Hunkeler Innovation Days – 27 February to 2 March, 2023

International print industry event focused on high-performance digital printing and finishing

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Michel Hunkeler will continue to be involved in the strategic direction of the Hunkeler Group and work closely with the Executive Board

After being postponed because of the pandemic, the world’s digital paper processing elite will once again gather at the Lucerne Exhibition Center in Switzerland for the Hunkeler Innovation Days, an important print industry event, from 27 February to 2 March 2023.

In its fourteenth edition, this internationally important industry meeting stands for many innovations and further developments in digital printing and finishing.

The Hunkeler Innovation Days have always been distinguished by an interdisciplinary concept. In a comparatively small space, all renowned manufacturers in the industry meet owners, managing directors, management, and experts. This makes this international industry meeting unique worldwide. Visitors gain insight into versatile scenarios with high practical relevance.

The last outing of the normally biennial Hunkeler Innovation days, held in 2019, attracted around 6,500 visitors from over 100 countries and hosted 100 exhibitors. The 2022 edition was postponed because of the pandemic.

Hunkeler is a family-owned Switzerland-headquartered company since 1922 and a market leader in digital production print finishing. It has more than 100 years of experience in the paper processing industry and over 40 years of digital print finishing experience.

Leadership change: Michel Hunkeler to hand over charge to Daniel Erni

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Daniel Erni will be taking over as managing director on 1 January, 2023

On January 1, 2023, Michel Hunkeler, CEO of Hunkeler AG, will hand over his position as managing director to Daniel Erni, Global Sales manager and member of the Executive Board of Hunkeler AG.

As a delegate of the Board of Directors, Michel Hunkeler will continue to be involved in the strategic direction of the Hunkeler Group and work closely with the Executive Board

Daniel Erni has been with Hunkeler since 2016. As Chief Sales officer and member of the Executive Board, he has been a major force in the company’s ability to increase sales, earnings, and market share in recent years.

This success was made possible in part by his excellent rapport with Stefan and Michel Hunkeler, as well as his highly effective relationship with the management, employees, customers, and partners. Prior to joining Hunkeler AG, Daniel Erni held positions as managing director and sales manager in several other companies. 

Daniel Erni will continue to report directly to Michel Hunkeler, who will in turn focus on the company’s strategic direction and support various stakeholders around the Hunkeler Group.

Stefan Hunkeler’s position as Chairman of the Board of Directors will be unchanged. The existing and proven executive management team will also remain in place.

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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