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.

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.

It is the right time to support our high-impact reporting and authoritative and technical information with some of the best correspondents in the industry. Readers can power Indian Printer and Publisher’s balanced industry journalism and help sustain us by subscribing.

– Naresh Khanna

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