Massive fire damages printing press in Greater Noida

Short-circuit causes fire in printing press

A short-circuit is believed to have caused the fire at Brijbasi Art Press Limited in Greater Noida.

On 11 March 2019, a massive fire broke out at Brijbasi Art Press Limited, a printing press in Ecotech 3 of Greater Noida, gutting the entire factory. According to police, no injuries were reported as the blaze took place in the early hours of the morning, when the factory was shut.

The fire safety officer at Ecotech 3 fire station was informed about the incident at around 5:25 a.m. after which fire tenders were rushed to the spot. According to the fire safety officer, the fire spread rapidly as it was a paper factory. After struggling for almost 14 hours, the fire safety officials were finally able to douse the blaze.

The devastating fire damaged almost 90% of the printing press. The owner of the press, Apurv Garg said the press prints children’s books and exports to around 110 countries. He said a short-circuit might have caused the fire. He revealed that they had incurred a loss of about Rs 100 crore in the blaze. He further said that it will take about Rs 150 crore to reconstruct the factory.

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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