PrintWeek April issue highlights Drupa

After a long hiatus, Drupa is all set to return from 28 May to 7 June 2024. In keeping with that, the cover story of the April 2024 issue of PrintWeek focuses on the event, where high technology meets high expectations.

17 Apr 2024 | By PrintWeek Team

The lead story is from the pre-Drupa international media conference in Dusseldorf. 72 print journalists from 33 countries were in attendance. The conference took place from 25 to 27 March. 18 print equipment manufacturers and software companies presented their plans for the 11-day show.

Also, at a pre-Drupa VIP event in Indianapolis, USA, on 22 and 23 March 2024, HP presented its latest products to a group of international journalists and analysts.

In other highlights of the issue, while the Women to Watch Awards 2024 were declared in March, PrintWeek has carried a special feature  — 14 in-depth interviews with the winners of the awards  — a must-read.

The Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) hosted the seventh edition of its Roundtable Conference on 5 April 2024 at the MCA Club in BKC, Mumbai. The ‘Circle of Print’ convened industry leaders and experts to explore emerging trends and technological advances in the industry.

BGS Publications will complete 80 years in 2024. The journey that started with the Late Sri BG Sankeshwar is helmed by the third generation who are continuing the legacy of serving society with quality books at affordable prices in every corner of the state. Basavanneppa Sankeshwar talks to Manjunath Naragund as part of PrintWeek’s Big Interview series.

Aakash Mudgal reports on the first edition of IntraPac India, organised by IPAMA, which took place from 14 to 17 March at the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida.

Bengaluru-based Usha Digital wants to establish a digital print facility at every three km in Bengaluru and one facility in key districts of the State. To bring this goal to fruition, the company invested in eight Ricoh ProC7500 presses from Monotech Systems. BH Srinivas of Usha shared his company’s vision with Rahul Kumar.

The cover story of the WhatPackaging? supplement, available with the April issue, focuses on Ahmedabad-based Flexure Print N Pack, which has outrun others by producing high-quality prints with 208-lpi using the CI flexo. Flexure’s director of technology, Jainam Shah talks to Abhay Avadhani about how this record was achieved and shares insights on how to extract the best out of the CI flexo.

India ramps up its fight against counterfeiting with a 25-30% market infiltration across sectors. Leading the change is the Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), marking its 25th anniversary in 2024. Aditya Ghosalkar talks to Manoj Kochar, ASPA’s president, shedding light on the efforts to combat this pervasive issue.

"Manufacturers are harnessing the power of AI and automation to bolster productivity and efficiency," says Mahendra Mehta, CEO of Parle Global Technologies, and a member of the board of governors, IPMMI.

Rahul Tirpude, director of the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) Delhi in conversation with Kirtiraj Gaikwad, professor at IIT Roorkee, discusses how IIP drives packaging innovation through collaboration between academia, industry, and government.

Diwakar Shetty, chairman of Fibre Foils in a conversation with Ramu Ramanathan discusses his company, its journey, the product portfolio, and technology.

“Old production systems and models are tough to break. The shift towards circularity won’t be easy. But we must look at circularity as a philosophy that we can imbibe into our design processes,” says Riya Gokharu, senior design researcher and strategist at Quicksand Design Studio and Unbox Cultural Futures, in a conversation with Disha Chakraborty.

These stories and more in the April issue of PrintWeek and WhatPackaging?.

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