Celebrating print during PrintWeek’s Jury Week

Print excellence was at the forefront at PrintWeek’s Jury Week.

The week saw top print buyers, brand managers and print technologists scrutinising the thousand-plus print samples from all over India. Reports Priya Raju

26 Jun 2011 | By Priya Raju

Navi Mumbai’s printing and packaging institute SIES Graduate School of Technology in Nerul was the destination for top print buyers and brand managers as well as print technologists during the PrintWeek India Jury Week.
The event hosted from 18-21 September saw jury members at the PrintWeek India Awards 2017 spend time with the thousand-plus samples from all over India. This year more than 1000+ print jobs poured in from 125+ companies across India. The after-effects of demonetisation from 8 November 2016 and then, the shift to GST regime saw a slowdown. So, this year saw a rise in the number of first-time entrants, many from tier-II cities but the work was extraordinary.
The samples submitted showcased a dazzling array of UV and foil techniques. Plus, an effective use of print and engineering of the print samples, especially in packaging. A lot of emphasis is on embellishments in post-press or fabrication.
The ninth edition of Awards was judged by 26 jury members from the world of print buying and brand building who came together to judge print samples across 17 Quality categories. Industry leaders from across the spectrum of print technologists, print buyers, creative heads, and marketers. This included DY Works, Elephant Design, Conde Nast, FCB Ulka, Publicis, Reliance, Tata, General Mills were present and had in-depth discussions on each of the samples.
Day One saw the Jury members evaluating the books, magazines and newspaper category, whereas Day Two saw confabulations on digital print samples.
Day Three of Jury Day at the PrintWeek India office in the Raheja Xion headquarters in Byculla saw Jury Members having an invigorating time admiring the innovative and brilliance of the print samples in the packaging and labels category. Day Four, again, was an interesting day with five categories being judged – Fine Art, Social Stationery, Innovative and Industrial print category along with the stunning screen printed samples.
On all four days, the room was full of quality samples which were carefully coded by a team of SIES GST students and PrintWeek Awards’ intern Kalpak Shah. The best part was the samples we received from the smaller towns in India, which are capable of competing with the best. And that’s the reason why we are betting on the future of printing and packaging. 
The Jury Week was hectic, edifying and yet a deeply satisfying experience for both the jury members in each category as well the PrintWeek India team plus students and faculty at the SIES GST institute. The Jury has already reviewed all the 17 categories.
Prasad Iyer, head of the department, printing and packaging technology at SIES GST of Technology, said, “The PrintWeek India Jury Week has certainly added value to our institute and help in enhancing industry-institute interactions. We are very proud to have hosted the event in our college.”
The winner will be declared on the Awards night. The ninth PrintWeek India Awards ceremony will be held at Astor Ballroom, The St Regis Mumbai on 2 November 2017. Located in the business district of Lower Parel, according to its website, The St Regis Mumbai is the country’s tallest hotel tower.
Top print equipment and consumables manufacturers and suppliers have supported the PrintWeek India Awards 2017. They are Advanced Graphics Systems (AGS), Bobst, Canon India, Fujifilm, Heidelberg India, Kodak, Pidilite, Siegwerk, Sona Papers, TechNova Imaging Systems and Welbound Worldwide.


Ameet Navrange, Condé Nast

Ashita Sarin, D Y Works

Ashwini Deshpande, Elephant Design

Bhavika Shah, Beyondesign

Deepti Kshirsagar, Tricycle Tribe

Fawzan Husain, Lens Impressions

G V Sreekumar, Industrial Design Centre

Harshwardhan Singh, Ficus Tegatai

Hemant Randive, FCB Ulka Advertising

Huzefa Kanorwala, Ctrl M Print Management

Manas Athanikar, Reliance Jio Infocomm

Manik Salunke, Kokuyo Camlin

Mayuri Nikumbh, Elephant Design

Mukund Kapote, Reliance Industries

Mukund Moghe, Tata Services

Noel D’Cunha, PrintWeek India

Paulose Parakkadan, Packaging Expert

Praful Akali, Medulla Communications

Rachna Mistry, Spatial Access

Rajnish Shirsat, R & S Enterprise

Ramu Ramanathan, PrintWeek India

Shashank Phadke, HH Global

Shireesh Sabnis, Publicis Ambience

Soniya Bhase, Bizongo

Sukhdev Saini, General Mills

Tasneem Vasi, Ctrl M Print Management

For enquiries about the PrintWeek India Awards Night, please contact - Monica Rohra, monica@haymarketsac.com / 022 2378 7402.