MMS announces new management committee

Prakash Canser roped in as new president MMS

Incoming president Prakash Canser being felicitated

Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) has announced its new management committee, elected during the association’s annual general meeting held on 30 September 2020. The committee will serve a two-year mandate until the next elections which are due in September 2022.

Outgoing President, Tushar Dhote extended a warm welcome to the members at the 56th Annual General Meeting and announced the newly elected managing committee members for the year 2020 to 2022. In his address, he congratulated the new team and assured the members his whole hearted support in his new role as immediate past president. He also said that he shall continue his endeavors to achieve the objectives of the Sangh.

Incoming president Prakash Canser in his address said, “I am delighted to welcome the members of our new management committee, bringing together such a wonderful team of enthusiasm, experience and diversity and thank them all for their commitment in agreeing to serve MMS in the years ahead.” Senior member and past president, MMS – Medha Virkar, congratulated team MMS and conveyed her best wishes for success as the elected members prepare to take up the responsibilities and challenges of the high office. Virkar assured her continued support for the betterment of the members of the print industry in her role as senior advisory member and past president, MMS.

Mehul Shah, secretary, MMS appreciated the efforts and excellent work of the previous managing committee members in his address. He showed his faith in the new management committee’s experience and knowledge to help the association and the wider print industry to overcome the challenges ahead. He further mentioned that the outgoing president Dhote has set extremely high standards and has taken MMS to greater heights during his tenure. He assured the incoming president Canser that the entire managing committee will support him to incorporate his ideas for the betterment of the print industry and MMS in particular.

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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