AIFMP organises ‘Romancing Print’ conference in New Delhi


Aiming to help printers to strengthen the cornerstones of their business innovatively, All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) organised the first of its kind printers conference ‘Romancing Print’ in New Delhi on February 25, 2011, witnessing over 300 delegates including offset and digital printers, print suppliers and machinery manufacturers. Xerox, Kodak, Heidelberg and APL actively participated in this event, the brainchild of Manoj Mehta, president, AIFMP.  The two sessions – “Romancing 3+Idiots’ and ‘Young guns of the Indian print industry’ – were much appreciated for a unique concept. “This event is a great opportunity for printers in the region to have a look into the ‘romancing’ technologies available for them in-order to reduce cost and increase productivity especially in the present day scenario of immense competition,” commented Manoj Mehta in his welcome address.

“Effectively producing print products in economical manner is the major challenge for printers today,” said Satish Malhotra, chairman of the programme. Chetan Bhagat, a renowned author made key note address on ‘Romancing print’ and underscored the importance of print communication featuring depth and credibility rather than digital communication which, however, provides much speed.  Speaking on ‘Digital printing: romancing with growth – make new money,’ Pankaj Kalra, GM, graphic communications business, Xerox India pointed out, “What is new to do with less, adding new opportunities in their operations? Need to go for digital is real answer, turning communication into conversation.” He calls printers for standing out of the crowd, become a successful solution providers. Udo Fiebiger, regional business manager-sheetfed solutions, Heidelberg gave an interesting presentation on press productivity, talking about software for workflow, job planners, production data, job structure data and its importance. Romancing in thought, Prof Rajendrakumar Anayath (RA), head, PMA India, Chennai spoke about repurposing technologies, and provided numerous examples. Presenting – what an ideal CtP should be, Zvi Krams, product marketing manager CtP, Kodak emphasized on the future for prepress and relevance of supplier partnership.  Dr Anil Lamba, director, Lamcon School of Management underlined the important to look into the ‘body’ of the very own balance sheet. Pranav Parikh, chairman and MD, TechNova spoke about ‘Romancing the green: the green way to printing’, while Rajiv Kapoor, CEO, APL Machinery made a presentation on ‘Romancing UV for romantic print finishing’.

The concluding sessions were the big hits with leading CEOs from Replika Press (Bhuvnesh Seth and Sanandan Seth), Rakesh Press (Rakesh Bagai and Rakesh Kapoor), RaveIndia (Bhavnesh Kanwar and Binu John) and Perfact Digital (Ashwani Arya and Poonam Dikshit) taking part in the 3+ Idiots’ session on stage with the moderation being done by none other than the effervescent Pranav Parikh of TechNova. The impressive session with opinions and comments from the participants had the audience in rapt attention. It was followed by the Young Guns of Indian Print Industry session with participation from Prityata Raghavan (Sai Printers), Shiv Bhatanagar (RaveIndia), Amit Tara (Tara Art Press), Vikas Gulati (Galaxy Offset), Vasant Goel (Gopsons Papers), Vikas Ghai (Sterling Publishers), Utsav Malhotra (Swan Press) and Vividh Makhija (India Offset).

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