Indian Printers Summit Kochi – Challenges and opportunities

14 to 15 September 2023

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A file photo of the Wan-Ifra Indian Printers Summit 2021 in Chennai. The previous summit was held in Delhi in 2022. Photo: Wan-Ifra

The Indian Printers Summit 2023, the 31st annual conference of Wan-Ifra in India, to be held at the Kochi Marriott Hotel from 14 to 15 September 2023, is ready to commemorate the achievement of print in the region and bring together the best minds in the newspaper printing and publishing business to discuss the future for the longevity of print.

The event, co-sponsored by the Indian Newspaper Society, will have print industry experts from India and abroad discuss the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities facing the newspaper industry today. It will offer a combination of learning conference sessions, and a mini expo at the same place.

The target audience is CEOs, managing directors, technical directors, business directors, production heads, plant managers, prepress managers, print business managers, and other senior news publishing leaders.

The program includes a keynote on Reviving Print: Charting a Sustainable Path Amid Changing Demand and the Future of the Print Industry; sessions on Print business trends and current demands of the industry in India; Shared responsibilities of publishers in terms of sustainable production; Sustainable consumables and manufacturing of newspaper; AI in newspaper printing workflow, and technology; Newsprint costs; Distribution challenges and future roadmap.

Side by side, an Advertising Summit & Study Tour will provide first-hand insights into marketing strategies and advertising practices that clicked in the post-pandemic revival. The tour includes visits to the advertising offices of leading publishers in Kerala on 13 September. The Advertising Summit will be held on 14 and 15 September.

The winners of Best in Print Asia Awards 2023 will be presented ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ trophies during the welcome dinner on 14 September 2023.

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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