AIFMP organizes its Annual general body eMeeting

P Chander elected president for 2021-22

Elected office bearers of AIFMP for the year 2021-22
Elected office bearers of AIFMP for the year 2021-22

All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), a federation of printing associations of India, held its 68th eAnnual general body meeting on 26 September 2021. It also organized the event of eElection of office bearers for the year 2021-22, which took place on 26-27 September 2021. 

In this event, a new team of office bearers was elected for the year 2021-22, in which P. Chander, president of Artisan Company, has been elected as its President for the year 2021-22. P. Chander took over the reins of AIFMP, the apex body of 2.5 lakhs printers in this country employing around 15 lakhs persons directly and ten lakhs indirectly with effect from 1 October 2021. However, AIFMP is known for drawing its strength from 83 regional associations spread all over the country, which are affiliated with it. 

List of elected office bearers of AIFMP 2021

The following dignitaries have been elected as office bearers of the All India Federation of Master Printers for the year 2021-22. 

  1. P. Chander, President of Artisan Company 
  2. C Ravinder Reddy, general secretary of Sravya Grafics 
  3. Harjinder Singh, treasurer of Swastika Printwell (India)
  4. Tarun Aneja, vice-president of Aneja Printers 
  5. S. Surjit Singh, vice-president of Sur Printer 
  6. Umesh Nema, vice-president of Pragati Graphics Pvt Ltd 
  7. Y Vijayan, vice-president of Vijaya Press 
  8. Nitin Narula, joint secretary of Colourbar Communication 
  9. Kamal Chopra, IMM, past president, Foil Printers 


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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