News & Activities

Prof B Kumar promoted as HOD, Deptt of Printing Technology

Prof B Kumar, PhD has been promoted as Head of Department, Department of Printing Technology, College of Engineering, Guindy. Dr B Kumar began his career as a printing technologist in the year 1980 after his Diploma in Printing Technology, with Metal Box India, Bombay as Management Trainee till 1984. Then he joined the Department of Printing Technology, Anna University, Tamil Nadu as a Staff when the B.E. Degree Programme in Printing Technology was introduced for the first time ever in the whole of South East Asia. He obtained his B.E. in Printing Engineering, from Pune University, in1995, and MS (By Research) in 2001 and obtained his Ph.D. for his work for 'Devising a Test Procedure to Quantify Smash Recovering ability of Offset Rubber Blankets at different Torques,' under the guidance of Prof Lalitha Jayaraman, and with the help of Mr K Balaji, MD, Mr K Krishnan and Mr R P Lakshmivenkatraman of 'The Hindu', in the year 2007.

–RM Senthilnathan

Print Expo, Chennai – an update

The 9th edition of the annual Printexpo, conducted by Intel Traders & Exhibitors, Mumbai, was successfully held from August 18-20 at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai. The 3-day fair could count satisfactory footfalls from across the country. A couple of exhibitors when asked could report good business also with further enquiries. There were just a couple of offset small web offset at the show. The demand for digital consumables and digital lamination equipments could be seen all across. Packaging was another attraction. Usual trio – Xerox, Canon and Ricoh – were quite satisfied with their participation at the show. All in all, Chennai printing fraternity welcomed this Annual Printexpo with usual gusto and enthusiasm.

-D Ramalingam, Chennai

Kodak endeavours to support local community

The foundation of every prosperous society is built on educating our youth. For the vast majority of children in India, who attend government-run primary schools in rural areas, access to basic resources, like school supplies, is a challenge that impacts learning outcomes and the quality of education.

To help combat this problem, Kodak has teamed up with India’s Youth for People and Aroehan, two local NGOs, to deliver 5,000 notebooks to children across schools in Mokhada in rural Maharashtra. Kodak’s support for this important program in 2017 is part of the company’s Print For Good initiative which is focused on promoting literacy around the world. The global program partners with printers and industry stakeholders to target high need areas with book drives, book donations and the printing of school materials and supplies to support literacy efforts on a global basis. For the 2017 Youth for People Notebook Donation program, Kodak worked with its local customer Nemlaxmi Books to print the 5,000 notebooks, using Kodak technology.

Punjab Kesari flags off the 444th truck of relief material

In view of the terrorists' and irrevocable activities of Pak troops on the border of Jammu and Kashmir and the loss of lives of innocent inhabitants of these areas, compelled the people of border areas to migrate to safer places in Jammu Distt, and its surroundings leaving everything behind.

Punjab Kesari Group has been sending trucks carrying articles of daily use for the migrants since October 1999 and so far 443 trucks carrying such items have been despatched. More recently, they flagged off 444th truck of relief material for distribution to the migrants.

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.

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