Amar Ujala Publications prepares for the future

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Amar Ujala Publications prepares for the future
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One of India’s leading media concerns, Amar Ujala Publications, has been busy getting its printing plants ready for the future. The last year has seen Amar Ujala Publications investing in at least ten automation systems produced by Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC-EAE). As a result, the Dutch specialist in measurement and control equipment for the printing industry has seen a significant rise in its share on the Indian market.

Agra 
The Manugraph Cityline press, located in Agra, around 150 kilometers  south of the capital New Delhi, has been equipped with 14  mRC-3D cameras for color register, all fitted with Automatic Ink Mist Shields (AIMS) for automatic cleaning of the lenses. Likewise in Agra, 14  mRC-3D cameras for color register, fitted with AIMS, were installed on the Manugraph M360 press. The last project in Agra consisted of 2  mRC-3D cameras for color register, fitted with AIMS, for the TPH Orient   press. This installation represents an expansion of the existing system.     

Lucknow 
In Lucknow, approximately 400 kilometers  south-east of New Delhi, two TPH presses were provided with QIPC-EAE automation systems. The TPH Orient 35000 press here was equipped with 21  mRC-3D cameras for color register and cut-off ribbon control, fitted with AIMS. On the TPH Orient press, a total of 2  mRC-3D cameras for color register were installed, likewise with AIMS. The 2 new cameras represented an addition to the new tower on the press.     

Noida 
In Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, a further two presses were provided with new automation systems. On the TPH Orient 45000, a total of 18  mRC-3D cameras for color register and cut-off control were installed. All cameras here were also fitted with AIMS. On an extra tower on the TPH Orient, 2  mRC-3D cameras with AIMS were also installed.     

Other sites 
A TPH Orient Xcel press in Dehradun, around 200 kilometers  north of New Delhi, was also fitted with 21  mRC-3D cameras with AIMS for colour register and cut-off control. The TPH Orient press in Kanpur, 50 kilometers  south-west of Lucknow, was equipped with a new tower which included 2  mRC-3D cameras with AIMS for color register. Finally, in Moradabad, 150 kilometers  east of New Delhi, 2  mRC-3D cameras with AIMS for color register were installed on the TPH Orient’s new tower.

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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