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July 2, 2015 Megha Kalra

In the series of Seekho aur Samjo (SaS) workshops, the sixth session is slated for 4 July at the Government Institute of Printing Technology, Mumbai. The workshop’s focal point will be UV technology and its future in printing.

During the three-hour session, Prashant Atre, managing director, Toyo Ink Arets, will discuss in detail about the latest technologies of UV curable inks and the do’s and don’ts related to UV inks.
The objective of selecting this topic, according to Atre, will help connect the student and printers with the latest in technology at the global level. “UV is not a printing process. It is the curing/drying technique, which can be applied to any printing process, be it offset, flexo, screen, gravure, or digital,” said Atre.
The session, which will be delivered in Hindi, will also talk about the radiation curing technology which is not only gaining popularity in the printing industry, but also making inroads in various other industries.
SaS is an initiative by the BMPA, PrintWeek India, Government Institute of Printing Technology, Mumbai and SIES Graduate School of Technology, Navi Mumbai.
Faheem Agboatwala, president, BMPA, has requested all the print CEOs in and around Mumbai to register their staff members for this session.
The available 50 seats will be registered on a first come, first serve basis with two registrations per company. For registration, please contact:
Venue: GIPT
Date: 4 July 2015
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Medium of instruction: Hindi
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April 17, 2015 ipamapp

On April 3, The Times of India published a public statement ‘What’s new? certainly not IRS 2014’, challenging the correctness of the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2014 report. The statement is issued by six dailies Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Amar Ujala, Dharitri, TOI and The Hindu.

The IRS 2014 report has been condemned for three reasons: One, for presenting skewed readership numbers (towards the higher side) of the above mentioned six dailies; two, for re-publishing three fourth of the ‘flawed’ IRS 2013 report; and three, having based the survey on a dated sample (January – February 2014).
Among the skewed readership number and anomalies are Dainik Jagran‘s 7%  growth in readership, Dainik Bhaskar‘s 8% growth, Amar Ujala growth by 10%, Dharitri by 9%, TOI by 5% and The Hindu by 10%. On the flip side, it showed that the Hindu Business Line is having thrice as many readers in Manipur as in Chennai; Hitavada, the leading English newspaper of Nagpur with a certified circulation of over 60,000, not having a single reader – these two results, one must note, are word for word from IRS 2013 report.
In 2013, 18 major media houses stated, “The IRS survey is riddled with shocking anomalies, which defy logic and commonsense. They also grossly contradict audited circulation figures (ABC) of long standing,”.
Following this, The Media Research Users Council Board (MRUC) and the Readership Survey Council of India (RSCI) had temporarily deferred the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2013 till 31 March 2014 and said that subscribers and members should refrain from using the IRS 2013 data.
This year, the media houses have gone a step further to withdraw their memberships from the IRS till such a date when ‘indisputably unflawed ‘survey results are published.

Excerpts from the public statement 

  • …The fact is, three-fourth of the survey is the same as the discredited IRS 2013; only one-fourth of the sample is fresh.
  • …Many media houses have subsequently withdrawn from the IRS membership.Given that IRS 2013 was riddled with biases and errors, it is obvious that many of the mistakes will be carried over to the new round, since three-fourths of the data used is the same.
  • … Indeed, we are at a loss to understand what possible reason a reputed organization like MRUC could have for releasing such stale data at this point of time even though it must surely be fully aware of its numerous shortcomings.
  • We look forward to a time when the IRS will actually produce a survey that is indisputably unflawed. Till then, we will continue to point out anomalies in their findings and not attach any credence to their numbers — even if they show us in a favourable light…


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April 11, 2015 ipamapp

The Mumbai Division of Central Railway has invited tenders from advertising agencies and interested parties for display of advertisements through vinyl wrapping on window and side area of coaches of 54 Siemens local trains in Mumbai division of central railway.

In its tender, Central Railway has informed all parties to carry authorized identification at the time of tender opening. In case tender documents are downloaded from website, its document cost needs to be submitted in the tender.

Last date of sale of tender document is 6 May 2015, up to 5:00pm and for the submission of tender form is 7 May 2015, up to 3pm. The tender was announced open for bidding on 20 January till 3:30 pm. Prescribed tender forms containing detailed terms and conditions can be obtained from the office on all working days up to 5:00pm.

The complete details and documents of tender are made available by central railway on their official website and notice board of the divisional railway manager’s office.

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January 28, 2015 ipamapp

The Printpack India 2015 trade show is in just a few weeks, with packagers from across South Asia preparing to converge on Delhi to see the newest kit.

The focus will be on traditional colour printing, packaging, postpress and finishing, while digital and signage will also be popular.

Exhibitors include Kodak which will display its Sonora XP chemistry-free direct-on-press plates – similar to the Azura plates Agfa launched last year – allow packaging printers to be competitive, save money and reduce environmental impact.

Also on show will be the award-winning Kodak Flexcel NX system and plates for packaging.


Malhotra Graphics will show off its prepress systems for both flexo and offset packaging printing, with special focus will be on solutions for the packaging segment as labels and packaging represent growth markets.

They include Xeikon ThermoflexX Digital Imagers, which includes a 5080 dpi imaging resolution. It is an open system allowing printers and reproduction houses to use any flexo and letterpress plates. It will also demo several software packages including Packz.

SL Kulkarni Cyril Graphics (SLKCG) will be there but will not have any machines, instead displaying Shengli’s range of postpress products for mono, duplex and corrugation cartons manufacturing and the Fuchu Shiko range of rigid box making machines with various finished box samples.

Sergusa Solutions will display some machines – high-speed printing quality inspection for cartons as well as PDF verification and proof reading of wide format printed sheets from Beijing Daheng Imaging Company.

The company will also introduce its ‘SolPrint’ ERP/MIS software, developed in Britain and designed for the printing and packaging industries.

Boettcher India will also display its Vita range, best suited for applications in food packaging printing.

Printpack India will be held February 11-15 at the India Expo Centre at Greater Noida in Delhi.


January 14, 2015 ipamapp

Noida-based Daya (Sheth Printograph) will target packaging converters and digital printers with two new offerings Pylo XL 3040 and Ultima lamination equipment, which, the company claims, will be the star attraction at the show.

Speaking to PrintWeek India, Sonal Sheth, director, Sheth Printograph, said, “Both the products, which we will launched at the show are a must–see to gauge Indian manufacturing capability vis-à-vis imported machines. Moreover, we are better equipped to provide most efficient after sales service, which is a major criteria while making decision for any capital investment.”

The Pylo XL 3040 is an extension to the company’s Jazz lamination machine aimed at packaging printers who are doing MetPET jobs. This ‘Made in India’ kit is an automatic water-based and thermal film laminating machine with inline drying system and automatic hot knife sheet separation system with laser sensor.

The Ultima is a double-sided thermal lamination machine designed for digital prints. It is equipped with double side embossing and texturing, window slitting for photo album and online automatic precise cut-to-length sheet cutting for polyester film lamination. This is a modular machine suitable for both digital photographic printers as well as commercial printers and label manufacturers.

“The USP of Ultima is time and labour saving due to add-ons at both ends of machine. These include inline window slitting before lamination and online sheet separation at the rear of machine. It increases productivity, lower labour cost and minimal or no wastage and no maintenance of two separate machines,” said Sheth.

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