Hemant Kumar joins ppi Media’s India team

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L to R: The ppiMedia team for India — Andreas Gawert, Hemant Kumar and Dr. Thomas Müller-Lupp

Hemant Kumar is the new ppi Media country manager for India from 1 June 2018. Kumar joins the existing team for India, which includes Dr. Thomas Müller-Lupp and Andreas Gawert, to supports ppi Media in the efforts to strengthen the company’s focus on India, a media market that it considers important. ppiMedia’s Content-X and Digital Collection systems have been installed at the Deccan Herald and Prajavani dailies based on Bengaluru.

Kumar has almost 40 years’ experience in the publishing and design industry and has, among other things, been responsible for developing the newspaper division at Kohli Graphic Systems. Over the last few years, he was part of several editorial and publishing production system projects at ABP, The Hindu, Malayala Manorama, The Printers Mysore Limited and The Times of India, and has been working with numerous other large Indian publications and publishing houses.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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