Fespa coffee break webinars offer free expert advice for printers

Fespa webinars to bring together industry experts to share knowledge

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Fespa coffee break webinar series

Fespa is launching a new Coffee Break webinar series bringing together industry experts to share knowledge and business advice and answer questions from printers on topics including process control, software, automation, and sustainability.

Hosted online by Fespa Technical Support Manager Graeme Richardson-Locke, the free webinar series begins on 20 October at 11 am BST, with subsequent episodes taking place every two weeks. Each webinar will last approximately 40 minutes, including a Q&A session.

Fespa is a global federation of 37 member associations for the screen printing, digital printing, and textile printing community. Fespa’s dual aim is to promote screen printing and digital imaging and to share knowledge about screen and digital printing with its members across the world, helping them to grow their businesses and learn about the latest developments in their fast growing industries.

In Fespa’s first Coffee Break, Graeme will be joined by Paul Sherfield, owner of the Missing Horse Consultancy and Toby Burnett, emea & americas director at PrintFactory. In this episode, the experts will explore the topic of “Process Control – how to set up effective color workflows to save money”. Areas covered will include how to improve your process controlled workflow; how to enhance customer files, desktop software and print viewing conditions; color management; and the importance of print quality assessment and validation.

Additional confirmed webinars include “Looking ahead and building a more sustainable business: How a sustainability audit of your business will reveal opportunities to save energy, balance your carbon and attract new customers” on 3 November, and “The benefits of software automation” on 17 November.

Graeme Richardson-Locke comments, “In the current climate, specialty printers are looking for ways to improve and automate their print processes, introduce more sustainable approaches, and diversify their offering. It can often be a challenge to find the right advice and solutions, so we’re launching the Fespa coffee break webinars to help print service providers access the insight they need to support their business decisions. The initiative is part of our Profit for Purpose program, which aims to educate and inspire printers by offering meaningful advice and giving them the knowledge they need to succeed.”

To register to take part, visit here

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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