Ex-president of Mumbai Mudrak Sangh passes away

Printing fraternity mourns demise of Vinayak V Patwardhan

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Ex-president of Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) Vinayak V. Patwardhan.

Vinayak V Patwardhan, a much-revered and renowned name in the printing industry, breathed his last on 7 April 2019. Patwardhan is survived by his wife and three children.

Known to all as Bapusaheb, Patwardhan also served as Mumbai Mudrak Sangh’s president. He was an adorable father figure to many stalwarts in the printing industry. Born on 8 November 1927, Patwardhan completed his graduation in Science from Ramnarain Ruia College, Bombay University.

He was also president of Maharashtra Mudran Parishad, Maharashtra Text Book Printers & Binders Association. He was twice elected as vice president (West) of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), New Delhi. He also headed the Finance & Taxation Committee of AIFMP as chairman for 13 years.

In 2009, he was conferred with the MMS Lifetime Achievement Award, on the occasion of Printers’ Day.

During his lifetime, he founded two companies Prabhat Agency and Mangala Art Printers ‒ that catered to nationalized banks, educational institutions, insurance companies, and Maharashtra state for the production of textbooks.

Patwardhan was a valuable and highly respected member of the printers’ fraternity and his demise has caused a big void in the 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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