Springer Nature’s gets a new sustainable office in Pune

1.1 lakh sq. ft. office designed to step up productivity

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Springer Nature Group COO Marc Spenle and Springer Nature Technology and Publishing Solutions CEO Matthias Wissel unveiling the company’s new office in Pune on 1 June 2023

Springer Nature, a Germany-headquartered global research publisher, inaugurated its largest office in India on 1 June 2023. The office comprises two floors of a 7 lakh square foot commercial building at Gera Commerzone, Kharadi in Pune. 

The inauguration ceremony was jointly presided over by Springer Nature Group’s COO Marc Spenlé and Matthias Wissel, CEO of Springer Nature Technology and Publishing Solutions in Pune. The event was conducted in the presence of over 1400 employees of the company’s Pune office.

Aligning with Springer Nature’s purpose-driven approach of sustainability and inclusivity, the office has been designed to cater to the changing needs of employees post the Covid-19 pandemic. The company says it has always prioritized the well-being of its employees and with their new office, they hope to create a more inclusive and collaborative environment for all.

Their new office has a modern minimalistic design aimed to make employees comfortable and foster better collaborations between local and global teams. Some of the key features include:

*A modern biophilic design which complies with the company’s sustainability and DEI objectives

*A mix of linear and agile workstations offering employees the flexibility to choose their comfort while working from the office

*Large collaboration areas to foster creativity and team bonding

*Open terraces and lounge areas to be used for breaks and for team celebrations

*Podium level water bodies and sand pits to destress, or to be used for deep working

Speaking at the inauguration event, Springer Nature Group’s Chief Operating officer Marc Spenlé said, “People are our biggest asset at Springer Nature and I am so happy to see that our new office in Pune has been built keeping our colleagues and their needs before everything else. It is a vibrant and colourful space offering enough room and change of scene across the different areas allowing everyone to collaborate, conduct meetings, both in-person and virtually, and feel refreshed and creative. I am certain that our new home will help foster innovation, collaboration and a deeper sense of purpose that drives us as a company.”

Echoing Marc’s thoughts, Matthias Wissel, Chief Executive officer of Springer Nature Technology and Publishing Solutions said, “Springer Nature is a progressive publisher committed to accelerating solutions to the world’s most complex challenges. As home to almost 10,000 employees globally, we are committed to making a positive change in our own workplace and the communities we work with. Our foremost responsibility is towards our employees and we have ensured that our new office in Pune, which is home to almost 1500 people, is a space that’s inviting, inclusive and collaborative. We want our colleagues to come to the office each day and feel energized, curious and creative. I am proud to say that we have tried to make sure that our colleagues find all they need in the office to foster a culture where we can all thrive together.”

Other guests who joined the inauguration event include Sanjay Bajaj, Senior Managing director, JLL Pune, Vinod Rohira, CEO, Mindspace Business Park, REIT and Ashok Kularia, MD, ANJ Group. 

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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.

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