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Dainik Jagran signs for 18 NELA
punching and bending systems

Widely read daily Dainik Jagran is considerably one of the largestcirculated Hindi newspapers in India.

The newspaper is now gearing up to boost its production and output quality by upgrading their plate production with automation solutions from NELA. The newspaper has ordered a total of 18 NELA Ecobender V systems, which will be installed on several print sites throughout the newspaper printing plants of Jagran Group, starting in the first quarter of 2016. The new punch/benders will add to the newspaper’s existing capacities, which already contain technology from NELA.

Deal of the 18 NELA punching and bending systems was struck at the recent World Publishing Expo 2015 in Hamburg. The fully-automatic punching and bending system Ecobender V is especially designed meet the need of modern printing industry. Video Control Positioning and intuitive NELA EcoNet software are some main features of Ecobender V. With a high speed web offset plate output and precision plate-positioning, speed and register accuracy in the systems is always ensured. NELA Group, comprising Brüder Neumeister, NELA USA Inc and NELA Asia, forms one of the largest register and plate automation companies. Dainik Jagran, a Hindi-language daily newspaper from Jagran Prakashan, has a daily readership of 68 million readers, printing 350 editions and 11 titles in five languages covering 15 states of India.

NEWSTECH themes its expo stall
‘Made in India…Since 2003’

At the WAN-IFRA Middle East Expo & Conference 2016 at Dubai, NEWSTECH participates as a Gold Sponsor, only company from India among the 12 sponsors of the event. Themed under ‘Made in India…Since 2003’ what all shown at the company’s stand include mailroom and ink pumping systems, manufactured by them in India since 2003. Roy Alex, managing director, NEWSTECH, mentions that the newspaper market of Middle East, especially the mid and low circulated papers, require automation in mailroom and ink pumping areas, as most of them are still in the manual operation mode. Seconding it, Sandra Alex, executive director, NEWSTECH, rightly asserts that their automation systems provide good potential to explore the new market.

New joint managing directors at ppi Media

Serving for more than 20 years as managing director of ppi Media, Norbert Ohl is now to hand over the responsibility to his successors Hauke Berndt and Markus Feldenkirchen, who will be swearing in on July 1, 2016. Together with Jan Kasten, the new members of the management board will continue to expand into new business areas and markets.

Norbert Ohl will act as a consultant to ppi Media for one year after stepping down. After this reform, ppi Media will be breaking new ground in terms of both strategy and personnel. Despite all these changes, ppi Media’s commitment to quality, reliability and staff, which are the key to its success, remain untouched.

Hauke Berndt, besides his wealth of experience in sales, has introduced many new ideas and suggestions to ppi Media’s top management in order to carry on this transformation. Apart from his new role as managing director at ppi Media, Hauke will also be responsible for the company’s sales operations. On other side, Markus Feldenkirchen will be focusing primarily on the strategic direction of the company and the changes this involves. Apart from his new role as managing director, Markus will continue to hold the position of CEO of ppi Media.

As a market leader for workflow solutions for the publishing and printing industry, ppi Media has accompanied the changes in the media industry for over 30 years. As a full service provider, ppi Media offers media-neutral solutions for all areas of publishing, whether it could be ads, editorial, digital prepress, planning and output management, also as a service in the cloud and with a 24x7 hotline.

RSCI launches Indian Readership Survey 2016

Readership Studies Council of India (RSCI), a council jointly formed by Media Research Users Council (MRUC) and Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), announces the launch of Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2016, which is considered to be the world’s largest continuous survey of media usage, product consumption and ownership. Result/data of this survey will be released by January 2017, followed by regular quarterly updates. This year, the survey has increased its sample size by 40 percent at an ‘All India’ level, targeting a total of 3.30 lakh respondents, across 91 individual districts and 101 district clusters.

According to an MRUC source, IRS is one of the most definitive surveys for print media, consumer demographic profiling and product consumption habits, among all anywhere in the world. Though the story of print media being declined in the overseas markets, India is still one of those unique markets where the physical newspapers are growing consistently, despite the brink of a digital revolution. After consultations with all relevant stakeholders the council has finalised its research design and begun the field work. In the country, IRS is the only industry recognised readership and consumer profiling survey conducted by a dedicated team ensuring to meet high standards.

In order to ensure reliability of IRS, the technical committee has enhanced the process of back-checks and included a third party auditor for monitoring the end-to-end process of the survey in terms of design and quality control. The survey has also added numerous safety enhancement layers, powered by technology. Some of these include a tracker for GPS locations of interviewers, enhanced audio recording and electronically addressed forms.

EidosMedia opens in China
EidosMedia, globally renowned provider of multi-channel editorial and publishing platform Méthode, has announced the opening of its office and subsidiary in China. The company’s new office in Shanghai is to serve the existing and future users of its digital publishing platforms in China and East Asia. The company in China will be headed by Vivian Xu, former manager of joint venture partner Smart Team Global. More than 70 news media groups, 600 titles, 200 websites all over the world adopt EdiosMedia.

In India, Hindustan Times and Live MINT are user of this multi-channel media platform. In the Chinese news media circus, EidosMedia ropes in some leading customers in the country’s news media world, such as English-language newspaper China Daily, where a new convergent newsroom project is based upon Méthode. It covers all aspects of its multiple-channel, multiedition operations. Méthode is also used by the Chinese government to manage its official English-language portal Finally, the foray of EidosMedia into the Asian market has required the inclusion of support for non-Latin alphabets, with traditional and simplified Chinese characters supported by the platform at all levels.

Jagran Group promotes Anirban Bagchi as national sales head for inext
Jagran Group, publishers of 11 newspaper titles including e-paper inext across 13 states in 5 different languages, has recently promoted Anirban Bagchi as national corporate sales head for inext.

Targeting the young generation, inext is urban broadsheet publication available in both print and e-version, covering national and international news on education, current affairs, entertainment, so on. Newly promoted Anirban sits at the group’s corporate office in New Delhi; and reports to Alok Sanwal, COO & editor, inext. Having a sound background of 17 years experience in media and entertainment industry across different categories with core expertise in sales and marketing, Anirban has also been associated with Mid-Day in the capacity VC-sales (north & east).

TNPL reports big jump in net profits
Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Paper Ltd (TNPL), one of the leading manufacturers of newsprints and writing papers, reports a quantum jump in its net profits for the third quarter. According to a source from the company, the profits come from the higher use of papers during the third quarter. The net profit reported during the period was Rs 46.83 cr on a total income of Rs 481.12 cr for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. TNPL is run under the state government and it was established to produce newsprints and writing papers using bagasse, sugarcane residue. The company commenced production in the year 1984.

Naph Koncept at Uttarbanga Sambad
in Siliguri to equip with mRC-3D system

The newspaper industry in India is extensively boosting by discovering the advantage of equipting measurement and control systems of Q.I. Press Controls on their web offset presses and Uttarbanga Sambad in Siliguri is yet a newspaper that has been placing order for mRC-3D. It is through Naph Graphics—one of the leading Indian manufacturers of web offset presses for newspaper and book printing—that Uttarbanga Sambad is investing in the mRC-3D system for colour register control. The regional daily based in eastern India is printed on two Naph Koncept presses with 4 towers each and two folders.

The newly ordered mRC - 3D systems will be installed on the Naph Koncept presses. The order will involve a total of eight mRC- 3D cameras and Naph Graphics is responsible for the overall project coordination. Shekhar Karande, production manager, Uttarbanga Sambad, asserts, “Our aim in the adoption of mRC-3D systems was to save time in colour registration. We also want to print more accurately as well as minimise the amount of waste.” The mRC-3D is a fully automated colour register system for rotary offset printing presses.

Q.I. Press Controls set to deliver the eight digital cameras with built-in microprocessors that will be responsible for real-time data processing of measuring data. In India, the mRC-3D system is available with the Automatic Ink Mist Shield (AIMS) that cleans the lenses automatically. Established in 1980, Uttarbanga Sambad is a broadsheet newspaper; with an 80 percent market share, this daily is considered to be the largest-circulated regional newspaper in West Bengal. In addition to Siliguri, Uttarbanga Sambad has its printing plants in the towns of Cooch Behar and Malda.

Elated to the company’s investment in mRC-3D systems from Q.I. Press Controls, Shekhar Karande says, “As a result of this, we expect to make considerable savings in terms of time and money,” adding, “What’s more, we hope to improve the print quality.” The excellent reputation of Q.I. Press Controls that enjoys in the print trade has contributed to these heightened expectations on the part of Shekhar Karande and Uttarbanga Sambad with respect to mRC-3D systems.

Indian edition of
National Geographic Kids magazine

MM Publications, one of the leading publishers of English language teaching materials, in partnership with National Geographic India, has launched the Indian edition of National Geographic Kids magazine in India, with debut April 2016 issue. The magazine will be available monthly on newsstands or through subscription. Designed for children of age group 6-12, National Geographic Kids is a photo-driven publication that inspires young adventurers to explore the world around them. Each month, the magazine will colourful stories about animals, people and places, interspersed with fun puzzles, facts and figures. The magazine also includes the popular sections: ‘Weird But True’, ‘Wild Vacation’ and ‘Amazing Animals’.

National Geographic Kids was first launched in 1975 in the US as National Geographic World magazine. The Indian edition is the 18th overseas edition of the magazine, preceded by the Portuguese in December 2015. Other editions are available in Australia/New Zealand, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa (Afrikaans and English), Spain, Turkey and the UK. Collectively the National Geographic Kids all over the world has a total circulation of approximately 1.6 million copies every month.

Ad revenues of Organiser and
Panchjanya weeklies get growing

Bharat Prakashan, publishers of Organiser and Panchjanya weeklies, has reportedly been gaining new growth in terms of ad revenues over the last few years. According to data from the company, it is said that the publishing house has announced a sharp increase in ad revenues for both its magazines in the period 2014-15. In this, the English edition, Organiser, witnessed two-fold growth in the period, while the Hindi edition (Panchjanya) received 68 percent increase. In the period 2013-14, ad growth rates of the two magazines were 78 percent and 30 percent, respectively.

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