Parveen Aggarwal gets elected as president of OPA

Aggarwal to serve another term of two years

Parveen Aggarwal gets elected as president of OPA

During the annual general meeting of the Offset Printers Association (OPA), the house unanimously elected Parveen Aggarwal as the president for another term of two years. The elections were held in the presence of Ashwani Gupta, vice president at All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), who attended the AGM of OPA as the chief guest. It is obvious to mention that OPA is the affiliate association of AIFMP.

Managing director of BBF Industries, Aggarwal is a dynamic personality and is socially very active and known figure of the city. Declaring his name as the president of OPA, Ashwani Gupta said, “OPA is a most active association, today I can say it proudly that the man behind the growth of this association is none other than Aggarwal and his team. The teamwork I have noticed today is unparalleled, and I will cite the example of OPA at various platforms so that other associations can learn a lesson from it.”

Speaking on the occasion, Aggarwal thanked the members for their faith and said I will try my best to serve the printers. We will mark out goals for the next two years for the growth of the industry in general and the printing and packaging industry 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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