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Touch the future @ drupa 2016

drupa 2016, the mecca for print and crossmedia solutions, is set to hold stage from May 31 - June 10, 2016 at Düsseldorf, Germany. Organised by Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, drupa is an eleven-day extravaganza event, showcasing the best and the latest in printing and allied industries. The last staging of drupa in 2012 was an overwhelming success with around 314,500 visitors from 130 countries attending the show, proving once again that it is the industry’s leading event worldwide.

Not only is drupa the trade fair to see latest developments and to place orders, it is also a confidence barometer for the entire print media industry itself, its markets, its clients and its suppliers.

The print and media industry is changing and new technologies are establishing themselves. drupa is responding to these changes to pique visitor interest with state-of-theart technologies and new solutions in the highlighted themes of commerical printing, functional & industrial printing, packaging productions, multichannel, 3D printing and green printing.

drupa 2016 to highlight
industrial printing

As the world’s leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions, a strong focus at drupa 2016 will be the advances in industrial printing, specifically packaging, glass, textile, ceramics, flooring, laminates, wood, wallcovering and decorative printing as well as printed electronics.

“Packaging production and industrial printing applications are recognised today as growth markets. We must follow market changes and identify future trends to integrate them into our concept for the trade fair. For 65 years, drupa has always been at the forefront of technological innovations,” explained Werner M Dornscheidt, president & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.

Industrial printing applications have historically been produced using a variety of analog printing technologies, such as offset, gravure, flexographic, and screen printing. Although the digital revolution has taken several paths, the most prominent to date has been in the graphic communications market. Digital print-ondemand is now well-established in this area and the use of digital technology is now migrating and growing in industrial segments such as packaging, decorative and functional printing.

According to estimates by InfoTrends worldwide mass-production of decorative products accounted for just under half a trillion dollars in manufactured goods in flat glass, ceramic tiles, flooring/laminates, textile and wall coverings.

In addition to the individual exhibitors’ products on display, drupa 2016 will present the latest design and production solutions in the special exhibits drupa innovation park (dip), drupa cube, touchpoint packaging and PEPSO – Printed Electronics.

drupa cube partners with The Medici Group to spur out-of-the-box thinking
–Bestselling author Frans Johansson and other thought leaders to deliver keynotes during drupa 2016

Four months prior to the start of the trade show on May 31, the programme for drupa cube, the conference and event location at drupa 2016, is now largely set. The primary partner for development and delivery of innovative content for drupa cube 2016 is international innovation firm The Medici Group and its founder and CEO Frans Johansson. Johansson caused somewhat of a furor with his 2004 book The Medici Effect, and since then has been the goto expert for the concepts of thinking and acting outside fixed limits and the “out-of-the-box principle.” Worldwide brands such as American Express, IBM, Nike, Volvo and The Walt Disney Company have already been drawing on the strategic expertise of The Medici Group. Now drupa is doing the same. “With The Medici Group, we have precisely the right partner at our side for drupa cube. A consistent approach to change management is absolutely necessary to master the challenges in the print, packaging and media sectors”, says Sabine Geldermann, director at drupa. “I am extremely pleased that we will be presenting a high quality and clearly structured programme that will appeal both to the print and media industry as well as to web agencies, brands and print buyers, with The Medici Group and other impressive thought leaders at its core.”

Keynote speaker Frans Johansson, Silas Amos & Shane Wall

In his opening keynote on May 31, bestselling author Frans Johansson (The Medici Effect) will base his talk on the drupa theme ‘touch the future’ and ‘Intersectional Thinking’. The core question that will be addressed is, “What happens when technological revolutions meet an industry that has been around for a millennium?. The second keynote on June 2 will build on this and explore key situations where one can forge a route to a future vision. The third keynote speaker on June 6, Silas Amos (Founder of Silas Amos Ltd. Design Thought), has worked as a designer and strategic partner for several firms in the FMCG industry, including AB InBev, Bacardi, Diageo, Heinz, Mars and Unilever. The final keynote will be held on June 8 with Shane Wall, chief technology officer at HP and Global Head of HP Labs, as the speaker. There will be a mix of the following five sessions across the eleven days:

Business Evolution: Twelve 30-minute slots are aimed primarily at decision-makers in the printing industry who are focusing on increasing efficiency and profits within their companies. Accordingly, both ‘best practices’ and business models, as well as investment strategies and human resources management will be discussed. Already on the list of speakers are: Ronan Zioni/HP, Neil Falconer/ Print Future, Ulbe Jelluma/Print Power and Chris Bondy/RIT’s School of Media Sciences.

Technology: Eleven 30-minute slots will focus on technological innovations and their new areas of application. How can these innovations be integrated into existing workflows and what will be the consequences? These and other topics are aimed at decision-makers and management at printing firms, and will also appeal to all other drupa visitors who have an interest in technology.

One special event of note is the three one-hour “Gladiator Sessions” comparing two converging technologies where the pros and cons are discussed with a moderator. The following speakers have already committed to participate: Chris Bondy (RIT’s School of Media Sciences /USA), Joanna Stephenson (DataLase/UK) and Lilach Sapir (Massivit 3D printing/Israel).

Intersectional: These six sessions, led by The Medici Group, will focus on “Innovation @ the Intersection” and will encompass the six highlight topics of drupa 2016 (multichannel, print, functional printing, 3D-printing, packaging production and green printing). In each interactive lecture slot, several of these highlight topics will be combined with one another using specific application examples, such as functional printing & packaging print, 3D printing & sustainability or multichannel & print.

C-Level: The four invitation-only slots in this programme segment are aimed at a fixed, defined subscriber group at management level as well as at exhibitors and visitors. These C-level sessions will directly follow the four keynotes and are formatted as interactive workshops where strategic insider knowledge is conveyed. The keynote speaker whose talk precedes each session will act as the moderator.

The strategic and creative design of the programme and on-site implementation have been entrusted to London-based brand experience agency FreemanXP. “Just as Gutenberg revolutionised communications by converging the spoken word with print, we are seeing new crossroads that are spawning unimaginable results in every sector. Be it personalisation of printed products, ‘fabbing’ or even human organ printing, drupa is a showcase for how we ‘Touch the Future’ of print. With The Medici Group, drupa Innovation Partner 2016, we have evolved the drupa cube experience to encourage conversation and convergent thinking that will lead to the co-creation, re-imagination and re-invention of the future of printing,” added Jordan Waid, vice president brand experience, FreemanXP EMEA.

“The printing technology manufacturing industry can and will grow with the packaging market”

The drupa year 2016 has started. In an interview, Thilo Sporbert, head of Business Development for Printing Technology of the Digital Factory Division of Siemens in Erlangen, reveals which solutions Siemens will show in Düsseldorf and how automation supports the trend to shorter print runs and individualised print products.

Thilo SporbertQ: Briefly explain the role Siemens is playing in printing technology?

Thilo Sporbert: We assist machinery manufacturers of all industries worldwide – among them the printing technology industry and related sectors like packaging or plastics machines. We offer them a wide spectrum of automation and drive solutions. This ranges from hardware and software to technologybased services. We are present wherever printing machines are manufactured, and we work for large, medium-sized and small companies at most versatile technological levels.

Q: drupa 2016 is just around the corner. What will you show there?

Sporbert: The focus will clearly be on digitalisation. We will show the machine manufacturers and the users from the printing industry how an integrated process chain from the design and planning stage to simulation and engineering as well as the production and operation of a machine can look like and which advantages it offers for the development of a machine in terms of flexibility, time and cost. In addition, machinery manufacturers and users can gather and analyse data relating to the performance of their machines, energy data, make-ready and downtimes or hints regarding pro-active maintenance by means of our software and cloud solutions. Our solutions support the transformation of the machinery manufacturing industry towards Industry 4.0. At drupa, we want to demonstrate that by means of the life cycle of a machine.

Q: Are these solutions open to all printing methods?

Sporbert: It makes no difference whether the machines are operated in the graphic arts, industrial or packaging sector. Our solutions are now being used in analogue, digital and hybrid printing processes that combine offset, gravure or flexographic printing with a digital step for personalisation. The main growth area is digital printing because it supports the trend to individualisation and shorter print runs in the best way.

Q: How do individualisation and automation fit together?

Sporbert: The shorter the print run and the more frequent the job and format change, the more important is automation! Otherwise, the changeover times are a burden to productivity. Nowadays, we see print shops that have automated only islands around single machines and printing companies with a fully digital, highly automated workflow. The latter are better able to cope with the difficult market environment. In the printing industry, automation is the key element of continued competitiveness. Thilo Sporbert

Q: Do you see the printing technology manufacturing industry as a growth market?

Sporbert: In this sector, we are clearly set for growth. This is driven by digital printing and the packaging market where we are closely involved in packaging machines and machines for the production of flexible materials. We are confident that we will be able to achieve a disproportionally high growth rate with this market.

Q: There is also growth in Asia. How are the machinery manufacturers doing there?

Sporbert: In India, they rather operate in the low-performance range. In China, more and more in the mid-range where first companies take the plunge into the high-end range with fully automated machines. They focus on exports and want to make a compelling impression in the global competition by offering high quality.

Q: What is your vision of the printing house of the future?

Sporbert: It won’t take very long and every printing company will implement the fully digitalised value chain; simply, in order to remain competitive. The basis is provided by an integrated software platform for an uninterrupted flow of data from the order intake to the machines and the processing of the order. This digital factory will be carefully shielded from cyber attacks and will be able to respond extremely flexible to the customers’ wishes. The development progresses towards the digital workflow in which processes and decisions run in parallel. This requires the companies to do some rethinking – recently, the willingness to do that has substantially increased.

Ten major attractions in Düsseldorf apart from drupa

Düsseldorf is known as a university town and a center of art and fashion. Wide streets lined by elegant shops, ring of parks and gardens encircle its vibrant downtown area. Known as an important cultural center, the city boasts of dozens of museums and in excess of 100 art galleries encompassing everything from internationally renowned facilities such as the impressive Art Collection North Rhine-Westphalia to the smaller installations found in the city’s trendy Königsallee area. Here are top 10 places to visit in Dusseldorf:

Königsallee - Germany’s Most Elegant Avenue

The street, lovingly referred to as the Kö, is a lively shopping paradise and exciting “going-out mile” all rolled into one, a catwalk for the fashiondaring and a rest stop for epicures. It is this inimitable combination of extravagant luxury and Rhineland joy of life that turned the Kö into a world-renowned trademark and turned a street into an attitude towards life.

Official site: www.koenigsalleeduesseldorf. de/en

Schloss Benrath

An easy ten-kilometer journey from the city center by public transit, Schloss Benrath is a splendid Baroque palace constructed between 1756 and 1773. Highlights include the palace’s sumptuous interior, as well as a stroll around its huge park and gardens. Originally built for Elector Carl Theodor, the palace is home to three excellent museums focusing on various aspects of life in the 18th century: in the main palace building is Museum Corps de Logis, showcasing the history of Benrath and its architecture, while the equally interesting Museum for Landscape Art and the Natural Science Museum are situated in other ark buildings.

The museum opening hours are: Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 am - 05.00 pm Summer time (May 1st – September 30th): on weekends (Sat + Sun) 10.00 am - 06.00 pm

North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen is the art collection of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, located in Düsseldorf. United by this institution are three different exhibition venues: the K20 at Grabbeplatz, the K21 in the Ständehaus and the Schmela Haus. The Kunstsammlung was founded in 1961 by the state government of North Rhine- Westphalia as a foundation under private law for the purpose of displaying the art collection and expanding it through new acquisitions.


Incorporated into the city in 1929, Kaiserswerth is one of Düsseldorf’s oldest (and poshest) neighborhoods, and is a wonderful place to explore due to its many old buildings and its picture-perfect location on the Rhine. Tracing its roots back to the 13th century is the Church of St. Suitbertus, noted for its beautiful reliquary of the saint. Even older is the Kaiserpfalz, the imperial stronghold of Emperor Frederick I, also known as Barbarossa. Although mostly ruins, the scale of the site still impresses.

The Museum of Art: Kunstpalast

The Museum of Art (Museum Kunstpalast) is another important art facility in Düsseldorf with artwork dating from the 3rd century BC to the present day. Highlights include fine art, sculptures and drawings, in addition to more than 70,000 items of graphic art, photos, and applied art. Other highlights include a collection of glass by Helmut Hentrich, along with rare Italian Baroque works, a modern art collection including works by Dali, Warhol, and Caravaggio, as well as examples from members of the Düsseldorf School of Painting and Expressionism. The museum also offers theatrical performances and classical concerts, and guided tours are available

Old Town Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf’s Old Town (Altstadt) remains remarkably well preserved. The focal point of the Old Town is the Marktplatz where you’ll find the imposing Town Hall (Rathaus) and a large equestrian statue of Elector John William II erected in 1711. Another highlight is the Castle Tower (Schlossturm) in Burgplatz on the banks of the Rhine. The only surviving section of this old castle that once dominated the city, the tower is home to the SchiffahrtsMuseum, one of Germany’s best (and oldest) marine museums with fascinating exhibits on the history of shipbuilding and trade. Another attraction to visit is the Hetjens Museum, dedicated to more than 800 years of ceramics, porcelain, and earthenware. After exploring the Old Town, be sure to visit the neighboring Ehrenhof district, home to the domed Tonhalle, a concert hall constructed in 1926 as the base of the city’s orchestra, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker.

Neue Zollhof and the Gehry Buildings

Dusseldorf is home to some of the most daring of modern architecture, the best of which can be seen in Neue Zollhof, a stunningly redeveloped section of the city’s old port. The highlights here are undoubtedly the Frank Gehry designed office buildings of Media Harbor, three quite distinct structures built in 1998 that seem to defy gravity as they lean and curve like jelly frozen in mid-wobble. Another interesting architectural landmark is the nearby Rheinturm Tower, a 240-meter-tall telecommunications tower constructed in 1981 with an observation deck offering superb views of the city (it also claims to be the world’s largest digital timepiece).

Nordpark’s Japanese Garden

One of Düsseldorf’s most popular parks - and at 90 acres, one of its largest - Nordpark is a wonderful place to explore. Numerous wide pathways crisscross the park through its spacious lawns and themed gardens, including the lovely Lily Garden. Other Nordpark highlights are its Horse-Tamers statue and the Japanese Garden, the latter presented to the city by Düsseldorf’s Japanese community and boasting an astonishing variety of landscapes. Another top attraction here is the Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum, a great place for kids of all ages.

The Hofgarten

Düsseldorf’s city center is bounded to the north by the Hofgarten, a large park laid out in 1770 that stretches all the way from the Old Town and Königsallee to the banks of the River Rhine. Designed in the English landscape style, this delightful 68-acre site includes extensive meadows and wooded areas, as well as numerous streams and ponds. The park is also home to a number of interesting modern sculptures as well as historic monuments and memorials, including the Märchenbrunnen with its fairytale figures, and a sculpture by Henry Moore.

The Magic of Rhine: Embankment Promenade

Düsseldorf’s Rhine Embankment Promenade offers one of the best ways of enjoying the city’s wonderful riverside. Opened in 1997 as a means of hiding one of the city’s busiest roads (it’s buried beneath the promenade), this long pedestrian route gives the city a distinctly Mediterranean flavor, lined as it is by cafés, restaurants, galleries, and shops on one side, and the mighty Rhine on the other. Running all the way from the Oberkassel Bridge and connecting the Old Town to the state’s Parliament buildings, the one-and-a-half-kilometer, tree-lined promenade encompasses pedestrian and bike paths and offers countless opportunities for sightseeing and people watching.

The digital transformation of industrial printing

Ron Gilboa, drector of InfoTrends’ Production & Industrial Printing Advisory Service, shares how graphic arts technology has enriched the decorative elements in everyday surfaces like packaged goods, decorative surfaces, and other functional materials. The range of applications span textiles, ceramics, flooring, laminates, glass, wood, membrane switches, printed electronics, packaging, and even some bio-medical materials.

Ron GilboaSince ancient times, people around the world have been looking to beautify their environment and enrich their lives using decorations. They have used decorative glyphs, paintings, and written words in monochrome and colour to reflect their lifestyles and to communicate functional messages (e.g. a green light means go!). Innovators on worldwide basis always seek solutions for the deposition of decorative and functional materials on everyday objects and surfaces. Some of these designs were intended to convey information, while others created a striking visual effect or enhanced functionality. First came early block printing on paper and textiles, and then the gamechanging invention of Gutenberg’s printing press with movable type in 1440.

Since the time that Gutenberg revolutionised printing 575 years ago, this manufacturing process has evolved as a precise deposition of colorants or materials as part of graphic arts applications and industrial applications. Graphic arts technology evolved to produce printed matter used for information sharing, promotional activities, education, and a range of utility documents. Industrial printing became a technology used for enriching the decorative elements in everyday surfaces like packaged goods, decorative surfaces, and sophisticated functional materials for the electronics industry. Industrial printing applications have historically been produced using a variety of analogue printing technologies, such as offset, gravure, flexographic, and screen printing. The range of applications is dazzling, spanning applications such as textiles, ceramics, flooring, laminates, glass, wood, membrane switches, printed electronics, packaging, and even some bio-medical materials.

The impact of mass customisation

The driving force behind these developments was the need to mass-produce printed items like books or packaged consumer goods from leading industry brands. Items such as fashion fabrics, decorated laminates, ceramic tiles, and product packaging became available to consumers with the help of mass production processes and technologies. Although mass production reduces unit price, it requires a large investment in manufacturing capacity as well as a suitable supply chain to manage the inflow and outflow of materials and goods.

According to InfoTrends’ estimates, worldwide mass-production of decorative products accounted for just under half a trillion dollars in manufactured goods in flat glass, ceramic tiles, flooring/laminates, textile, and wallcoverings.

Our desire to increasingly customise our surroundings coupled with relentless innovations in materials science and digital material deposition technology is a major driving force in the transition from massproduction to mass-customisation. This transition enables consumers as well as institutional buyers to customise their environments with branded imagery, or with decorative surfaces that reflect their tastes and visual sensibilities. Digitally printed output is now increasingly used to enable mass-customisation while also providing a range of other benefits, including operational efficiency in manufacturing and a positive environmental impact.

Industrial printing in the digital age Over a generation ago, digital printing emerged with a range of technologies that ushered in new integrated production processes as well as the ability to customise or personalise products. Although promising, early innovations were often expensive and did not yield acceptable quality for end-users. One of the leading technologies in this space was inkjet printing. For many years, inkjet printing technologies like drop-on-demand and continuous inkjet struggled to gain acceptance due to high costs, reliability issues, and a limited range of available materials (e.g., inks and substrates).

These factors hampered the range of applications that could be produced. Over the past two decades, surging technological developments in materials and printheads have yielded a crop of products that have effectively transformed industry dynamics to enable mass-customisation of graphic arts products using inkjet technology. These changes are quickly expanding into industrial manufacturing as well. At their core, these inkjet solutions enable manufacturers to produce quality products while benefiting from the operational advantages of digital print. As important as operational efficiency may be, it is only one of the ingredients that is driving market growth. The ability to costeffectively manufacture products in short runs is democratising the creative process. In a market where printing requires less make-ready and inventories are significantly reduced, brand owners and designers are now free to explore new products, materials, and manufacturing technologies that do not require as high an investment as massproduced products. Fueled by the Internet, these products generate demand for a range of applications that were previously unavailable to consumers and businesses.

Compounded with the operational benefits, these market-driven opportunities can spell profitable growth for companies of all sizes.

The industry landscape

The printing technology spans a broad range of industries including graphic communication, packaging, decorative, and functional printing. A common element to all of these industry segments is the need to precisely deposit a range of materials such as ink binders and functional materials. These are deposited on a variety of surfaces from sheets of paper to 3D printed objects. Core technologies typically migrate to adjacent markets; for example, a technology that was initially adopted by one segment will find its way into a related segment and will later be modified based on the new segment’s specific needs. Although the digital revolution has taken several paths, the most prominent to date has been in the graphic communications market. Digital print-on-demand is now wellestablished in this area, with over one billion A4 impressions produced annually. The use of digital technology is now migrating and growing in industrial segments such as packaging, decorative, and functional printing.

To better understand the key trends that are impacting the various industries, we compiled a short description and some examples to illuminate the solutions that are available in these industry segments.


Packaging is a massive industry, and InfoTrends’ industry assessments estimate that it accounted for over $400 billion in related revenues on a global basis in 2014. Applications span from simple marked corrugated brown boxes to awardwinning labels for premium products.

Over the past few years, digital colour technology has established a critical base of electrophotographic and inkjet solutions. These accounted for about one billion square meters in 2014 and are projected to reach two billion square meters in 2019, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23 percent. Thanks to a new generation of inkjet presses, this market is now reaching folding cartons, flexible packaging, direct-to-shape, and corrugated printing. These systems go beyond proofing into fully integrated production lines. Solutions that are targeted toward corrugated liner manufacturing or sheet fed printing of corrugated boxes/displays are now available from key industry suppliers with print speeds exceeding 200 meters per minute.

Direct-to-shape is another example of an emerging category where graphic arts, technologies, and industry-specific suppliers have come together to meet the demand for customised printing like never before. Examples include a major brand that is now offering digitally printed beer bottles that are fully customised and linked to an augmented reality campaign. This isn’t a completely new concept, except that it is now being done on an industrial scale by a mainstream manufacturer.

Decorative printing

Decorative printing is a vast market segment with a number of applications that are taking advantage of digital printing capabilities. The digital print volume in this segment is large and growing rapidly. Although many applications exist in this segment, this article will focus on ceramics, textiles, laminates & wood, wallcoverings, and glass, which are leading the digital transition.


The market for ceramic tile is huge, with over 12 billion square meters of tile manufactured worldwide in 2014 based on an InfoTile report. This industry segment traditionally used rotary presses to deposit decorative ceramic inks onto tiles ahead of the firing process, resulting in a cost-effective product that rivalled the permanency of natural stone. At the same time, however, using rotary print cylinders has its drawbacks—pattern repeats are limited and require costly changeovers.

Because digital printing has dramatically improved time-to-market, enabled design changes, and reduced make-ready, it now captures the majority of tile manufacturing in Europe and is gaining a rapidly-growing share in China. Moreover, digital technology offers dimensional printing in later firings to add texture in addition to the decorative layer.


Textile printing is a far-reaching industry with a deep-rooted heritage in countries like Italy, Turkey, India, Japan, Korea, and China. Based on InfoTrends’ Digital Textile Forecast, printed fabrics accounted for over 35 billion square meters in 2014—and 800 million of this volume was digital. Although most of these fabrics are produced using silk screens or rotary presses, the use of digital printers is rapidly increasing. This unique industry has been creating dazzling designs since woodcarved blocks were used to stamp fabrics. Great strides have been made since that time, and the prevailing technology for high-volume fabric manufacturing is now rotary screen printing.

Now that specialty inks can be used with a wide range of manmade and natural fibers, it is possible to create cost-effective finished products with bright colours and bold designs. The ever-increasing need for improved operational efficiency and the desire to provide consumers with cutting-edge designs was a key driver in the market’s evolution. Since the early 1990s, inkjet technology vendors have attempted to make inkjet a suitable solution for fabric manufacturers.

The past few years have seen a rapid growth in inkjet printing on fabric for organizations of all sizes. InfoTrends’ Digital Textile Forecast projects that digital textile fabric printing will demonstrate a CAGR of over 30 percent, surpassing 3.2 billion square meters by 2019. This rapid growth can be attributed to a reduction in make-ready, cost reductions in environmentally-friendly production, and the democratisation of designs that enable brand owners to reach markets quickly and effectively.

Laminates & wood

Within the construction and furniture industries, woodworking products have been making use of printed decorative papers and laminates for decades. With a wide range of designs that mimic natural wood grains, stone, and graphic patterns, laminates are a cost-effective substitute for natural materials. In some cases, laminates are actually preferred because they are more durable. Typically produced using gravure presses, decorative papers are converted to laminates using a range of processes. This industry produced over 300 million digital square meters in 2014, based on InfoTrends’ document entitled Profiting from Digital Printing in the Décor Marketplace. The pressure to develop short-run or custom laminates is driving an increased demand for mid-range as well as industrial products that rival the printing volumes of traditional gravure presses.

Many leading providers of laminates and décor paper (e.g., Schattdecor, WilsonArt, and Formica) are now offering custom laminates based on end-users’ demands for increased levels of design freedom and customisation. These trends follow many years of successful production of laminate flooring as well as a range of decorative trims for the construction industry. Emerging on the heels of laminate solutions are a range of direct printing solutions produced on a variety of wood products such as Medium Fiber Board (MDF), plywood, and natural wood. These do not require lamination and are used for adding a decorative surface to residential and commercial applications.


Wallcoverings have been in existence since the ancient Chinese decorated their palace walls. More recently, King Louis XI of France ordered wallpaper for his royal dwellings in 1481. Creator Jean Bourdichon painted 50 rolls of paper with angels on a blue background because King Louis found it necessary to move frequently from castle to castle. Wallcoverings have made great strides since that time, and they are now readily available to everyday residences and commercial buildings. Technologies such as surface printing, offset, flexography, and gravure printing have been widely used to produce standard wallpapers, with volumes estimated at 52 million square meters annually in 2014 based on InfoTrends’ Profiting from Digital Printing in the Décor Marketplace.

Digital wide format printing solutions ushered in generations of innovative graphic communication solutions for the plethora of industries that have been migrating to the wallcovering segment. Advancements in digital printing inks (e.g., latex and flexible UV inks) now enable printing on standard industry media that complies with health and safety codes. Applications such as murals and graphically rich wallpaper rolls are becoming increasingly common and are now available from a number of suppliers.


Decorative glass has been adorning cathedrals, palaces, and a range of public and private buildings for millennia. Applications span from leaded stained glass to screenprinted glass panes, and these items have been used to reinforce branding, promote artistic expression, or create simple signage. According to the Global Flat Glass Industry Trend, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis by Lucintel, the flat glass market is expected to surpass $66 billion by 2019 and is starting to adopt digital printing as a means of expanding its reach. With the development of inkjet printheads that are capable of printing ceramic inks onto glass, a number.

Crossing the finish line – a Cinderella story

Post-press binding and finishing in commercial print, packaging, sign & display graphics and other sectors will be a key attraction at drupa 2016. As they say, it isn’t finished until it is finished … and for many companies, there are still significant opportunities for improving throughput and productivity as well as reducing costs in their post-press departments. Cary Sherburne, a well-known author, journalist and marketing consultant whose practice is focused on marketing communications strategies for the printing and publishing industries, shares more on the same. All segments of the market are facing similar challenges. Shorter run lengths, faster time to market, more versioned and variable content – while each segment has slightly different challenges, they are all facing this trifecta, and as a result, are moving to an increasingly digital workflow. While significant focus has been placed on the benefits of digital printing, the analogue technologies – offset and flexo, most notably – are also moving to workflows that benefit from faster make-ready times, less waste and fewer touch points in the manufacturing process.

Alon Gershon, manager of Workflow Solutions at HP Indigo, pointed out, “Finishing processes – both set-up and operation – are often still highly time-consuming, labour-intensive, leading to high dependency on skilled operators and prone to errors and waste of costly work in process.” The challenge for printers and packaging converters is to implement post-press operations that circumvent these barriers to production efficiency.

Already, prepress and print have benefited from technologies that speed work through the production process, but for many companies, post-press processes are still a bottleneck, perhaps the last hold-out in the analogue-to-digital transformation. Yoshihiro Oe, general manager export, Europe and Africa Business Alliance at Horizon commented, “Many customers are still primarily focusing on investment in the prepress and press areas and less on finishing; this is a challenge we face.”

However, we believe that is rapidly changing and that we will see many advances at drupa 2016 toward making post-press processes as efficient as the rest of the production workflow as well as a stronger interest in these developments on the part of end users.

“Historically post-press was always seen as the industry’s Cinderella technology, taken for granted, undervalued and overlooked. But as run lengths fall and turnaround times come under more pressure, advances in post-press automation and integration are becoming increasingly important as printers realise that the latest finishing technologies can not only ease production bottlenecks, but actually generate new opportunities. I’ve no doubt that the headlines at drupa 2016 will be dominated by digital technologies, but the switched-on printers will all make a beeline for the post-press halls because they know that’s where they will see new ways of unlocking digital’s potential,” Darryl Danielli, chief editor UK-based PrintWeek.

Begin with the end in mind

Cary SherburneHow a job will be finished must be taken into consideration from the very beginning of the design and production process. Impositions that are most efficient for the printed sheet may not be the same impositions that are efficient in post-press as each piece of finishing equipment requires a unique imposition; and these two efficiencies must be well balanced for a smooth workflow with minimal waste.

And finally, automation is key. For many companies, there is already significant automation in the prepress-to-print process, but less so in the bindery. Manual machine set-up can be time consuming and error prone, often requiring highly skilled workers and production of “overs” to allow for anticipated waste. To the extent machine setup can be automated based on job ticketing information, bar codes, marks and the like, errors are less likely to occur, the number of overs required can often be significantly reduced, and less skilled workers can be utilised in the post-press area.

“You don’t want to be a commodity printer these days, even in short run, and value-added post-press solutions are a good way to move out of the commodity zone,” Jerry Sturnick, Xerox Finishing Business manager.

Xerox has played a leadership role in finishing automation since the launch of its ground-breaking DocuTech Production Press in 1990 and the development of its Digital Finishing Architecture (DFA) that now includes unique dual mode configurations which allows the same finishing solution to support both inline and offline workflows. Sturnick reports that Xerox has assembled a diverse portfolio of finishing partners over the last 30 years. “We are seeing that about one-third of digital page volume is finished inline with the other two-thirds offline,” he adds. “That’s why we introduced a dual mode feeder at drupa 2012 that uses the same DFA interface to direct sheets to inline or offline finishing with no change in software required.” Xerox is extending its finishing partnerships and automation initiatives beyond its traditional sheet-fed environment into production inkjet and packaging.

Another great example of workflow automation at work post-press is Georgia (U.S.) based Benson Integrated Marketing Solutions who processes 200+ jobs per day. Peter Xierten, director of Systems and Information Technology, said, “Saving three to five minutes per job on cutting set-up adds up to two or three hours per day saved in cutting time. We now have one operator working one shift (since implementing a finishing automation solution from HP), whereas before we needed two cutters working all day, two shifts and overtime.”

Two drupa road shows kick off in India

Under their drupa world tour programme, Messe Dusseldorf - the organisers of drupa - organised road shows in Mumbai and Delhi on November 23 and 24, 2015 respectively.

There were interesting presentations by Sabine Geldermann, director, drupa and Dr Markus Heering, managing director of VDMA, a print and cross media solutions company. T Schlitt, MD, Messe Dusseldorf India Pvt Ltd and Xavier Rebello of Messe Dusseldorf also addressed the gathering.

The Delhi event also saw the presence of Shyamal Basu, president, AIFMP and CP Paul, president, IPAMA. While, the Mumbai event witneseed presence of Medha Virkar of MMS and Faheem Agboatwala, president of BMPA.

Printed material and printing machines are changing. Increasingly more digital and electronic material has been added to the traditional and established printing methods – such as multi-channel-printing and much more. drupa is no longer Drucken and Papier. Infact, an interesting new drupa acronym has taken shape. Drupa now stands for Digitisation, Rapid manufacturing, Utilities, Packaging, and Applications.

drupa 2016 is set to take place from May 31 to June 10, 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Tickets for drupa 2016 will be available online from January 02, 2016 at Provided as e-tickets, they will offer a dual purpose: to save time and money. Visitors can buy the tickets online and print them on their own printer or download as a code and then travel to the show free of charge by bus and train.

Modularity increases flexibility

It is also important to note that many finishing vendors, especially in the transactional, direct mail and commercial print spaces, including MBO, Mueller Martini and Horizon, offer modular finishing solutions that can be configured on the fly as production needs change. This approach results in more flexibility and better utilisation of and ROI for post-press investments.

MBO is a great example of modularity at work. The company offers a wide variety of separate but compatible modules that are mobile and interchangeable, creating a mix-and-match finishing department. The company also describes a “Parking Lot Concept,” with an unwinder and sheeter at its core. Lance Martin, MBO’s director of sales, North America, said, “With this core in place a printer needs only to purchase the modules necessary for a given job. It is also an ideal model for printers who expect growth since adding modules to the Parking Lot is more cost effective than purchasing entirely new solutions. With numerous modules on hand, a printer needs only to roll modules into place to create one-step finishing production systems.” While some of the challenges and trends cross segment boundaries, each segment also has its individual characteristics.

Masters of mail

Direct mail is not going away anytime soon. And while transactional mail has been on the decline in many regions for some time, we don’t see that going away anytime soon, either.

Despite all the hype surrounding digital marketing – and the investments brands are making in digital media – even among younger consumers 92 percent say they prefer direct mail for making purchasing decisions, with 67 percent of consumers overall expressing this preference. And, according to a Pitney Bowes survey, 76 percent of small businesses say their ideal marketing strategy encompasses a combination of both print and digital communication.

In the direct mail segment, automation is key, both from a cost perspective and to prevent errors. In addition to automated inserter setup, look for inspection and real-time reporting systems such as those from Ironsides Technology, Videk and others, to play a growing role.

Both transaction and direct mail have already seen significant automation but there is room for more. A good role model is UK-based Capita Document & Information Services, who has implemented a fully automated, as-near-lights-out-as-you-can-get mail operation. Capita chose to work with Ironsides Technology to implement automated production tracking with an umbrella solution that integrates the end-to-end workflow across the production platform as well as enabling quality control and real-time reporting. This unifying solution enabled Capita to meet its goal of complete traceability from composition through final preparation for entry into the mail stream. And operators rarely touch mail packets, even when reprints are required. Operations managers know exactly where each and every page is in the production process at a given point in time, enabling much more effective management of the overall production process.

drupa 2016: where post press woes will end!

At drupa 2016, expect post-press to emerge as a Cinderella story. Already, prepress and print have benefited from technologies that speed work through the production process, but for many companies post-press processes are still a bottleneck. PrintWeek chief editor Darryl Danielli points out, “Historically post-press was seen as the industry’s Cinderella technology, taken for granted, undervalued and overlooked. But as run lengths fall and turnaround times come under more pressure, advances in post-press automation and integration are becoming increasingly important.”

Whether you are talking about transactional printing, direct mail, commercial print or packaging, all segments are facing the trifecta of reduced run lengths, shorter cycle times and the need for more versioned and variable content. While automation in prepress and print production is critical in maintaining an efficient operation that can address these requirements, post-press is arguably even more critical. Consider the cost of errors at the post-press stage – either a substantial number of “overs” must be provided to post-press to accommodate potential errors, or work must be reprinted when errors occur. And bottlenecks in post-press can be the straw that breaks the ability to deliver against strict service level agreements, causing havoc for both buyers and producers of print.

That’s why it is important to begin with the end in mind. Regardless of market segment, a complete understanding of post-press requirements when a job is being quoted, estimated and planned is absolutely critical. And taking as many manual touches out of post-press as possible will also improve the overall ability to deliver against customer expectations.

drupa 2016 will be an excellent venue for printers and packaging converters to learn about the latest advances in post-press and speak to suppliers about their specific requirements.

High value finishing

Regardless of the print technology being used, there are a growing number of digital finishing solutions that add value to the final printed product along with reduced time to market, reduced waste and cost-effective finishing of short to medium runs. And their value is being recognised by buyers and industry associations alike. High value finishing is one way to decommoditise print, mitigating price-based buying decisions.

Israel-based Highcon was just named a recipient of the prestigious Printing Industries of America 2015 InterTech Award for Technology Innovation for its digital cutting, creasing and laser die cutting machine for converting paper, labels, folding carton and microflute, which was introduced at drupa 2012. Boutwell Owens was the first North American packaging converter to implement the Highcon solution. In addition to enabling cost effective production of small runs and speeding time to market, these types of digital solutions open new doors for brand owners, designers, printers and converters alike.

“When you have a structural designer that has been told for so many years that you can’t do certain things, today it is all feasible and the handcuffs are off. The world is open; we are no longer restricted by tooling and cost. People can do things they never before imagined!” Ward McLaughlin, CEO Boutwell Owens.

Other suppliers that offer digitally-enabled high value finishing solutions include the Scodix family of digital enhancement presses that offer post-print addition of variable density embossing and gloss and now digital foiling; and MGI with coating and foiling options. Others, like Kama, Therm-o-Type, Hunkeler and Standard Finishing, offer die cutting and perforating solutions optimised for short runs. Kama also offers hot foil, embossing and in-register holograms for even more added value.

Digital press manufacturers such as Canon, EFI, HP Indigo, Kodak, Ricoh, Xeikon and Xerox are partnering with these post-press suppliers to offer in-line and near-line laser die cutting, coating and other advanced post-press capabilities designed for short-run and one-off efficiencies as well as medium run length production quantities. In addition, digital presses from these companies also offer clear toners that act as a coating agent as well as adding ‘pop’ to images.

All of these capabilities contribute to the overall value of print, adding to the look and feel of printed pieces with gloss, satin or matte finishes, digital embossing, innovative cutting, foiling and other special effects. Where print itself can often be a commodity, adding these types of specialty finishing increases the value of print, does a better job of catching the attention of recipients, and can help marketers get their messages out in a way that is difficult to do with digital communications.

At drupa 2016, look for these suppliers and many others who will be showing advanced high value finishing optimised to meet emerging market requirements, and expect to see more innovation than ever before in this area.

Packaging Touchpoint at drupa 2016:
experience the future, now

One of the key highlight topics at drupa 2016 will be packaging production. Papers with outstanding sensory appeal combined with excellent finishing techniques turn packaging into first class advertising media. Electronic displays and sensors make packaging intelligent; digital printing permits personalisation and versioning. As a result, according to current forecasts, the packaging market will increase to 975 billion euros by 2018. A separate special show, Packaging Touchpoint, reflects this market relevance. “Our aim is to use the visionary Touchpoint to identify potential in packaging design and production and address important vertical markets”, says Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa, highlighting the idea behind this part of the show. Packaging Touchpoint is aimed at brands, packaging designers and service providers already operating in the packaging sector or who want to enter the sector.

This special forum in Hall 12 is being designed and implemented in close collaboration with the European Packaging Design Association (epda), Europe’s leading association of brands and packaging agencies. “We will be covering the whole spectrum of the packaging world: technical/functional requirements, cultural and ethical considerations, cost-effectiveness and efficiency, the wide range of substrates through to the technologies used,” explains Claudia Josephs, project manager at epda. To be in a position to fulfill the special needs of the various user industries better, Packaging Touchpoint is divided into four ‘future labs’ – specifically into ‘food & beverage’, ‘non-food’, ‘pharma’ and ‘cosmetics’. Successful practical examples as well as potential future production solutions will inspire visitors and leave a long-lasting impression. A special programme in the Forum itself will cover very specific topics.

Packaging perfection

Packaging converters are also benefiting from digital workflows. The digital die cutting and finishing techniques discussed above, combined with digital printing, are making it easier for converters to offer not only small lot finished packages but also faster, more cost effective mock-ups and samples often produced using the same substrates and printing processes that will used for the final product.

There are also a growing number of cutting tables from vendors such as Esko, Mimaki and Zund that are designed to quickly deliver shorter runs of finished goods for use as final product or for samples/mock-ups in the packaging, commercial print and sign/display graphics markets. These companies also offer sophisticated software, such as Esko’s i-Cut Suite, as well as tool sets that speed setup and make these devices easier and more efficient to use.

“As the continued high growth for these solutions seems to prove, the ability to produce one-offs or short run finishing fast and precise has become a standard need in the graphic arts industry for a wide range of applications,” Jef Stoffels, director corporate marketing Esko.

Some packaging solutions providers such as Bobst are turning their attention to increased efficiency and reduced make-ready times for labels, flexible materials, folding carton and corrugated applications as well as the ability to integrate with other systems converters have in place. Bobst’s recent acquisition of a majority stake in Nuova GIDUE, a company that began introducing digitally-enabled solutions for the labels and packaging market in 2000, sends a signal about its future intent. Expect to see this trend continue and accelerate. Look to see these companies move upstream as well. For example, the 2014 Bobst annual report contains this statement that provides additional insight into future strategies: “On the Digital Packaging Solutions side, in 2015 we will be installing pre series machines for digital printing at corrugated board sites.”

And look for press manufacturers to move further downstream in the production process. Heidelberg, for example, engineered an outsourcing deal with Chinese manufacturer Masterwork Machinery in 2014, resulting in a new die cutter and additions to its folder-gluer line the same year.

Books and beyond

Book printing is an area where digital has made a significant impact, with respect to both printing and finishing. Many book printers have implemented production inkjet printing technology that is replacing offset volumes, especially as the quality of these systems improves and the range of functional substrates increases. Digital lines for book binding have also made huge strides. For example, earlier this year at Hunkeler Innovationdays, Hunkeler unveiled its smart book solution for short run book production. It starts with cold glue pre-gluing of the book block to prevent slippage as the block proceeds through the rest of the binding process. Book sizes are dynamically adjusted, so that each book that comes off the line can be a different size and thickness. Glued book blocks are then handed off to an inline perfect binder, which can be sourced from a variety of different manufacturers. This is just one example of the advanced binding solutions now available to book printers.

Another is Horizon’s stacking solution for B2 digital presses which converts digitally printed B2 sheets into any required sheet size down to A6, collating them in page order to form book blocks, resulting in print to book block with minimal touch points. MBO also offers a fully variable book block production solution capable of variable format, page count, signatures and more. And Horizon, Kolbus and others offer automated digital-conventional-hybrid book finishing lines that can be configured to meet each plant’s specific manufacturing needs, efficiently producing both perfect bound and case bound books.

Israeli book printing company Cordoba added the Hunkeler modular book block solution to its Kodak production inkjet press earlier this year in a nearline configuration in order to address decreasing run lengths as a result of changes in the law in Israel that prevent heavy discounting that was a standard practice in the country. The installation was timely, as the company has seen a 60 percent to 70 percent reduction in volume for black & white book printing, making it inefficient for some titles to be produced using offset printing.

And, of course, especially for perfect-bound books, lamination is important to product printed covers. Providers of laminating solutions such as Neschen and Sihl are working hard to optimise those for an ever-growing variety of digital toner and ink types to ensure high quality adhesion.

Wrapping it up

If post-press is a bottleneck in your organisation, or if you are considering the purchase of new presses, begin with the end in mind.

Be sure to engage post-press vendors throughout the evaluation process to take advantage of their expertise and to make sure that your ultimate configuration is the best possible match to your requirements. Most of these suppliers offer pre-sale consulting services that can help ensure that you make the right decisions in this important area.

Keep in mind that in post-press, it is especially important to ensure flexibility in your configuration – the ability to add and subtract modules, reconfigure on the fly and more – especially as new customer requirements emerge or new technologies come to market that can improve post-press productivity. And at drupa 2016, take the Cinderella story to heart by spending quality time looking at all of the advances in post-press that can make your operation more efficient and effective.

3D printing up close:
innovation, vision & best practices

3D printing is the technology that everyone in the print community is talking about. Additive production processes are on the minds of users in the design and packaging industries, machine and plant construction, aerospace, automotive construction and dental and medical technology the world over. So futuristic 3D printing has an important role to play at drupa 2016. “drupa’s realignment is shifting the focus towards innovation in the sector and providing a special platform for pioneering interdisciplinary technologies like 3D printing,” says Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa. Numerous “traditional” exhibitors like HP, Leapfrog, Mimaki, Roland, Ricoh, Xerox and TU Chemnitz are already looking into this technology and will be presenting exciting solutions. First movers like Stratasys and Massivit 3D Printing will also be attending drupa 2016.

“It was important for us to pick up and focus on this topical issue. The potential of 3D printing in many vertical markets shouldn’t be underestimated. In particular, spare parts for mechanical engineering or packaging design offer huge opportunities for machine builders, users and also print providers,” continues Sabine Geldermann. The 3D fab+print touchpoint in Hall 7A reflects this diversity. This special show will present the very latest state-of-the-art technology as well as vision and exciting best-practice cases. Technology providers and customers, exhibitors and visitors, visionaries and real-life users can meet here and drive this exciting topic forward. KCI Publishing BV has been tasked with organising the 3D fab+print touchpoint.

The Additive Manufacturing in the VDMA workgroup, a VDMA initiative, will also contribute to drupa 2016 with a series of presentations in the 3D fab+print touchpoint along with its own activities. “3D printing is very appealing and exciting for the consumer market. It allows for complete customisation and is the key to highly flexible production, making 3D printing very attractive for promotional items and personalised products. 3D printing is also ideal for producing small batches of tools, for finishing, for example,” explains Rainer Gebhardt, project manager of the Additive Manufacturing workgroup.

And last but not least, 3D printing is also featured in the drupa innovation park – in the “Innovations in Printing Technologies” area.

Achieving the perfect work-life balance

Ajit Diaz, a second generation printer, while enjoying his work, embarked on a plan to build up the organisation with a satisfied work force, using social, sport and spiritual activities. He shared his experience with the members of the Printing Technologists Forum in Chennai. Here is a brief by D Ramalingam of P&P. Ajit Diaz, managing director, Pio Printers Pvt Ltd, Chennai started his presentation with a challenging question, ‘Work-life balance, is it an oxymoron or is it practically possible?’ He said that work-life-balance is a concept including prioritising ‘work’ (career and ambition) and ‘lifestyle’ (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development). He stressed that we miss out on work-life balance because of competitive environment, unreasonable long working hours and being a compulsive workaholic. These do not allow any time for anything. “Some of these may be overdone and so best option is prioritising,” he suggested. What are those priorities? “Earn a decent living, make more than that, create a wealth base, do something exceptional in our career, build corporate empire, become really rich … or just become richer and richer. There one has to decide; to have enough for one’s need, for one’s and children’s needs for five generations.

To achieve work life balance, do we have to compromise with life?” The speaker recommends, “Get your priorities right, manage the time and keep reminding that work is just one part of your life.” Other things in life include family, health & fitness, sports, entertainment, our duty to the nation, community service to the unfortunate, spiritualities, hobbies... the list is endless.

So, how can you maintain a work-life balance? “Set realistic goals, allow non-negotiable time for family. Allow time for entertainment, hobby, community service commitment and setup a schedule day by day or for the week as ‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!’”

“Since you cannot change 24 hours in a day, start your day early,” he said. “If Sunday is a holiday, do not break the rule.” He cited interesting anecdotes on the importance of family life. He also asked participants to set aside at least 30 minutes a day for fitness and recommended to go to regular medical checkups and take a balanced diet. “A great way to keep fit is to pursue at least one sport activity or pursue a hobby. Do this just for you. We are just a passenger in this ship called life, set some moments to connect with your inner self. You would realise that not everything is in our hands. That is spirituality. Our elders fought for our freedom. It is our duty to do something to our nation as well,” he added. “Most of us are fortunate to have normal lives, some are not. Set aside some time for community work as well.”

Ajit, however, admitted that there is no right formula that fits all. Each of us is unique and special like our finger prints. He finished his presentation with the thought, “Start tonight - find yourself.”

Has Ajit practised what he has preached? The answer is emphatic yes. Ajit Diaz achieved this by setting his own path. Inheriting a printing press from his father, he today mentors a dedicated team of 72 employees whose education expenses he bears. From age of 14, he has been strolling around in his father’s concern Pio Printers Pvt Ltd. He enjoys sailing and spends some time working for the community through a trust belonging to his church. Starting his day early, exercising, breaking off work on time, spending time with family and friends, pursuing a hobby, connecting with his spiritual side, serving a social cause, all done on some schedule as per his own formula.

If Ajit can do it, why not we?

Delhi Binders’ Association attentive to welfare of its members

As the evening set in on October 11, 2015 a myriad of cultural extravaganzas and motivating speeches unfolded in the ICCR Auditorium of Azad Bhavan in New Delhi for it was the Varshikotsav (annual get-together day) of Delhi Printers’ Association. Jyaneswar Laishram from Print & Publishing attended the event that gathered more than 300 guests, which predominantly consisted of the association members along with some eminent printing professionals. Since its inception on June 13, 2010 as an apex body of 400-plus binders belonging to Delhi and NCR, Delhi Binders’ Association (DBA) has dedicatedly been leveraging growth and welfare of its members—the book binder community. Sharing fresh ideas and new policies with its members, the association regularly holds Varshikotsav, a yearly get-together meet, which provides a networking point among the members as well as leaders from the allied printing segments.

The fifth Varshikotsav of DBA, organised recently in New Delhi, heralded goodwill messages and encouragement from well wishers and industry leaders. Harsh Malhotra, mayor, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and joint secretary of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), presided the occasion as chief guest, flanked by KC Goel, president, DBA and other founder and executive members of the association, namely Badri Kumar, Ajay Sharma, Prashant Aggrawal, Vipin Goel, Pawan Kumar Arora, Sanjay Sharma, Rohit Dogra, among others. Harsh Malhotra, who had been a regular guest in every DBA Varshikotsav, conveyed his persuasive keynote address articulating that the annual gathering of the association is now gaining new momentum, making things meaningful and improved.

“Compared to the Varshikotsavs organised over the last four years, this year the event is quite improved in terms of the number of attendees and focused areas,” remarked Harsh Malhotra, adding that members of the association are now keen on the strategic role of DBA. Shedding light on the year-over-year global growth of 7.5 percent in the print production market, Harsh encouraged the gathered crowd of binders to grab the opportunity. “The growth we see today in the printing sector is not only for the printers; our fellow binders can get the equal amount of benefit through this persistent progression in the industry,” he affirmed.

Development plans

With a deeper concern over the welfare of binders in Delhi and NCR, Harsh Malhotra mentioned that a lot has to be taken care of from different parameters, including the government’s side. Referring to Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana, designed for small entrepreneurs, he urged the binder community to voice their obligations and constraints for improvement in terms of financial help, infrastructure requirement and so on. In this, he summed up that Varshikotsav would always play a premeditated role, which he conclusively defined as an occasion to discus not only the development economy, but also understanding among the fraternities.

Badri Kumar, founder member of DBA, proclaimed some fresh initiatives for the benefit of association members, which included a modified membership scheme. DBA members currently pay annual membership fee of Rs 500, which Badri suggested to make it for ‘lifetime’. For that, he proposed to revise the amount to Rs 5000, payable at one time and no more annual renewal deposit henceforth. “This will help increase the association membership as members sometimes forget to renew their yearly membership,” explicated Badri.

In case of help required by DBA members, Badri announced that he would be happy to help them, whether it could be either in financial assistance or any of the kind. Similar view from KC Goel, president, DBA suggested that the members must come up with free mind to share their problems with the office bearers of the association to overcome challenges in best possible ways. He further encouraged the gathering crowd by highlighting the viable possibilities in the Indian printing market, now bustling through new government initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and such provisions. “We are now in a position to compete with China, when it comes to manpower, production and technology,” he reckoned.

Main sponsors

Some of the main sponsors of the fifth Varshikotsav included Welbound, JN Arora, Auto Bind, Pressline India, Impel Services, Ambe Sales Corp, Electro Mec, Graphics Impex, Chemline India, Narsingh Dass & Sons, Rana Enterprises, Avanti Sales Corp, Pramod Graphics Instruments, Shushil Enterprises, Rimson Engineering Works, Savita Enterprises, Krishna Industries, Vipin Takhi Engineering, Nalanda Trading, Wadhwa Enterprises, among others.

Colourful cultural activities in the intervening gaps of keynote speeches throughout the Varshikotsav made the occasion rather lively and entertaining. Attendees appreciated the occasion and effort made by the DBA in binding all together for the welfare of the binder community.

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