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Magic International to install Pressline PRIMA 30
Augmenting its web offset printing capability, Noida-based book and stationary production firm Magic International has recently ordered a brand new Pressline PRIMA 30. Installation of the new Pressline will bring a fresh impetus in the company’s overall printing and production activities. Capable to convert more than 3000 mt of paper into stationary every month, Magic International boasts of a state-of-the-art production facility set in a three-storeyed building. At the helm of the printing firm is Sanjeev Batra, supported by his son Ashish Batra.

Aiming at boosting their overall production volume and quality, Magic International has recently decided to install a brand new Pressline PRIMA 30 press, which is designed for 578 mm cut-off. Other unique features of the press consist of 2 Hi Towers, Double Roll Stand, Half-Page Folder with Quarter Page Folder and Drive. In addition, Magic International has already equipped with a range of pre-press equipments, which include plate setters feeding a multitude of multi-colour presses, alongside ruling machines and notebook making systems.

Incepted in the year 1991, Magic International garners a 20 percent annual growth rate. At present, this book and stationary major is capable to produce not less than 20,000 perfect bound books daily. Also included in the product portfolio of the company are diaries and educational books. The company is acclaimed to be an introducer of fresh products, which makes them standout among the crowd. And above all, Pressline India is proud to be able to accelerate Magic International with PRIMA 30.

Digital Media India 2017 Conference scheduled
To be organised from February 22- 24 at Aerocity in New Delhi, the sixth edition of WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media India 2017 Conference has been designed to bring fresh global ideas for engaging audience and generating revenue. Four themes will be covered at the three-day digital news media conference—i) Growing digital audience; ii) Distributed platforms and future; iii) Advertising and subscription strategies; and iv) Payment models.

With the participation of a number of stalwarts representing a host of leading digital news media companies from India and abroad, the previous edition of the conference brought forth a gamut of global ideas for engaging audience and generating the new revenue models for a sustainable digital news business. In a followed up pace, Digital Media India 2017 will be yet another chapter opening for innovation in devices, platforms and delivery, shaping the digital news business.

Veteran journo Dilip Padgaonkar passed away
Born in Pune in 1944 and joined The Times of India as Paris correspondent, Dilip Padgaonkar had served in the leading national daily in various capacities before he was appointed its editor in 1988, a post he held for six years. Dilip was graduated from Fergusson College (Pune) and completed doctorate in humanities from Sorbonne (France) in June 1968 before joining The Times of India.

Zee Media demerging its print media business
Zee Media Corporation is going for demerging its print media business, which consists of the leading English daily DNA. The media conglomerate has received its board’s approval to consolidate its print media business under Diligent Media Corporation. This decision to separate Diligent Media Corporation from the main group has been undertaken to lend greater focus to the corporation’s print media business. These days, print media and television businesses have different regulatory and business challenges, thus coming up the idea of segregating the two entities.

Malayala Manorama makes repeat
order of 13 Manugraph Smartline towers

Manugraph has signed a repeat order from Malayala Manorama, a leading Malayalam daily with circulation of 2.1 million copies, for 13 Manugraph Smartline towers. Singing of the order between the two parties was took place in presence of Sanjay Shah, VP & MD, Manugraph and Mammen Mathew, chief editor & MD, Malayala Manorama. The new Manugraph Smartline 4 x 1 double width towers will be installed in the newspaper’s multiple production plants in Kerala.

Sanjay mentioned that Malayala Manorama currently has five Smartline towers in their printing plants, and adding of 13 new towers is a momentous occasion for both parties. “Since their installations of the five Smartline machines four years back the newspaper is having exceedingly good production capacity and running effectively. It is always a proud moment for us, when long-standing customers like Malayala Manorama has reposed their trust in our products. We look forward to many more Indian newspapers following in the footsteps of Malayala Manorama and investing in Smartline,” he mentioned.

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Operating crew at WAEC
undergo web offset training

West African Examination Council (WAEC), an examination board that conducts the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations for the West African countries, has been running PRIMA 30 to print answer sheets and such related academic documents. The press from Pressline India is equipped with 2Hi towers, splicer, online numbering system and gluing equipment. In order to provide the WAEC press operating crew a full-fledged training on ‘modern practices in management of web offset printing’, representatives from Pressline India have conducted an orientation programme on various aspects of web offset printing.

Apart from the orientation on component assembling, the operating crew at WAEC was also given extensive theoretical exposure to chemistry and vital role of water in web technology. In addition to ink-water balance and control issue, the crew was taken through every bit of mechanism in web offset printing. The orientation programme was conducted by SM Dutt, principal consultant-print technology, Pressline India Pvt Ltd.

Punjab Kesari Group delivers 428th
relief material truck to J&K migrants

In the after effect of terrorist and oppressive activities in the border areas of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), many civilians in the region are compelled to flee their dwellings, leaving everything behind, for safer and secured places. Over the years, many helpless civilians have been taking shelters in makeshift arrangements in the border village of Pragwal Sajwal. For the unfortunate people, Punjab Kesari Group (Jalandhar) is the messiah helping them with relief materials in regular intervals. Recently, the newspaper group has flagged off the 428th relief material tuck for the civilians now taking shelter in the border village of Pragwal Sajwal in Jammu.

Organised by Fakkar Baba Damu Shah Parbandhak Committee (Moga), the flag-off ceremony of the 428th relief material truck was flanked by Vijay Kumar Chopra, CMD & chief editor, Punjab Kesari Group (Jalandhar), alongside other luminaries including Sandu Singh, Jagjiwan Singh Sarpanch; Makhan Singh, Jaspal Singh, Babu Singh, Gurdip Singh, Gurjant Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Lion Pawan Kumar, Pankaj Verma, Gagan Bansal, Virender Sharma, Rakesh Goyal, Hardial Singh Aman, JB Singh Chaudhary and Iqbal Singh Arneja.

HP PageWide HD inkjet presses open
new scope of digital newspaper printing

Launched in a big way at drupa 2016, HP PageWide HD, latest inkjet system from Hewlett Packard (HP) is a new prospect in digital newspaper production. This new series of new digital web presses, available in models viz. T390 HD, T390M HD, T380 HD and T370 HD, are equipped with high definition nozzle architecture. Capable to print 152 m/min in quality mode with ‘best-in-class print quality’, this series of HP inkjet systems are designed for new high-value customised publishing applications at any run length.

Applications of the HP PageWide HD presses include short-run newspapers, versioned magazines and a gamut of personalised customer communications to tailored textbooks and short-run boxes. In the presses, HP PrintOS cloud-based applications facilitate the creation and production of finished print products. As of now, using these HP inkjet systems, some leading newspaper groups have started producing short-run newspaper editions, parallel with web offset, saving plates and paper wastes. A publishing firm had mentioned that they could produce 7.3 million pages a day and more than 32 million pages in a week using T360M.

INMA report details complicated relationship
between news media and facebook

According to a recently released report from INMA (International News Media Association), the relationship between facebook and news media industry is increasingly complex, requires context, and has room for improvement. The report entitled The Facebook-Media Relationship Status: It’s Complicated aims to provide an executive-level overview of how the social media giant intersects with news publishers as of late 2016.

In the report, INMA breaks down the practical audience, advertising, editorial, and customer service implications of working with facebook. It jumps into the consumer’s mind as it relates to facebook; and attempts to thoughtfully address the fast-emerging role of algorithms. The association puts facebook in the broader context of platforms, technology, and disruption. It makes suggestions on strategies for news media companies, mindful that this is complex, it is international, and no two companies are alike.

Country’s first Sanskrit newspaper dying
Sudharma, India’s first Sanskrit newspaper, is going through sheer economic constraint as it fails to get advertisements patronage. There is a public appeal generated by the newspaper’s director Jayalakshmi Subramaniam to come forward and assist benevolently to save the only existing Sanskrit newspaper in the country. There were a few came forward, however, the appeal had limited impact — it led to donations of only about Rs 2 lakhs, which is not enough to buy a muti-colour press to churn 3,000 copies of the newspaper.

Jayalakshmi Subramaniam and her husband GV Samnath are at the helm of Mysore-based Sudharma.

Ramnath Goenka Awards announced
Voice of good journalism is louder than anything else, and The Indian Express spoke it at the occasion of Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, in which the newspaper received the prestigious award from the chief guest, PM Narendra Modi, who presented the awards to 37 journalists from across the country, in print, broadcast and digital media. The award evening saluted the print media's rigor of reporting, incisive opinion, and other perspectives.

Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards are categorised into investigative, political and sports journalism, feature writing, sports and entertainment, commentary and work in regional languages. Critiques on Environmental Reporting, Uncovering India Invisible, Investigative Reporting, and Interpretative writing were also lauded for their work.

This annual event has been on the country’s media calendar since 2005, instituted by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation to celebrate the legacy of the founder of The Indian Express Group.

Pressline India installs PRIMA-30
at Karnal Print & Pack Cluster

Now that the inauguration of Karnal Print & Pack Cluster is closer, Pressline India has just laid plan to finish its installation of a PRIMA-30 in the upcoming Common Facility Centre (CFC) for printing and packaging. This printing and packaging cluster is a joint venture between entrepreneurs in Karnal and the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) along with the Industries Department of Haryana Government. The cluster has already equipped with a CtP unit, catering plates to a number of partners. Though at primary stage, carton making at the cluster is now in process.

PRIMA-30 press from Pressline India at the cluster is featured with auto-registration system, auto blanket wash stacker, mini IR dryer, in-feed & out-feed, and spray dampening system. This four-colour versatile press will be the key marvel behind the book production at Karnal Print & Pack Cluster. It has been estimated that the cluster will host a core group of 300 MSME units situated in the Tehsil of Karnal.

Pradeep Dwivedi as new CEO at Sakal Media Group
Sakal Media Group has announced the appointment of Pradeep Dwivedi as CEO of the group’s media business. The group has an extensive portfolio covering print newspapers (dailies), magazines, television, digital/online business as well as on-ground activations and innovative media solutions businesses. In his new role, Pradeep will be based in Mumbai/Pune. He has experience of more than 23 years of B2B as well as B2C management in the realm of sales and marketing, service delivery, risk operations and business management, across media, telecommunications, etc.

HT English appoints new CEO
Rajeev Beotra, who recently quit Star India as president of ad sales, is joining HT English from next month. In his new role, Rajeev will be responsible for the P&L of the newspaper’s Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab and other editions. He had joined Star India from Hindustan Times in 2014. On other side, Venkat Shankar will join HT Media as executive director for revenue. Also, HT Media has appointed Benoy Roychowdhury as chief relationship officer (CRO) & executive director for growth businesses.

The Hindu turns 138 this year
This year the leading English-language national daily The Hindu has turned 138. Headquartered in Chennai, the newspaper was a weekly when it was launched in 1878, and turned into daily in 1889. The Hindu is the second largest circulated newspaper in the country, with average qualifying sales of 1.5 million copies as of 2015. As per the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), the newspaper has garnered a 20 percent growth in circulation over a period of six months in 2015.

The journey of the newspaper unfolded with an initial print run of barely 80 copies a week. Six young men in Madras (present day Chennai), with hardly any capital and no experience in newspaper publishing, established the enterprise, which in the year 1905 was taken forward by S Kasturiranga Iyengar, who could well be referred to as the newspaper’s second founder. Since then, moving forward, The Hindu stands committed to increasing efforts to further professionalise and contemporise, adhering to traditions and best practices towards fostering the trust they have earned from millions of their readers.

ABC elects new chairman for 2016-17
Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), a non-profit newspaper circulation-auditing organisation, has elected its new chairman for the session 2016-17. Newly appointed I Venkat from Eenadu will succeed Shashidhar Sinha, CEO, IPG Mediabrands India. Earlier, Venkat worked in the capacity of deputy chairman of ABC. Incidentally, Venkat is also the chairman of the Media Research Users Council (MRUC). He had also in the past served as chairman of Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), and been on the boards of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS), Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and International News Media Association (INMA). ABC, which plays a vital role in print measurement, will soon start measuring digital audiences too.


New COO appointed at The Sunday Guardian
The Sunday Guardian has appointed Sanjay Sharma as its new COO (Chief Operating Officer). Newly appointed officer will take care of the newspaper’s sales & marketing. Sanjay has three decades of experience in sales and marketing, advertising, branding and corporate communications. His first entry into the media circus was happened with Hindustan Times. Founded by MJ Akbar, The Sunday Guardian is an independent Sunday newspaper, and currently owned by iTV Network.

10th Indian Magazine Congress
Affiliated to FIPP, a network for global media, Association of Indian Magazines (AIM) is the only national magazine association in the country with memberships from all top magazine publishers. The association organises its annual Indian Magazine Congress (AMC) every year since its first chapter in 2005, bringing the entire magazine printing fraternity under one roof to provide an ideal platform for exchange of ideas and business networking.

In the recent 10th edition of the congress held in Mumbai, AIM hosted a panel of national and international speakers comprising political leaders, entrepreneurs and magazine honchos who talked revolving around the theme ‘Incredible Magazines’. The leaders mentioned that the sustainability of magazine culture would depend on the rich content and innovative designs and layouts. Also, a major attraction at the congress was the maiden edition of ‘Magazine Awards’ in which AIM rewarded magazines for their excellence in advertising.

The Washington Post signs up Barkha Dutt as columnist
Award-winning journalist Barkha Dutt, current consulting editor of NDTV, has been roped in by The Washington Post as contributing columnist. Barkha will write under the column ‘Global Opinions’ in the American daily, which is now into effort to widen its international presence through quality journalism, commentary and video projects. Since its introduction a few months back, Global Opinions has tapped more than a dozen columnists from different parts of the globe.


Richmatt Graphics as Manugraph
dealer in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore

Equipment supplier Richmatt Graphics has appointed as dealer of Manugraph in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. Kuala Lumpur-based Richmatt Graphics has a broad spectrum of agencies representing leading global newspaper press and equipment manufacturers, such as Swedish mailroom systems maker Schur Wamac, newsroom software major Protecmedia, Taiwanese strapper maker Transpak, among others.

Manugraph boasts single-width newspaper presses and has a range which also includes Smartline and Dreamline 4x1 presses. Established in 1972, the Indian web offset manufacturer also owns Manugraph Americas (Manugraph DGM earlier) in the US, following the acquisition of Dauphin Graphic Machines in 2006. Beyond the domestic market, Manugraph has a vast customer base, covering the Americas, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and CIS countries. Moreover, Ferrostaal represents Manugraph elsewhere in the ASEAN region.


R Rajmohan elected president of AIM
Announced at the annual meeting held recently in Mumbai, Association of Indian Magazines (AIM) has elected R Rajmohan as its new president. Currently, Rajmohan is chief marketing officer (north) and head-special projects, Malayala Manorama Group. He is a print media veteran with a handful of experiences at some of the leading Indian media brands namely, The Times of India, India Today, Hindustan Times, Outlook, Open Media Network and others. At AIM, he has been a governing council member since the inception of the association.


DB Corp reports nine percent year-on-year growth
Home to flagship newspapers, namely, Dainik Bhaskar, Divya Bhaskar, Dainik Divya Marathi and Saurashtra Samachar, DB Corp Limited (DBCL) is delighted about its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The newspaper house has reported a year-on-year nine percent growth with the increase of 11.5 percent circulation revenue. Also, during this quarter, the company’s radio advertising revenues expanded by 24.6 percent. After all, DB Corp’s digital business revenue has also grown by 21 percent, compared to the corresponding quarter last fiscal.


DNA lands in Delhi
Finally the Essel Group’s popular newspaper Daily News & Analysis (DNA) has started hitting newsstands in Delhi. In the recent past, the newspaper group launched a double-spread ‘test edition’ printed on a digital press, distributed free in some parts of Delhi and NCR. On the inside of the double spread, there featured the team DNA led by Rohit Gandhi, editor-in-chief who also heads Essel’s English news channel, WION (World Is One News).

On the back page of the inaugural issue, there sported a half-page in-house ad that screamed: “Is junk news ruining your mind?” And there was a quiz. One of the questions was about the renaming of Aurangzeb Road. One of the options was Lajpat Nagar. That was not even a road! DNA Delhi edition is just going into the news that it will dish out. Read it!


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