Wan-Ifra organizes World Printers Summit 2020

Virtual meeting point for newspaper production executives

Wan-Ifra organizes World Printers Summit 2020

World Printers Forum (WPF) is organizing its first virtual World Printers Summit 2020 from 27-29 October 2020 to provide a knowledge sharing and connection platform for publishers, production and technical directors. There they can discuss with suppliers their requirements for newsprint, materials and other consumables. They can hear about new business opportunities as well as new technology.

The event will take place over three days with one topic theme for every day – paper; print-production – pre-press, press, post-press and distribution; and new business & new technology.

The World Printers Forum (WPF) is the print community within Wan-Ifra. Its objective is to encourage innovation in the print ecosystem while promoting the power of print and its sustainability. The community provides a platform for print and production executives to engage with one another and with suppliers of technology, products, and services.

The advisory board for the summit includes Sally Pirri, managing director – Print Production, The Globe and Mail, Canada; Andreas Ullmann, production director, Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany; Silvio Da Giau, technical director, Athesis, Italy; Andreas Schaffner, managing director, Tamedia, Switzerland; Dr Rick Stunt, group paper director, DMG-Media, London; Marcus Hooke, general manager, production, News Corp., Australia; Andreas Gierth, production director, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany; and Snehasis Roy, director – technical, Bennett Coleman Co Ltd., India.

The special speakers at the World Printers Summit 2020 include Anu Ahola, senior vice president of newsprint, UPM; Manuel Kosok, vice president technology & development, ManRolandGoss; Stefanie Eichiner, PhD, manager of sustainability, UPM; and Prof Detlef Hartmann, Hochschule der Medien.

Anu Ahola will present UPM’s perspective on the European and global newsprint paper businesses on 27 October. She will also offer insights about worldwide newsprint trends. Manuel Kosok will discuss a new product from ManRolandGoss called maintellisense on 28 October. Stefanie Eichiner will talk about UPM’s perspective on climate action and how to tackle climate change in the newspaper publishing industry on 28 October.

Industry 4.0 as the new industrial revolution stands for the digitization of production through the intelligent networking of machines and processes. Prof Detlef Hartmann will take us through the current state of development in the printing industry, the guidelines and approaches to solutions on 29 October. He will also address the question about the challenges and homework for Print 4.0.

The other speakers for the event are Mike Elmore, global product manager, Cascade; Kathleen Zink, chief executive officer, Vedacon; Elias Merklinghaus, business unit manager of competence center, Suddeutsche Zeitung; Nina Hauk, project manager, Vedacon; Martin Gercke, vice president technical sales, Stora Enso; Veto Petrucci, manager, national distribution and logistics, Globe and Mail, Canada; Dave Toth, operations manager, TC Transcontinental; Gary Hughes, senior director of manufacturing, TC Transcontinental, Ontario; Anna Drougge, head of strategic procurement, Bonnier News, Sweden; and Amol Pitale, senior manager – production, Bennett Coleman Co, India.

Vijaykumar Bichakal, deputy general manager pre-press, Bennett Coleman and Co, India; Birgir Jonsson, chief executive officer Iceland Post; John Garrett, chief executive officer and founder, Community Impact Newspaper, USA; Josef Konrad Schiessl, chief executive officer, Suddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck, Germany; Tobias Kongeter, chief executive officer, WirbelWild; David Wilson, Interpress NI, Irish News; Prof B E Kushare, consultant, India; Styli Charalambous, publisher and chief executive officer, Daily Maverick, South Africa; Snehasis C Roy, director – technical, Bennett Coleman Co, India; Nigel Wells, principal of virtual industrial marketing; Oliver Derville, purchasing director, Gramméo; Jonathan Tame, managing director, Two Sides UK; Martin Schorn, director technical customer service, UPM; and Thomas Iskasen, managing director, Pressens fællesinkob will also be speaking at the summit.

The organization has 30 complimentary tickets for a limited amount of time. Email on ingi.olafsson@wan-ifra.org to secure one for yourself. You can register for the event here.

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