Seiko Open Week 2022 is over, preparations begin for next edition

This year, event was expanded with two additional workshop days

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Seiko Open Week 2022 is over, preparations begin for next edition
Different machines and a wide range of applications were on display at the event.

After its second appearance this year, the Seiko Open Week in Germany is establishing itself as a fixed annual event in the industry. This year, it was expanded with two additional workshop days. 

Thirteen different machines and many samples from a wide range of applications were displayed at the event, including textile printing, wood, corrugated board and ceramics, decorative printing,  printed electronics, coding and marking branches, and many more. The latest ink innovations, such as matt varnish or security ink, were demonstrated live. 

Representatives from all sectors, such as ink manufacturers, electronics and curing equipment suppliers, integrators, and independent technical consultants on all aspects of inkjet, were present. 

This year, there were People & Technology, IdeeGO, Cadis, Bluhm Weber Group, Inkatronic, Topjet,  Esmalglass-Itaca Group with Itaca Textile and Itaca Packaging, Kao Chimigraf, Siegwerk, Nazdar,  Integration Technology, Lambda Technology, Meteor, TriJet, DoDxAct, and many others.

The attendees well-received the event and felt such a platform for exchanging ideas and knowledge was needed. Seiko Instruments had made its laboratory and showroom available for such gatherings. 

In an industry where highly technical and complex coordination is necessary to offer customers the best possible solutions for their applications, it is important to provide a space where the pros and cons can be discussed without competition and where things can simply be tried out. 

And that is how Seiko wants to differentiate itself from others. 

Preparations for Seiko Open Week 2023 already started. A wider range of high-quality technical workshops will be offered next year geared towards new interesting topics. 

Today’s Seiko Group started from a watch shop founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo. Seiko Instruments, which has its headquarters in Neu-Isenburg, Germany, offers coin batteries, quartz crystals, thermal printers, and inkjet print heads.

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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