World Printers Forum Conference, October 2015
The second World Printers Forum Conference on 7 October 2015 in Hamburg, Germany, featured the presentation of new research projects, innovations, product development and technology. Emerging business models were discussed as well as new approaches in offset and inkjet printing, paper and ink, newspaper print sizes and production control. The PDF report is attached at the end of this web page.
Print is part of the future
Print secures more than 90 percent of newspaper revenue and provides the economic basis of quality journalism. The printed newspaper is strong in ad- vertising because it addresses all human senses like no other medium.
New business models of newspaper printing
Newspaper printers all over are looking for new business ideas. New models are tried, ranging from a print pro t centre to joint venture, from a publisher- independent printer to a web-based print business. The World Printers Forum published a report on the subject and – in co-operation with the Austrian trade magazine 4c – conducted a survey.
Technical innovations, product development
Two years ago, the first European weekly newspaper switched to digital printing. This year, the first European daily changed from coldset to inkjet.
To compete with digital media, a printed product needs to go deeper. The conference featured a case study of the Luxembourg-based Tageblatt.
The possibility of using a newspaper format that is based on a multiple of A4 is a basic question determining the operational use of newspaper or commercial presses.
Optimising materials: paper and ink
Canada is by far the leader with 43 percent of the world’s certi ed forests. This is partly due to strict policies and political will to address non-compliances and customers’ concerns.
The conference also featured a presentation on the co-operative project “Optimised Paper Handling & Logistics.” The goal is to establish a common best practice guide and global reference for suppliers, transporters, converters and printers.
Using UV cured inks can be an option for newspaper printers. What does it take to add UV curing capabili- ties? What are the costs and business models? A case study from India.
Learning from other industries, leading in innovation, launching new business ideas
Self-publishing and Book-on-Demand (BOD) can be a convincing service owing to digital printing and highly automated print processing. A leading German BOD publisher presented an eye-opening case study.
The new Axel Springer Print Management company with plants in Berlin, Essen and Ahrensburg, near Hamburg, is preparing for the future and aims to bridge print and digital with innovative products.
A case study from Styria, Austria, illustrated how production management promotes effective sharing and communication between departments, among employees, and even to and from customers.
World Printers Forum Conference 2016 will take place in conjunction with the WAN-IFRA India Conference, 21–22 September, Kolkata (Calcutta). World Publishing Expo 2016, 10–12 October, in Vienna, will feature two integrated conference tracks: Digital Media World and Print World.
The WAN-IFRA India 2015 Printing Summit, 2–4 September, Mumbai, was the largest print conference of WAN-IFRA in 2015, attended by about 300 delegates. The Conference was supported by WAN-IFRA’s World Printers Forum, three members of the World Printers Forum Board presented on stage at the conference. The PDF report is attached at the end of this web page.
Achieving efficiency, excellence and innovations in newspaper production
This topic is important because of the pressure to cut operational cost, reduce waste, increase efficiency and revenue in all areas of newspaper production. The conference covered topics that focused on efficient use of energy and newsprint. A case study from Denmark on co-operation between publishers to procure raw materials at low cost, and a presentation on the benefits of implementing an ISO-based integrated management system to manage plant operations were part of the agenda.
Key trends in the industry that could affect how we operate today and how they can open doors to new businesses and efficient operations
One major trend identified by WAN-IFRA was the increasing usage of 42 g/sm newsprint in the Indian newspaper industry. Light weight newsprint comes with several cost benefits but involves several production challenges too. The printing summit covered this trend in detail, with three speakers making presentations on price forecast, properties of the lower gsm newsprint, production challenges and a step-by-step approach to standardise production.
Other trends that were covered included technology advancements in digital inkjet newspaper printing. The conference also featured two case studies on investment decisions – one revolved around a publisher’s business case to buy a new press and another was about a publisher’s decision to do a press retrofit. Another key trend that was touched upon was environmental initiatives from publishers to reduce carbon footprint and pollution.
Improving print quality and benchmarking it within the global newspaper community
Considering that advertising revenue is declining, one way to restore advertiser confidence is by printing high quality newspapers and sustaining the quality across all newspapers. Case studies focusing on print quality were part of the Printing Summit. A case study on using frequency modulated screening (FM) in newspapers covered the challenges in standardising with FM and the quality improvements that can be achieved.
Another case study by first-time winners of the International Colour Quality Club competition set out a step-by-step approach to winning Club membership.
At the printing summit, WAN-IFRA launched the report on, “New and emerging business models of newspaper printing companies”. It showcases several emerging and tested business models followed by printing companies worldwide. It examines the main options chosen by newspaper printers in the light of recent and on-going developments – how the change benefitted publishers and printers, the hurdles and pitfalls they had to contend with, and how they see the way forward. It presents a number of international cases that illustrate the development from different points of view.