Forty Under 40: Questioning the status quo, rethinking rules and seeking sustainable solutions - The Noel DCunha Sunday Column

In 2014, PrintWeek published its first Forty Under 40 special. We celebrated tech-savvy, result-seeking, and above all, a cool vibe that the group brought to their organisation and our industry.

Almost a decade later, a fresh pedigree of superintelligent youngsters are shaking up the workplace, and their impact is important.

10 Dec 2023 | By Noel D'Cunha

Almost a decade later, a fresh pedigree of superintelligent youngsters are shaking up the workplace, and their impact is important.

In the Indian print and packaging industry, more than 70% of businesses are family-owned. As per a mini-survey we conducted during the PrintWeek Awards 2024, more than 75% of the businesses continue to have the founders playing a key role in the family business, with 70%  of them having inducted a second-gen or third-gen member.

This brings us to the topic of technology. It’s the theme of PrintWeek’s Forty Under 40.

Almost every single person is asking tough questions about how to use multiple technologies to create that one great job. The good news is: transparency.  Traditionally, our industry has been too slow about information-sharing and offering support to a competitor. That’s changing. Quite radically.

Also there is a step forward towards being sustainable-centric instead of customer-centric. This means three things: having a supply chain ecosystem which is sustainable; green alternatives for packaging and printing; and having practical sustainable goals.

Of course everyone understands that revenue will always triumph over sustainability. But on the shop floor and through job creations, the mantra is: sustainability. The move towards sustainability is real and the smart movers know it. And so, they are innovating to improve sustainability, since they know, it can reap strong benefits....  

Finally, our interactions with the Forty Under 40 exude good news. The point is, our industry has remained a bright spot for top-end spending despite slowdown in many other markets. The forty winners (and there are many more) are the backbone of this growth.

Three cheers. And more power to the Forty Under 40. 

Read more in PrintWeek's December 2023 edition. 

Meet our 2023 Forty Under 40 honorees (Alphabetical order)

Aarjav Hansoti, S Kumar Multiproducts
Akash Balachandra, Rajhans Enterprises
Akshay Kanoria, TCPL Packaging
Anand Verma, Perovskia Solar
Aniruddha Agnihotri, Mesh Prints
Ankit Tanna, Printmann Group
Ayush Jain, Vijayshri Packaging
Ayush Khetan, Khetan Corru Case
Bharat Gupta, Shuban Prints
Chaitya Dhanvi Shah, DRS Arts Company
Chetan Jain, Taurus Packaging
Deep Shah, Arihant Enterprise
Hemanth Paruchuri, Pragati Pack (India)
Janus Annunciation, Janus International
Jigar Satra, Reliable Prints
Kashyap Purohit, Surya Offset
Krish Chhatwal, Kwality Offset Printers
Manu Choudhury, CDC Printers
Naveen Goel, Any Graphics
Nikita Bhargava, Solar Press
Nimit Mardia, Unique Tags
Rahoul Wadekar, Indigo Press
Rajesh Voruganti, ITC
Rakshit Shroff, Nutech Print Services India
Rohan Rai, Shree Pack Containers
Rohit Badlani, UVBiz
Sahil Rao, Unbox Packaging
Sanaa Hamid Vasi, Triace
Sanat Kothari, Lipi International
Shail Patel, Gujarat Print Pack Publications
Soham Gujral, Unidos Exports
Sunny Jain, Arihant Printers
Tejas Samarth, Sai Paks
Varun Tholasi, Tholasi Prints India
Vedant Canser, National Enterprises
Vidur Kanoria, TCPL Packaging
Vigneshwaran S, Lovely Offset 
Vipul Arora, ITC 
Vishwamdev Bhotica, Shree Arun Packaging Company (SAPCO)
Zeenia Khushru Patel, Jak Printers


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