Those Incredible Winners and How They Won

By 04 Jan 2019

Sujith Ail, who championed the PrintWeek India Awards interacts with six (of the ten) first-time Award winners and finds out how they will celebrate with their teams and what made them bag a Prism

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Ayush Jain, Vijayshri Packaging


Vijayshri Packaging: SME Printing Company of the Year

What are/were your thoughts on bagging the PWI Award?
To win our first Prism has been a wonderful experience. We have always had a steady growth path as a company, however, in the last two years, it has been quite strong. We are extremely humbled by the affection of our colleagues and friends within the industry who called us and wished us.

Briefly describe the work that won you the Awards? 
Since ours was a Performance Award, there isn’t one particular job which won the award. For the business to grow at a rapid speed, we have focused heavily on value-added products. We are doing a lot more MetPET, fluted and window patching jobs. Not only does this put our investments to use, but it also strengthens the bottom line.

How will you celebrate the PWI Awards with your team? 
We celebrated a great last year with a trip in October. For this, we will probably have a party where team members can have a relaxing day along with their family members.

Who would you like to invite as your favourite guests from the print and packaging industry for your Awards party? 
Our key vendors and customers. Nothing is possible without the team and our suppliers and partners. 

What do you like most about our industry? 
There is no monotony. No limit to creativity. Be it in artwork or modifying a grandfather-age printing press to die-cut, our industry is globally jugadu.

One “aha” moment that print gave you? 
The first time I saw colour dots through an eyeglass. It just changed my perception of how small, irrelevant things come together to create something so worthy.

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off in 2018?
Hired some really great young minds in a single day of interviews.

How would you like your company to be remembered? 
As an honest supplier, partner, customer and employer.

For you, print and packagingis…? 
A passion.


Ankit Tanna, Printmann Group


Printmann Group: Packaging Company of the Year

What are/were your thoughts on bagging the PWI Award?
It was an absolute honour to be named the Packaging Company of the Year.

Briefly describe the work that won you the Awards?
Steady growth, balanced diversification and the right investments.

How will you celebrate the PWI Awards with your team?
Party Toh Banti Hai!

Who would you like to invite as your guests from the print and packaging industry for your Awards party?
More the merrier.

What do you like about our industry?
Creativity.

One “aha” moment that print gave you?
A product which we co-conceptualised, designed and ultimately saw it as a hit on the shelf and an ad on television.

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off in 2018?
A good year is a culmination of many good deals.

How would you like your company to be remembered?
Hum Hain Na ...

For you, print and packaging is?
Our passion.


Tushar and Uday Dhote, Dhote Offset Technokrafts


Dhote Offset Technokrafts: Brochure and Catalogue Printer of the Year (Joint Winner)

What are your thoughts on the Award?  
We have won many awards earlier in our journey but the coveted PrintWeek India Awards had always eluded us. It was always the classic case of always the bridesmaids and never the bride. But this time we managed to beat all odds and win the award in the Brochure and Catalogue Printer of the year category. We can proudly state that we are winners of PrintWeek India’s Awards and it’ll hold a pride of place on our trophy shelf.

Describe the work that won the Award? 
Each of our work is a piece of art by itself. So whether it is the IHFF, with rich and vivid cover and pop up on the centre spread, or the one for IITT which is hardbound book with tray type binding, or the work for XDS where each colour blends seamlessly to give it a surreal effect all the works point out to the painstaking efforts the entire team has put in to create an award-winning product which stands tall in the midst of any competition.

How will you celebrate the PWI Awards?  
Well, it has been a dream come true for all of us. The entire team of DOT (Dhote Offset Technokrafts) is experiencing a new high after this Award and the celebrations have not stopped. Since every member of the firm has put in their best efforts, we have something special planned for the team which is going to be a surprise albeit a pleasant one.

Who would you like to invite?
 For us, the entire industry is one big family and we would not like to leave out anyone from our celebrations. We would like everyone to join us in the celebrations and partake in our success.

What do you most like about print? 
The very fact that it is one big cohesive unit with a strong sense of bonhomie among all members. Where else will you find your closest rivals cheering you and exulting in your win. The industry is as colourful and as vibrant as the myriad hues of the universe.

One “aha” moment?  
Has to be the PrintWeek Awards.

What was the best deal in 2018? 
For us, each one of our client, big or small is an equal contributor to our success. If we have reached so far, it is all due to the confidence they have shown in our work and their staunchest support. Hence we would not like to single out any one business deal but rather say that all were equally important.

How would you like your company to be remembered? 
It has always been our effort to strive for excellence and provide an out-of-the-box experience to all our clients. We strive to provide an experience to the client which is better than their expectations. We would like our company to be known as one that stands for its quality and innovation.

For you, print and packaging is…?  
A canvas painted with colours where the imagination has no boundary.


Susheel George, Malayala Manorama


Newspaper Printer of the Year: Malayala Manorama

What are/were your thoughts on bagging the PWI Award? 
PrintWeek India is one of the leading print magazines in India. Thus this Award is important to us.

Describe the Award-winning work? 
We are one of the companies that implemented the IMS (integrated mgt system of ISO 9001-2015, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001:2007). Our in-house standard follows the ISO 12647-3 newspaper printing standards. We strictly follow the SOPs across our 11 printing centres in Kerala and insist to maintain the standards at outsourcing printing centres. We have a quality evaluation system of ‘daily newspaper’, which is one of the KRAs (key result area) for the appraisal system in place. So the quality assurance activities are a part of our purchase and production. Such an Award motivates our team. 

How will you celebrate? 
The entire production team were very happy to hear the news. We conveyed the news to all the printing centres across India.

What do you like about print? 
Print media especially the newspaper is the backbone of our democracy. We are proud to be a part of it. Our aim is to become the number one print media in India in terms of quality and service to society.


Manish Rajoria, Aadarsh - Innnovative Printer of the Year (Joint Winner)

What are/were your thoughts on bagging the PWI Award? 
Team Aadarsh is very happy to win the award. It is our first award from PrintWeek India, therefore, it is even more important.

Describe the work that won you the Awards? 
We are pioneers of Talking Books. We have printed and published these talking books in four languages (English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati). The audio is played once you point the Talking Pen on the book. It is a great tool for learners, teachers and special children.

How will you celebrate? 
We are planning a small party in the office.

What do you most like most about our industry? 
It employs a lot of people.

One “aha” moment that print gave you? 
We were a bit surprised about winning this award.

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off in 2018?
There are quite a few good business deals but these are confidential. 

How would you like your company to be remembered? 
For quality, timely deliveries, ethical and innovation.

For you, print and packaging is…? 
A passion.


Jai Chandra, Veepee Graphic Solutions


Veepee Graphic Solutions: Pre-Press Company of the Year

We were nominated thrice in the past but never won the award. Therefore, taking the prism back home this year was overwhelming and close to our heart. 
As this was a Performance Award we are proud that our bottom line is one of the best in the industry through our top line is nowhere close to the competition.

I would like to thank my team for their unflinching support and believing in me and my ideologies to make Veepee what it is today. We had a cake cutting ceremony in the factory. Very soon we will be having a family day with the team.

I would prefer to keep the party within the team and their family members as I want them to feel the importance as it’s going to be their day out.

The industry recognises me for what I am doing and all the love and support that I get from my customers is what I have earned over the years, which will be a treasure for life.
I will remember 2018 for setting up my Pune plant with a complete 50x80 line which would not have happened without the support of Dupont and Esko. 
I would like Veepee to be remembered as a solution provider and not a flexo trade shop.

For me, print and packaging is the only business that I know and it’s a way of life.


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