Ex-president of Mumbai Mudrak Sangh passes away

Printing fraternity mourns demise of Vinayak V Patwardhan

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.

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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