A vision of things to come

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The 2020 Vision conference is taking place this month, marking the 450th anniversary conference of the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company.
The event, which is aimed at senior executives employed in the stationery, OP, paper-making, packaging, publishing and printing industries, will look at technological and economic development and present a view of the state of affairs in the year 2020.
Stationers’ Hall, London will play host to the keynote and plenary sessions of the one-day conference on Thursday 24 May, while some of the break-out sessions will unfold at the nearby Apothecaries’ Hall.
The plenary sessions, including a speech on the global economy in 2020 by William Emmott, former editor of The Economist, and another on the rise of China and India by Sir Howard Davies, director of the London School of Economics, will feature during the morning session.
Moving on to the afternoon session, there will be separate panel discussions devoted to the publishing, printing, stationery and office products, paper- making and packaging industries.
The stationery and office products afternoon break-out session, to be led by OyezStraker Group chairman Hugh Sear, aims to provide insight on the future of the OP industry, covering issues such as retailing and the environment.
Patrick Seghin, president of Staples Europe, will speak about how he expects OP retailing to change by 2020. He will give his opinion on how the retail landscape will change over the coming years, while delivering thought-provoking speculation on topics ranging from mass customisation on pricing and multi-channel contact strategies to corporate responsibility, as well as reshaping manufacturer and distributor relationships.
Ray Peck, former CEO of office2office, will also share his vision of the future of OP retailing, commenting both on the current nature of the market and purchasing patterns, while forecasting future trends and speculating on diversity issues.
Alan Barclay, CEO of Kingfield Heath, will then give a presentation on the continued evolution of the global supplies market. Barclay will share his vision of things to come and discuss factors such as the changing sales mix .
As an organiser of the conference, OPI is pleased to announce three additional speakers to the conference line-up. Christian Knapp, managing director of printing press manufacturer KBA (UK), will take part in the panel discussion ‘Manufacturing: Which processes will dominate in 2020?’ as part of the afternoon’s printing session.
Tim Bowdler, CBE and chief executive of Johnston Press, and Professor Adrian Monck, head of journalism and publishing at City University, will also be taking part in the panel session ‘Can newspapers survive the challenges from free sheets, mobile news, blogs and podcasts?’ with Sir David Bell, chairman of the Financial Times newspaper.
For more information about 2020 Vision, visit www.opi.net/2020vision