Print Summit 2019 is back at its South Mumbai venue of NCPA

Print Summit 2019

Educationist Indu Shahani delivering the keynote address at Print Summit 2018

Print Summit 2019 is back to the South-Mumbai address of NCPA after the 2018 edition was held at Nehru Centre in Worli. Nehru Centre was a brand new venue for the event which had been taking place at NCPA’s Tata Theatre for a long time.

The 2019 edition, to be held on 24 January, is being supported by Canon, Koenig & Bauer and ITC-PSPD. The three are accompanied by Toyo Ink, HuberGroup, Srinivas Papers, TechNova Imaging Systems, Jani Sales, AutoPrint Machinery, Ample Graphics (Imaging Systems), Pratham Technologies, Fujifilm Sericol India and Impel-Welbound. The 2019 event will have two brand new partners—Vinsak and ICP Industrial from the US.

The Bombay Master Printers’ Association (BMPA) has been organizing Print Summit since 2005 as celebration on the occasion of Printers’ Day annually. Over the years the organizers have consciously steered Print Summit away from being print-centric to a more holistic event with an eclectic choice of entertainment too.

This year, BK (Sister) Shivani, a renowned teacher from Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, will take the audience on a journey of awareness and realization.

Don Newberry, senior marketing manager, ICP Industrial will explore glossier margins (innovation in packaging through coatings) while Inder Kumar Arora, director, Chanakya Mudrak, will motivate printers to do business on merits of their terms.

Vivek Krishnani, managing director, Sony Pictures Entertainment India will deliver the keynote by talking on average being the normal.

Mehul Shah, founder, Encube Ethicals will talk on how lean manufacturing is possible and can be done in India. There will also be a panel discussion on ‘GOOD 2 GREAT’ with panel members consisting of Sunanada Jayseelan, editor and senior producer, Times Network; Arokiaswamy Velumani, managing director, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd.; Ankit Chona, managing director, HRPL – Havmor Restaurants & Huber & Holly, and Pawan Poddar, director, Ashirvad Pipes.

Animesh Kejriwal, founder and Pawan Bindal, co-founder, TimePay will discuss how real-time regular receivables make better bottomlines.

Henrik Mueller-Hansen, chief executive officer, Gelato will talk on disruptive changes in the print industry.

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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