BMPA announces new office bearers and managing committee at annual gala event in Mumbai

Talk on labor laws by Hiral Chheda

The BMPA office bearers and managing committee members at the gala event
The BMPA office bearers and managing committee members at the gala event

The Bombay Masters Printers Association (BMPA) held its annual gala event – High Point 2019 – on 27 September at The Club in Andheri West. BMPA used the occasion to celebrate the new team of managing committee members and office bearers.

The BMPA office bearers for 2019-2020 comprise of Nitin Shah of Award Packaging as the president, Iqbal Kherodawala of Printline Reproductions as honorary secretary, Amit Shah of Spectrum Scan as first vice president, Milap Shah of Print Stop as second vice president, Tushar Bhotica of Sri Arun Packaging as honorary treasurer and Mehul Desai of Mail Order Solutions as ex-officio member.

The BMPA managing committee comprises of Ashutosh Agarwal of Purnima Printers, Faheem Agboatwala of Hi-Tech Printing, Firoze Reshamwala of Lucid Prints, Fred Poonawala of Comart, Dev Nair of Kohinoor Printers, Minoo Davar of Spenta Multimedia, Sanjay Patel of Param Packaging, Saubhagyanidhi Seksaria of New Jak Printing Press, Vishwanath Shetty of Printworks, Tejas Tanna of Printmann and Vivek Tibrewala of GP Offset.

After the AGM activity, BMPA felicitated meritorious students from GIPT, MMP-IPTR and SIES’ GST. Hiral Chheda of Chheda Management Consultants gave a presentation pertaining to labor laws. He gave an overview of the Code of Wages, which has now become an Act since it has received the assent of the President. This Act would be implemented once the appointment date is notified by the central government, he said.

Providing details about the Code, Chheda said that it is divided into nine chapters containing 68 sections. It covers four main Acts – Payment of Bonus Act, Minimum Wages Act, Payment of Wages Act and Equal Remuneration Act. He said that the aim behind codification of labor laws by the government was to revamp old laws, remove confusion on overlapping definitions, enforce implementation under all establishments and factories, create a uniform system of governance, expand the ambit of law and rationalize penalties.

The event came to a close with a presentation by Mehul Desai of Mail Order Solutions, who spoke about the need for the print industry to clear negative perceptions about printing having an adverse impact on the environment. Desai argued that the Indian print industry has not been aggressively conveying the right facts to the wider public and this has led to a negative opinion about the industry.

Desai informed the audience that BMPA has been able to convince the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) that a concerted campaign needs to be launched to clear out the negative perception. Subsequently, AIFMP has extended a grant to Rs 75 lakhs to BMPA to carry out the campaign.

To begin with, BMPA is talking to UK-based Two Sides, which is an initiative by companies from the graphic communications supply chain including forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, prepress, press, finishing, publishing, printing, envelopes and postal operators. Its common goal is to promote the sustainability of the graphic communications supply chain and dispel common environmental misconceptions by providing users with verifiable information on why print and paper is an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium.

Desai said once Two Sides comes to India, BMPA will work to bring all the stakeholders in India together and finally launch a sustained campaign with the help of Two Sides.

“We have to challenge the erroneous perception about our industry and we have to tell the public that print does not damage the environment,” Desai said.

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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