The ten most popular Sunday Columns of 2018

Noel D’cunha’s Sunday Column is a popular read for the Indian print industry. He penned 50 columns in 2018. The year’s notable Sunday Columns, selected by the PrintWeek India and WhatPackaging? teams in Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

18 Dec 2018 | By PrintWeek India

1. TCPL targets Rs 1,000-cr but focus is on doing it the right way

I don’t really fancy targets, says Saket Kanoria, managing director of TCPL. “We are growing and we will continue to grow but not at the cost of creating problems for everyone.”

In this Sunday Column, Kanoria and son, Akshay tell why it’s important to be sustainable financially over a period of time.

2. Aaditya Kashyap thinks labellers should take their gloves off

At the Gallus Innovation Days 2018 in St Gallen, Switzerland, Kashyap discusses how to do the ‘label business’.

3. Why is Parksons Packaging investing?

The Daman plant is where Ramesh Kejriwal, chairman of Parksons Packaging, invested first in 1998. As business grew, in December 2001, he pumped more monies, this time in machinery. Since then, Kejriwal has added five more plants to the Parksons Packaging business, in the four regions of India.

4. Anti-dumping duty on paper import - and what printers say 

Is the anti-dumping duty on import of paper damaging the Indian print industry?

The paper industry wants anti-dumping duty as imports surge by 40%. The printers’ body have said it is cartelisation and have cited random price hikes in the last five years.

In this Sunday Column, we publish the views of Anand Limaye and Vinod Kumar Jain, two top members of the All India Federation of Master Printers, on why they think the anti-dumping duty move will adversely impact the print

5. Pragati’s Calendar 2018/19: A testament of the times gone by

The PrintWeek India team unfailingly receives Pragati’s annual calendars. And this time, like in the previous years, Calendar 2018/19 – Analog bygones Digital icons showcased the best in printing and post-print works.

This year too, the “wow” factor stuns you. Plus, it provides a look at the real impact technology has on our living.

In this Sunday Column, Pragati’s director Harsha Paruchuri shares the process

6. Kerala floods: A nightmare for print


The live telecast from 16 to 20 August were horrifying, and remain etched in our minds. After the floods receded, there was relief. But not for long. The post-mortem of the Kerala floods have been brutal. The images from two of the prominent print firms in Ernakulam showed how the machines were submerged on the factory floor.

The Sunday Column looks at the damage from flood-hit Kerala

7. Spotlight on inks in India - The Noel D'Cunha Sunday Column

The USD 6.5-bn is the annual sales for printing inks in the Asia-Pacific market. The Indian numbers are USD 830-million which translates into ink consumption of 232 million tonness and a CAGR growth of 8-9%.

In this Sunday Column, PrintWeek India takes a look at the top ink companies in India

8. RV Maheshwari: From canvasser to packaging major - The Noel D'Cunha Sunday Column

Stock-listed packaging firm Orient Press has delivered a strong share price performance, with robust operating gains supplemented by a slew of installations.

RV Maheshwari explains how the new deals will strengthen the company's competitive positioning in India. And how print and packaging offers opportunities to anyone who is prepared to put an effort into developing the business.

The Sunday Column focuses on how the Rs 230-crore turnover company has evolved over the years.

9. Award Offset in future mode

Nitin Shah, director of Mumbai-based Award Offset Printers & Packaging manages the privately held print company along with his brother Rajesh and nephew Krunal. His Rs 50-crore investment in infrastructure and print equipment is a pitch to transform his Navi Mumbai and Silvassa factories.

“At this time I may be investing more than required but my recurring expenses are going to be down in the later period. Productivity will increase. In the long run it is going to help us,” says Shah.

10. How some printers have a lot of fun 

Six master printers and what they do when they are not minding their press.

All of us have hobbies. Some of us abandon these hobbies as we age or pretend to be busy.

But for some, these hobbies are the sum total of life. “It was sports in my teens. I loved horse-riding and cycling,” says Khushru Patel. Today he is a professional equestrian. “It’s very serious. I am 54 now, training to compete in nationals.”

In this Sunday Column, we share the madness of six masters