Virtual.drupa 20 to 23 April 2021

Esko & Enfocus innovations at virtual.drupa

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Virtual.drupa

Esko and Enfocus have confirmed that they will jointly exhibit their innovations at this year’s virtual.drupa event. This will enable customers worldwide to gain insight into the companies’ latest portfolios of hardware and software innovations.

Virtual.drupa will provide the perfect forum for us to showcase our next-generation technology developments for the packaging industry. Through several webinars, videos and presentations, we will be sharing our latest software releases and launching our new ‘Cloud Freedom’ strategy,” said Wim Fransen, vice president of global marketing and software product management at Esko.

Fransen said that moving from onsite server-based software applications to cloud-hosted service as a subscription (‘SaaS’) software model sees many benefits for the two company’s packaging, labels, and wide format prepress and converter customers alike. “We will be sharing examples of Esko software solutions that now have both models available and providing insight to the advantages of utilizing the Esko cloud,” he said.

Collaboration with Asahi

“Notably, virtual.drupa will also be the platform where we will unveil the results of our collaboration with Asahi Photoproducts, which was announced last year. The companies have been working together on the development of a new automated flexo platemaking solution, and April 21st sees both companies come together to reveal the breakthrough technology in a live webinar,” he said.

For Esko brand customers, the team will be delivering a webinar talking to 2021 packaging trends and the need for a more efficient future, presented by Stephen Kaufman, vice president of business development and strategy, packaging, and color. Discussing the significant impact of eCommerce today and the accelerating need for effective 3D and connective technologies, Esko will share insight on how brands can deftly adapt to new and emerging consumer trends through investment in the right packaging software technology.

Enfocus BoardingPass

“It’s an exciting time for Enfocus and drupa is always a superb opportunity to connect with our customers, old and new. This year we will be unveiling the benefits of BoardingPass, our new software solution which empowers customer-facing staff to quickly inspect incoming PDF files for showstopping issues in print,” Tomas Van Rossom, general manager of Enfocus, commented.

“In addition, we will be showcasing Switch, the print automation rebel movement, that delivers an open workflow automation platform, removing the constraints on print professionals who don’t want to adapt to all-in-one, vendor-specific, workflow solutions. On top of these launches, we’re demonstrating PitStop Server as an entry-level automation solution. By adding our software version updates for PitStop Pro, PitStop Server, Switch and Connect 2021, it’s clear we’ll have a great Enfocus line up to show at virtual.drupa!”

Virtual.drupa from 20-23 April 2021 will provide visitors with opportunities to watch videos and presentations and join subject matter experts on live and recorded webinars.

Smart Packaging Solutions Virtual Congress -19 March 2021

The Smart Packaging Solutions for India and South Asia Virtual Congress on 19 March focuses on food and pharma supply chains, brand security, and sustainability. Organized jointly by IPPStar and the AIPIA, the virtual congress’s topics include brand authentication, condition monitoring, and active and intelligent packaging that contributes to the safe delivery of authenticated products leading to safety, security, and customer engagement. Please look at the agenda of the conference here, and for registration, please click here. You can also email Ruchi at conference@ippgroup.in or Umesh at subscription@ippgroup.in. Call us in Noida at 120-4546988 or 4326053 – Umesh at Xtension 30; Ruchi at Xtension 33; Gaurav at Xtension 23; and Mohit at Xtension 25.

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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