The impact of Covid in PrintWeek's September issue

By 15 Sep 2021

Has Covid altered Indian print forever? The cover story of the September issue of PrintWeek attempts to answer this question, as Noel D’cunha and Ramu Ramanathan argue that the business of commercial printers has hit a new low, as compared to pre-Covid levels.

Meanwhile, packaging is holding its head high. Some print companies may emerge stronger, others who have been operating on wafer-thin margins are struggling to survive. Factory shifts have reduced. The pressure to move to packaging is becoming more intense. This could throw its own challenge.

In the Print Sector section, the September issue highlights how despite the economic upheaval triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the state of Chhattisgarh is holding steady, and finds out why there’s a cause for optimism for print in the state. The section also includes an interview with Shiv Shankar Dani whose company Ajay Prakashan has put the state on the map of educational publishing.

In the Leadership section, chairman of Pratham, Datta Deshpande tells Noel D’Cunha the Pratham story, and how the new plant will enable Pratham to grow ten times of its present annual turnover of Rs 43-crore. The Pune-based manufacturer of small paper folding machines marked 34 years of its existence by inaugurating a new plant in Pune on 1 September 2021.

The State of Counterfeiting in India – 2021 report finds that counterfeiting incidents in India have seen a 20% rise in the last three years, this despite brands becoming aware of the latest anticounterfeiting solutions. Find the details in the September issue of PrintWeek.

New Delhi-based Unidos Insta Print has chosen to reduce its environmental impact and offer its clients eco-friendly solutions. Read about it in Aultrin Vijay’s profile on Soham Gujral, innovator at Unidos.

A new study finds that the Rs 500-bn Indian publishing industry is a key enabler. The study also highlights the contribution of the Indian publishing industry to India’s economic growth. PrintWeek has the details.

According to the Network of Women in Media (NWMI), so far, 538 journalists have lost their lives to Covid-19. And the situation is equally grim for those who are still reporting on the ground. PrintWeek puts a spotlight on the issue.

These and more in the September issue of PrintWeek

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