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.

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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