FREE download of best practices for paper handling

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A FREE eBook download is available for this International Best Practice Guide — the new global reference for suppliers, transporters, converters and printers — whether sheetfed or web offset, gravure, flexo or digital. The 270-page guide has a cover price of €250 but is available as a FREE eBook to users because project members believe that price should not be a barrier to making best practices available to all. The FREE download is available from http://www.ophal.info/

If you prefer a printed copy, the 270-page hard cover book will be available in spring 2018. The normal selling price is €250 but you can order at a special price of €155 including shipment for orders received and paid for by 28 February 2018.

This unique cross-industry collaborative project brings together expertise from across the entire paper supply chain from the mill, through transport, storage, handling and printing. Its goal is to establish a common best practice tool and global reference for suppliers, transporters, converters and printers to improve their efficiency.

Integrated cross industry best practices improves operating performance by reducing economic and environmental losses from avoidable damage and waste, improves safety and communication while simplifying training and supervision. It also gives a better vision across the entire value chain that is addressed in 11 modules:

Paper & Cores — Wrapping & Pallets
Inspect, Report, Evaluate & Repair
Warehouse & Paper Store
Paper Handling Equipment
Roll & Pallet Handling Techniques
Securing & Lashing
Road Transport
Rail Transport
Containers Transport
Marine Transport
At the Printer — Paper onto Press

Substrates are the highest single cost for all printing and packaging applications – any reduction in their waste and damage improves both economic and environmental performance. The guide covers paper and board in rolls and sheets used for publishing and packaging applications for all major printing processes.

‘Optimized Paper Handling & Logistics’ is a collaborative project made possible by the participation of: ABP Group • Axel Springer • Bolzoni Auramo • Cascade Corporation • Dalim Software • Earthpac • European Rotogravure Association (ERA) • Fr. Meyer’s Sohn (FMS) • Goss International • The Hindu Group, Kasturi & Sons • Holmen • icmPrint • Idealliance • IF P&C Insurance • INTAKT Transportberater • Intergraf • Koenig & Bauer Group • Malayala Manorama • Mondi Extrusion Coatings • The Nordic Offset Printing Association (NOPA) • Paperdam Foundation • Sappi • Swendska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) • Sonoco-Alcore • SpanSet • Stora Enso • tesa SE • The Times Group, Bennet Coleman & Co • TRANSWAGGON Group • UPM • WAN-IFRA

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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– Naresh Khanna

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