PAMEX welcomes Japan Printing Machinery Association (JPMA) on board

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PAMEX welcomes Japan Printing Machinery Association (JPMA) on board
L-R: Tushar Dhote

Makoto Nishioka from Japan Printing Machinery Association (JPMA) recently visited the Print-Packaging (P) Ltd. office at Noida and confirmed its participation at PAMEX 2017 to be held from 18-21 December 2017 in Mumbai. The JPMA consists of 105 members, mainly manufacturers and vendors of printing machinery, bookbinding machinery, paper converting machinery and its peripheral equipment.

During his visit, Nishioka said, “I’m very optimistic about our (JPMA’s) alliance with All India Master Printer’s Association (AIFMP) and strongly believe that Pamex’17 is the right platform to venture in the Indian print industry.” The larger Japanese companies from the industry have already marked their presence in India but this would be an equally good opportunity for the small and medium companies to participate at PAMEX 2017 and explore the Indian market.

“This would be a great start for co-operation between two associations and we expect much bigger participation from Japan in the coming editions of PAMEX. We would also like to invite PAMEX to have a booth at International Graphic Arts Show – IGAS 2018 in Tokyo to further promote the show and attract larger Japanese participation in upcoming editions of PAMEX,” Nishioka added.

“In India, the Japanese companies are present largely in the prepress and press segment. There are no Japanese manufacturers of postpress and converting equipment here. At AIFMP we will study and identify what kind of Japanese equipment would be suitable for India in this segment,” said Tushar Dhote, chairman, PAMEX.

Sangam Khanna, president, Insight Communication & Print Solutions, who represents Komori in India, Sahil Kulkarni, section manager, Sakura International Japan and Anil Arora, president, Print Packaging.com, the event managers for PAMEX, were also present at the meeting.

For more information, write to info@print-packaging.com

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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.

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