Team Pamex at Batala, Punjab

Protection and preservation of environment

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Team Pamex in Punjab
Team Pamex in Punjab

During its general body meeting, the Association of Printers organized a seminar on the protection and preservation of the environment. The seminar was held at Batala Club on 18 August 2019 under the chairmanship of Hardip Singh Bhatia, president. Kamal Chopra, chairman of Pamex, was the chief guest. More than 85 printers from the city and surrounding areas attended the meeting.

S Harbakhash Singh, former president of the association, presented the environment issue and said that to ensure a sustainable future, one must assume responsibility for one’s actions and commit to create positive social and environmental changes. He suggested that education is the key to make it happen. Small adaptation in lifestyle can contribute towards the shrinking of carbon footprints.

S Gurmukh Singh presented a talk on water pollution and said that all of us are responsible for it. According to him, the groundwater is being affected because of our lifestyle. There is a need for rainwater harvesting, and at the same time, the system of irrigation needs to be altered. “We must take a lesson from Israel and start drip irrigation everywhere, which will not only save the water but is the proved best way of cultivation,” Singh said.

In his presentation, Chopra stressed the need to work together in a cluster and adopt the latest techniques and machinery to remain competitive in the market. he said that producing in largest quantities at minimum cost, and reducing waste is the only secret of success. Survival depends on either working together or creating something different to remain unaffected from the global competition. Chopra suggested the means and methods to produce innovatively using the present machines and materials to face the growing competition. He also stressed on the need to visit exhibitions and trade shows. Exhibitions are like knowledge centers, where one can learn the latest techniques and ways and means to withstand the increasing competition, he said.

Among others, the meeting was also attended by Barinder Singh, Chander Trehan, Manoj Khanna, Ishu Malhotra, Sarabjit Singh, Kamal Kumar, Suresh Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Kapil Chopra, Jairaj Singh, Sahil Khanna, and Kasturi Lal. All the members were presented with mementos and Hardip Singh Bhata was declared the winner of the punctuality gift.

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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