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World Printers Forum Conference to open Berlin Publishing Days 2019.

World Printers Forum Conference to open Berlin Publishing Days 2019.

Frankfurt am Main – 2019-05-06

The World Printers Forum Conference will this year kick-off the re-launched “Berlin Publishing Days”. On Monday, 7th October 2019, the conference will provide an overview of the major print-related issues currently facing the publishing industry. 

Print products continue to account for the largest share of turnover in the portfolio of publishing companies worldwide. A fact impressively evidenced by the Print Innovation Awards 2018: There is a large scope for innovation in the print sector. The new World Printers Forum Conference will describe the current challenges confronting the printed news media on Monday, 7 October 2019, at a selected location in the heart of Berlin.

The conference will be hosted by the capital city office of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Berlin. From 11.00 to 18.00 h the focus will be on topics of burning interest to the publishing industry – including print innovation, such as new concepts or individualised products, market and business developments, new investment concepts as well as the latest developments in print design and distribution, expansion and automation possibilities for existing printing processes and presses. 

Speakers will include Thomas Drensek, COO Newspaper Printing at Axel Springer (Germany), Iris Chyi, Associate Professor and New Media Researcher at the School of Journalism of the University of Texas, Austin (USA), Björn Christian Wilms, Managing Director, Styria Print Group und Druck Carinthia (Austria), Gary Thomson, Senior Market Consultant at EMGE & Co. (UK) and Sebastian Haupt, Managing Partner, Multisense Institut (Germany).

Kick-off for the four-day Berlin Publishing Days

The refocused conference is the kick-off for the Berlin Publishing Days. On the two following days the IFRA World Publishing Expo and parallel DCX Digital Content Expo will take place in the Berlin Exhibition Centre (Messe Berlin). Conference attendees have the option on both conference days to concentrate on visiting the exhibitors' stands or benefit from the accompanying programme.

The Berlin Publishing Days continue for one day after the exhibition: On day four, Thursday 10 October, the Berlin Publishing Tours will lead the visitors to selected stations at publishing companies and start-ups throughout  Berlin. Participants can choose between two tours organised around the focus topics of the two parallel IFRA and DCX exhibitions.

Included in the ticket to the World Printers Forum Conference is access to the  IFRA World Publishing Expo and DCX Digital Content Expo. The Berlin Publishing Days can be booked also as a full package – including conference, exhibitions and Berlin Publishing Tours. 

Registration is possible with immediate effect at

This press release is available in German

Contact and Inquiries

Heiko Stock
Project Manager
Publishing Exhibition GmbH & Co. KG
Rheinkaistraße 2 
68159 Mannheim, Germany
Phone: +49 621 401 66-121

Manfred Werfel 
Deputy CEO 
Rotfeder-Ring 11
60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone +49 69 24 00 63-281

ABOUT IFRA AND DCX - The IFRA World Publishing Expo offers the possibility to explore all aspects of newspaper production: from the technical creation of content to production, up to and including distribution. Publishers have the opportunity to gain first-hand information concerning international developments and innovations. The DCX Digital Content Expo is dedicated to the digital side of publishing: from content strategy and production up to monetisation, it provides an overview of the solutions available on the market. The combination of international marketplace and congress programme makes IFRA and DCX a gathering that publishing companies and publishes cannot afford to miss.

ABOUT WAN-IFRA AND PUBLISHING EXHIBITION - WAN-IFRA is the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. Its mission is to protect the rights of journalists and publishers around the world to operate independent media. WAN-IFRA provides its members with expertise and services to innovate and prosper in a digital world and perform their crucial role in society. With formal representative status at the United Nations, UNESCO an.d the Council of Europe, it derives its authority from its global network of leading news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 80 national association members representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries. Publishing Exhibition GmbH & Co. KG, the organiser of the IFRA World Publishing Expo and the DCX Digital Content Expo, is a joint venture of WAN-IFRA and børding Holding GmbH (børding messe)

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