ArtiosCAD and Esko Automated Quality Assurance win at EDP Awards ceremony

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Two Esko solutions were among the winners at the recently concluded European Digital Press Association (EDP) Awards ceremony held during FESPA 2017. Esko’s ArtiosCAD and Esko Automated Quality Assurance were awarded among 31 winners chosen from more than 150 entries.

Esko’s ArtiosCAD Display Store is a comprehensive online library of design templates using basic parameters. The online shop offers a wide selection of designs requiring only size adjustment to be production-ready. This removes both time and potential error out of the design process. It is supported by ArtiosCAD.net. By offering these designs, Esko simplifies the process of display making and significantly increases productivity in the production of visual communications.

The Automated Quality Assurance is a custom solution of automated quality control tools developed by Esko and industry partners such as GlobalVision. It is a set of strong features that automatically inspects and compares files. Via catching and highlighting problems with spelling, text, barcodes, braille, colors and more packaging-specific items in the prepress workflow, it improves the throughput of quality control.

Both awards were presented to Bruno Vermeulen, EMEA marketing director at Esko, who said, “These awards are a great endorsement of our software and workflow solutions. We aim to simplify the way our customers work and develop our offering to support easier, faster and error free operations. It is really great to see our solutions once more recognized by the EDP as industry-leading.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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