TOPA members generous donate for building Centre of Excellence

TOPA to build Centre of Excellence in new industrial park

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C Ravinder Reddy, the president of TOPA, presenting a cheque of Rs. 10 lakhs to Dayakar Reddy national coordinator of TOPA and Radhakrishna, treasurer of TOPA
C Ravinder Reddy, the president of TOPA, presenting a cheque of Rs. 10 lakhs to Dayakar Reddy national coordinator of TOPA and Radhakrishna, treasurer of TOPA

On 28 July 2020, the Telangana Offset Printers Association (TOPA) announced the receipt of a Rs 10 lakh donation from C Ravinder Reddy, the president of TOPA, in honor of his parents Dr.C.V. Narasimha Reddygaru and Shrimati Saradagaru. Ravinder Reddy is also the vice president (South) of the AIFMP and the proprietor of Sravya Graphics. He presented the cheque to Dayakar Reddy, the national coordinator of TOPA and Radhakrishna, the treasurer of TOPA.

K Karunakar presenting his donation to TOPA, a cheque for Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Dayaker Reddy, national coordinator of TOPA
K Karunakar presenting his donation to TOPA, a cheque for Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Dayaker Reddy, national coordinator of TOPA

TOPA also received a timely and spontaneous donation Rs 2.50 lakhs from K Karunakar, vice president of TOPA and managing partner, Sreeven Offset Printers.

These donations will add to the corpus fund of the TOPA Centre of Excellence coming up by next year in a sprawling one-acre plot of land at Dandu Malkapur, Pocharam Mandal in the New Model Green Industrial Park being developed by the Telangana Government. The Centre will provide advanced skills training in printing and packaging techniques to employed personnel in the industry. The Centre of Excellence will give basic print orientation and training to students in printing technology to improve their employment opportunities. The plan is to assist in creating a continuous supply of trained, semi-skilled, and skilled personnel to the printing and packaging industry.

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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