidhi Razdan, associate professor of Journalism, Harvard University.

Other eSummit topics include – Regaining revenue and new opportunities; Digital Subscription; Distributed newsrooms; Solutions journalism; Women in news leadership; and Leadership in challenging times.

At the eSummit, CEOs of leading Indian news media companies will discuss new opportunities, cost control measures, human capital management, and other plans and strategies from a business sustainability perspective. The conference website is live now. Please visit www.wan-ifra.org/indiaesummit2020 for regular updates.

Lessons from the automotive industry

COVID-19 has disrupted the supply chain, import-exports, and assembly lines of the automotive industry. In addition, digitalization of the business functions of industries poses the challenge of shrinking vehicle demand and structural change to the automotive industry. The newspaper business too faces a similar scenario of shrinking demand.

Karl-Alexander Seidel, CEO of Daimler Bus India, joins a fireside chat with R D Bhatnagar, CTO, DB Corp Ltd., at the Printing eSummit at WAN-IFRA India 2020 to discuss how they have managed the operations during the pandemic and what their plans are to overcome the future challenges.

Grab this opportunity to learn more about strategies that could help the printing industry.

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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