No injuries in Thomson Press fire in Faridabad

Publication paper warehouse gutted

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Fire at Thomson Press India warehouse
Fire at paper warehouse of Thomson Press India in Faridabad in Delhi NCR Photo via social media

Several days ago, on 25 April 2020, a fire broke out and engulfed one of the paper store buildings of Thomson Press India in Faridabad in the Delhi NCR. Thomson Press is owned by the promoters of the Living Media group that publishes India Today and other magazines, there were no injuries or casualties in the fire apparently started by a short-circuit. Shown in a video available on social media the fire destroyed considerable quantities of publication papers and converting equipment.

Thomson is a leading commercial printer in the country and also a major exporter of printed books. It has been operating at a minimal level during the Covid-19 induced lockdown engaged in the production of the group’s own periodical and other urgent time-bound products for its customers.

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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1 COMMENT

  1. An unfortunate event at one of India’s leading printers and book exporters. Fortunately, no-one was hurt or injured and the damage seems to have been restricted mainly to raw materials.

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