Industrial Print Excellence Awards (IPEA) to honor industrial screen printing

Ceremony to be held at 50th Media Expo, 3 March 2023

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Following the introduction of a new pavilion focused on industrial screen printing at the Media Expo 2023 editions, Messe Frankfurt India and the Screen-printing Graphics Association (SGAI) have announced the ‘Industrial Print Excellence Awards – 2023’ (IPEA). 

To be held during Media Expo’s milestone 50th edition at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, the award show will celebrate established and emerging brands steering innovation across the industrial screen-printing segment.

The screen-printing industry in India could be called multicolored and multi-layered. It has its presence across segments such as ceramic, industrial, CDs, POPs, advertising, and digital including textiles. Though the sector is young, the screen-printing industry has been continuously expanding at a healthy annual growth rate of over 15%.

As the country gears up to seize opportunities in the manufacturing sector, I do believe that there exists a huge potential and scope of functional/industrial printing, although it remains largely hidden from view. Therefore, it is important for us to keep fostering innovation and creativity by celebrating these achievements of individuals and brands,” explained Raj Manek, Executive director & Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings.

The awards are divided into various categories – Industrial Printing, Value Addition, Special Category, and others.

The industrial printing category includes membrane switch/touch panels; automobile – decal printing (two/four wheeler graphics), automobile – speedometer, gauges/dials, automobile; consumer goods – membrane panel printing for refrigerators, washing machines,; doming application – mobile phone printing (body panel, keypad, inner pad, circuit); solar cell application, printed electronics – PCBs and flexible PCBs, printed electronics – mobile phone printing (body panel, keypad, inner pad), ceramic decoration (tiles and ceramic products).

The value addition category covers packing and commercial print finishing; the special category includes security printing and smart/credit card printing; while the other categories cover educational projects by students.

Anil Brahmbhatt, president, Screen-printing & Graphics Association of India (SGAI) emphasized, “Being honored and having noteworthy accomplishments recognized at an industry forum is the ultimate accolade for those who strive to raise benchmarks. We believe that the IPE Awards will serve the dual purpose of encouraging the triumphant achievers and inspiring others to make greater efforts as well. As India’s national screen-printing industry association, SGAI is very happy to be associated with this initiative and conveys best wishes to members of the industrial screen-printing community while exhorting them to submit their exceptional creations for the IPE Awards.”

Forty awards across 20 categories will be presented on 3 March of the three-day show in Hall 1, Bombay Exhibition Centre from 2 – 4 March 2023.

Award finalists’ work will go on show in ‘Awards Gallery’ arena at Media Expo Mumbai 2023 edition in front of an anticipated audience of more than 14,500 professional trade visitors.

The last date to send the award entries to the Award Secretariat is 31  January 2023.

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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