IPAMA promotes unity of graphic industry associations

Memento was presented by IPAMA GC Members to the family members of late Mr. H.V. Sheth

Alongside the Pamex exhibition in Mumbai, IPAMA organized a grand promotional meet on the evening of 19 December 2017. The meeting held at the BEC was to bring the Indian industry and all the associations together to support each and to focus on the next big event for the industry which is the forthcoming 14th edition of Printpack India to be held from 1 to 6 February 2019 at the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida.

IPAMA invited presidents and senior functionaries of the various associations affiliated to the Indian graphic arts and packaging industry. These included AMSG Ashokan, president AIFMP, BB Sen, president AIPIMA, Gururaj Ballarwad, president ALPS, Pradip Bosmaya, president FCBMI, Kuldip Goel, president, LMAI, Raunak Singh Bhurjee, president IPCPMA, Chandrakant Salunkhe, president PIAI, Vipin Gaur, general secretary NPAI and Dilip Bhise, general secretary SPAI. The guests of honour were presented a memento and a shawl by the president and governing council members of IPAMA. A special memento was also presented to the family members of late HV Sheth former president of IPAMA and one of its founders.

IPAMA president Dayaker Reddy spoke about the formation of a federation or joint front of all the associations having affiliation with the Indian graphic arts industry.

There was support and appreciation from the invitees and from the industry leaders in the audience for unity in the industry and for the idea of forming a federation of associations in the joint interest of the graphic arts industries. Moreover, Reddy explained that individual associations will continue to pursue their own aims and objectives as per their constitutions.

Reddy stated that India is a growing economy with ample scope for development and strong potential for the growth of the printing and packaging industry which is already one of the largest in the world. Stating that the industry will grow due to the availability of the latest technology and resources at a reasonable cost, he said these industries are also potentially large job creators for the younger generation. He suggested that MNCs are also investing in the printing sector due to the favourable working conditions and growing markets in the country.

Regarding the Printpack India 2019 exhibition, Naveen Gupta stated that the event has already established itself and become known globally as a launching pad for new technologies and services in South Asia. In the forthcoming event, all the segments of the graphic arts industry have been included in the exhibitor profile for the first time. Exhibitors will be allotted space in halls dedicated to the various segments.

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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