Deirdre Ryder elected president of Global Print

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Deirdre Ryder
Left - Dayaker Reddy, newly elected vice-president of Global Print, Right - Deirdre Ryder, elected chair of Global Print

Deirdre Ryder of VITS International was elected as the chair of Global Print at Tokyo on 27 July 2018. She is the president and chief executive officer of VITS International; she is now the first woman to hold the president’s position at the company. Global Print is an international federation of printing industry members. It was created to further the common interests and mutual understanding of printing, paper-making and converting machinery, equipment and consumables. Created in 2006, the company is made up of associations from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States of America.

Alongside Ryder, Dayaker Reddy, president of IPAMA was elected vice-president of Global Print. He is also the chief executive officer of Gutenberg Machinery Manufacturers’ and the managing director of Omsri Saivani Secure Print. Reddy was nominated for the post at a meeting held at IGAS 2018 in Tokyo on 27 July 2018. Additionally, Reddy will serve as the president of Global Print from 2020-22.

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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