Ghent Workgroup welcomes Future Schoolz

GWG’s first Educational member in India

Ghent Workgroup
Future Schoolz becomes an educational member of the Ghent Workgroup

On 29 July 2020, the Ghent Workgroup announced the membership of Future Schoolz India, a finishing school based in Kochi in Kerala. Future Schoolz is a skill development center and Consultancy for print, media, and allied industries intending to establish high-quality print and contribute to developing skills in the latest know-how and technologies.

“Joining GWG is a proud moment for me and Future Schoolz in our journey to contribute towards the print industry to upgrade overall standards. We are committed to contribute to improving specifications of GWG and to help the Indian print industry to benefit from the contributions of GWG,” says its CEO Kulakkada Pradeep.

Future Schoolz was started with the mission to set the print industry on the path of quality print reproduction. The idea was to become a force for the industry to continuously invest in developing skills and cater to the global print requirements with the highest quality standards. Future Schoolz helps print professionals and entrepreneurs to achieve better print and color reproduction and is supported by print industry associations, print educational institutes, and print businesses.

GWG Chairman David Zwang is, “Excited that Future Schoolz will participate with GWG in developing best practices and bringing the work of the GWG to the Indian printing industry, adding it to the growing interconnected international family.”

Future Schoolz focuses on three areas from its inception – Skill and Training initiatives, Technical Consultancy, Application Support, and Future Technology Integration. Future Schoolz offers multiple courses in the area of printing technology and color management. The courses are short term, annual, and short-term training with practical sessions on the shop floor. It also conducts color management courses for printing professionals, students, and entrepreneurs to provide the basics of color, color models, color management workflows, color standardization, variables in color management, color reproduction challenges, and color measurements.

Jose Thomas, the principal consultant at Future Schoolz, says, “At Future Schoolz, we have the mission to achieve print excellence through print standardizations and accurate measurements. Understanding of GWG specifications and other tools will help us to work towards our mission with confidence. This can benefit the Indian print industry and raise print standards and color management expertise.”

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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