Best in Print awarded at Wan-Ifra Indian Printers Summit

Wan-Ifra’s Guide to print using 40gsm newsprint released

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Delegates at Wan-Ifra Indian Printers Summit 2021. Photo: Wan-Ifra

The 29th edition of the Indian Printers Summit, Wan-Ifra’s annual event for the Indian print community, was held in Chennai on 17 and 18 November 2021. The “Best in Print Asia 2021” Awards were presented, and a guide to print using 40gsm newsprint,  Wan-Ifra’s newest Special Report, was released at the event.

After a string of online events and conferences, this year’s Wan-Ifra Indian Printers Summit saw more than 100 media executives from around 20 organizations in attendance. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from print media experts and interact with suppliers who reviewed their upcoming products and services during the event. 

Best in Print Asia 2021 Awards presented 

The event hosted the “Best in Print – Asia 2021 Awards” ceremony to recognize the continent’s best newspaper printers. This award showcases the publications’ ability to print at the highest quality according to ISO (ISO 12647 and ISO 2846) and Wan-Ifra standards.

The award had three categories, based on newspaper circulation numbers. United Printing & Publishing’s The National bagged the Gold award in the “Less than 50K circulation” category. 

Bennett Coleman & Co.’s The Times Of India (Lucknow and Ahmedabad) won the Bronze and Silver awards in the “50K – 150K Circulation” category. Hong Kong’s Apple Daily took home the Gold award in this category.

For the “More than 150K Circulation” category, The Times of India (Navi Mumbai and Mumbai) bagged the Silver and Gold, while ABP’s Anandabazar Patrika won the Bronze award.

Newest Special Report released

Earlier in the day, the “Guide to print using 40gsm newsprint”, Wan-Ifra’s latest Special Report, was released by the World Printers Forum Indian Chapter. The report provides practical guidance to migrate to print using lower grammage newsprint. The report is available for download on the Wan-Ifra website. 

Indian Printers Summit 2021

The summit was a packed day of networking and in-person meetings with product and solution providers to discuss business and the latest developments in the industry. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas with panelists from media organizations across India.

One of the key panel discussions reflected on optimizing operational and capital expense, and strategies that work best for managing assets and new investments. It hosted RD Bhatnagar (chief technology officer, DB Corp), BS Shesh (vice president, Supply Chain, HT Media), Lakshmivenkatraman RP (former head – Technical & Production, THG Publishing), and Amit Khurana (COO – Newspaper Group, TechNova). The panelists reminded the participants about the vital needs for collaborative approaches and emphasized the print industry’s responsibility to nurture talent as a vital element of their long-term prosperity.

The second panel covered product and process innovation, and how companies can recalibrate their thinking prowess. The panel hosted Snehasis C Roy (director – Technical, Bennett Coleman & chairman, World Printers Forum India Chapter ), Pradyumna Mitra (general manager – Engineering, ABP), Peter Britto (deputy general manager, The Times of India), and Dr. K Subramanian (senior vice president, Ashok Leyland).

The two-day event was co-sponsored by The Indian Newspaper Society. Other sponsors included Manroland Goss, TechNova, Orient Web Offset Presses, Baldwin, Krause, and QIPC-EAE.  Supporting publications included All About Newspapers, gxpress, Indian Printer and Publisher, Press Ideas, and RIND Survey.

The complete details of the program are available at https://wan-ifra.org/events/printers-summit-2021/.  More information from the conference can be found on Twitter with the hashtag #IPS2021.

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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