SAi strengthens board with three new appointments

SAi inducts new board members to enhance market position

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SAi, the leading provider of software solutions for the sign making, digital printing and CNC machine industries, has announced the addition of three new members to its board. Dan Purjes, Edna Purjes and Rudy Baron will work alongside existing board members to support strategic planning and decision making for SAi.

Dan Purjes brings a vast amount of business development expertise to the role, having taken several businesses from start-up to profitable enterprises with – in some cases – revenues of hundreds of millions of dollars. Dan has also served on the boards of several charities, among them The American Tinnitus Association, The Abraham Fund, The Plantrician Project, and Plant Based Utah.

Edna Purjes also offers a wealth of knowledge in business management. Drawing on her design and business major, she launched a wallcovering business and takes credit for its growth into a leading manufacturer within the industry. She is also accredited with being the first and only female president of the Wallcovering Association.

Rudy Baron joins the board with solid print industry that stems from his acquisition of an AlphaGraphics franchise. Specializing in digital printing, mailing and fulfilment, and large format printing, Baron’s franchise achieved Gold Circle status in 1995. He has also served on the AlphaGraphics Network Leadership Council, guiding their strategy and global vision.

“I’m delighted to welcome Dan, Edna and Rudy to SAi’s board and am certain that their wealth of business experience and expertise will be tremendously beneficial in strengthening our strategic decision making,” says Mark Blundell, SAi’s chief executive officer.

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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