January 25 last date for entries to FESPA Awards 2023

Global award program recognizes print excellence

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There are 18 categories, ranging from display, packaging, and posters to wrapping, special effects, printed textiles, and non-printed signage.

Print service providers and sign-makers looking to showcase their outstanding examples of work from the last two years can submit their entries to the FESPA Awards 2023 until 25 January 2023. 

The FESPA Awards celebrate the achievements of printers and sign-makers from across the globe, recognizing their skill, talent, creativity, and innovation.

There are 18 categories, ranging from display, packaging, and posters to wrapping, special effects, printed textiles, and non-printed signage.

For more information visit : https://www.fespaawards.com/information/award-categories

All entries will automatically be considered for four further awards: the People’s Choice Award, which is voted for online by FESPA’s community; the new Sustainability Award, the Best in Show Award; and the Judges’ Award for Innovation, which is chosen by the FESPA Awards jury.

The People’s Choice Award voting opens on 13 February. Shortlisted entries will be announced on 13 March and will be displayed on-site at FESPA Global Print Expo 2023, which takes place from 23 to 26 May at Messe Munich, Germany.

The winners will be announced at the formal Award Ceremony at Messe Munich on 24 May 2023, followed by a drinks reception. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend alongside industry media, influencers and sponsors.

For more information on how to enter the FESPA Awards 2023 visit: www.fespaawards.com

Founded in 1962, FESPA is a global federation of Associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community. Profit for Purpose is FESPA’s international reinvestment programme, which uses revenue from FESPA events to support the global speciality print community to achieve sustainable and profitable growth through four key pillars – education, inspiration, expansion and connection.

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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