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Mihir Joshi, besides being a PrintWeek India scribe, is a central defender and supporter of AC Milan. In his weekly column he immortalises the power of print with the same passion with which he gets excited about the world's greatest game.

19 Jan 2013 | By Mihir Joshi

Print Summit 2013 on 24 January

More than 250 delegates have registered for Print Summit 2013 which is scheduled to be held at Mumbai’s Tata Theatre, NCPA. Hosted by the Bombay Master Printers Association (BMPA) on 24 January, the one-day seminar has a star-studded line-up of speakers from the print and allied industry and touch up on a range of topics from printing technology to simple commerce that propels any industry.

The following is a list of the speakers and the topics that they will talk during the event:

Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief and news anchor, Times Now - Key Note Address

Tom Saggiomo, president and CEO - DG3 Group - The commercial and technology trends of print markets in USA and Mumbai and Transforming the traditional print business: Devising a roadmap for implementing strategy

Naresh Khanna, publisher - Indian Printer & Publisher and Packaging South Asia - Enable change and thrive

V K Murti, S P Jain Institute of management and research - Prospering in a hyper-competitive market place!

Rooshikumar Pandya, Rooshikumar Pandya's World - Success through the sub-conscious mind

Rajeev Kumar, C A, Patel Rajeev Siva and Associates - Mergers and Acquisitions a way of growth financial analytics and business intelligence

Dr Shubhada Rao, senior president and chief economist, YES Bank - Opportunity in Adversity

Vasant Goel, Gopsons Press (Delhi and Sivakasi) - Thinking Big: The Next Gen in Print – A conversation with Vasant Goel of Gopsons.

Our Verdict: Scaled down from a grand two-day event in 2012, this day-long event is not your regular  run-of the mill meet, we expect it to be a  mix of print, economics and management.


Romancing Print 2013 on 2 March

Meanwhile, All India Federation Master Printers (AIFMP) has announced the third edition of Romancing Print (2013) which is scheduled to be held on 2 March 2013 at The Park, New Delhi. With support from leading manufacturers like Ricoh, Tafcon and Heidelberg already announced, the event looks solid.

Govind Bhargava, president, AIFMP said, "This year we are moving back to a hotel situated in the heart of the capital and moreover it would be a great event since FAGAT (Forum of Asian Pacific Graphic Arts Technology) is being held a day before the seminar."

Manoj Mehta, the former president of AIFMP and the force behind the show said "The line of speakers being arranged for the seminar is going to be amazing with confirmations from over half a dozen speakers from India and abroad already in place.”

The conference would be spread over the whole day and will have speakers like Vilko Ziljak, vice president of the Croatian Technical Sciences Academy; Dr Rajendrakumar Anayath, head, Heidelberg Print Media Academy, India; Sandeep Gajjar, CEO SnehWorld (public speaker  and corporate trainer); Sudhakar Kasture (BA in English literature and philosophy), MFT (Masters in Foreign Trade) are major speakers at this year’s event.

Our Verdict:  With a focus on the Indian print industry, Romancing Print will provide an opportunity to get the latest information about the offerings available in an evolving market.


Print Business Outlook Conference on 24-25 February

While India Exposition Centre would be abuzz with leading names of the printing, packaging and converting industry making their presence felt at Printpack India 2013 exhibition, NPES will be setting the stage for serious deliberation over the current trends prevailing in the global markets.

In conjunction with PrintPack India, NPES is organising NPES Print Business Outlook Conference 2013, themed ‘Mission Possible-How to Profit from New Technology on 24-25 February 2013 at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida.

The two-day conference is co-organised by the Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers' Association (IPAMA) and supported by leading names of the industry such as EFI, HP, X-rite, Goss International, Manroland, Prime UV, Xerox, Provin Technos (Mitsubishi), and QuadTech. The event is also supported by the US Commercial Service (USCS), the All Indian Federation of Master Printers Association (AIFMP) and the Indian Newspaper Society (INS).

Ralph Nappi, president, NPES said, "This conference is ideally suited for industry executives and managers who are involved in providing technology solutions for commercial printing, publishing, converting and packaging and we think they will gain vital information on the state of the economy, new insights into the market and emerging industry trends, and updates on promising business opportunities for the future."

A compelling agenda of timely topics presented by top industry experts is set to educate and engage participants in lively discussion. Day one of the conference will encompass presentations on Global trends for the printing industry, Challenges and opportunities for the industry, Offset and digital: complementing not competing, Making print come alive—Trends in integrated marketing, Ideas and initiatives for organisation success, How to generate new revenue and cost savings through automation in printing and packaging, and Hot technology trends that you should be watching.

Day two of the event featuring industry 'gurus' and leading research analysts will delve into the Future of newspaper publishing, New developments in press colour and waste reduction, Indian print media: Geared for growth, Pressroom of the future: Commercial printers, press finishing technologies—UV drying and coating technologies, New developments in colour for flexible packaging printing, and Packaging: A digital colour growth market for the printing industry.

Our Verdict: This international conference in India could very well set the benchmark of how print events  should be hosted besides providing a platform for forging partnerships.


Print fraternity looses a veteran

Ramendra Narayan Dutta Baruah, past president All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), passed away on the 12 January, 2013 after a brief illness at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

Baruah, also popularly known as Montu and RD, was born into a family of printers in Nalbari, Assam. He started his career with Sri Guru Press as partner in-charge in 1967 and was instrumental in the publication of Assamese weekly Saptahik Nilachal published from 1968 of which he was the editor-in-chief at the time of his demise.

Baruha was deeply involved in various educational and socio-cultural endeavours and organisations in various capacities. He was the founder of the Institute of Printing Technology run by the All Assam Press Owners’ Association and was also founder director of the Institute Of Mass Communication & Media run by the Media Trust, Assam and founder principal of Lalit Chandra Bharali College.


Spenta adds a niche magazine to its repertoire

Spenta Multimedia has launched Innowin, India’s first magazine dedicated to innovation, promoted by Marico Innovation Foundation. The first Indian edition Innowin will be published in February 2013. 

Innowin which will be published quarterly is the first of its kind niche magazine in India. 

Innowin is based on the belief that in today’s world, innovating is imperative to succeed. An action-oriented publication, it will try establish innovation as a way of life that anyone can embrace, challenging the textbook concept confined to a few.

“Successful innovations and innovators should be highlighted through various media to enhance their reach. The idea to launch Innowingerminated from this need to continuously generate knowledge and create a regular channel to disseminate such information,” said Harsh Mariwala, founder member, Marico Innovation Foundation, and chairman and managing director, Marico

Spenta Multimedia is one of India’s leading custom publisher whose well-diversified portfolio includes close to 40 custom and six  consumer titles, three  event properties, and a growing list of clients for web-based/-enabled publishing solutions, content services and book publishing. It is also a recipient of the PrintWeek India 2012 Award in the ‘Consumer Magazine Printer of the Year’ category.