Wan-Ifra organizes World Printers Summit 2020

Virtual meeting point for newspaper production executives

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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.

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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