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.