Ghent Workgroup welcomes Future Schoolz

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Ghent Workgroup
Future Schoolz becomes an educational member of the Ghent Workgroup

On 29 July 2020, the Ghent Workgroup announced the membership of Future Schoolz India, a finishing school based in Kochi in Kerala. Future Schoolz is a skill development center and Consultancy for print, media, and allied industries intending to establish high-quality print and contribute to developing skills in the latest know-how and technologies.

“Joining GWG is a proud moment for me and Future Schoolz in our journey to contribute towards the print industry to upgrade overall standards. We are committed to contribute to improving specifications of GWG and to help the Indian print industry to benefit from the contributions of GWG,” says its CEO Kulakkada Pradeep.

Future Schoolz was started with the mission to set the print industry on the path of quality print reproduction. The idea was to become a force for the industry to continuously invest in developing skills and cater to the global print requirements with the highest quality standards. Future Schoolz helps print professionals and entrepreneurs to achieve better print and color reproduction and is supported by print industry associations, print educational institutes, and print businesses.

GWG Chairman David Zwang is, “Excited that Future Schoolz will participate with GWG in developing best practices and bringing the work of the GWG to the Indian printing industry, adding it to the growing interconnected international family.”

Future Schoolz focuses on three areas from its inception – Skill and Training initiatives, Technical Consultancy, Application Support, and Future Technology Integration. Future Schoolz offers multiple courses in the area of printing technology and color management. The courses are short term, annual, and short-term training with practical sessions on the shop floor. It also conducts color management courses for printing professionals, students, and entrepreneurs to provide the basics of color, color models, color management workflows, color standardization, variables in color management, color reproduction challenges, and color measurements.

Jose Thomas, the principal consultant at Future Schoolz, says, “At Future Schoolz, we have the mission to achieve print excellence through print standardizations and accurate measurements. Understanding of GWG specifications and other tools will help us to work towards our mission with confidence. This can benefit the Indian print industry and raise print standards and color management expertise.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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