Industrial Print Excellence Awards 2023 announced

50th edition of MediaExpo acknowledges specialized niches


The 50th edition of the MediaExpo is being held from 2 – 4 March 2023 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. The exhibition also featured the Industrial Print Excellence Awards (IPEA) 2023, which were awarded in a ceremony on 3 March at 1500 hrs IST.

The awards were presented by Anil Brahmbhatt, SGAI (India) president; Ajay Gandhi, CEO, Kunal Enterprise, Mumbai; Thomas, Marketing, Winson Inks, Thailand; Saurabh Newaskar, managing director, San Printech, Mumbai; Kaushik Shivakumar, Director, Snab Graphix, Bangalore; Deep Prakash, technical manager, Saralon GmbH, Germany; Dirk Oelschlaeger, Technical Sales Manager, KISSEL + WOLF GmbH, Germany; Rajendra Rajage, managing director, Umrao Automation, Vasai; and Woon Yen Khai, managing director – Asia Pacific, American Biltrite Far East (ABFE), Singapore.

The awards are as follows:

Awards for Smart/Credit Cards                                                                                  Gold Prize: Card Tec (India), Bangalore for an educational project by students
Gold Prize: Printing Department, KTHM College, Nashik
Silver Prize: Printing Department, KTHM College, Nashik

Packaging category
Gold Prize: Ocean’s Deep Printers, Ahmedabad
Gold Prize: Perfect Packaging, Mumbai
Container / Round Screen Printing
Gold Prize: Matoshri Graphics, Mumbai

Value Addition
Gold Prize: A & M Enterprise, Ahmedabad
Silver Prize: Kalarts & Screens, Belgaum
Silver Prize: Sainath Polylam, Ahmedabad

Graphic Overlays
Gold Prize: Protolab Electrotechnologies, Navi Mumbai
Gold Prize: Cutek Circuits India, Pune
Gold Prize: Neat Key Graphics, Pune
Silver Prize: RH Technoprint, Ahmedabad
Silver Prize: Dome Tech Art, Pune

Vinyl Printing
Gold Prize: Spectrum Scan, Vasai for the decorative sticker (vehicle)
Gold Prize: Prayag Advertisers, Hapur Doming
Gold Prize: Keetronics (India), Pune
Gold Prize: Cutek Circuits India, Pune
Silver Prize: Dome Tech Art, Pune for flexible PCBs

Automobile Speedometer, Gauges / Dials
Gold Prize: Protolab Electrotechnologies, Navi Mumbai for pad printing
Gold Prize: Dome Tech Art, Pune

Decal Sticker (Multipurpose)
Gold Prize: Decal Tech, Bhiwandi
Gold Prize: PRS Permacel, Ambernath (Part of Saint Gobain Group) for Decal Sticker (Two- Wheelers)

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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