Xeikon at Print4All 2022

It will highlight breadth of opportunities for digital print

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Xeikon confirms participation at Print4All 2022
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Xeikon has confirmed its participation at Print4All 2022. After a four-year break, the major Italian printing and converting show returns to Fiera Milano on 3–6 May 2022. Setting up shop in Hall 11P on stand D18, the Xeikon expert team will be on hand to discuss the complete portfolio of printing technologies for the graphic arts, labels and packaging sectors. 

As the print industry gets ready to meet again during the Print4All exhibition, Xeikon reaffirms its commitment to trade shows and the importance of having the opportunity to network in person.   

“We are very excited to finally we will be able to speak to visitors face-to-face at this important show after the challenges of the past two years,” said Domenico Beraldi, sales manager of Graphics Arts. “Xeikon always has a great story to tell. So naturally, we continue to innovate and develop industry-specific applications that will give our customers a competitive edge and help them create sustainable solutions for their brand owner customers.”

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Xeikon to display good quality print samples at the stand

The stand will be packed with information and print samples that demonstrate the power of digital print for a wide variety of high-quality applications, such as books on demand, wallpaper decoration, point-of-sale display for the graphic arts market, and self-adhesive labels, flexible packaging, pouches, folding cartons, in-mold labels and paper cups for the labels and packaging sector. There will also be technology videos running to allow visitors to see Xeikon presses in action and ask more questions.

One corner will be fully dedicated to Idera – Xeikon’s breakthrough water-based inkjet press for corrugated packaging. The food-safe and regulatory compliant technology build on Xeikon’s 30+ years of digital expertise coupled with Flint Group’s deep knowledge of corrugated manufacturing to offer a transformation of the post-print market.

Beraldi concludes, “I think I speak for everyone when we are all a little tired of connecting virtually. While communication technology has been a real lifeline during the pandemic, being able to speak to customers in person is vital to keeping the heart of our industry beating strong, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to our stand at Print4All.”

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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