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The Printers (Mysore) adopts Content-X
editorial system from ppi Media

Marking the first Content-X in a newspaper house in India, The Printers (Mysore) has adopted the editorial system from ppi Media and Digital Collections. Headquartered in Bengaluru, The Printers (Mysore) publishes one of the country’s widely circulated English daily Deccan Herald with 286,540 copies. The company also publishes other popular regional dailies including Prajavani, which is considerably one of the oldest newspapers in Kannada with daily circulation of 527,300 copies printed in seven locations. Journalists and editors at both Deccan Herald and Prajavani will use Content-X workflows to produce their daily editions.

KN Tilak Kumar, joint managing director, The Printers (Mysore), said they would look forward to enhancing their cooperation with ppi Media. “We are confident that this promising Content-X editorial system will enable us to maintain focus on our journalistic core competencies,” he remarked. In pursuit of a suitable new editorial system for their editorial operations, The Printers (Mysore) has opted Content-X, which has been used in leading media companies in the US, Germany, Thailand, among other countries. Media companies actively engaged in digital transformation are opting for Content-X as this editorial system stores content in a media-neutral format so that it can be played out in digital and print, covering the full range of publishing channels. What it instilled The Printers (Mysore) to adopt the editorial system is the Content-X’s distinct multi-channel functionality that supports production in English as well as Indian languages, including Kannada.

Dr Hauke Berndt, COO, ppi Media lauded their cooperation with The Printers (Mysore) saying, “I am particularly pleased that the leading Indian newspaper will publish their dailies and magazines with Content-X. In addition to newspapers, The Printers (Mysore) publishes two magazines in Kannada, namely Sudha, a weekly on lifestyle, and Mayura, a monthly literary review.


Deccan Herald closes Delhi edition.
English daily Deccan Herald has closed down its Delhi edition. The last local edition of the Bengaluru-headquartered newspaper in the capital city was printed and circulated on December 15, 2016. Though the local edition of the newspaper has been shut down, the political bureau in Delhi will continue, reporting directly to the headquarters. A host of English dailies are published from Delhi. From time to time, addition and departures of the titles take place. On the festive occasion of Dussehra last year, DNA underwent a transformation and joined the list of English dailies to be published from the capital.


Manroland Web Systems@Printpack India 2017
Manroland Web Systems is participating at the Printpack India 2017 (Hall 14 G32-G35), February 4-8, 2017, Greater Noida to enhance and build their brand visibility, reflect their strong hold over their sales and efficient after sale services. The company will also highlight press consumables including blankets, rollers and press chemistry. Besides, they will try to reach out and connect to larger audience, touch base with new prospects and showcase technical breakthrough. The company will also utilise the platform to explain the concept of double width press. They will also offer retrofits and upgrades such as inline density control, inline registration control, etc.

Also on offer would be print services – a venture into service of non-manroland presses. Customers can access the wide-ranging knowledge and expertise of manroland print consultants. Their extensive experience can be brought to bear on every aspect of print production, from plant set up through to staff training, to further ensure customers’ businesses reach optimum productivity.

In addition, Novexx Print & Apply solutions for the label market will also be showcased. The Print & Apply ALX Systems from NOVEXX Solutions are reliable, modern systems for any Print & Apply requirement. The ALX 73x and ALX 92x models are developed to fulfill today’s high standards for product labeling and identification as well as supply chain and logistic requirements.

The company has recently forayed into packaging printing with CROMOMAN press for the production of high-quality newspapers and magazines. More recently, the company has installed CROMOMAN 4x1 press at Namasthe Telangana. The press is also equipped with several automation systems such as an automatic web up device or the manroland web systems Inline Control Systems for color register control with manual camera movement and cut-off control. The PECOM control system offers the best possible technology for easy operation and short make-ready and changeover times.


Venkaiah Naidu takes Newspaper
wage system into consideration

Union minister Venkaiah Naidu has directed Information and Broadcasting secretary Ajay Mittal to review print newspapers, expressing concern over the probable effect of the new wage board recommendations and augmented taxes falling under the GST tax regime.

Owing to sudden economic crunch, newspapers have started struggling to retain multiple editions and maintaining staffs, overall making it hard to survive. The I&B Ministry further added if it required, it will consult other pertinent ministries to address the issue.


DB Corp upbeat with 11 percent up in ad revenues
DB Corp Limited (DBCL), a leading newspaper house in India producing flagship newspapers like Dainik Bhaskar, Divya Bhaskar, Dainik Divya Marathi and Saurashtra Samachar, has announced its financial results for the Q4 ended December 31, 2016. The consolidated advertising revenues of the newspaper group grew by 11 percent year-on-year to Rs 12,406 million as against Rs 11,212 million last year. And its circulation revenue grew by 12 percent year-on-year to Rs 3597 million from Rs 3220 million during previous year.

Dainik Bhaskar was awarded ISO-9001:2015 certification for Quality Management Circulation Distribution Systems and is perhaps the only newspaper organisation in India to receive this certification. In addition, the radio business grew by 21 percent year-on-year to Rs 942 million from Rs 778 million last year. The overall advertising revenues of the newspaper firm have been reported growing 4 percent year-on-year to Rs 4530 million in current period from Rs. 4356 million in Q3 of last fiscal.


KBA remains on top in terms
high-performance newspaper printing

Over the course of the past few years, KBA Digital & Web has adjusted successfully to the drastically shrinking market for new newspaper presses and in the meantime places an additional focus on growing market segments such as service or digital, functional and packaging printing. Even so, the role of the world’s leading supplier of newspaper press lines for the upper and highest performance classes remains undisputed, and the modern portfolio presented by the manufacturer of the first ever rotary newspaper press is evidence that KBA has no intention of surrendering this position. Orders received by KBA Digital & Web from leading newspaper firms over the last 12 months include Mittelrhein Verlag (Koblenz) for a further Commander CT 6/2; Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (Halle and Druck) and Pressehaus Naumann (Gelnhausen) for two Commander CL presses; and CPI (La Réunion) for a waterless KBA Cortina.

Stefan Segger, new sales director at KBA Digital & Web says that against the background of the market developments in newspaper printing, they are quite satisfied with the orders received. “Further projects are in the pipeline and decisions are expected soon. When it comes to new investments, customers are currently most interested in flexible presses with practice-oriented automation, and we have built up an excellent reputation for precisely that with our trio of Commander CL, Commander CT and Cortina. All three presses are new developments launched since the turn of the century, and we are already counting more than 60 installations in Europe, America and Asia.”


FUJIFILM India showing complete
product range at PRINTPACK India 2017

Be it for the newspaper, commercial printing or large-format graphics, FUJIFILM India is presenting whole gamut of printing solutions during the PRINTPACK India 2017 (Hall 7, Stall D-12A). The company is known for its constant innovation and creation of new values through leading edge and proprietary technologies. With its corporate slogan ‘Value From Innovation’ the company is continuously creating innovative technologies, products and services that empower potential and expand horizons of tomorrow’s businesses and lifestyles, encapsulating their desire to combine original technology with human resources, expertise and technology from around the world.

What the graphic art division of FUJIFILM India is delivering at the expo include whole range comprising workflow, remote monitoring, colour standardisation, pressroom products, CtP, proofing, digital printing, wide-format and more. FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems is a leader in the development of UV inks for wide-format applications. The company has earned the trust of graphic professionals by taking the lead in providing reliable and convenient solutions that raise productivity and quality.


World Press Trends Report 2016 released
Supported by technology partner Newscycle, WAN-IFRA has released its World Press Trends Report 2016, a definitive guide to the global newspaper and news media industry – in numbers, trends and changes. The report explores global trends that defined the news media business in 2015 and are continuing to shape it. The report is drawn from WAN-IFRA’s World Press Trends database, which includes national reports and tools to export the data in customised reports. The survey includes data from more than 70 countries, accounting for more than 90 percent of the global industry’s value.

The report says more than 2.7 billion adults are reading newspapers in print globally. Digital newspaper and news media readership is growing, and in some of the most developed economies, readership on all digital platforms has surpassed the number of readers in print. World Press Trends analysis estimates that at least 40 percent of global internet users read newspapers and news media online. One of the primary challenges for the industry remains new analytics tools and new metrics for news media content on all platforms. Publishers will be unable to successfully charge for their content and sell their advertising inventory to their full potential until they are able to properly plan and evaluate their content performance and really understand most aspects of their audience journey.


Indian Customs certifies Poddar Global
In the wake of Poddar Global’s commendable commitment to secure international supply chain as per the WCO's SAFE Framework of Standards, Indian Customs has certified the leading newsprint supplier under its authorised economic operator certification in the Tier I category, a programme under CBEC circular number 33/2016-Customs.

The body has further congratulated Poddar Global for being a loyal and trustworthy trading ally who has demonstrated a firm internal control systems and willingness to abide by the laws imposed by the Central Board of Excise and Customs.

Poddar Global is one of the dominant indigenous importers and distributors of newsprint range from a host of international newsprint manufactures over the last 28 years, retaining their own supply chain across all major port cities, namely, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai with headquarters in New Delhi.


Ashutosh Chaturvedi as new
editor-in-chief Prabhat Khabar

Prabhat Khabar has recently changed its editorial leader as Ashutosh Chaturvedi, former executive editor of Amar Ujala, has been appointed as the editor-in-chief of the leading Hindi daily. With 30 years of experience in journalism, with association with BBC for eight years, Ashutosh started his career as a trainee journalist in Maya and then subsequently moved to India Today, Sunday Observer and Dainik Jagran. He has vast experience across reporting, production of newspaper, and website. And her was behind the key activities of launching the team of BBC Hindi website.


Kodak showing full product
range at PRINTPACK India 2017

PRINTPACK India 2017 is a chosen platform for Kodak to present the whole range of its products, which comprises the industry-leading solutions—hardware, software, consumables and services—all designed for divergent sectors like the graphic art, commercial printing, publishing and packaging. In the pre-press, the company will showcase its award-winning thermal CtP plate-setters and portfolio of plate solutions. Kodak has recently released a host of new automation options to complement the Kodak Trendsetter and Kodak Achieve CtP families. The company will display its process free plate technology, SONORA at the expo.

When it comes to Flexo, Kodak’s Flexcel NX System ’16 and NX plates lead the quality brigade in flexo plate-making. The new system built on the award-winning NX Advantage technology will be another attraction at the expo. For digital printing, Kodak will present its latest NexPress ZX Series Digital Color Production Press. The company’s inkjet presses will also be part of major highlights at the expo. Yet another attraction from Kodak during the show will be its Prinergy Workflow – the industry's leading prepress automation software that keeps costs, quality, and business risk in control. Catch the innovations at the company’s Stall-A13 in Hall 1 during PRINTPACK India 2017.


Jyotin Verma as new
business head at Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times has appointed Jyotin Verma as business head of Chandigarh and Punjab. Staffers at HT Media were informed of the development late last evening via an internal email. The formal communication, which is in possession of exchange4media, noted that Verma will replace Sanjay Hazari who ‘expressed a desire to move on” after devoting four years to strengthening HT’s regional business in Punjab. Verma joins HT from Tata Teleservices whose parent company has been involved in a bitter public spat following the sudden removal of Tata Group’s Chairman Cyrus Mistry.


QIPC-EAE to show IDS-3D and
retrofit modules at PRINTPACK India 2017

Together with its partner EAE, Q.I. Press Controls is demonstrating its ever demanding IDS-3D ‘All-in-One’ fully image-based colour and register measuring and control systems, which also detects failure in print, alongside EAE Control Console retrofit modules, during the PRINTPACK India 2017 (Hall 14, Stall G-5). IDS-3D uses the information in the TIFF files as a reference to ensure absolute colour and register stability throughout the print run. The ultimate result realised by IDS-3D is reproduction of print with absolute colour and register stability in products.

On the other side, retrofit modules EAE Control Console and its software, which QIPC-EAE will present during the show, allows users control the press and all its functions from a central location. In addition, this retrofit system is also possible to drastically reduce waste by using a press control system.


Amar Ujala announces youth-oriented news portal
Following launch of its Amar Ujala TV, a new swing on the digital front from Amar Ujala is its recently introduced SELECT, designed for young readers on the go. Launched from Lucknow, services of SELECT will be available in leading non-metro cities like Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Allahabad, Varanasi, Bareilly and Gorakhpur. Content in the portal will include everything right from local news, exclusives, what’s hot and what’s not, sports, lifestyle to trends. The Hindi daily offers a wide variety of news for the upmarket reader and the brand SELECT aims to engage with young upwardly mobile readers with daily updated content. Moreover, SELECT is Amar Ujala’s tribute to Lucknow city where the newspaper has attained numero uno status three times in a row with a certified circulation of 204,745 copies, as per ABC (January to June 2016).


Sanat Hazra of The Times of India elected
to World Printers Forum Board for 2017-19

Once again, for the second term, Sanat Hazra, technical director, The Times of India (Bennett, Coleman & Co), has been elected to the WAN-IFRA’s World Printers Forum Board for 2017-19. He was among the six publisher representatives being elected to the forum. The others were Andreas Gierth (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany); Josef Konrad Schießl (Süddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck, Munich, Germany); Peder Schumacher (V-TAB, Gothenburg, Sweden); Mujo Selimovic (Oslobodjenje Newspaper, Bosnia and Herzegovina); and Rick Stunt (DMG-Media, London, UK). For the election of publisher representatives to the World Printers Forum Board, everyone in each WAN-IFRA member company was entitled to vote in the in-house poll held in December 2016, in which 647 employees casted their votes. After getting BS in Photographic Science & Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Sanat Hazra further attended Tuck College at Dartmouth University for studying Corporate Leadership Program. Before joining The Time of India as technical and production director in 2008, he worked as vice president of production at New York Daily News. And before that he worked for 14 years at The New York Times in the capacity of executive director of production, responsible for transforming the newspaper’s two printing plants into state-of-the-art operation and optimising the entire supply chain. Prior to The New York Times, Sanat worked for Crosfield Electronics as senior material science engineer where he developed direct imaging thermal plate for CtP application. For his vast range of activities, he has been awarded many international awards.


10th edition of Indian
Magazine Congress organised

The Indian Magazine Congress has organised its 10th edition in Mumbai. On the occasion, B Srinivasan, MD, Vikatan Group, gave his views on how the magazine ecosystem could make itself stronger as it enters the digital age. According to him, the biggest asset of a publisher is the people who create products for the community. He reiterated the importance of creating and nurturing a community throughout his talk. Quoting musician John Lennon, Srinivasan said, “Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans.”

In his keynote speech, one of the most important things for magazine publishers to do, according to him was to reset their culture. He also gave his thoughts on native advertising which he felt has become very important. He urged magazines to promote talent from within. According to him, his own group has seen contribution by journalists in different walks of media increase from 10 percent to 30 percent.


India Today launches new
initiative called ‘India Tomorrow’

India Today Group has recently launched ‘India Tomorrow’, an initiative that features the biggest leaders sharing their vision and dreams for the tomorrow of the country. The leading media group on its 41st Anniversary had launched the initiative as a movement to build a better nation by engaging the current perspectives of the people and curating an ideal India. This initiative is a reflection of the spirit of the group towards constantly mobilising powerful positive thoughts to shape an ever more admirable India.

Since its inception in 1975, India Today Group has been playing an active role in empowering and enlightening the nation. On its 41st anniversary, the group presents a vision for the future. The films by the leaders for #IndiaTomorrow follow the five similarly themed short films by top directors in the country launched earlier this year. Imtiaz Ali, Pradeep Sarkar, Rohan Sippy, Hansal Mehta and Meghna Gulzar created their expression of India Tomorrow through short three minute films for the mobile generation.


Dainik Bhaskar celebrates 20 Years Anniversary
Being the largest circulated newspapers in Rajasthan, Dainik Bhaskar boasts its popularity in the state over the last two decades. Marking its continuing service to the people of the region, the newspaper has recently celebrated a special nine-day event Bhaskar Utsav attended by a host of celebrities including Bollywood stars and others. The event took off on December 15 with ‘Business talk with Baba Ramdev’, followed by a string of events following days.

The utsav culminated with a special slogan and painting competition was organised at Jaipuria Vidyalaya in Jaipur. Daily interactive sessions, which were being organised to celebrate two decades of Dainik Bhaskar’s success, witnessed massive participation. Cheerful mood at the event was edged by a number of artists including singer Sunidhi Chauhan, actor Tiger Shroff and noted journalist Arnab Goswami.


QuadTech solutions at PRINTPACK India 2017
To be featured at the stall of QuadTech during the PRINTPACK India 2017 (Hall 14, Stall G-43) include the company’s four new technologies, which were launched during drupa 2016, promising highly consistent color quality, reduced production time, waste reduction, and dramatically lowered consumable costs. The products are MultiCam TRIM, ColorTrack, DeltaCam and automated L*a*b*. MultiCam TRIM is a highly economical, advanced colour-to-colour register and cutoff control solution for newspaper printers.

Designed for single width, single folder newspaper applications, the product offers a streamlined set of features for simplified operation, which reliably delivers perfect register for high quality print at a low cost. ColorTrack with InkControl is new colour management software for flexo and gravure packaging applications. And colour measurement with DeltaCam makes advanced, inline spectral measurement affordable to individual packaging print houses. For about the cost of a color register system, package printers can utilise accurate, automated L*a*b* measurement on film, paper or board—ensuring that all printed product is within their customers’ color specifications.


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