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World Printers Forum Conference: Long Live the Newspaper!

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World Printers Forum Conference: Long Live the Newspaper!


The World Printers Forum will have its 2015 conference on Wednesday, 7 October, during World Publishing Expo 2015, the largest global trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industry, in Hamburg, Germany.

The Keynote speaker will be Hermann Petz, CEO of the Austrian newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung, who is on a bold mission to put an end to today’s endless bashing of newspapers. “The newspaper is dead? Long live the newspaper!” is the not-so subtle title of Petz’s recently published book, written on the occasion of the Tiroler Tageszeitung’s 70th anniversary.

Petz, who serves as the Chairman of the Board of Moser Holding, will make a strong case for the power of print when he delivers the keynote address of the World Printers Forum conference in Hamburg.

The Conference will reflect the work of the World Printers Forum, the print community within World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). It will feature presentations on new research projects, innovations in the newspaper print business, product development and technology. Emerging business models will be presented and discussed, as well as new approaches in offset and digital inkjet printing, paper and ink, newspaper print sizes and production control.

The World Printers Forum Conference will feature:

-- New business models of newspaper printing;

-- Innovations in technology and product development;

-- Optimizing materials: paper and ink;

-- Learn from other industries, lead in innovation and launch new projects.

Full details, including the evolving conference program, speakers and registration information, can be found at here. The World Printers Forum is one of three strategy conferences taking place during the World Publishing Expo, which will run from 5 to 7 October 2015. Some 7,000 visitors are expected at the Expo and conferences, which features more than 200 exhibitors and more than 70 speakers.

Confirmed speakers at the World Printers Forum include:

-- Thomas Drensek, General Manager Axel Springer Print Management, Germany, who will talk about the new Axel Springer printing company;

-- Beat Lauber, Strategy and Communication, VR Delegate, Mengis Druck, Walliser Bote, Switzerland, who will present the case study of the first inkjet printed European daily newspaper;

-- Kurt Kribitz, Managing Director, Styria Print Group, Austria, who will give a presentation on “Boosting productivity with integrated production management”. With end-to-end integration --from estimating through scheduling, production, delivery and accounting -- integrated production management can facilitate the collection and sharing of information.

-- Matthias Tietz, CEO of Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei, Düsseldorf, Germany, who will examine the request to change from traditional newspaper formats to a wide range of standard DIN A formats – an essential requirement for the future economy of newspaper printing plants.

-- Hugo Jacqmain, Director, Aboriginal Affairs, Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, who will talk about the influence of paper procurement decisions on sustainable forest management in Québec, Canada.

-- Krishnendu Bose, Vice President, Manufacturing Excellence for Supply Chain of HT Media, India, who will present a case study of the UV Project by Hindustan Times Media.

-- Nigel Wells, Joint Managing Director and Editor, Print Process Champions best practice group, who will present the results of the cooperative project, “Optimized Paper Handling & Logistics”, supported by many publishing and supplier companies and associations worldwide.

-- Manfred Werfel, WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO, and Martin Schwarz, Editor-in-Chief of the Trade Magazine 4c, in Austria, who will do a joint presentation on new and emerging business models of newspaper printing companies. A new WAN-IFRA Report presents international cases that illustrate the development from different points of view. The Austrian 4c Magazin supported the WAN-IFRA project and initiated a survey on alternative business models for newspaper printers.

The conference will also include a panel discussion on the question, "Is print part of the past or part of the future?" Experts will debate the future of the printed newspaper and present the top priorities and action plans needed to make print a part of the future of news media.

The World Printers Forum is the print community within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). It advises WAN-IFRA in all aspects of the printed newspaper: the business of production planning, prepress data handling and processing, press and mailroom operations including connected topics related to management and technical implementation.

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India, is the global organization of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.

Inquiries to: Virginia Melero, Project Manger, Events, WAN-IFRA, Frankfurt,  Germany. E-mail: Tel: +49 69.24 00 63-253


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