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Web Printing – Together We Grow – 13 February 2015Web offset seminar at Printpack India 2015Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) has joined hands with Vibes Academy, Chennai to organize one-of-its-kind seminar and symposium titled ‘Web Printing – Together We Grow!’ involving printers, manufacturers and suppliers during 12th edition of Printpack India 2015 to be held in Greater Noida, India from 11 to 15 February 2015. Vibes Academy is a leading training organization specialized for publishing and printing industry based in Chennai, functions as a training and services school for printing enthusiasts in India.
KS Khurana, IPAMA president, at the interactive session on 17 December 2014. Photo PSAThe day-long seminar to be held on 13 February 2015 is aimed at bringing all important entities of the web printing industry at a common platform and initiate the much-awaited discussion based on growth and need for unending alliance between concerned parties for self reliance. Printpack India is a platform where you decide about your future and expansion plan and also choose the value-added machines for upgrading your existing units,” says KS Khurana, IPAMA president.

On 17 December 2014, IPAMA and Vibes organized an interactive session, attended by print and packaging fraternities, where a detailed insight to the seminar and symposium to be held during Printpack 2015 was shared. The highlight of the symposium is ‘Make in India and Made in India.’ The advantages of using Indian machines in web printing along with using the accessories for the web machine will be discussed in the symposium. The panelists to take part in the symposium are Lal Jayawardene, director, Wijeya Publications, Sri Lanka; Vinod Kumar, CEO, Manipal Media Networks; KR Chandrahas, executive director – Technical Pressline India; and Sunil Mehta, GM technical, Mitsubhishi Electric India. The symposium will be moderated by K Nandakumar, founder – Vibes Academy and former VP Technical of The New Indian Express Group, Chennai, India.

In the seminar on web printing, industry evangelist V Siva Raja, AVP – supply chain and operations – Hindustan Times; Sanat Hazra, technical director – Times of India; Pradeep A Unny, AVP – production and commercial, Amar Ujala Publications; and Vijaya Kumar Pandya, CEO, QI Press Controls India will discuss some pressing issues and trends of the newspaper industry.

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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