Focus on sustainable business partnerships at World Printers Summit

11 - 13 October, Frankfurt, Germany

The venue of the World Printers Summit 2023. Since 2005 the Literaturhaus Frankfurt, founded in 1991, has been residing in the reconstructed Frankfurt Old City Library. Photo: Wan-Ifra

The World Printers Summit (WPS), the ultimate gathering for newspaper production executives from across the globe, is taking place as an in person event on 11 – 13 October at the Literaturhaus Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany. Last year, the event took place virtually on 18 – 19 May.

This year, the summit will focus on sustainable business partnerships, with a line-up of exceptional speakers discussing sustainability, and opportunities to connect with  the right suppliers, Wan-Ifra reported. 

The World Printers Summit is the annual meeting point for the global print community within Wan-Ifra. It addresses all print-related questions and brings together printers, materials suppliers and equipment manufacturers for the print production value chain from pre-press to press and to product finishing and delivery. Industry professionals from across the world gather for a dynamic transfer of knowledge, information and business ideas. 

Today, consumers and advertisers are focusing heavily on ESG propositions. The publishing industry has responded with increased news coverage about the climate crisis – but what happens internally? Many publishing companies have increased their internal efforts around sustainability, focusing heavily on ESG – Environmental, Social and Governance – propositions.

In this context, the ‘E’ or Environmental criteria is becoming even more important for the print and procurement activities, given the high CO2 emissions originating in the production processes along the value chain. Nevertheless, the ‘S’ and ‘G’ criteria are not to be neglected in our global context.

This year’s summit will also address the key issues along the value chain such as sustainable print production, increasing energy efficiencies, making printing plants carbon neutral, implementing sustainable procurement policies and procedures for printed newspapers.

The speakers include Andreas Gierth, head of Production and Strategic Procurement, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany; Benoît Moreau, general manager and consultant, Ecograf, France; Mohit Jain, executive director, Bennett Coleman & Co; Sally Pirri, vice-president, Print Operations, The Globe and Mail, Canada; Rick Stunt; Group Paper director, DMG Media, UK and many others.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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