Publish Asia 2009
Blog: Publish Asia 2009
On behalf of WAN-IFRA Magazine, Pailin Wedel is blogging this year's Publish Asia and IFRA Expo India 2009, providing impressions of the conference and accompanying events by means of photos and interviews with exhibitors, speakers and participants. Be sure to have a look frequently to see what's new.
Publish Asia 2009
Henrik Palsson, the vice president and head of consumer lab, Ericcsson starts his closing presentation with a story about his family. He says in Switzerland, two of his daughters don't read news on paper but on television or online. Palsson says he travels too much to read a physical paper so the only person who reads a newspaper is his wife. Even she discontinued reading after realizing they could not get the local news at their summer home.
Jochen Dieckow, research manager Emerging Digital Platforms and Business Development of WAN-IFRA, talks about the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of eReaders during the closing session. Packaging and service plays a large part in eReader developments, says Dieckow. While there are other technologies being developed, e-reader developments are predictable in the next one or two years.
Manfred Werfel, group director and deputy CEO newspaper production at WAN-IFRA, says during his presentation at the closing session Friday, "Dramatic cost savings can only be achieved through new business models." Various models are emerging, including profit centers, joint ventures and outsourcing, Werfel explains.
Prof. Dr. Arved Hübler from Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany says there's still a lot of motivation for developing printing plants. To implement a plant, companies have to effectively manage their transition by organizing a project structure, he says Friday at the Production and Technology Conference.
Ilkka Kuusisto, from Poyry Management Consultants, Singapore, at the conference closing session invites participants to look at history instead of forecasts. He retells the history of the strength of newspapers, withstanding factors such as the economy and alternative media like television. He says the most important factors that affect newsprint prices are supply and demand.
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