Print Tech China 2012 July 5th&6th, 2012 [Crowne Plaza Century Park] Shanghai, China
China has ambitious plans to become the world’s second largest printing power indicated through the 12th five-year development plan for the printing industry. The plan clearly outlines that by the end of 2015 the gross output value of China’s printing industry will exceed 1.1 trillion RMB.
Hitting this target will be no easy feat especially with the challenges that the industry are facing including that digital printing has contributed to a restructuring of the industry, green printing requires better supply chain management and the fact that traditional printing companies are looking for a new business mode which will lead to sustainable development. All these challenges were discussed at the ‘Print Tech China 2012 summit’ which had served as an ideal platform to promote communication, innovation and cooperation within the industry.
With support from Japan Federation of Printing Industries (JFPI), Noppen hosted the Print Tech China 2012 Summit in Shanghai. The Summit was attended by over 100 prominent industry leaders, senior directors and engineers from the leading printing enterprises and major printing equipment manufacturers, this congress illustrated China's latest industrial policies, advanced solutions for digital printing as well as traditional printing, and the most up-to-date printing industry forecast on major segments in China.
The opening speech was given by Mr. ZHOU Jianping, Department of printing management, Shanghai Press & Publication Administration, who presented on the latest industry forecast on different segments of the industry, including book publishing, packaging printing and on-demand printing. Mr. PAN Xiaodong, Secretary General of Shanghai Digital Printing Association introduced the latest industry trend of digital printing and stressed on the need to establish a sustainable business mode by taking advantage of the industry transformation. The morning session ended with a panel discussion, Mr. SHEN Weirong, President of Jielong Group, and Mr. LU Youhai, Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Printing Group who introduced future strategies for the two printing giants in eastern China. Mr. Ding Yifan, Founder of EP China, and Mr. BAI Qi, Deputy General Manger of Beijing QL- ART Printing, shared insights from commercial printers’ perspective - how small to medium sized printing enterprises should work closely with the customers to provide integrated service to maintain the core competence within the competitive industry.
YUAN Haowei, Yunnan Hongta Colored Printing & Packing Co Ltd noted “This is a well- organized event which serves as an ideal platform for communication within the industry.”
Keynote speakers at the event were Kensuke OKAMOTO from Konica Minolta, the event’s Gold Sponsor, who presented on the latest trend in digital printing equipment. Mr. Stefan Hasenzahl, General Manager of Heidelberg Graphic Equipment (Shanghai) Co Ltd, who presented on the latest industry trends in traditional printing press, including the trends towards integration & automation, sustainability & ecology, product safety & zero tolerance, special effects & special applications. Mr. Sebastian Schlehher from Polar Post-Press noted Mr. Stefan Hasenzahl’s presentation as” Integrating industry insights.” Other eminent speakers include Mr. LI Xue, Deputy General Manager of Phoenix Publishing & Media Group, who shared his insight of digital printing from a publisher and printer’s perspective. Mr. LUO Xianfeng, President of Shanghai 4Space Culture & Media Incorporated Co Ltd, a young company that offers integrated pre-press solutions to both printing companies and end users, discussed the “Siwei Business Mode” of working closely and service the customers.
The second day of the event was focused more on packaging trends from brand owner’s perspective. Forest LI, Managing Director of Schawk Imaging (Shanghai) Co Ltd acted as the chairman for Day Two. Industry leaders introduced the latest industry trends towards green and sustainable packaging trends, keynote speakers include Mr. YU Zhan, Corporate Packaging Service Manager for Nestle Greater China; Steven LIU, Procurement Manager of Packaging from ABInBev China; John LI, Packaging Development Sr. Manager from Johnson & Johnson Global Engineering. Penny GUO from Shell (China) Limited said it was “Well Organized and insightful!”
Other speakers include Ms. LUO Min of Avery Dennison, Mr. Thomas ZHANG of ESKO Great China, Mr. WANG Baowen of Shaanxi Beiren Printing Machinery Co Ltd. Jonny FANG of Océ Printing Systems GmbH said, “Great event, looking forward to cooperation in the future”. Shanghai Tobacco Package Printing Co Ltd stated the event was” Very interesting and insightful event, hope next event will be better.” Noppen would like to express special thanks to all the Print Tech China 2012 sponsors, supporters and attendees who came together to make this a very successful and informative event.