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

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

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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