Successful innovations in print publishing at Indian Printers Summit

Event to take place on 14-15 September in Delhi

Newspaper business after Covid-19 photo IPP

The Indian Printers Summit 2022, the much-awaited annual Wan-Ifra event in India for business and technology managers, is all set for 14-15 September 2022 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Delhi.

The summit is Wan-Ifra ’s annual event to celebrate print success in the region and to discuss the way forward for the longevity of the print media. For 2022, the event is built around the theme ‘Back to business – Print for the Future’, and the curated set of keynotes and panel discussions will help shape the thought leadership for the print industry.

The event starts on 14 September afternoon with the keynote on ‘Future of print in digital world’, discussing the imperatives of print business.

A mini networking expo to learn about the latest products and services from the suppliers’ industry and a ‘gala’ dinner in the evening will conclude the day.

A half-day workshop on benchmarking newspaper production based on KPIs has been organized on 14 September forenoon.

The next day, 15 September, is a full day of conference sessions and networking expo.

CEOs, managing directors, technical directors, production heads, plant managers, prepress managers, and other senior news publishing leaders will speak.

This industry rendezvous will bring together around 200 participants from Wan-Ifra member companies and other publishers from India and the rest of South Asia.

The event includes two pre-conference workshops: One on benchmarking newspaper production based on KPIs on 14 September 2022, from 10 am to 12.30 pm.

There is a workshop for journalists on reporting environment and climate change, on 14 September 2022, from 11 am to 5.00 pm.

Prominent speakers include John Cusack, business development manager, Baldwin; Saptangshu Chaudhuri, deputy general manager, printing, ABP; Puneet Razdan, general manager, Hindustan Times; Samudra Bhattacharya, CEO, HT Media; Amit Khurana, COO – Newspaper Group, TechNova, India; Bernhard Schmiedeberg, senior VP – Sales, EAE QIPC; Mohit Jain, board member and executive president, Bennett Coleman and Co (Times Group), India; Partho Sinha, president, Bennett, Coleman & Co; Paula Smith, sales director, Copap; Satish Chandra Mishra, director, Jagran Prakashan; Snehasis C Roy, director, technical, Bennett Coleman Co, India; Suresh Balakrishna, chief revenue officer, The Hindu; Varghese Chandy, vice-president, marketing & advertising sales, Malayala Manorama.

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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