PRINTVISON 2017 at Jadavpur University

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PRINTVISON 2017 at Jadavpur University
Kamal Chopra delivers keynote at Jadavpur seminar

The department of Printing Engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata organised its annual PRINTVIZON seminar on 26 and 27 December 2017. The colorful 2-day seminar is organized by the students to discuss advancements, developments and opportunities in printing. It is also an important event for networking with well placed alumni in the print industry.

Kamal Chopra former president of the All India Federation of Master Printers who was invited to deliver the keynote address at the event emphasised the need for quality print education. Chopra said, “Printing is the second largest industry of the world and is the biggest invention of mankind till date. Printing is the mother of all revolution and the history of printing is the history of civilization itself . . . . printing has an unequalled history of strength – and believability. It has the power to shape ideas and influence action. It is important to note in today’s world of sound bites – of fleeting impressions – of here today gone tomorrow messages, that print lasts. No one should every underestimate this power. You all know the glorious past of this industry and there is bound to be a promising future in this profession. So you are in a wonderful profession and you must feel proud to be a printer.”

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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