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NPES collaborates with VDMA Printing and Paper Technology Association

NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies and the Printing and Paper Technology Association within VDMA / PrintPromotion Gmbh (PP), signed a joint agreement outlining a 2017-2018 framework for cooperation between the organizations in the areas of industry market data and international conferences.

The collaborative efforts between the two organizations will produce a variety of new initiatives and events that will include:

  • Quarterly Market Data Reports: Following the end of each quarter, NPES and VDMA will exchange index-based reports for all primary product categories collected respectively, to include by VDMA/PP – paper making technology, paper converting technology, and printing machinery; and, by NPES – imaging & prepress equipment systems and software, bindery and finishing equipment, total pressroom equipment, and graphic arts supplies.
  • Annual State of the Printing and Paper Industry Report: At the end of each year, the organizations will produce a joint “State of the Industry” report developed from mutually agreed upon information sources, such as their respective market data programs, government agencies, third-party sources, and member surveys.
  • Annual Industry Symposium: Hosted alternately by VDMA Printing and Paper Technology and NPES, this event will be designed to highlight and examine emerging or growing trends in technologies and applications, with the first symposium to be scheduled in 2018 in Germany/Europe.
  • International Technical Conferences: NPES and VDMA Printing and Paper Technology will co-produce events titled “Print Media Management Conferences,” which will serve as international knowledge sharing forums on technology, applications, and best practices, and also provide dynamic networking opportunities for industry buyers and sellers to connect. Members from both organizations will be featured on the conference programs.

Industry stalwart Viren Chhabra no more

Viren Chhabra, former general manager and publisher of The Statesman in Delhi, and the former president of the All-India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), passed away on September 14, 2017.

Born in 1927 in Punjab, Chhabra worked at The Statesman for 42 years after completing a technical diploma course at the London School of Printing. He also founded The Printing Times, the official journal of the AIFMP, in 1977 and continued to serve as its honorary editor and publisher for nearly four decades.

May his soul rest in peace!

PrintFair 2018 set to grow stature!

After the success of the 2nd Edition of PrintFair in Bengaluru, the show comes back to Hyderabad from March 9-12, 2018 at Hitex Exhibition Centre. This time, the show is occupying Hall 3A and 3B of the centre and is spread across 6000 sqm.

In a bid to make the show the premier printing destination in South India, Telengana Offset Printers Association- TOPA has come on board as co-organisers. TOPA strives to take the printing and packaging industry to greater heights in business development and customer satisfaction with the active cooperation and participation of all members.

TOPA recently organized a conference in Hyderabad, focusing on the future of printing industry in India, where more than 500 printers attended the event.

“We are confident that PrintFair at Hyderabad will create the required awareness among our micro, small and medium category printers. This show will showcase the latest technological advances and production techniques in the printing industry and will help our members to grow their Business,” said C Ravinder Reddy, president, TOPA.

“With our collaboration with TOPA, we are hoping to bring a better experience to our exhibitors and visitors,” added Anil Arora, president, Next Events, organisers of PrintFair.

Printing veteran HV Sheth leaves for his heavenly abode

The Indian printing industry is saddened by the demise of a beloved print personality, leader and head of various organizations, Harsh Vardhan Sheth, popularly known as “Harshad Bhai” and “Sheth Saab,” who passed away on July 27, 2017. Sheth was the chairman of Delhi-based M/s Sheth Printograph Pvt. Ltd, popularly known as “Daya Printograph”, and president of two renowned associations – IPAMA and Asia Print.

Born on February 20, 1942 in Rajkot, Gujarat, Sheth was the son of Late Shri Shantilal Sheth, a scholar of Jainism and Pali texts, and a life-long Gandhian, who started a printing press in Beawar, Rajasthan under Gurukul School, of which he was an administrator, to publish his own literary work.

Way back in 1986, the Indian Graphic Arts Industry was in a nebulous state, un-organized and non-existent with no voice to attract worthwhile attention. Sheth was one of the founder members who thought about the unity of the printing and packaging fraternity. The idea conceptualized in the mind of Sheth to form an Association in 1986. Subsequently, on 22nd August’1988, rechristened as “Indian Printing, Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers” Association” known as IPAMA. As a testament to his organisational skills, he was elected the president of the Asia Print Association during China Print on 10 May 2017. It was a milestone in IPAMA’s history, confirming the Indian association’s presence in the international printing fraternity.

He is survived by his wife Meenakshi Sheth and three children – Neeraj Sheth, Sonal Sheth and Anjali Gupta. May his soul rest in peace!

36th AGM of the Printing Technologists Forum

The 36th AGM of the Printing Technologists Forum was held on June 30, 2017 and thereafter The Forum organized a lecture titled Design Thinking. M Venkatesan, vice president of The Forum and RM Senthilnathan, president of the Forum welcomed the members.

The lecture on “Design Thinking: A smart tool to innovation in printing” was delivered by K Vipinendran, associate professor, Department of Printing Technology, College of Engineering, Anna University at Chennai. Speaker was honoured by Thiru D Ramalingam, former president of The Printing Technologists Forum.

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