FESPA’s popular Coffee Break webinars set to return in May

FESPA’s Coffee Break webinars are centered around its core purpose

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FESPA has announced the return of its popular ‘Coffee Break’ webinars hosted by FESPA’s Head of Associations and Technical Lead, Graeme Richardson-Locke. This second series will offer the opportunity for printers to hear from industry experts on relevant topics that sit under four content pillars: process control, sustainability, colour management, and automation. 

The second series has been launched in response to the positive feedback and interest from attendees of the first eight webinars, which took place from October 2020 to March 2021. The episodes attracted 1,085 attendees from 130 countries, over 75% of whom were very positive in their feedback. 

Many also stated that they were very likely to recommend FESPA’s Coffee Breaks to others. Feedback from attendees highlighted the value of the webinars in supporting business recovery and planning. Comments received included: “This is a very good initiative, very helpful”; “the webinar was very useful for me and applicable in practice”; “the panel was extremely knowledgeable and the topic extremely relevant”; “great way to reach out during this COVID situation.”

In the first webinar of the new series, taking place on Tuesday 18 May at 11 am BST, Graeme will be joined by FESPA’s colour expert and owner of The Missing Horse Consultancy, Paul Sherfield, as well as Craig Dennis, reprographics specialist and founder of the Colour Den. In the episode, the experts will discuss customer satisfaction and how printers can meet and exceed expectations. In addition, they’ll consider how printers can ensure consistency, clarity, and measurement and highlight the importance of color management workflows.

For more information on the first webinar and to register to attend the live session, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1016208965912/WN_2IPyl8HzTkyhH_o_OAuOLQ 

Fespa’s second webinar will focus on print industry standards and values

On Tuesday, 1 June 2021, at 11 am BST, and the second webinar will focus on the print industry standards, available certifications, and why they’re valuable. Graeme will be once again joined by Paul Sherfield and Laurel Brunner, Managing Director of prepress and publishing consultancy Digital Dots, to offer advice on how printers can implement best practice processes to meet industry standards deliver premium quality products and services. 

Graeme Richardson-Locke comments: “FESPA’s Coffee Break webinars are centered around FESPA’s core purpose to educate, inspire, connect and expand the specialty print community, and we’re encouraged by the positive feedback from delegates on the webinars’ role in enabling printers to make business decisions that will fuel their future growth. We’re excited to be returning with a new series as we continue to focus on supporting the specialty print community. In the upcoming episodes, we’ll be delving deeper into process control, sustainability, automation, and colour management, and we’re thrilled to be joined by highly knowledgeable industry experts to help us to do that.”

As before, the webinars will be free to attend and share advice and knowledge and allow attendees to ask questions to the experts. Subsequent webinars will take place every two weeks, and more information on the upcoming episodes will be made available at:  https://www.fespa.com/en/news-media/coffee-break 

To watch the recordings of the webinars in the first series, visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcx-Wx7p9rV03nC2UaMM84qsERh8Kzbky 


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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