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Global printing forum kicks off in Ilsan

All Headlines 15:40 August 30, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 30 -- An annual world printing forum will kick off Tuesday in South Korea, highlighting world-class printing and communication experts, the organizing committee said.

The World Print & Communication Forum (WPCF) will hold the opening ceremony of this year's forum under the main theme "Printing the World" in the evening. Set to run through Friday, the four-day event is expected to draw some 500 experts in printing technology from 31 countries, including the United States, Germany, China, Russia, Japan and Brazil.

South Korea is the first Asian country to host the event.

The Brussels-based WPCF has run the global forum since 1989 for leading print industry marketers and businesspeople to discuss the current status of the market and future development plans.

The opening ceremony will be held at KINTEX, a convention center in Ilsan, northwest of Seoul, followed by a welcoming banquet.

On the second day, the forum will host seven in-depth sessions to discuss issues that include the future of the printing industry in South Korea, China and Europe, led by international executive consultants. The sessions also include transitioning to digital printing technology, fostering printing experts and discussing the latest developments in information technology-related printing.

On the third day, the participants will be offered a guided tour of the Cheongju Early Printing Museum and the Modern and Contemporary Printing Exhibition, both in Cheongju, some 130 kilometers from Seoul. The experts will watch the demonstration of the casting of Korean metal type. The city of Cheongju is best known as the cradle of "jikji," the world's oldest existent book printed with movable metal type.

"This year's WPCF forum will help the printing industry rise to the center of 21st century information technology, and to terminate the groundless prejudice that the industry is dying out," said Cho Jung-suk, the organizing committee chief of the WPCF 2016.


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