Toppan to exhibit advanced Government ID at Virtual Africa Tech Festival 2020

Latest technologies and services on show during online event

Toppan to exhibit advanced Government ID at Virtual Africa Tech Festival 2020

Toppan Printing, a global enterprise in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, will be joining Virtual Africa Tech Festival 2020, Africa’s largest and most influential tech and telecoms event. The annual week of events, including and Africa Tech, usually takes place in Capetown, South Africa, but this year will be held online from November 9 to 12. The Toppan booth will showcase a range of cutting-edge security offerings centered on government ID and e-government solutions.

Toppan produces and manages government IDs that help ensure the seamless and secure functioning of societies around the world. Toppan’s technologies and services respond to the rising number of IDs being seen as a result of the expansion of biometric authentication and national ID initiatives, such as Japan’s “My Number” system, as well as the increase in IDs for “things” spurred by the advance of the IoT.

eGovernment initiatives for the digitalization of procedures related to social security, tax, and other areas of public administration have gained momentum due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Toppan’s booth will showcase an array of advanced offerings from Toppan Ecquaria, a Toppan Group company specialized in eGovernment solutions.

“It is very exciting to be joining Africa Tech Festival this year,” said Takeshi Kabayama, head of the Security Business Center in Toppan’s DX Design Division. “There is growing focus on both IDs and the digitalization of government operations around the world. We look forward to showing how Toppan can deliver what governments need with diverse solutions that ensure security, streamlined processes, and added value.”

Toppan will be running a 24-hour booth during Virtual Africa Tech Festival. Visitors will be able to engage in online chat with Toppan’s expert personnel between 9:00 and 18:00 South African Standard Time (GMT +2), and online meetings can be arranged in English or Japanese.

Toppan is a global provider of integrated solutions in the fields of printing, communications, security, packaging, décor materials, electronics, and digital transformation. Serving customers in every sector of business and industry, Toppan’s global team of more than 50,000 employees offers optimal solutions enabled by industry-leading expertise and technologies to address the diverse challenges that businesses and society face in today’s rapidly changing market.

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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