G7 training program by Idealliance –11-13 October, Kochi

Attendees to gain extensive knowledge about G7 methodology

G7 training program to be held in Kochi on 11-13 October
G7 training program to be held in Kochi on 11-13 October

Idealliance will be conducting a three-day training in Kochi on 11-13 October, featuring in-depth demonstrations, live G7 press and proof application, hands-on practical experience and leading global print standards implementation. The program will be conducted in partnership with SquareDOTS, Idealliance, Kerala Master Printers Association (KMPA) and Anaswara Offset Pvt. Ltd.

G7 is Idealliance’s global industry-leading set of specifications for achieving visual similarity across all print processes currently being revised into ISO 12647-2. G7 expert trainer Jeff Collins will lead instruction and demonstration covering G7 methodology, implementation and strategies developed to maintain the highest possible process control and color management consistency and fidelity for alignment across any print technology. Open to the public, attendees will gain extensive knowledge of G7 methodology through hands-on practical experience, discussion and extensive review to gain certification as G7 Experts or G7 Professionals.

Training will focus on G7 theory and implementation; extensive, live, practical on-press demonstrations, including G7 calibration, profiling and verification; process control and workflow management through G7.

The training program will be beneficial for color management and process control experts, content and media creators, press operators and pressroom supervisors, prepress supervisors and technicians, quality assurance managers, printing hardware and software technology providers, brands and brand owners, color quality managers and print and packaging consultants.

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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