Voith at Zellcheming trade fair – 20-22 June

Presenting sustainable and efficient innovations for optimized papermaking

Voith is presenting leading solutions for efficient and sustainable paper production under the motto 'Papermaking for Life' at the fair. Photo/Voith

As the global full-line supplier to the paper industry and gold sponsor of the Zellcheming trade fair, Voith is presenting leading solutions for efficient and sustainable paper production under the motto ‘Papermaking for Life’. 

The hybrid trade fair will take place from June 20-22, 2023, at the RheinMain Congress Center (RMCC) in Wiesbaden, Germany, and will provide a dialog platform for forward-looking process and product technology innovations for the paper, pulp and fiber-based industries.

“On June 20, we will exclusively present our new InfibraFiner refiner at our booth,” says Martin Bassmann, Regional president EMEA at Voith Paper. “The InfibraFiner pushes the limits of refining and impresses with additional capacity and optimum energy efficiency. It is one of many examples from our portfolio of products and solutions for lower resource consumption and significantly higher profitability in paper production. We are looking forward to the personal exchange with the visitors on site.”

As a special highlight, Voith invites all trade show visitors to a Mediterranean afternoon at its stand (51, Hall North) on 20 June. The event will start at 1 pm with the official product launch of the new refiner InfibraFiner. Visitors will be able to experience the new generation of refining in virtual reality.

In addition to the exchange at the booth, Voith experts will give presentations on the topics of energy, digitization and innovation:

20 June: Lada Bemert (vice-president, New Business & Research, Voith) will participate in the panel discussion on ‘Innovative energy concepts in the paper and fiber-based industry.’

In the ‘Digitization’ session, Matthias W. Schmitt (Global Sales manager Papermaking 4.0, Voith), together with Olav Dau (Automation Expert, Bellmer), will present new, practice-oriented possibilities for the use of Augmented Reality in the paper industry.

Under the title ‘InfibraFiner DG – tradition transferred into future’ Adrian Honig (Global Product manager Refining, Voith) introduces the new generation of refining. In addition, Ênio Antonio dos Reis (Process and Engineering consultant, Otacílio Costa Unit, Klabin) will present results and practical experience from the pilot installation at Klabin’s Otacílio Costa paper mill.

On 22 June, the Zellcheming Career Day will take place at the end of the trade show. Students and trainees will have the opportunity to get to know potential employers in the pulp and paper industry. Voith will also be actively represented here as a premium sponsor.

The Zellcheming trade fair is an independent technical and scientific platform of the pulp and paper industry. As a meeting point for the industry, the trade fair connects research, science and industry. 

The Voith Group is a global technology company with its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith Paper is full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services and products on the market and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from one source.

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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