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Offset Printers’ Association completes 25 years

Offset Printers’ Association (OPA) on completion of 25 years of service to the printing fraternity, the silver jubilee celebrations of the Offset Printers Association (OPA) was recently held in Ludhiana. On the occasion a souvenir ‘OPA Time line’ was also released, which included the important activities the association do undertake.

OPA president Parveen Aggarwal honoured during the celebration.“OPA has had an illustrious past with contributions of our first generation of printers and I hope this to continue to be enriched by the upcoming generations. We believe that serving the printing industry is our motive. We have around 35 associations affiliated to OPA from small towns. We visit regularly to educate them about the latest government schemes and developments in printing. Another feather was added to OPA’s cap when we got opportunity to host 144th GC of All India Federation of Master Printers,” told Kamal Chopra.

OPA is currently working on various projects for the benefit of printing industry i.e. Print Yatra, Print Chetna and Printing and Packaging Cluster. Under Print Yatra, OPA carries out interactions with printing associations in different cities to motivate them to work together for upliftment of the printing industry. “Print Chetna” is a very unique and first-of-its-kind project going on with various government schools and colleges, in which the team educates students to adopt printing as a career.

“Award of Honour” to printing and packaging industry stalwarts

OPA felicitated the member units who have been working under the same name and style for the last 25 years. The units were given ‘Award of Honour’ for their contribution to the society. Prof Dr Rajendrakumar Anayath, a well known printing technologist presented the mementos to these printing and packaging industry stalwarts of Ludhiana. These included: Abhinandan Printers, Amarjot Box Factory, Bhagotra Printers, Chawla Box Factory, Elpar Printing Press, Foil Printers, Goyal Press, Malik Printers, Mankoo Box Factory, Neeldhara Transfers, PL Printrers, Roop Rang Printing press, The Cranial Printers and Wattan Printing Press.

Parveen Aggarwal (president, OPA) congratulated the members and briefed about the association’s activities. He appreciated the work by Kamal Chopra (GS) and his team. He also said that OPA will keep on working for the betterment of printing industry as a whole across the country. Members from various printing associations (Lucknow, Karnal, Jammu, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Phagwara, Moga, Sirhind, Patiala, Jagraon, Mansa, Gurdaspur, Bathinda and Muktsar) were also honoured on the occasion.

SS Dhillon, director, MSME appreciated OPAs efforts and asked member associations to come forward and take the initiative to start the cluster programmes and benefits from Govt. schemes.

OPA’s annual calendar released

KS Khurana, president, IPAMA; CP Paul, general secretary, IPAMA and TR Mahajan, vice president (South) IPAMA released OPA’s annual calendar recently during its AGM in Ludhiana. The calendar is regarded as printers’ Jantri, because not only the information about the holidays and working days, but information about the events, seminars, exhibitions or trade fairs relating to printing and packaging industry world over are also given in this calendar.

Ipex 2014: what better place than London?

The return of Ipex to London in March 2014 is adding up to be a welcome capital gain for exhibitors and visitors alike, shares Des King, journalist and marketing consultant, The Write Stuff. Ipex, the UK’s flagship print and communications event will be reunited with the nation’s capital city when it opens its doors at the custom-built ExCeL International Exhibition & Convention Centre in London’s Docklands in March 2014. The ExCeL exhibition centre itself is located at the heart of an integrated infrastructure tailored to meet the requirements of the international business community.

London has always enjoyed an iconic international status, where its rich and varied history sits alongside global business. Progressive redevelopment and investment of infrastructure continues to keep London at the centre of the global community. The addition of ExCeL in London’s Docklands, new rail, road and air transport links, the incursion of both the financial services and media sectors, as well as the enduring legacy of the £9 bn investment in London’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has transformed the area into the City’s commercial heartland.

Open for business

Whilst London is still every bit as much the home of heritage landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament and ‘Big Ben’, the London of the 21st century is now ranked as one of the world’s most preferred cities in which to stage meetings and events. And, as one of the world’s top three financial centres, London continues to attract business visitors from outside the UK, who now contribute 27 percent of London’s overseas tourism economy; just short of £3 bn per annum.

Sharing a specific affinity with the broadening media and cross-channel interests represented within the evolving Ipex community itself is London’s fast-developing ‘Tech City’ digital hub: populated by a dynamic mix of blue-chip IT and social networking players such as Microsoft, Cisco, Facebook, Google and entrepreneurial start-ups, and the recipient of a UK Government £50m development grant. Today, there are over 23,000 IT companies based throughout London; more than in any other European city.

Equally in tune with the Ipex community is London’s highly developed creative media communications sector spearheaded by some of the worlds’ most innovative and respected advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Euro RSCG, Ogilvy and Leo Burnett. Directly employing over 4,00,000 designers, programmers and copywriters, the city’s creative industries collectively generate annual revenues of almost £20bn, and are already playing a key role in shaping Ipex’s onward evolution.

Says Ipex event director Trevor Crawford, “In our predominantly digital world, print is continuously adapting to compete against an ever-expanding menu of communications technologies. This has been a key strategic factor for including a cross media production focus on multi-channel messaging media as an integral part of Ipex 2014.”

With over 40 percent of the city’s working population not British-born and over 300 different languages habitually spoken on a daily basis, London provides a unique office from office environment, which according to London’s Mayor Boris Johnson, ‘the best European if not global city in which to do business.’ Arguably the city’s greatest ambassador, this current Mayor is also a regularly published print and broadcast media journalist who is naturally taking great interest in welcoming Ipex visitors and exhibitors back to the nation’s capital city in March, branding it ‘the Olympics of the global Printing Industry'.

A centre of ExCeLlence

If London is the best UK city for business, then ExCeL has likewise developed as the country’s best venue in which to do it, boasting events as diverse as the London Boat Show and the world travel market to staging many Olympic and Paralympic events. In the six years since it opened, the venue has almost doubled its size to 1,00,000 sq m following its acquisition by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC).

ExCeL’s two halls are centrally connected by a boulevard running the entire length of the complex, providing free and reliable Wi-Fi and containing 40 bars, restaurants and eateries. For a major event like Ipex, the boulevard, which will host ‘Inspiration Avenue’, will become very much part of the event and part of the Ipex community experience.

Besides, London is a city that doesn’t need to promote itself, so there’s never been a better time to capitalise on what Ipex 2014 and London has to offer.

World Print Summit gathers momentum

A senior level, strategic thought leadership event that takes place at the heart of Ipex 2014 at the ExCeL London (24-29 March 2014), the World Print Summit will deliver a pertinent content programme that will define the fast-evolving print industry.

Featuring 15 inspirational keynote speakers and 25 insightful and relevant presentations on the future of print, this forum provides printers with exclusive access to previously unheard content that will deliver the leading insights into the evolving role and power of print.

With profitability and progress a key theme, the summit’s distinguished line-up of keynotes – featuring industry thought leaders including Frank Romano (Rochester Institute of Technology), Patrick Martell (St. Ives Group), Benny Landa (Landa) and Barry Hibbert (Polestar) – will discuss and debate the trends, innovations and pitfalls of the regenerating print industry.

Other key highlights include leading futurologist and author Richard Watson exploring the immediate future of print to help printers make the right strategic decisions before forecasting the print industry’s development over the next 25 years, while Clive Humby – chief architect behind the Tesco Clubcard – will be sharing his expertise of dealing with big data and using it to promote loyalty through understanding your customers through print.

“This event brings together visionary and ambitious speakers from across the international print-supply chain and has been developed to inspire,” says Ruth Clougherty, content producer, Ipex 2014’s World Print Summit. “Taking place in a state of the art auditorium, our keynotes speakers will no doubt spark some heated debates on how to thrive in the highly competitive and streamlined print industry. These are speakers who have entered markets where others have dared not tread, invested in new technologies that others have shied away from, and been brave enough to create a culture of exploration, failure and innovation. The World Print Summit will be an event not to be missed.”

Böttcher rubber roller plant in India

For Böttcher, globalisation does not simply mean the absorption of external competence and capacities. The company develops by transferring its own knowledge and highly-developed services to international markets and, in response, learning from their international customers. Prabhat Kumar, product manager at Böttcher India talks about their quality and service parameters. Böttcher is planning a rubber roller plant in India, to support their customers through local manufacturing capacity and comprehensive service arrangements.

Quality assured, everywhere…Böttcher develops balanced solutions for the most diversified production conditions in all regions of the world: whether it’s the water quality or the ambient temperature, specific aspects of the chemistry or local legal and environmental requirements. “Our customers benefit from central Böttcher compounding plant in Gelsdorf, Germany with an assurance to receive the same high-quality and precisely the same compound for their roller material all the time. They can rely on Böttcher’s worldwide quality assurance system, which guarantees the characteristics of every product of the company,” said Prabhat Kumar.

He added, “With our close network of production sites and branch offices, Böttcher pursues everywhere in the world with the goal of placing a competent partner by the side of their customers. Whether in Europe or Asia, the company is always in the vicinity to support their customers through local manufacturing capacity and their comprehensive service as we are also planning for rubber roller plant in India. With this approach, we serve more than a million customers in over 80 countries.”

Complete product system…Print Systems of Böttcher stand for more service, more quality, more process reliability and increased profitability in printing. They are at their customers’ disposal, with fine-tuned products, printing rollers, printing blankets, printing chemicals– all from a single source. A complete and compatible product system from their laboratories, tested and balanced, assures a consistent and controlled production process and re-produceable print quality.

With their long-term experience as a partner of the worldwide printing industry, Böttcher is fully aware that complex processes require comprehensive servicing. Top quality products alone are not enough: as a Böttcher customer one can enjoy unrivalled support: from initial analysis of the requirements backed up by extensive laboratory facilities down to individual problem solving. “You print - we take care of everything else”- this is what Böttcher always puts in.

Quality control and service… A maxim, which Böttcher fulfils since the year one – the qualitative basis of everything they do is to develop all products and solutions themselves. They investigate new materials and create new compositions. Böttcher’s materials go through innumerable test sequences, until they find the optimum solution. Only when they know that their quality requirements are fulfilled, does a product go into serial production. So that, today and in future, their customers have to have the security of knowing that they are working with the best solution available.

For Böttcher, service is a matter of concern. People who decide on Böttcher have the security of having a partner at their side in difficult moments, a partner who can unravel complex problems and knows the applications. In over 280 years, a tremendous reservoir of knowledge has been gathered within Böttcher to which Böttcher colleagues can refer on a daily basis, particularly when facing major challenges. Böttcher always declares “Make use of our unique know-how.”

Böttcher’s performance consists of making their customers more efficient. The quality of their solutions and intensity of service make Böttcher something special. It has always been the company’s approach to develop an in-depth understanding of the things they work on, to master them and take them to the next level. In order to make production more economical and process more stable, one can rely on Böttcher’s energy confidently.

SPMCIL contribution under CSR

Contribution of Rs one crore to Uttarakhand and Rs 50 lakh to Bihar for relief and rehabilitations

MS Rana, chairman and managing director, Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd presented a cheque of Rs one crore to Vijay Bahuguna, CM, Uttarakhand and Rs 50 lakh to Nitish Kumar, CM, Bihar in New Delhi recently as contribution towards relief and rehabilitation activities. In wake of the unprecedented floods in Uttarakhand and havoc caused by cyclone “Phailin” in the State of Bihar, SPMCIL’s contribution to Chief Minister’s Relief Funds is one among various initiatives taken by the company under its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programme. On the occasion, Dr Manoranjan Dash, director (HR); PN Radkar, director (Tech); SK Jha, chief vigilance officer and other officials of SPMCIL were present.

Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) was created in January, 2006 with nine units (consisting of four mints, two security presses, two currency note presses and one security paper mill) functioning under Deptt. of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Govt Of India were transferred to SPMCIL.

SPMCIL was created with an objective of improved decision making leading to enhanced productivity, efficiency and improved financial health of those nine units. The main business of SPMCIL is production of bank notes, circulating coins, commemorative coins, medals and medallions, various security products like passports, travel documents, postal stationery and other security products and production of the security paper.

The Company has been granted the ‘Excellent’ rating by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) for its MoU evaluation during the year 2011-12 for third year in succession and as per Self-Evaluation Report of MoU 2012-13 submitted to DPE, the company is again poised for ‘Excellent rating for the fourth time’.

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