Barbieri electronic partners European research and training network Appears

Appears to lead an innovative training program

Barbieri electronic using 3D printing technique
Barbieri electronic using 3D printing technique

Barbieri electronic is a partner of the European research and training network Appears. Appears is a robust European network that builds upon the extensive experience across the partners and is at the forefront for leading an innovative training program.

It is working with a group of young researchers to find a strategic answer to the needs of the international manufacturing industry during the increasingly radical change. It also collaborates with cross-industry partners to develop various research projects and create career potential. Consequently, it will produce models of good practice for training and cross-disciplinary research that can be applied in the arts, science, and technology fields.

The international manufacturing industry is undergoing radical changes in the way items are digitally printed and fabricated. From the home to aerospace, the speed of change has impacted traditional printing methods, which has led to an incomplete understanding of the design and reproduction workflow.

Barbieri electronic explains 3D printing

3D printing is a production method that opens tremendous possibilities for reproducing complex structures for different industries like aerospace, automotive, and medical. And, in this, Appears can help by addressing the problem of printing accurate material appearance.

Barbieri’s chief technical officer, Markus Barbieri, is co-supervisor for three early-stage researchers covering the topics of appearance measurement and ICCMax color management. These experts will develop effective and efficient industrial technology to accurately reproduce the desired visual appearance attributes of materials/objects using 2.5D and 3D printing techniques.


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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