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India's first National Book Printers conference will be hosted between 17 to 19 November at Thiruvanthapuram in Kerala.

According to P Sajith, Welbound Worldwide: "The conference will take a big step towards making India the largest book print exporter by 2017." The three-day event is being supported by Welbound and Henkel CAC India. PrintWeek India will be the knowledge partner for the event.

The three day event will consist of knowledge seminars and panel discussions which has been conceptualised by PrintWeek India. Professor Werner Rebsamen will be the keynote speaker on day one of the event. Key post-press suppliers will be providing innovative technological solutions during the conference. CEOs of 200 book printers in India, key publishers, heads of textbook corporations, government representatives will be present at this event which will be hosted at Hotel Udaya Samudra.

Sajith said: "The conference will include a panel discussion which shall consist top book-print exporters from India. Discussions will be based on their real-time work-experiences of what they see as challenges and solutions in making India the largest book print hub for exports. The discussion will create an interest group."

Technical experts from Wohlenberg bookbinding and cutting systems, Guk folding machines from Germany; Robatech AG from Switzerland; Tecnograf from Italy and Baumann paper handling equipment will make presentations. In addition, international gurus in bookbinding such as Werner Rebsamen, professor Emeritus of RIT (USA); and Tony Clark, the author of Bookbinding with Adhesives will demystify book binding techniques.

Besides the conference, the three day conference will include factory visits and demonstration of a range of products from Welbound. This will include a factory visit of Welbound's book production gallery, where a series of machines and processes will be displayed producing different types of books. In addition, delegates will see perfect binders from Welbound and Wohlenberg, automatic folding machines with inline gluing, VDP, counting, pressing and stacking, saddle stitching lines, technology of stitching heads, PUR technology, programs for operational efficiency enhancement of binderies and Wohlenberg cutting systems.

Furthermore Henkel will showcase solutions of HMA, PSHMA, WBA, PUR at the stalls located in the factory.

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