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All talks envisage growth and innovations at WAN-IFRA India 2015

Accolade of ‘World Young Reader News Publisher Award’ to Indonesian daily Kompas
After 12 years, WAN-IFRA India returned to Mumbai with a host of back to back summits, parallel expositions on latest newspaper printing technologies and more. Co-sponsored by INS, around 600 delegates from more than 30 countries rushed to the global event. Print & Publishing editor SK Khurana recounts a brief account of the three-day conference and expo that pulled a league of South Asian news media stalwarts to the influential confluence of innovative ideas and technologies. WAN-IFRA India 2015 Conference and Expo organised from September 02-04 at BCEC in Mumbai brought to showcasing what all news media industry has garnered over the last one decade or so since the event was last held in the city. The onset of the event was marked with a common inaugural session to all forums/summits, in which Magdoom Mohamed, managing director, WAN-IFRA South Asia, India delivered a welcome address, followed by the opening address from K Balaji, chairman, WAN-IFRA South Asia Committee and director, Kasturi & Sons Ltd, India.

Young readers spotlighted

A big ovation at the opening session was for the World Young Reader News Publisher of the Year Award conferred on the Indonesian daily Kompas. “The newspaper has had a major role in creating new citizens capable of sustaining their own freedom of expression and peaceful change of government—two basic elements for any democracy,” announced Jacob Mathew, past president of WAN-IFRA and executive editor of Malayala Manorama, who presented the accolade of the prestigious award to the Indonesian newspaper. Among the other winners, Kids' News, a children newspaper from Denmark, bagged the silver award in the ‘teaching freedom’ category.

The whole three days of the conference were sub-divided into World Editors Forum (Newsroom Summit), World Printers Forum (Printing Summit) and Crossmedia Advertising Summit, with a common closing session for all.

Day One

In his common keynote address on the opening day of the three-day conference and expo, Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief, English and Malay Newspapers Division, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) affirmed that South Asian newspaper publishers continue to increase their print business and they are also undergoing a digital revolution. Till 2003, SPH engaged in production of five magazine titles; but the count has reached 100 today, which include both fully-owned and some licensed ones. They also produce a special weekly newspaper for Indian communities residing in Singapore.

Speaking at the Newsroom Summit, Thomas Jacob, chief operating officer, WAN-IFRA Germany revealed that the trend of news publishing in digital age is catching on. On what publishers can do, he urged to understand the disruption patterns first and master the digital eco-system. On the other side, Printing Summit hosted a series of valuable discussions, among which Benedicte Gercke, category director-paper & energy, News UK and Ireland (UK), presented provocative ideas and concepts of newsprint procurement as well as operational excellences in the session on ‘Excellence and Innovation in Newspaper Production’. She imparted a case study on optimisation of paper and energy from one of the largest printers in the world.

Day Two

The second day dawned on a significant session on ‘Colour Quality’ at Printing Summit. Anand Srinivasan, research manager, WAN-IFRA India, opened the session with the announcement of advantages of enrolling into the International Newspapers Color Quality Club (INCQC) 2016-2018, which is open to all. He explained how publications of all sorts—dailies, weeklies, monthlies and fortnightlies—could use the competition in the club to improve their process in achieving consistency in print quality.

Followed-up next in the session on ‘Color Quality’, Anjan Majumdar, vice president-quality & EHS, HT Media Ltd, India, narrated the systematic approach to implement FM screening in newspaper production, a relatively new subject. Reasons for the selection of FM, according to Anjan, are set for: smooth dot renderation, strong spots on plates, easy control of dot gain, ease of ink control on press, RIP and system speed, among others. As a result, he said Hindustan Times has successfully brought 60 percent of paper consumption to 40 and 42 gsm; saved upto 5-10 percent of ink and advertisers are elated to the print production on FM.

Day Three

On the third day of the conference, a session titled ‘Trends in print production’ at the Printing Summit witnessed a flock of speakers talking in length about the new trends. Opening the session, Snehasis Chandra Roy, associate vice president-technical, ABP Pvt Ltd, India, shared some innovations which ABP has so far adopted to impress readers and advertisers alike. Unable to attend the conference, but directly streamed live from Dubai, Samer Sabri Abdel Qader, director-digital & prepress, Masar Printing & Publishing, UAE, presented his share of ideas on the adoption of new technologies for sustainability and new business. Masar boasts of a production facility of half a million sq ft where equipped technologies of all sorts, including web-offset, commercial web-offset and digital presses—certainly a mega portfolio comprising Kodak NexPress, Kodak Prosper, manroland CROMOMAN and so on.

In the follow-up part of the session, Neeraj Mahajan, vice president-technical, Lokmat, India, precisely elaborated the newspaper’s focus on ‘green’ technologies in their overall production process. Established in 1971 with its first Gujarati edition, then English edition in 1987 and Hindi in 1989, what Neeraj revealed was their eco-friendly production process and adoption of renewable energy, minimisation of non-recyclable liquids, reduction in carbon footprints and such other strategies eventually helped Lokmat reap unmatched advancements in using ‘green’ and sustainable technologies.

Closing session

At the closure of the three-day conference and expo, Manfred Werfel, director, Word Printers Forum, WAN-IFRA, Germany, presented business model for sustainable print in which he stated that the printing industry is innovating and experimenting to come up with solution best suited to new challenges. He observed the cost of printing is coming more and more into focus, those who don’t adapt will lose their market position.

The ultimate closing note from Rainer Esser, CEO, Zeit Online, Germany, opened up with his story of a long road traffic he experienced in Mumbai as his first impression (laughing) of the city on his maiden visit to India. Key factors of success, he then changed the topic, consisted of steady improvement in layout and editorial designs, winning and keeping the best and most diverse staff, and most importantly the use of ‘big data’ to keep in touch and engage with young readers by embracing digital opportunities.

Inspiring exhibition

The expo, organised in parallel to the three days of conference and expo, hosted a group of 65 exhibitors from India and abroad showing their machines and services, which include printing presses, prepress equipment, editorial systems, archiving systems, digital media management and mobile app developments. Prominent among the exhibitors were ABB, Alpap, Cadgraf, CCI, 4Cplus, FUJIFILM India, GOSS International, Kodak India, Krause, manroland, Manugraph, Memory Repro, Mosca, Newstech, Poddar Global, ppi Media, PRAKASH Web Offset, QuadTech, SLKCG, Technicon India, TOYO Inks Arets, WRH Global, among others. And those eminent sponsors of the conference and expo comprised: Atex, CCI, DIC, Google, Huber Group, Kreatio, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ppi Media, TechNova and The New York Times (News Service and Syndicate).

BMPA Print Summit to turn 10 in 2016

Print Summit 2016, a full day knowledge seminar on the theme Ten Commandments, will be held on January 29, 2016 at Tata Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai. Organised by Bombay Master Printers Association (BMPA), this annual event is a unique effort to commemorate Printers' Day, a tribute to Johannes Gutenberg – the German innovator whose invention, the movable type, revolutionised mass printing. This will be the 10th BMPA’s Print Summit.

The BMPA is steadfast in its goal to construct an agenda that consolidates the progress made over every past Print Summit edition rendered since 2005 and turn it into a celebration of Print and Communication. They desire to make the Key Note address more conspicuous and build content that resonates and heralds the changes that are shaping our industry - challenging it and redefining its relevance.

Some of the speakers at bygone Print Summits included: Ajay Piramal, Kishore Biyani, Yoshiharu Komori, Ashish Hemrajani, Arnab Goswami, B S Nagesh, Vir Sanghvi, Pranav Parikh, Prof. Boman Moradian, Prof. V K Murti, Prof. Parimal Merchant, Prof Samsih Dalal, (Lt) Prof Rooshikumar Pandya, Radhakrishna Pillai, Steven Schnoll, Anthony Stanton, Prof. Dr. Rajendrakumar Anayath, P Narendra, Prof. Dr Eduard Neufeld, Santosh Nair and more.

The audience at upcoming Print Summit will include businesses from commercial printing, package printing, labels, POP-POS, wide format printing, on-demand printing, corrugation, creative industry and ad agency. Personalities attending the conference are largely owners, decision makers, technologists, shop floor personnel, marketeers, designers and IT & admin folks.

BMPA is committed to improve the quality of life for the print community and it aims to be a pre-eminent organization in developing co-operation amongst print industry stake holders. It also aims to provide know-how on state-of-the-art print technology, education and related matters; to develop business leaders, technocrats and entrepreneurs and to encourage and recognise excellence in printing.

In this era of cross-technology solutions and a communication cycle that is ultra dynamic; one that is continuously pushing the limits and reinventing the means; the BMPA acknowledges the growing inter-dependence amidst the printing technologies and allied media processes. As a result their membership is broad-based, comprising of firms who are engaged as: print providers, pre-press, pre-media specialists, post-press and converting, packaging printing, agencies; and printers’ suppliers i.e. manufacturers and traders.

BMPA has been serving to the cause of the print industry for the last 60 years and are a proud family of over 500 members from and around Mumbai.

On a national level, The BMPA is well networked with other regional printers' trade associations from all over India; all of whom assemble under the fulcrum organisation: All India Federation of Master Printers - a New Delhi based nodal rep of the printing industry. Presently there are over 55 regional associations from all over India come under the AIFMPs umbrella. Several nominees of the BMPA have served the Federation as its president over the last six decades. At the state (provincial) level the BMPA is similarly affiliated with the Maharashtra Mudran Parishad, which functions as a state level Federation of printers’ association.

“A digital feast with never before seen equipment is in the offing at PAMEX 2015”

“A digital feast with never before seen equipment is in the offing at PAMEX 2015” says Anil Arora,, who is at the helm of meticulously planning and organising the upcoming PAMEX 2015 show in Mumbai. Here, Anil Arora, shares his views on printing industry in general and PAMEX in particular. Excerpts. Q: From your perspective, what is the future of the printing industry in general and Indian printing industry in particular?

Anil: Undeterred by the shift to e-books and digital communication, the printers world over are evolving and successfully finding ways to improve sales and profits. At least, in the foreseeable future I don’t expect to see an obituary of the world printing industry.

India has a flourishing market in all segments including the publishing market that is otherwise seeing the largest decline worldwide. This is because we still have a lot of catching up to do to reach the world consumption levels. Package printing is growing the steepest, riding an explosion in the consuming population. The Indian printer has geared up and smartened in use of both analogue and digital technologies. He is becoming adept at choosing an appropriate mix as he expands his business to meet the growing demands.

Q: What according to you are the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian printing industry?

Anil: The contemporary printers are fast learners and are now adopting global good practices. They are helped by the same quality that helps Indians excel in the field of IT- ability to intuitively understand digital technology in communication and the ways to supplement it with print.

As they have become more professional in the business, barring exception, the downside is that their work is also less passion driven.

Q: In today’s scenario when the number of exhibitions are on the rise, how will you advice the exhibitors/visitors to opt for participation/visit?

Anil: International exhibitions like drupa or China Print, national exhibitions like PrintPack and Pamex as well as regional exhibitions- all have their role to play. The printer and the exhibitor have to be clear about the different characteristics of these exhibitions and the expectations from them. PrintPack and Pamex happening within months of each other and in the same venue had created an anomaly that has mercifully been resolved and I must congratulate those at the helm of affairs at IPAMA and AIFMP for their farsightedness. Pamex will be happening in Mumbai now onwards and will also be in a different calendar and financial year than PrintPack.

Q: How many exhibitors have confirmed their participation at Pamex 2015?

Anil: The last time an edition of Pamex was held in Mumbai was in 2006. That was probably one of the most successful exhibitions in this industry in the country and is remembered nostalgically by most exhibitors. The moving of Pamex to Mumbai has caught the imagination of the industry and we have more than 200 exhibitors that have signed up already. We expect to have over 300 exhibitors eventually and also meet our targets. Though, the slowdown in the Chinese economy means that we may not have as many Chinese companies as we expected.

Q: What new can the exhibitors/visitors expect at the fair?

Anil: Recently, there has been a flurry of increase in space by the exhibitors who had signed up much earlier. This is an indication that there will be several running equipment on display. Some exhibitors have indicated that they would be launching new products in the exhibition while others would want to use the event to give a preview of their plans at drupa, six months later. Though I am privy to some exhibitors’ plans, they are still keeping it under wraps and want to roll them out in their own time and style. I can only share that among many other features, a digital feast with never before seen equipment is in the offing.

Q: As a show manager, how will you ensure that there is good number of visitors to the show?

Anil: An extensive visitor promotion campaign has kicked in. The road shows have been planned at two levels. A grassroots contact programme will see Pamex being presented in the second and third tier towns in an extensive coverage in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. A four city zonal level contact programme will be organised to reach out to emerging towns. Newsletters, e-mail communications, SMSes, social media, news blogs, trade magazine ads, bus advertisement, hoardings and several other traditional methods of reaching out to visitors are extensively being used. However, the backbone of our promotion is an extensive database of prospective visitors that we have painstakingly put together over the years that we will rely on to send personal invitations by snail mail.

Q: What other efforts are taken by to make it a best-in-class show?

Anil: A successful show results when quality visitors in numbers get to meet leading players in the exhibition. Building on such a success becomes easy. This kind of show becomes iconic, when it is institutionalised in the same venue at the same periodicity and time of the year. We have taken the first step in that direction.

Q: Any message for our readers....

Anil: With the Indian economy being singled out to lead the next phase of global growth, this is start of an exciting phase in the industry. The world will be making a beeline for Pamex. Be there to see the best that the world has to offer and be spoilt for choice. Weather wise too, it is also the best time of the year to be in Mumbai.

Ricoh to showcase the entire range of its products @PAMEX

Ricoh India is participating at PAMEX 2015 (December 9-12, 2015, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai) in a big way and is also sponsoring the NAEP Awards. Sambit Mishra, chief operating officer - PP at Ricoh India Ltd, tells more about their participation at PAMEX 2015. Q: What would be the highlight of your participation at PAMEX?

Sambit : The highlight of our participation at Pamex will be to showcase the entire range of products we bring to the Indian market. Especially the new Pro C 9100 series and Pro C 7100x the new white and clear toner. The newly launched Ricoh Latex printers and our world famous Gel Jet based wide format printing solution.

Q: Would there be different application zones in the showcase – just like you have been doing in the past? If yes, please give details?

Sambit : Yes, we will continue to showcase our different application zones, especially for continuous feed printing where we will be showcasing Print on Demand books, and also the new applications around question paper printing, bill printing, etc. The other application zone will have Latex printing applications especially showcasing the versatility and print quality generated by Ricoh’s Latex printing technology.

Q: Also, what about finishing operations? Will you be showcasing a complete end-to-end solution? If yes, please furnish details.

Sambit : Finishing options are definitely important for our continuous feed solutions but it’s very difficult to deploy such high end solutions in small time frame. Additionally the options are too many and different for each application, hence we will not be displaying the finishing options.

Q: How much display area you have opted for in PAMEX?

Sambit : We have taken about 234 square meters in the show and that should be sufficient for displaying all the products we are displaying at the show.

Q: We understand that you have good amount of branding during the event and can you update us on that?

Sambit : As you are aware Ricoh and Pamex have been working together for the past several years on the trade show and hence Pamex gives us the preference to choose the branding options. We have identified key display areas which have the highest visibility and footfall. We have taken several options which are during the approach to the show and then right at the entrance point of the show.

We have also taken several buntings inside the main hall and several other options. Most importantly we have also booked the VIP Lounge which will be a Ricoh Branded Lounge.

Q: How do you rate PAMEX as a printing event, as this is being organised by printers themselves – and what has been your experience in the past?

Sambit : Pamex has been in India for as long as I can remember, the first one I had participated was in 2002/3 and I was working with Xerox then. The DC 6060 engine was launched by Xerox at that time. Pamex has definitely grown since that time and now features among the top three printing events in the country.

Q: What kind of awareness programme are you considering for printers from offset category?

Sambit : There are several demo sessions planned during the show and some of them are for existing digital customers and some for the offset and packaging printing setups. We will be talking about the profitability of having a complimentary digital setup and kinds of applications best suited for offset.

Q: We also heard that you will be associating with AIFMP’s National Awards for Excellence in Printing – could you please update on this?

Sambit : AIFMP and Ricoh have been tied in together for the last several years to present the National Awards for Excellence in Printing (NAEP). This is the most prestigious printing award within the country and definitely also the most sought after award in the industry. Over a period of time these awards have adorned the ‘halls of fame’ of many printing organisations which bring out the best in printing technology. With Ricoh being the main sponsor of the event we have always positioned ourselves as an organisation which encourages innovation and creativity in printing technology. We have also worked with AIFMP to slowly include newer categories of printing including digital printing as an integral part of the awards.

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