Debate on critical issues pertaining to printing and packaging industries

Print business outlook conference 2019

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Print Business Outlook Conference

Print Business Outlook Conference, an event concerning the printing and packaging industries will be held on 2 February 2019 in conjunction with Printpack India 2019. The event will raise and debate critical issues of print and packaging industry, including the growth of digital printing and packaging, pharma technical and regulatory issues, and new technologies. The conference is organized by the association for print technologies (APTech) and the Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers Association (IPAMA).

Attendees will participate in interactive discussions on today’s challenges, opportunities, new hot trends, and collaborations between India and other global markets, as well as listen to industry professionals discussing leading-edge technologies that can help attendees business competitive edge.

The welcoming remarks will be given by Ken Garner, vice president, Business Development and Industry Relations and Darrel Ching, the principal commercial officer of U.S. Commercial Service, New Delhi. The subjects of discussions are trends of change for the print industry by Bill Gardner, president and founder, Gardner Design and LogoLounge; sustainable business success depends on radical innovation by Ken Garner and future of India’s paper business by SN Venkataraman, divisional head marketing, Paperboard, and Specialty Paper Division, ITC PSPD; digital printing: the future is now by Manish Gupta, deputy general manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India; and innovative digital printing technologies for packaging by A Appadurai, country manager, Indigo Graphic Solutions Business India (HP Inc.).

In the afternoon session, topics of discussion will be journalism, media, and technology trends and predictions 2019 by Nandagopal Rajan, editor, New Media (IE Online Media Services (P) Ltd) and Snehasis Roy, director – technical, Times of India; digital print and quality control trends in security printing by Erwin Wagner, business development manager for security print, Baldwin Vision Systems; Indian typefaces by Sarang Kulkarni, type designer/co-founder, Ek Type; Trends in UV printing by Maniraju Bora, Sales and Technical director, SW Asia, Trelleborg Coated Systems; and AI and experiences for next-gen printing by Harshit Desai, director, Customer and User Experience, KPMG; understanding the Indian book market by Vikrant Mathur, director, Nielsen Book India; and augmented reality and packaging by Mukundan Govindaraj, director, Creative Technologies, InGage. The event will end with a live and interactive Q&A session.

The registration fee till 5 January 2019 is Rs. 1770 and from 06 January 2019 up to 02 February 2019, the registration fee will be Rs. 2360.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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