New team at Devbhoomi Printers & Publishers Association

Ranu Bisht Oberoi is president, Sanjay Verma elected secretary

Office-bearers for Devbhoomi Printers & Publishers Association

The Devbhoomi Printers & Publishers Association from Uttarakhand has elected a new team of office-bearers for the next two years. Ranu Bisht Oberoi has been unanimously elected as the president for another term of two years during the general body meeting held on 12 August 2023. 

Ranu won with a margin of more than 12 votes over her nearest rival. She said all the association’s members believed print businesspersons needed to make collective efforts to deal with the challenges of the sector.

Ranu has earlier said when she established Samaya Sakshaya, it took time for people to swallow the fact that a woman could conduct the printing job. Over the years, her hard work has paid and she was recognized on many platforms as the only woman printer and publisher of Uttarakhand. 

Sanjay Verma from Alpine Industry, who was elected as the secretary once again, presented a report on the activities of the association for the last two years.  Ajeet Singh from S S Print and Traders, who was elected as the treasurer for the next term, presented the accounts for the period. 

The AGM was conducted under the guidance of Amit Garg from Om Color Creations. The team for the next two years includes Ranu Bisht Oberoi as President; Anil Bhatt as vice-president; Sanjay Verma as secretary and Ajeet Singh as Treasurer. 

The elected executive members are Chandra Prakash of Vani Printers; Mayank Garg of Anil Enterprises; Yogesh Kapoor of MS Printers and Computers; Amit Garg of Om Color Creations, Hardeep Singh Bawa of Jeet Printers; Chetan Suri of 4 Colour Print Solutions; Rameshwar Bahuguna of Himalayan Enterprises and Harbhajan Singh of Lion Printing Press. 

The association of printers from Uttarakhand was established about 10 years ago with Adesh Gupta as the founder president, followed by Anil Mittal and Amit Garg.

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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