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The IppStar survey of Indian brand owners, printers, packaging converters and suppliers captures the challenges they face in the Covid-19 lockdown. Graphic IppStar 2020 www.ippstar.org

25 July 2020. At this time, how relevant is the IppStar survey of brand owners, printers, converters, machine manufacturers, distributor-suppliers, importer-exporters, and logistics equipment and service suppliers conducted in the first half of May? Our research tried to ascertain the stakeholders’ views regarding when the lockdown would end and how quickly the economy and their industry sector would recover. In the first half of May, it is probably fair to say many of us expected the total lockdown to end sometime in June. In the main, we found the more than 200 respondents resilient – a relatively high percentage, 23% across segments, were optimistic about the quick recovery of the economy and their business. A significant portion, 53% across sectors, felt there would be a slow recovery. The results of the survey with graphs and charts are available here. Actually, with the lockdown decreased in phases, at the end of July, the restrictions on factories and retail establishments are few beyond masks, hygiene, and social distancing. However, public transport is only partially restored, and metro trains…

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Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy. Elected vice-president of the International Packaging Press Organization in May 2023.