Wan-Ifra Indian Printers Summit 2021 – 17 & 18 November

Hybrid event brings us closer to the new normal

(From left) Krishna Prasad, Nikhil Kanekal, Manfred Werfel, Samir Patil and Rani Reddy at the WAN-IFRA India 2018 Conference in Hyderabad. Photo Wan-Ifra

Wan-Ifra is hosting India’s Printers Summit 2021 on 17 and 18 November 2021 in Chennai. The event is co-sponsored by The Indian Newspaper Society. The annual event in India for the print community takes a new format this year and will be held as an ‘invitation-only’ occasion to learn from experts and to meet with suppliers to review their upcoming products and services.

The event will begin with the welcome dinner and proceed with the “Best in Print Asia Awards” on 17 November where invitees meet and greet over cocktails and dinner and recognize Asia’s best newspaper printers. The award showcases the publications’ ability to print at the highest quality according to international ISO standards (ISO 12647 & ISO 2846) and Wan-Ifra standards.

The next day is reserved for networking and in-person meetings with product and solution providers to discuss business and the latest developments in the industry. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas over two panels on cost and CAPEX optimization and innovation in product and process.

Thus the hybrid event will have a live face to component consisting of the dinner on the first evening and the best printed Asian newspaper awards followed by two panel sessions on the next day with plant of time to visit the sponsors stalls. This is expected to be a partial return to normalcy where the networking aspect takes place as well some technology understanding and marketing. About 110 attendees are likely to come to Chennai to take part.

Only limited seats are available for Wan-Ifra Indian Printers Summit. Click here to claim your invitation today.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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