Re-connect at Xeikon Café Europe

Live demos on digital label production at Xeikon HQ in Belgium

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Xeikon to engage and showcase its new innovations at Xeikon Café Europe
Xeikon to engage and showcase its new innovations at Xeikon Café Europe

In response to the cancellation of this year’s Labelexpo Europe and to maintain contact, showcase its latest innovations and inform its customers, Xeikon and a variety of its industry partners have announced a special edition of its ever-popular Xeikon Café to take place at the company’s headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium at the end of April. Entrance is free, and visitors will discover new digital printing solutions for various applications and print sectors. 

Filip Weymans, vice president of marketing, explains, “In these uncertain times and with printers facing unprecedented challenges, we want to re-connect, engage and showcase new innovations with the potential to address the challenges. Our Xeikon Café events are designed to learn, discover and re-connect. Each event is structured to give the visitor insight into the latest trends in digitalizing print production, discover new printing applications, watch live demonstrations of different digital production set-ups and re-connect with other printers and converters. At the upcoming event in April, visitors will have the opportunity to see in action the latest technological advancements, which we are sure will be of great interest.”

Xeikon has put together a conference program with industry experts discussing the most relevant issues in our industries. There will be in-depth presentations on several applications and plenty of opportunities for interaction and questions.  

Five reasons to visit Xeikon Café 

  • Keep up to date with new market trends
  • Discover new printing applications and the latest digital print production innovations
  • Re-connect with other printers and converters
  • Watch live demonstrations of different digital production set-ups
  • Take away a helpful guide and framework to move forward on the pathway to digital transformation

Weymans concludes, “We are looking forward to highlighting different digital opportunities to suit the diversity of needs of today’s printers and converters. Digital innovations are a response to ongoing trends in the market. All Xeikon presses are now designed with cloud connection and next-generation interfaces to connect and integrate at each step. With over 30 years experience in digital technologies, Xeikon can advise and support companies in their digital choices, which can only lead to business growth.” 

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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