Print & Digital Convention to take place in May 2023

It will discuss the latest trends and opinions in the industry

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Print & Digital Convention will take place from 16 to 17 May 2023 in Düsseldorf
Print & Digital Convention will take place from 16 to 17 May 2023 in Düsseldorf

The successful trade fair, congress and networking format enter the next round. From 16 to 17 May 2023, the Print & Digital Convention will once again turn the Congress Center Süd in Düsseldorf into a meeting place for experts from the print and media industry and decision-makers from industry, eCommerce, retail and IT.

Participants can look forward to an extensive two-day program of lectures, innovative exhibits, hands-on best practices and plenty of opportunities to network while learning about and discussing the latest trends and opinions in the industry. The sixth edition of the congress trade fair will again focus on future-oriented content on the potential of digital printing applications, multi-channel solutions, creative finishing and sustainable print and packaging solutions.

Exhibitor registration for the Print & Digital Convention 2023 is now open. Due to a public holiday, the usual sequence of days for the convention will be moved by one day, it will now take place from Tuesday, 16 May, to Wednesday, 17 May 2023.

The Print & Digital Convention 2022 was a great success, with over 1,250 participants and 63 international exhibitors. The conference program focused on sustainable media production, programmatic print and value-added printing.

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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