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New CEO of Conduent India

Conduent Incorporated, a leading business process services provider, named Lokesh Prasad as chief executive officer, Conduent India. Conduent launched earlier this year following a separation from Xerox Corporation. In his role, Prasad will be responsible for further developing the $6.5 billion company’s presence in India and growing the 10,000-employee workforce across six cities, including Bangalore, Kochi, Gurgaon, Noida, Indore and Chennai. Prasad will be based in Gurgaon.

As the CEO of Conduent India, Prasad will be responsible for driving India-specific strategy, creating and executing new internal policies, and streamlining the organization through centralization of functions.

Printing Technologists Forum: an update

The Printing Technologists Forum recently organized a lecture on “Demonetization, Budget 2017 - How it affects individuals & SMEs” by Abhishek Murali, partner, Victor Grace & Co, Chartered Accountants, at Anna University, Chennai. The event was hosted by M Malini of Scientific Publishing Services Pvt Ltd. Venkataraman, Monoprint Digital Equipments and V Vaidyalingam, director, Suba Solutions Pvt Ltd expressed their views about PrintPack India 2017. The vote of thanks was given by Prof Dr B. Kumar, professor, Department of Printing Technology, Anna University, Chennai and vice president of the Printing Technologists Forum.

The forum also organized a presentation on “Pep Talk on a time bomb” by V Vaidyalingam, director, Suba Solutions Pvt Ltd. While, this topic may not be related to Printing it has relevance to everyone's life and our collective future. The presentation focused on the current situation objectively with authentic data that set the audience thinking.

–RM Senthilnathan, president, The Printing Technologists Forum

Pamex 2017 edition to be bigger than before!

Building on the incredible success of last edition, Pamex is all set to raise the bar in 2017, with 5500 sqm already booked a year ahead the Show. The show will take place at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from December 18-21, 2017.

Organized by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) in association with Print- (P) Ltd, the 2015 edition of the show witnessed over 300 exhibitors and 20441 trade visitors.

This year, industry titans like Insight Communication & Print Solution India, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India, P S Graphics, Pratham Technologies, Excel Machinery (Guj), Monotech Systems, TechNova Imaging Systems, Techno Graphic Services India, Megabound (India), FujiFilm India, Provin Technos have already booked a larger space.

“Pamex is set to grow atleast 50% over the 2015 edition in terms of exhibitor space. The prodigious success of previous edition is reason behind enormous bookings a year ahead the show. It should attract twice the visitors. We can see phenomenal enthusiasm among people from the industry who are eagerly looking forward to it. Not only the old participants but many new companies are signing up. Pamex is extensively promoted in neighboring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China and UAE to enhance the international characteristics of the event. Pamex’ 17 will have more launches and latest technology on display, offering more business opportunities,” said Neetu Arora, director of (P) Ltd.

PrintFair gears up for its 2017 edition

PrintFair is all geared up for its succeeding edition happening along with PackPlus South and SupplyPlus South from April 7 -10, 2017 at BIEC, Bengaluru.

PrintFair’s earlier edition that happened at HITEX, Hyderabad was a great triumph. It was visited by numerous industry veterans and closed some remarkable deals and also generated a lot of opportunities for its participants.

This year as well, the show is set to mark new record of sales and provide next level of opportunities for its exhibiting companies. Some of the leading players to count on are R K Label Printing Machinery, Inssta 3D Print, Flexography India Press, Bhogle Engineering Works, Essen Graphics, Mehta Cad Cam Systems, Abhikruti Digi Soft, Mohansons India, Bodhi Professional Solutions, APL Machinery, Eureka Trading, and Hewlett-Packard India Sales Private Limited.

The show will be a promising platform for the latest technology and provide solutions for various printing segments like UV interducts, LED UV systems, UV coating & curing systems, dry lamination machines, printing materials, software solutions, paper cutting machine & finishing equipment, pre press, RIP workflow proofing packaging solutions, laser engraving machine, used offset printing machines, sysnthetic paper, thermal lamination machine, stickers & label printing machinery, stamping, die cutting machines, 3D products, 3D visiting Cards, 3D image change products, 3D software training, photopolymer plates, flexo solvent recycling.

“The print industry in Karnataka is huge and very advanced when it comes to technology. PrintFair will provide a lot of scope for the potential visitors to scale and explore new developments. The show is all set to mark a new milestone,” said Neetu Arora, director of (P) Ltd, organizer of the Show.

Strategic planning for the development of printing industry

The Printing Technologists Forum conducted a lecture meeting on Strategic planning for the development of the printing industry. The speaker Prof Dr B Brahadeeswaran divided his presentation into three parts: Introduction to Strategic Planning, Steps in Strategic Planning and From Strategic Planning to Strategic Management.

Introduction to strategic planning

What is Strategic Planning (SP)? Why should it be? When should it be done? Who should do it? Strategic Planning is a future oriented process within an organization, which specifies what it wishes to become and how it proposes to get there. In a printing press one has to ask, “Where are we now” and “Where we want to go”. Parameters may include no. of clients, variety of jobs, no. of jobs, type of printing, type of machines, investment mode, etc. When should SP be done? Now it should be done. Who should do it? Mostly senior managers. They should inform the stakeholders. Who are the stakeholders? They are internal and external. Internal are again bottom up or top down model. Bottom up are all staff and customers. Top down are senior managers. The impact of development will that all stakeholders will proactively anticipate change and ensure all in bottom up optimize, initiate its resources and maximize production.

Steps in strategic planning

Eight steps are involved in strategic planning, which include initiating SP process; clarifying mandate; developing vision and mission statements; conducting SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis; identifying thrust areas; formulating goals; specifying objectives; and developing work and action plans.

FRPM strategic planning to strategic management

The steps involve preparation of a SP, dissemination of it to all stakeholders, implementation of SP, monitoring SP, evaluation of results, revising SP, institutionalising strategic management process. Guidelines for effective functioning of Strategic Management Group (SMG) should be formulated. By monitoring, structured meetings and recording and reporting, SP should be sustained.

–D Ramalingam

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