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Q.I. Press Controls so far installs more
than 20 mRC-3D systems in India this year

While it is shrinking on the other side of the world, the world of printed newspaper industry in India has gradually been climbing on a growth curb, embracing new automation technologies. Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC) is giving a living proof of it as the Dutch specialist in colour measurement and control systems for the newspaper industry has installed its mRC-3D colour register control systems in the production setups of a number of newspaper houses as well as web offset press manufacturers.

The Printers House (TPH) and PRAKASH Web Offset, both headquartered in Faridabad, have installed mRC-3D cameras on their presses. Leading Hindi dailies/publishers, namely, Amar Ujala, Jagaran Prakashan and DB Corps have adopted a multiple number of the colour registration systems in their production setups. On the other side, a host of regional newspapers at far off corners have also been invested in the Q.I. Press Controls’ mRC-3D cameras. Gujarati daily Sandesh has invested in four mRC-3D systems, while Deshabhimani in Thiruvananthanpuram has picked up two systems. Darpan Conclave in Kolkata is also another installer of two mRC-3D cameras.

The Indian Express, Divya Marathi and MP Printer are in the league of investors who have so far installed mRC-3D cameras, one each in their respective production setups. Noida-based MP Printer has installed the colour register system on their Manugraph Cityline, while The Indian Express has equipped their Pressline press with an mRC-3D camera in the newspaper’s Lucknow plant.

In its three production plants in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Bhopal, Jagaran Prakashan has upgraded their Manugraph and TPH Orient presses with mRC-3D cameras. Popular Marathi daily Divya Marathi has also upgraded its Manugraph press in Aurangabad with an mRC-3D colour registration system.

More than 20 mRC-3D systems have so far been installed in the Indian market till date this year alone, showing an upward swing of growth in the Indian newspaper market. The automatic colour register system from Q.I. Press Controls has recently be upgraded with some added features, such as double sensors and it is considered to be the fastest in its class in measuring the paper web accurately, ensuring short response time.

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ABB completes acquisition of B&R
ABB has announced the acquisition of Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik Gesellschaft m.b.H. (B&R), an independent provider with focus on product and software-based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide. With the acquisition of B&R, ABB has announced that they have reached another important milestone as the transaction for the takeover has been completed. B&R is now officially a member of ABB Group.

ABB, now combined with B&R, will able to provide its customers an unmatched, comprehensive industrial automations globally. The new expanded venture of the company will trace across the entire spectrum of technology and software solutions around measurement, control, actuation, robotic, electrification and digitalisation.

B&R is a true solutions champion and innovation leader in the world of machine and factory automation that perfectly fits to ABB’s existing world-leading portfolio in robotics, drives, electrification products and process automation. The company offers a broad spectrum of innovative products in PLCs, Industrial PCs and servo motion as well as its software and solutions suitable for machines and factory automations that will now be complemented with ABB’s industrial automation offering.

As a newly formed business unit – Machine & Factory Automation – within ABB’s Industrial Automation Division, B&R is ABB’s new global center for machine and factory automation, which is headquartered in Eggelsberg and operating under the aegis of Hans Wimmer, MD of B&R. ABB’s PLC and Automation Builder activities are being added to the offering of the new business unit. In their new avatar, ABB Group assures that they will continue to provide their customers with all solutions and services familiar with from ABB and B&R.

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I&B Ministry likely to tie up
with PIB for print circulation audit

In task of auditing the circulation figure of print publications across the country, the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) is planning to take help from the Press Information Bureau (PIB). According to a source, the ministry is apparently keen to provide PIB with some space in the given assignment to maintain credibility of the auditing process. As of now, audit of newspapers and magazines in India is carried out in two ways. First, the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) takes care of publications with circulation of over 45,000 copies; and secondly, those below that figure require an audit from an accountant, followed by RNI certifications.
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Summit for new content
formats for millennials at Jakarta

While the printed newspaper’s audience is aging and shrinking, news publishers are reaching today more readers and users than ever before on digital platforms. Providing a digital-first experience that connects with and engages a young audience nevertheless remains a challenge for legacy news media. Reaching out to millennials implies to move beyond the online article to develop a range of native formats – from pictures or short videos to quizzes, lists, live blogs or interactive graphics - that are mainly designed for consuming and sharing on social networks and other offsite platforms.

Organised by WAN-IFRA, the New Content Formats for Millennials Summit will be held from July 5-6, 2017 at Jakarta, Indonesia. The summit will offer in-depth sessions leaded by recognised media professionals that will present the latest trends for reaching the young with exciting new ways to package news content. It will include several demos, with hands-on exercises, of free online tools for creating interactive storytelling. The event will also showcase how print products can be used in an innovative way to retain traditional readers and capture new audiences.
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ABC marks August 16 deadline
to submit audited circulation figures

Newspaper circulation-auditing organisation Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) has informed its member publications a deadline to electronically submit the audited circulation figures for the period from January-June 2017 latest by August 16. The bureau has urged its every member publication to compulsorily abide with the existing norms of submitting their circulation figures. If any of the publications fail to furnish the audited circulation details for even a single audit period of six months, it cannot be considered for certification during the subsequent assessment. In the process, ABC’s guidelines require publishers to inform the bureau regarding special trade schemes enticing readers to buy the respective publications.

In case of multi-edition newspapers, they are kept in check by being made to file a separate certificate along with an area breakdown statement for each edition of the newspaper or printing its printing plant. Being a body of publishers, advertisers, media and advertising agencies, ABC now has a total of 967 member publications, among which 910 are newspapers and 57 magazines.
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PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2017
set to be one-stop platform for all

Designed to be a one-stop platform for all, PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2017 will bring a plethora of products and technologies meant for all quarters, with a special focus on packaging printing and a sectional spotlight on graphic art. To be staged at BITEC in Bangkok from Sept 20-23, 2017, the sixth edition of this international trade expo is a confluence for fresh innovations in graphic art. Some leading graphic art stalwarts presenting arrays of new machines, technologies and allied products include HP Inc, RICOH, Zund Asia, among others. This all-encompassing packaging and printing expo will witness a comprehensive profile of 300 companies from 20 countries revealing new synergies. This expo is jointly organised by Messe Düsseldorf Asia (Messe Düsseldorf GmbH), The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association. Complementing the four-day expo will be a series of concurrent conferences, seminars and technical presentations led by industry experts and exhibitors. Messe Düsseldorf GmbH is one of the world’s most successful exhibition organisers, responsible for organising more than 20 of the world’s number one exhibitions in various industries.

Designed to be a one-stop platform for all, PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2017 will bring a plethora of products and technologies meant for all quarters, with a special focus on packaging printing and a sectional spotlight on graphic art. To be staged at BITEC in Bangkok from Sept 20-23, 2017, the sixth edition of this international trade expo is a confluence for fresh innovations in graphic art. Some leading graphic art stalwarts presenting arrays of new machines, technologies and allied products include HP Inc, RICOH, Zund Asia, among others. This all-encompassing packaging and printing expo will witness a comprehensive profile of 300 companies from 20 countries revealing new synergies. This expo is jointly organised by Messe Düsseldorf Asia (Messe Düsseldorf GmbH), The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association. Complementing the four-day expo will be a series of concurrent conferences, seminars and technical presentations led by industry experts and exhibitors. Messe Düsseldorf GmbH is one of the world’s most successful exhibition organisers, responsible for organising more than 20 of the world’s number one exhibitions in various industries.
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Dainik Jagran i-next spreading across Hindia
Hindia is literally a geography of 12 smart cities in the Hindi heartland—Lucknow, Patna, Varanasi, Bareilly, Meerut, Kanpur, Allahabad, Ranchi, Dehradun, Gorakhpur, Allahabad and Jamshedpur—where Dainik Jagran i-next rules all over, bringing wider coverage and deeper penetration into this region in a way any other Hindi daily has ever done before. Hindia comprises four Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttrakhand and Jharkhand, which collectively is home to a population of more than 17 million Hindi-speaking people.

Dainik Jagran i-next boasts strong readership in Hindia. And the newspaper’s plan to penetrate expansively into the region is an added opportunity for advertisers looking for new business in the Hindi heartland. Advertisers these days are struggling to get the right advertising solution. They need more focused medium through which they can directly connect with the right audience and this is what Dainik Jagran i-next is gearing up in Hindia where big brands are soaring up around for business expansions. Moreover, Hindia is home to more traders and shop owners than two big south Indian states and a western Indian state put together.
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Hindustan Times enters Pune
A new edition of Hindustan Times (HT) has been launched in Pune. This is the fresh expansion of the newspaper in the western Indian zone, as the newspaper entered the region in the year 2004 with the introduction of Mumbai edition. Currently, the newspaper boasts a daily circulation of more than 1.6 million copies. The newspaper is focusing on its robust presence in the western market, with a spotlight on Pune where young and growing population of the city are nowadays craving for quality English newspaper. The new Pune edition of the newspaper will have 50+ pages of national, state and local affairs, entertainment and lifestyle and specials. And like other editions, the weekend edition will include the newspaper’s popular weekly magazine Brunch.
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ABB presenting newest production management
at WAN-IFRA India 2017 Conference

Presentations from ABB at the WAN-IFRA India 2007 Conference in Chennai will include the comany’s newest production management systems, which are designed to improve the efficiency in newspaper production and make complex demands more manageable. The new solutions include the systems for overall management of the complete newspaper production process from plate-making to delivery across one or more print sites.

ABB is also offering modular retrofit solutions for controls and drives for newspaper printing presses from all manufacturers. These modular solutions allow a part of the press to be retrofitted, thereby freeing up spare parts for the rest of the press and minimising the cost. ABB’s retrofit solutions also enable the use of modern ergonomic control consoles and advanced production management systems. Catch them at the company’s Booth 1.15 at the WAN-IFRA India 2007 Conference (September 12-14 at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai).
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WAN-IFRA launches
Media Management Accelerator

Designed to promote the development of new business models, train top talent in media companies, and pragmatically accelerate digital transformation in today’s ever-changing news ecosystem, WAN-IFRA has announced the launch of an online learning platform. “The vast majority of WAN-IFRA members are small and mid-size businesses around the world. They will profit greatly from a user-friendly, easily accessible, agile, modern learning toolkit such as Media Management Accelerator,” said Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of WAN-IFRA. He added that the broad reach of the online platform and the in-depth modules, combined with certification, will be a real boost for news professionals.

Thanks to financial support from Google's Digital News Initiative (DNI), the open platform allows WAN-IFRA to leverage its library of global best practice, insights and expertise via a panel of experts, offering a programme that will benefit all levels of rising talent and management in participating news organisations. The programme features in-depth learning modules led by industry experts, focusing on: Digital revenue strategy, Using data to drive growth, Innovation & culture, Paid content & reader revenue, and Digital advertising. Media Management Accelerator features world-class case studies from top news media houses like Die Welt (Germany), The Economist (UK), La Place Media (France), among others.
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The Hindu film on respecting tireless print professionals
A film titled #FortheLoveOfPrint by The Hindu highlights the effort, time and energy of print professionals who burn midnight oil everyday to produce the newspaper. The film includes everyone involving in the production, such as reporters, editors, typesetters, imprinter and delivery boys. The film is the newspaper’s sole respect paying to the tireless heroes who engage in production of the newspaper’s print editions. The Hindu has successfully been in the industry for over the last 138 years, and this campaign is indeed a tribute to everyone involved to bring the newspaper to what it is today. The firm has been launched on different platforms including social and digital medias, under the objective that it must give awareness of the efforts that go into making of a newspaper.
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Jagran Prakashan CEO
appointed as IIM-Amritsar chairman

Sanjay Gupta, who had been served as CEO of Jagran Prakashan, has recently been appointed as new chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Amritsar. According to some media reports, Sanjay will hold the post for five years. He was a full-time director at Jagran Prakashan and also took the position of chief editor of the leading Hindi daily Dainik Jagran. He also served in the capacity of director at Mid-day Infomedia Limited, MMI Online Limited, Naidunia Media Limited and others.
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The Times of India appoints
J Walter Thompson India

As its new strategic and creative partner, The Times of India has appointed J Walter Thompson India, deputing the agency to handle the newspaper’s all mainline advertising and services including the digital mandate. J Walter Thompson India will engage in the job operating from its Delhi office. The agency has been powered at the multi-city servicing capability. A source from them mentions that they are rejoiced to be with The Times of India, mentioning the collaboration with the newspaper is one of their biggest ever wins till date.

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