Delhi Printers’ Association elect new office bearers

Delhi Printers’ Association elect new office bearers
L-R: Rajesh Sardana of Cambridge Press

The Delhi Printers’ Association elected new office bearers for for the year 2018-19 at its recently conducted annual meeting on 28 April 2018. The elected office bearers are Rajesh Sardana of Cambridge Press as the president, Mahinder Budhiraja of Emkay Printers as the general secretary and Kewal Kumar Singhal of Santosh Offset as the treasurer.

Sardana who was elected as the president, is a graduate from Delhi University and he joined The Cambridge Press when he was 18 years old. This printing press is one of the oldest printing presses of India as its inception was in the year 1925-1926. Sardana has been a printer for more than four decades in this printing press.

Budhiraja was born in Bathinda (Punjab). He pursued his education in Delhi and entered the printing business by the name of Emkay Printers in 1975 which he has been running successfully with assistance from his son Mr. Anuj.

Ever since Mr. Budhiraja joined DPA he has been participating in various activities by serving not only as joint-secretary, vice-president and treasurer, but also as convener of the association’s annual Printers’ Day as well as free general health and eye check-up camps from time to time.

Lastly, Singhal is one such entrepreneur who has the knack for indulging in business as well as politics. He was born at Gwalior, MP on 3 April 1965. He graduated in commerce from Delhi University. though his father ran a paints business. Singhal displayed his aptitude for printing line and set up a company in the name of Santosh Offset in 1986. His press specializes in printing of quality mono and corrugated cartons. In order to expand his printing unit Singhal ventured into import and trading of printing and binding machinery under the name Santosh Overseas.

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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