IPAMA elects members for the Governing Council – 2019-21

Building the Indian graphic arts industry

The IPAMA members after announcing the newly elected members of the Governing Council.
The IPAMA members after announcing the newly elected members of the Governing Council.

Elections for the Governing Council 2019-21 of Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturer’s Association (IPAMA) concluded on 16 October 2019. The ballot papers were opened at 11:30 a.m. on 17 October 2019, in the presence of the contestants. After counting, Aditya Gupta, DH Deshpande, DK Garg, Dharmesh Arora, Harish Bansal, Jaiveer Singh, Mahesh Tanwar, Manish A Panchal, Nitin Garg, PK Bhalla, R Suresh Kumar, Rakesh K Sodhi,
Ravinder Singh, R Rajaram, Satish Kaushik, TD Raghani, TR Mahajan, Vinay Kumar Gupta, Ashok Kumar Seth – co-opted, Gagan Sign – co-opted, BS Rawat – co-opted, were elected as the new Governing Council members.

The consensus was on the same key positions, unanimously the names of S Dayaker Reddy for president, Iqbal Singh for honorary general secretary and Dharam Pal Rawat as treasurer were proposed and approved by the house. During the meeting of the Governing Council held on 21 October 2019, the following were elected as the new office bearers of IPAMA – S Dayaker Reddy, president, Iqbal Singh, general secretary, Dharam Pal Rawat, treasurer, Vinay Kumar Gupta, vice president (North), PK Bhalla, vice president (West), Jaiveer Singh, vice president (East), R Suresh Kumar, vice president (South), Rakesh S Sodhi, joint secretary (East), Satish Kaushik, joint secretary (West), Dharmesh Arora, joint secretary (North), Harish Bansal (South).

The new office bearers expressed their commitment to work as a team for the betterment of the Indian graphic arts industry so that it can compete with the best machinery and equipment available in the global market. They also expressed their commitment to work in close coordination with each other for the growth of the industry. The points discussed included development of Indian printing, packaging and allied machinery manufacturers, to provide or arrange facilities to Indian manufacturers for participation in overseas exhibitions and conferences, to provide necessary assistance to IPAMA members for developing latest technology and encourage them to manufacture machinery and other equipment to meet international standards as also for effective competition with foreign manufacturers, to increase financial assistance to Indian machine manufacturers for participating in Indian and foreign exhibitions and conferences.

They also committed to working towards the formation of the federation of the Indian graphic arts industry so that its voice could be raised at appropriate platforms more forcefully and emphatically. IPAMA has already completed most of the preliminary formalities, including drafting a memorandum and Articles of Association. Some of the associations have also given their consent to be members of the Federation. The members also committed to involve maximum number of printing and packaging machinery manufacturers and enrol them as IPAMA members, to keep transparency and co-ordination between IPAMA members, GC Members, office bearers and all other concerned agencies in day to day functioning of the association, including formulation of new policies and implementation for achieving long term goals, to keep aims and objectives of the association in view for long-term planning and implementation relating to promotion of its members.

IPAMA will introduce two new sections, signage and LED, at PrintPack 2021. The partner for the signage section is Sonal Khurana. As of now, 187 exhibitor bookings have been confirmed for the upcoming show. With the global acceptance of Indian products and to propel them further in the international market, IPAMA introduced the ‘Go Global’ initiative under which it will enable Indian exhibitors and IPAMA members to participate in international exhibitions. Around five IPAMA members participated in Print Philippines from 2-5 October 2019 and more than 20 members participated in Printech Bangladesh from 10-12 October 2019.

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.

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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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