Yamuna Nagar hosts Romancing Print (North) 2019

The 2019 edition of Romancing Print (North), organised by the All-India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) was held at Yamuna Nagar in Haryana on 5 May 2019. The event was hosted by the Yamuna Nagar Offset Printer Association with the support of Greater Delhi Master Printers Association (GDMPA). Nearly 200 printers from 12 cities across India participated in this full-day event.

19 Jun 2019 | By Rahul Kumar

An annual event, Romancing Print has been designed to disseminate the knowledge about latest technology among the member printers. To ensure that the messages reach at the grassroots, the AIFMP has been organising at the tier-two and tier-three cities.

Kick-starting the event, the AIFMP flag was unfurled by Subhash Chander, former president of AIFMP. Welcoming the delegates, Vimal Vohra, president, Yamuna Nagar Offset Printer Association (YOPA), said, “The YOPA is a small association established with the efforts of Prof Kamal Chopra a few years back. We are indebted to AIFMP, especially GDMPA, for reposing faith in our association and choosing Yamuna Nagar as the venue for Romancing Print (North) 2019.”

Dalip Tuli, president, GDMPA, said, “It is a novel concept to reach the printers of smaller cities and I wish to thank Raveendra Joshi, president, AIFMP and his team, for approving our proposal and bestowing the honour to host this prime event by GDMPA at Yamuna Nagar.”

Speaking on the behalf of AIFMP, Ashwani Gupta, treasurer, AIFMP, said, “The purpose of this seminar is to encourage printers to ‘love their job’ so that they may work with more enthusiasm, with new vision and with more dedications. I am thrilled to see such a mammoth gathering of printers at this small town.”

He added that while earlier Romancing Print conferences were organised only in metro cities, when it was seen that the message was not reaching the printers of small cities, it was decided to conduct these knowledge-sharing seminars in tier-two and three cities too, where such information is more required.

In his keynote address Dr Rajendrakumar Anayath, vice-chancellor at the DCB University of Science & Technology, Murthal, highlighted the future education system, stressing the need for uniformity and elimination of class rooms. “Education should be on need basis rather than creating competition among the students,” he said.

Anjan Kumar Baral, senior professor of printing at GJU, Hisar, enlightened the printers about latest innovations and ‘future printing’ with a special emphasis on packaging printing. “As long as the population is growing, requirement of food is bound to grow. In this digital age, man is becoming technology-driven, and online shopping is becoming popular. Moreover, due to rapid urbanisation, the trend for purchasing packaged food is increasing. It is good sign for packaging printers that more and more people are becoming health-conscious. Brands are becoming popular to ensure quality and healthy food. Thus, the future lies in packaging printing,” he said.

Earlier, inaugurating the Romancing Print (North) 2019, Padma Shree Vijay Kumar Chopra, chief guest, said printers of the country are progressing without any support from the government. “I wish the government would take care of this key industry which is the second largest in the country, giving employment of 25-lakh families directly and 20-lakh families indirectly,” he said. 

During this event, a presentation on ‘Fire safety for a printing press’ was made by Pradip Ghaisas, an expert in the field. BS Nagi, director MSME, government of India, elaborated on the various schemes of the ministry for the overall benefit and growth of trade and industry.

AIFMP represents Indian printers on Asia-Pacific Day at Print China

The All-India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) showcased its projects and activities, especially PAMEX, during Print China, Asia’s largest printing industry exhibition, which was held from 9 to 13 April at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Centre.   

Ashwani Gupta, treasurer, AIFMP, represented the Indian printing industry during the ‘Asia-Pacific Day’ organised on 10 April 2019 within the premises of the exhibition area. The event was initiated by Lu Chang’an, vice-president of PEIAC.

“Globally, the world is witnessing a new round of major development, changes and adjustments and human beings are still faced with numerous unstable and uncertain factors. The new round of scientific and industrial revolution has not only brought new opportunities for the development of human society, but also posted an unprecedented challenge,” Chang’an said.

Representatives from more than 10 countries, including China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, besides India, participated in this global event.

Gupta said the event offered a platform for networking and knowledge-sharing among the participants with over 60 concurrent conferences taking place. India, he said, is a youngest nation with bright future and shall take giant stride in technology.

“Internet today has made the world a global village and Indian printers are doing world class work and exporting to various countries across the world. Indian print industry is growing at 14% and is expected to reach INR 380 billion by the end of 2019. More than 15 lakh people are getting direct employment in 250,000-strong Indian Printing industry,” he added.

About AIFMP, he said, representing 250,000 printers, it is not only the apex body of Indian printers but also is the largest printers’ association of the world.

AIFMP is organising the next edition of Pamex in 2020, to be held at Mumbai from 6 to 9 January.

Gupta said for better cooperation and deep understanding, he has invited Chinese manufacturers to participate in Pamex. “With exclusive support of Beijing’s Keyin Media, we are going to establish a separate pavilion for Chinese Manufacturers during Pamex 2020,” Gupta said.