Paper Day organized at Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic in Sivakasi

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Dr. M. Nandakumar, Principal & HOD-Printing Technology addressing the gathering
Dr. M. Nandakumar, Principal & HOD-Printing Technology addressing the gathering

Department of Printing Technology, Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College, Sivakasi organized Paper Day on 01.08.2018. M. Nandakumar, principal and head of the department, Printing Technology presided over the function. Printing Technology students and members of staff gathered to celebrate the Paper Day.

Speaking to the occasion, Nandakumar, said that the day was important and to be marked by every printer. He even narrated the importance of paper as a raw material for the printing industry. Furthermore, he highlighted that paper played a vital role along with printing technology in enlightening the human race with education.

He also insisted the importance of conserving paper which is the need of the hour. In addition, he motivated the students to prepare handmade paper. He insisted the students to ensure that no waste paper will be burnt in the institution in future. He advised them to collect all the papers waste and to recycle it. Students from the department of printing technology created the awareness of effective usage of paper in institution and collected waste paper from each department. It will contribute to preparation of handmade paper. Additionally, the collection of waste paper continue throughout the year with start on 1 August 2018. It is indeed a striking gesture from the college management and the students to conserve paper, prices of which have recently been fluctuating a lot.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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.

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