Heidelberg hosts training forum with IMPA in Indore

Educating press operators for better productivity

Heidelberg training session in Indore.
Heidelberg training session in Indore.

Heidelberg, in collaboration with Indore Master Printers Association (IMPA), hosted a one-day training workshop in Indore in June 2019 for press operators. The session was attended by more than 50 participants from print shops across Indore.

The event explained the factors influencing overall productivity and fitness of offset presses. The interactive sessions provided trouble-shooting solutions to visitors.

Manish Kumar Gupta, regional sales manager – Heidelberg India, organized the ‘Operator Forum’ as a knowledge-sharing platform, while Munish Kaushal, print application specialist of Heidelberg India, took over the technical segment.

The workshop served as a platform to educate operators on various printing methods and the dos and don’ts of offset printing processes. The training also educated operators on the correct ratio of chemicals to be used for dampening solution, torque requirements of mounting blanket, application of precise squeezing pressure and the ill-effects of excess pressure on print quality and life of equipment.

Heidelberg training session in Indore.
Heidelberg training session in Indore.

Gupta said, “The idea is to empower personnel with more techniques to maximize productivity and minimize wastage. The forum served its objectives well, by informing the visitors about the best practices to keep in mind during the production process, roller settings and the importance of roller maintenance.”

The forum was very informative. The sessions supplemented our working knowledge, while teaching us new tips and tricks to enhance productivity and make best use of resources. Our heartfelt thanks to Heidelberg and IMPA for this excellent opportunity. We return to our jobs with more knowledge and enthusiasm,” added Ravindra Verma, a press operator and participant.

Heidelberg has always been a trusted partner for the printing fraternity across the globe. We are very happy to collaborate with Heidelberg on this excellent endeavor. The event was highly effective and participants received value added knowledge. We look forward to more of such guidance, support and inspiration from Heidelberg,” stated Swadesh Sharma, president of the IMPA.

Gurmeet Singh Sethi, a press proprietor who took part in the event remarked, “Highly skilled employees are an asset to our business. Training is absolutely necessary to help them stay competent and serve customers better, while utilizing resources optimally. With this one-day workshop, Heidelberg has once again demonstrated its ability to bring world-class training to simple press rooms. We look forward to more such sessions. Thanks to IMPA as well. ”

During the event, Heidelberg also showcased Saphira Consumables including Saphira blankets and Saphira range of inks and chemicals.

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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