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.

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.

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