Team Pamex at Batala, Punjab

Protection and preservation of environment

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.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

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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