Deadline extended for ACHEMA Media Award 2021

ACHEMA award ceremony will take place in Frankfurt

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Deadline extended for ACHEMA Media Award 2021
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The ACHEMA Media Award is awarded to authors of editorial contributions which make topics from science and technology accessible for a broader public. Due to the postponement of ACHEMA, the submission deadline is extended to 30 September 2021. The main prize is endowed with € 10,000.

The ACHEMA Media Prize will be awarded during ACHEMA 2022

In view of the current situation, this global leading show for processes and equipment for the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries has been moved to 4 to 8 April 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. “As the award ceremony will take place in April 2022, we have decided to adjust the submission deadline accordingly,” explains Professor Dr. Kurt Wagemann, executive director of DECHEMA. “We already received a large number of submissions, but this will allow us to consider more recent publications as well.” The ACHEMA Media Award is open to all media genres, whether print, television, radio or online media. In the past, submissions of all categories have been honored.

Informative and well-researched journalistic articles are crucial for presenting science and technology to society in a way that is transparent and can be experienced in everyday life. DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V., which has been awarding the prize every three years since 1997, is aware of this fact.

The ACHEMA Media Prize focuses on chemistry, process engineering and biotechnology, but also on related topics such as environmental technology. For the first time three contributions will be awarded – The main prize is endowed with € 10,000. Second place is worth € 5,000, and the author of the third-place entry receives € 3,000.

Submissions from print media, television, radio or online media (as text, videocast or podcast etc.) can be submitted until 30 September 2021. They should have been published between 1 January 2018 and 30 September 2021. The ACHEMA Media Prize is awarded by the DECHEMA Executive Board on the recommendation of a jury consisting of representatives from industry, universities and the media. Apply now: www.achema.de/medienpreis.

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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