High-profile political presence at the opening of IFRA Expo 2009 in Vienna - the Annual Event of the Newspaper and Media Industry

The Top Event of the News Publishing Industry that keeps you on course: from 12 to 15 October 2009 in Vienna

(PresseBox) (Darmstadt, ) IFRA Expo offers trendsetting technologies, new business models and innovations to safely lead newspaper publishing houses and media operations into a successful future in difficult times. From 12 to 15 October, IFRA Expo 2009 will take place under the motto "Your essential GPS - THE News Publishing Event to help navigate your Course" in the Reed Messe Wien exhibition grounds (www.ifraexpo.com - www.messe.at).

At 9.30 h on Monday, 12 October, IFRA Expo will be officially opened by the President of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer, and by the Austrian Prime Minister, Werner Faymann. All exhibition participants and media representatives are cordially invited to attend the opening ceremony in the foyer of the Reed Messe.

"In this very difficult year for the industry, the Annual Event of the News Publishing Industry aims both to showcase the current state of the industry as well as to provide direction for the future. According to a 2009 study of the Mercer consulting company, Vienna is the city that offers the highest quality of life standard worldwide - based on the stability, safety, good accessibility and tourist attractions offered by the Austrian capital. The city on the Danube is always worth a visit and is therefore the perfect venue for IFRA Expo 2009. This is where visitors meet industry colleagues from all over the world in a professional and relaxed atmosphere", says Michael Heipel, responsible for the IFRA Expo 2009 exhibition at WAN-IFRA.

For whom is the exhibition important?

More than 90 percent of IFRA Expo visitors are decision-makers at publishing houses: Advertising Managers, Operating Managers, Business Development Managers, Chief Editors, Managing Editors, Chief Information Officers, Prepress Managers, Purchasing Managers, Managing Directors/CEOs, IT Managers, Heads of R&D and Heads of Online Publishing, Marketing Managers, Production and Technical Managers, Mailroom and Distribution Managers. IFRA Expo offers something of interest for everyone who publishes in print, online or mobile. This includes magazine publishers as well as decision-makers from the area of corporate publishing. For the first time, WAN-IFRA has agreed a cooperation with the Forum Corporate Publishing and offers special accompanying events for decision-makers in the corporate communication area.

Mikael Pentikainen, President, Sanoma News, Finland:

"IFRA Expo offers an outstanding and worthwhile possibility to keep up to date with the latest developments in our business."

Damian Schwickerath, Deputy Chief Editor, Trierischer Volksfreund, Germany:

"There is so much going on. For anyone who wants to know what direction we are heading in, IFRA Expo is exactly the right place."

Some 300 exhibitors from 25 countries as well as about 9000 visitors from more than 80 countries are expected to attend. They will find in hall A systems and services for the topics of: Business/Strategy, Content Production for Newsrooms as well as Advertising, Digital Media and Systems. The products and solutions on show in hall B cover the areas of: Prepress, Print, Mailroom and Distribution, Consumables (see www.ifraexpo.com for an updated list of exhibitors).

The most important information at a glance: IFRA Expo 2009

Place: Reed Messe Wien: Halls A and B - Access via Foyer A, Messeplatz 1, A-1021 Wien, Austria (www.messe.at).
When: 12 to 15 October 2009.
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 10.00 to 18.00 h, Thursday 10.00 to 16.00 h.
Visitor tickets: from EUR 32 plus VAT Online registration (also for holders of vouchers) under www.ifraexpo.com/registration.

More information about access to Messe Wien is available under:

- www.ifraexpo.com (general and flight connections),
- www.oebb.at (rail),
- www.wienerlinien.at (public transport).

Travellers arriving by air save up to 20 percent by flying with a member of the Star Alliance airline network, the official partner of IFRA Expo 2009.

Hotel reservation: Austropa Interconvention, phone.: +43.1.588.00-517/-519, Fax: +43.1.588.00-520, e-Mail ifra2009@interconvention.at.

The IFRA Expo Community is also represented on the major social networks: Facebook, LinkedIn and XING (search for "IFRA Expo group"). WAN-IFRA also "twitters": latest industry news on: www.twitter.com/IFRANews.

The accompanying programme

IFRA Expo is not only the largest trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industries, it also offers an extensive programme of conferences and events that gives participants the possibility to keep up to date on latest industry developments:

Pre-Expo Study Tour: "Color Quality Best Practice"

The WAN-IFRA Pre-Expo Study Tour to publishing houses in Germany, Switzerland and Austria that have participated successfully in the Color Quality Club competition offers the possibility to learn from experienced industry colleagues (www.ifra.com/studytours). The tour (in the English language) begins on 4 October in Frankfurt am Main and ends on 10 October with a visit to IFRA Expo in Vienna.

Pre-Expo Study Tour: "Multimedia Newsrooms in Europe"

The WAN-IFRA Pre-Expo Study Tour takes participants to innovative newsrooms in England, Norway, Germany and Austria that have already taken the step into the multimedia era - with print, video, mobile service, social networks and communities (www.ifra.com/studytours). It gives the participants the opportunity to benefit directly from the experiences of their industry colleagues. The tour (in the English language) begins on 4 October in London and ends on 10 October with a visit to IFRA Expo in Vienna.

Get-Together

Make contacts and renew acquaintances with publishers and suppliers from all over the world while enjoying refreshments, snacks and music.

Monday, 12 October, 18.00 h, Foyer Reed Messe Wien.

Newspapers Today - Focus Sessions at IFRA Expo

At our various Focus Sessions, colleagues and specialists will report about their project experiences as well as present Best Practice cases. Each session lasts about two-and-a-half hours and provides major insights into the topic concerned. The participation fee of EUR 290 plus VAT per session includes a free season ticket to IFRA Expo. The combined fee for all 4 sessions is from EUR 1,000 plus VAT.

Topics and dates:

- Advertising: Monday, 12 October, 14.00 h;
- Newspaper production: Tuesday, 13 October, 10.00 h; or
- Strategies in Newsroom: Tuesday, 13 October, 10.00 h;
- Design: Tuesday, 13 October, 14.00 h (with presentations by 2009 XMA Awards winners);
- Retrofit: upgrading your press, Wednesday, 14 October, 10.00 h.

Conference languages: English and German.

Tutorial for International Newspaper Color Quality Club

This Tutorial will familiarise participants with the rules of the INCQC competition, the leading printing quality benchmark (www.colorqualityclub.org). The newspaper printing standard will be explained in detail and deep insights given into quality management methods and measuring techniques. On Thursday, 15 October, 9.00 to 13.00 h (in the English language).

Presentation of the winners of the XMA Cross Media Awards

The winners of the highly respected WAN-IFRA competition (www.ifra.com/xma), organised this year under the motto "Cross-Media Branding and -Design", will be presented in a special XMA display, open on all exhibition days.

IFRA Expo Solution Park

New solution suppliers present their innovative business models in hall A, stand A130. Entry is free of charge. Open all exhibition days.

Ideas in Printing Square

On all exhibition days this information area in hall B, stand B840, offers patented solutions for the printing industry. Entry free of charge

Carbon-neutral exhibition

The carbon dioxide emissions of IFRA Expo 2009 in Vienna will be compensated by the support of Expo partner AbitibiBowater.

For more information about the accompanying programme and to register online, visit: www.ifraexpo.com.

WAN-IFRA

WAN-IFRA (www.wan-ifra.org) , based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world's newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. The organisation was created by the merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry.

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