EskoWorld set to return to Texas in 2022

Registration opens for event showcasing latest innovations in automation and digitization

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Melissa Plemen, Esko senior director of Inside Sales and Marketing.

EskoWorld, the premier technology-focused event for packaging professionals, will return as a live event next year with an eagerly anticipated three-day program of panels, presentations and live demonstrations.

From 7-9 June 2022, packaging supplier and brand representatives will convene at the Gaylord Convention Center in the picturesque city of Grapevine, near Dallas, Texas, USA, to join daily sessions, demonstrations and workshops with Esko experts, brands and their packaging supply chain partners to learn, share and discover the latest innovations.

“Despite the challenging events of the last two years, and the growing fatigue for video calls and remote events, EskoWorld has continued to enjoy the support of colleagues, industry partners and our sponsors as a successful ‘virtual’ event,” said Melissa Plemen, Esko senior director of Inside Sales and Marketing. “Like the rest of the world, we are now really looking forward to being able to meet our colleagues, partner customers and suppliers face to face again. That’s why I am delighted that we will be welcoming around 500 attendees to Dallas, live and in person at EskoWorld 2022.”

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EskoWorld set to return to Texas.

 

Esko, the global supplier of integrated software and hardware solutions that digitize, automate and connect the go-to-market process of consumer goods, had originally scheduled its 2020 event to be held at The Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, before moving online in the wake of the global pandemic.

Last year’s virtual EskoWorld 2021 event attracted almost one thousand online attendees, with more than 15,000 individual registrations for the 81 dedicated sessions across five days.

“Although the online events have been hugely successful, we’re all incredibly excited we’ll finally be able to meet in this great venue for our annual user conference,” said Melissa. “We’re already gearing up to discuss all things cloud-related and to showcase a wide range of innovative and integrated new solutions to help customers continue their digital transformation journey,” she said.

EskoWorld 2022 will take place from 7-9 June 2022, at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, near Dallas, Texas, USA. The full event agenda will be announced in early 2022, but registration is open now – with significant savings available for early bookings.

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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