The Kutchi Printers & Allied Industries Association holds first get-together in Mumbai

Bringing together the Kutchi printing community

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Anil Gala, president of the Kutchi Printers & Allied Industries Association, speaking at the get-together

The newly formed Kutchi Printers & Allied Industries Association held its first get-together on 6 October, in central Mumbai district of Matunga. The meeting was attended by members of the association as well as members of the media. IPAMA president Dayakar Reddy was the chief guest at the occasion. The Kutchi Printers & Allied Industries Association is an attempt to bring the members of industrious and entrepreneurial Kutchi community, which traces its roots to the Kutch region of Gujarat, who are involved in printing and related industries, together.

The association is made up of members involved in various types of printing activity such as offset printing, screen printing, textile printing, label printing, flexo printing, gravure printing as well as in activities such as graphic designing, materials trading and ink manufacturing, among others. At present there are close to 100 registered members of the association. Anil Gala of Navneet Publication is the president, Dinesh Gogari of Diamond Stickers is the vice president, Ketan Sanghvi of Shanti Art Works is the secretary and Vipin Shah of Commercial Packaging Services is the treasurer.

Speaking during the get-together, Gala said that there are multiple objectives behind formation of Kutchi Printers & Allied Industries Association, the most significant one being that of knowledge sharing among the Kutchi printing community. “By sharing knowledge about the latest trends and development in the printing and printing-related industries, we can help members of the Kutchi community who are involved in these businesses,” he said. The association also plans to conduct factory tours and industrial visits, exhibition visits both overseas and in India.

During his speech, Reddy congratulated the members for the formation of the association and said that he expects the number of members to rise in coming future. “According to my estimate there are about 370 printers from Kutchi community across India. The current membership of the Kutchi Printers & Allied Industries Association is about 100. I hope present members will encourage other Kutchi printers to join the association as well,” he said. Reddy also invited the association members to visit the Printpack 2019 exhibition. “I encourage everyone to visit Printpack 2019 as it is one of the world’s biggest events related to printing and packaging. This time about 80% exhibitors will be demonstrating machines at their stands,” Reddy said.

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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