Print Design Awards announces third edition

Nominations open, event on 24 December in Ahmedabad

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The awards are conferred on the most unique skill sets in print and design in various categories. Photo Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Gujarat Printers Directory, a printing solutions provider, has announced the third Print Design Awards, which will be held in Ahmedabad on 24 December. The awards have been conferred on the most unique skill sets in print and design in various categories for the last two years.

Print Design Awards 2023 has invited agencies not only from Gujarat but also from Western India-Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for nominations.

The categories are Best Graphic Designer, Best Offset Printers, Best Packaging Printers, Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Packaging in House Printing, SME Company of the Year, Women Entrepreneur, Best Pre-Press House, Best Greeting/Wedding Card and Best Screen Printer.

A jury panel consisting of professionals from the media, advertising and printing associations will select the winners in various categories.

Nayanbhai Manubhai Raval, a printing and packaging industry veteran, organized the previous two awards to encourage all industries related to the printing and packaging digital sector.

This year, the convention will be organized at Club 07, SG Road, Ahmedabad, on 24 December 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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