Special Correspondent

Three-day event to feature suppliers to newspaper publishing industry

CHENNAI: WAN-IFRA, the world association of newspaper and news publishers, will organise the second edition of IFRA Expo India at the Chennai Trade Centre from Wednesday.

The three-day expo will feature leading suppliers of the newspaper publishing industry from India and abroad, according to a press release issued by IFRA India. Among those who will participate are ABB, Bosch-Rexroth, KBA and Mitsubishi, the release said.

The flagship Asian conference of WAN-IFRA, Publish Asia, will be held simultaneously at the adjoining Chennai Convention Centre. The annual conference under the theme “Cost Control, Revenue Generation and Innovations – Creating value in challenging times” will have four parallel conferences, each aimed at specific target group — CEOs, CTOs, Production Heads and Circulation Executives.

Reiner Mittelbach, CEO of WAN-IFRA, will deliver the keynote address at the conference, which will include addresses from Juan Senor, partner, Innovation Media Consulting, UK; Sam Balsara, chairman and MD, Madison World, India; Rajiv Verma, CEO, Hindustan Times; Javier Uriquizi, marketing director, ABC Newspapers, Spain; Ranjeet Kate, director, The Times of India; Murugavel Janakiraman, CEO, bharatmatrimony.com; Bharat Kapadia, board director, Lokmat Group and Henrik Palsson, founder, Ericsson Consumer Lab, Sweden.

WAN-IFRA’s annual report “World Press Trends” with a split edition of “Asian Trends” will be officially released at the Publish Asia Conference inauguration on September 23. The reports profile newspapers in Asian countries, reader demographics and readership patterns. The report will also be available in a digital edition covering the complete worldwide trends.

The event will also host the eighth Asia Media Awards presented at the awards dinner on Thursday at Le Royal Meridien.

The release said that over 500 delegates from newspapers in India, South Asia, South East Asia and Europe had confirmed their participation and that 2,000 visitors were expected at the event.