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Focus of ABB on modular press retrofit
solutions at World Publishing Expo in Berlin

ABB will be taking part in this year’s IFRA World Publishing Expo in Berlin, to be held on October 10-12, 2017, with a special focus on the company’s modular press retrofit solutions and its production management systems. ABB has modular press control and drives retrofit solutions for newspaper presses from all leading manufacturers. These solutions, which will be presented at the expo, give press owners the opportunity to replace the controls or drives on selected press units, thereby freeing up spare parts for the rest of the press and minimising the cost of keeping the presses in reliable production. ABB will also explain its spare part strategy, which allows it to guarantee the availability of spare parts for at least 10 years after installation.

ABB will also be showing the latest releases of its production management systems that optimise the entire newspaper production process. In particular this will be the first public showing of release 6 of the press management system MPS Production.This latest release sees the transfer of the entire system to the PostgreSQL database. This provides an ideal basis for the virtualisation of the system while retaining all the functionality and advantages of MPS Production 5.


Patrika Group overhauls its digital platform
Patrika Group, publisher of Hindi daily Rajasthan Patrika, has recently revamped its digital platform Patrika Digital. With complete makeover with both back and front ends being totally transformed, the newspaper’s digital arm has been upgraded to a new standard with an aim to make news delivery easy, effective and efficient for its online readers. The upgrade has been made in all verticals of Patrika Digital, which include web portal, mobile sites and apps. The newly overhauled website of the newspaper has dedicated page where readers can choose their location and get geo-specific news as per their interest. In addition, a sharp attention has been made on making the web layout more urbane and user-friendly by linking to social media and multimedia options in a more structured manner.


New INMA report looks at monetising
audience data for media companies

According to a new report from INMA (International News Media Association), it has been announced that news media companies are transforming their business model by fusing the smart use of data analytics with the emerging economics of content, subscriber acquisition and retention, and advertising sales. The report titled Monetising Audience Data: Media’s New Business Model takes media executives from behind the curtains of strategy sessions and data warehouses into the realm of practical application.

Author Matt Lindsay, president of Mather Economics, shares what the experiences across many companies are unveiling for him: That media is shifting from an advertising focus to an audience focus and, aided by technology, is subsequently shifting from a one-size-fits-all strategy to one based on personalised communications and intense customer relationships. Aided by practical examples from The New York Times and Newsday in the United States, NRC Media in The Netherlands, and Independent News & Media in Ireland, Monetising Audience Data: Media’s New Business Model shows the new influence of data and research on strategy, subscriber acquisition and retention, and print advertising sales.

Earl J Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of INMA said while much of the news industry has focused on the backbone of data analytics – data scientists and analysts, data warehousing, data hygiene – this new INMA report takes the data and puts it into usable, measurable frameworks. He added that what is emerged from the report is the beginnings of the modern media company with long-term plans based on metrics – and a sustainable business model in the era of digital platforms and social media. The new INMA report is available for free to INMA members and can be downloaded from:


8th Jagran Film Festival (JFF) kick-started
An initiative by Jagran Prakashan Group towards creating a culture of cinema and appreciation and an attempt to create a platform to connect great cinematic content with audiences across the country, Jagran Film Festival (JFF) brings films of diverse genres and languages under one festival organised in 16 towns. The festival entered its 8th edition this year and kick-started in New Delhi on August 18, 2017. It will travel through Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal and finally culminate in Mumbai on September 18.

JFF is perhaps the first such film festival till date in the country covering the widest geographies. A unique feature of the festival is that the cast and crew of a few select films are invited to a discussion with the audience on various elements of the film to wherever the festival travels. An important aspect of the festival is to generate discussions on various aspects of cinema and its impact on society and popular culture. The festival pulled a crowd audience of more than 50,000 people in the last edition of festival last year.


The Bombay Samachar printed in
Marathi language on World Gujarati Day

On the World Gujarati Day (celebrated on August 23), Mumbai Samachar printed its front page in Marathi language lipi. It happened for the first time ever in the history of the newspaper since its inception in 1822. In fact, the newspaper celebrated the day in that way in a bid to honour poet Naramd. Mumbai Samachar (then The Bombay Samachar) is one of Asia’s oldest newspaper. The newspapers was a weekly till 1832, a bi-weekly till 1855 and a daily since then, and it continued to grow and has gained a stature to become one of western India’s premier newspapers, widely read by a large segment of Gujarati-speaking people both in India and abroad.


International Media Week held
for promotion of PAMEX 2017

The promotional campaign International Media Week for PAMEX 2017 was held by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) from August 3-6 in New Delhi. The first-of-its kind event witnessed participation from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand. AIFMP, on August 3, organised a joint meeting of printing & allied industries associations in which the participants were from the Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers Association (FCBM), Association of Label Printers & Suppliers, Institute of Packaging Machinery Manufacturers of India (IPMMI), News Papers Association of India, Label Manufacturers Association of India and Jalandhar Printers Association, among others.

On August 4, to strengthen the mutual co-operation for the development and betterment of printing industry amongst the neighboring countries, AIFMP organised International Media Conference. The association and media representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, and Thailand were present at the event. On the next day, August 5, the delegates visited the expo PackPlus 2017, organised by (P) Ltd, where the delegates were welcomed and briefed about the event by Anil Arora, president, (P) Ltd. On August 6, the last day of the media week, AIFMP arranged a visit to Taj Mahal. The four-day International Media Week 2017 thus came to an end with a great success. PAMEX 2017 is scheduled to be held on December 09-12 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.


PAPEREX 2017 to be held in
New Delhi from November 01-04

PAPEREX has become a trusted platform for business transaction as this international expo is a confluence for paper manufacturers to explore the new machineries, equipments, raw materials for paper and board manufacturing. The 13th edition of this expo (PAPEREX 2017), designed for pulp, paper and allied industries, is set to stage from November 01-04 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The visitors to be gathered at the four-day expo will consist of paper traders, printers, publishers, converters and paper packaging companies to explore the vast variety of papers.

Over the years, the paper industry of India has become more promising as the domestic demand is on the rise. According to India Paper Industry Forecast & Opportunities 2017, the industry in the country gained growth at the CAGR of around 9.6 percent during 2012-2017, despite all these continued focus on digitisation. Demand for paper is expected to rise 53 percent in the next five years, which may result in from increasing population and literacy rate, growth in GDP and many other factors.

In the last edition of PAPEREX in 2015, more than 540 leading exhibitors from 33 countries, included Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Pakistan, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, UAE, United Kingdom, USA, and Vietnam, were participated. The league is expected to be the same this year too. For further details, visit:


Multiple IST Metz UV-curing systems
for Hindustan Times and The Times of India

Considered to be their landmark developments ever made in the Indian newspaper market, German UV-curing systems manufacturer IST METZ has recently announced the selling of three UV curing systems to two leading national dailies—Hindustan Times (HT Media) and The Times of India. The former has installed three IST METZ UV-curing systems (UV lamp with water cooling) on manroland COLORMAN and TKS presses in their facility in Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR. The landmark installations were taken place on July 31 this year in presence of representatives from both sides.

However, The Times of India has scheduled the installations to be made in September this year. The newspaper will have a total of six UV curing systems in three separate production plants. According to a statement from HT Media, they are satisfied with the IST METZ UV systems installed on their manroland REGIOMAN press in August 2015, thus made the repeat order. IST METZ systems are designed for customisations which their customers can choose for curing speed, type of lamp cooling, maintenance aids, in accordance to their requirement and affordability. IST METZ products are available in India through its channel partner Newstech.


QIPC-EAE given major
confidence boost by DB Corp

Over the last year, DB Corp, publisher of Dainik Bhaskar, has placed no fewer than five different orders with Q.I. Press Controls - Engineering Automation Electronics (QIPC-EAE). The newspaper group having dailies in three languages has fitted QIPC-EAE systems on presses in their different plants.

DB Corp has fitted five QIPC-EAE systems on presses in the newspaper group’s production plants in Aurangabad, Bhopal (two systems), Noida and Shivdaspura. RD Bhatnagar, chief technology officer at DB Corp Ltd, says they are delighted with the fact that technical support from QIPC-EAE has been a resounding verdict and looking forward to intensifying the partnership in the future.

Time saving

DB Corp and QIPC-EAE have been working together since 2008. Since then a number of printing presses at the newspaper group’s plants have been fitted with QIPC-EAE systems. “Our presses operate efficiently with QIPC-EAE automation systems,” says RD. Bhatnagar. He explains why his company is so satisfied with the collaboration and the reason behind its decision to have several other presses equipped with QIPC-EAE systems. “Not only do the systems reduce waste in the start-up, our newspaper editions can be printed much more quickly and with improved and consistent quality.”


Early this year, DB Corp ordered an mRD-3D system for colour register for the Manugraph M360 press in their Shivdaspura plant. The order consisted of 16 cameras, installed to bring about savings in paper and to raise quality bar. The same system was ordered for two similar presses in the Bhopal plant where the mRC-3D system was made up of 14 cameras. Likewise in the Noida plant, an mRC-3D system for colour register has been ordered, this time including 12 cameras, for the PRAKASH Newsline 36 press. Finally, an order for 12 mRC-3D cameras for colour register was placed for Manugraph M360 press in the newspaper group’s Aurangabad plant. All the systems mentioned are fitted with optional Automatic Ink Mist Shields (AIMS) for cleaning the lenses.

Reliable system

DB Corp has the same objectives in mind for all its sites, according to Dinesh Sharma, vice president of production. “Our aim is to bring about time savings in the colour register process. We also want to print more accurately as well as minimise the amount of waste.” More importantly however, is the fact that we can deliver enhanced quality thanks to the QIPC-EAE systems, which give us vastly improved reliability.”


The partnership between DB Corp and QIPC-EAE was already intense and, thanks to these five orders, will only be strengthened. “Not only are we satisfied by the systems themselves, we highly value the technical support and service,” concludes RD Bhatnagar. QIPC-EAE works hard at keeping its partners happy. “Our partnership shares common goals,” reflects Vijay Pandya, managing director of QIPC-EAE India. He asserts that they are absolutely delighted that DB Corp can now achieve its business objectives of better quality and efficiency more easily thanks QIPC-EAE solutions and the local support the company offers.


The Asahi Shimbun orders five sets of
4x1 COLOR TOP ECOWIDE II presses from TKS

The Asahi Shimbun, one of the oldest and widely circulated morning dailies in Japan, has ordered five sets of 4x1 COLOR TOP ECOWIDE II web offset presses from Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho Ltd (TKS) for its Kawasaki printing plant, which is the original production location for The Asahi Printech Co Ltd, a subsidiary of The Asahi Shimbun Company for printing.

TKS 4x1 COLOR TOP ECOWIDE II is featured with high speed digital ink pumps. This high-end newspaper press is configured with two COLOR TOP towers (4x4), one COLOR TOP unit (2x1), two COLOR TOP mono units (1x1), one folder, and five reel-stands, which are perfectly designed to churn 40 pages with 16 pages in colour. An optional feature in the press is the new air-conditioning system.

Iconic Japanese daily The Asahi Shimbun was first published in Osaka on January 25, 1879 as a four-page illustrated paper that sold for one sen (a hundredth of a yen) a copy, and had a circulation of only 3,000 copies. Between 1954 and 1971, the newspaper started publishing glossy large-format annual titled This is Japan in English. As the progression continued, the newspaper has boosted its circulation, subsidiaries as well as infrastructure to a new high.

The newspaper’s recent investment in the five sets of 4x1 COLOR TOP ECOWIDE II presses from TKS is considerably a landmark infrastructure upgrade they have ever made. Installations of the TKS presses have been scheduled in five phases starting from February 2017 as one set will be installing in each phase. The full operation of the first set had begun in late June 2017.


IPAMA draws roadmap for

IPAMA (Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association), an apex body of printing, packaging and allied machinery manufacturers of India and organiser of the premier trade expo PRINTPACK INDIA, has drawn the roadmap of the upcoming 14th edition of the expo, which is scheduled from February 01-06, 2019 at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR. At a recent press meet organised at the expo venue, IPAMA president S Dayakar Reddy said the Indian graphic art industry has gained a new momentum in the post-PRINTPACK INDIA 2017, with a confirmed business of over US$ 290 million and trade enquiries of US$ 510 million generated during the expo.

“Now the entire industry seemed to be in accelerating mode and ready to complete with the overseas expos like drupa in Dusseldorf, Germany,” mentioned S Dayakar, adding that the industry in India has a huge potential to grow, as there is gap in export and import figures and the focus of IPAMA is to give an ideal platform, which is PRINTPACK INDIA, to the manufacturers so that they can perform better. The 14th edition of PRINTPACK India in 2019 will set as yet another landmark and game changing experience for the industry. The expo will be organised on a show floor of 65,000 sq ft.

At the meet, Naveen Gupta, general secretary, IPAMA, announced that they are now working hard on the right track to bring the Indian graphic art industry on the global map; for this, PRINTPACK INDIA is always set to be a significant platform for the same. “I am delighted to say that in pursuance of this goal, the PRINTPACK INDIA 2017 had set up many precedents in the industry, bringing 430 companies under one roof, mingling with 86,000 business buyers,” he added.

IPAMA always acts as a big show window, which holds both national and international exhibitions, to project vibrant Brand India Image from time to time—among which PRINTPACK INDIA is worth to be a flagship show. The 14th edition of this biannual show in 2019 will be organised at the India Expo Centre, which is a venue with world class infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, such as centralised wi-fi/PA system, lavish lounges and parking lots.

Recalling the 13th edition of PRINTPACK INDIA, Naveen Gupta said the expo had turned out to be a mini world show on the graphic art industry as it drew exhibitors from all across the globe. Mention of the some countries prominently participated in the PRINTPACK INDIA 2017 were China, UAE (Dubai), Hong Kong, Italy, Saudi Arabia (Riyadh), South Korea, Taiwan, UK, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, among others, including a host of overwhelming participations of domestic players. The latest data (2015-16) shows that the current market size of the printing and packaging machinery industry is around Rs 23,931 cr, with revenue to be attained US$ 18.6 billion by 2020.


Quality content key to hold readers: The Hindu
Good journalism wins the heart and the purse of the readers—this is what The Hindu editor Mukund Padmanabhan will talk at length in the WAN-IFRA Conference 2017, scheduled from September 12-14 in Chennai. It’s no-brainer that quality journalism and content are key elements to hold readers. Readers expect that the stories are covered in detail with great journalistic presentation. The Hindu, being the leading English daily in India, has strategically increased the number of stories in the newspaper and at the same time, has increased its cover price. Readers are even willing to pay, no matter what the price tag of such a product is, as proven in the recent initiative by The Hindu. Mukund will explain how this strategic approach to their product helped them to win over the paying readers at the WAN-IFRA India Conference.


PackPlus organisers announce new sister
organisation catching ‘Next’ wave (P) Ltd, the organiser of PackPlus, a total packaging, processing and supply chain expo, has announced its new sister organisation—Next Events (P) Ltd. All the shows organised by (P) Ltd will henceforth be organised by Next Events (P) Ltd. But the organisers’ landmark expo PAMEX will however continue to be organised by (P) Ltd.

The upcoming shows under Next Events (P) Ltd are: India Packaging Show (IPS 2017) & India Converting Show (ICS 2017), Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (December 18-21, 2017) concurrently with PAMEX 2017; PackPlus South 2018, Hitex Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad (March 9-12, 2018) concurrently with SupplyPlus South 2018; Print Fair 2018, Hyderabad (March 9-12, 2018) co-organised by the Telangana Offset Printers’Association (TOPA) simultaneously with Pack Plus South; PackPlus 2018, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi (July 25-28, 2018) concurrently with CartonTech, Supply Plus, PackSol and International Packaging Conclave. “We consciously track the latest trends and advances in the industries that we serve to hone our focus in the exhibitions and conferences that we organise. We also use the latest techniques and technologies to help our exhibitors and visitors get the maximum value from our events. As we help all stakeholders to ‘catch the next wave’, a new contemporary and appropriate name was needed that reflected our philosophy. Next Events is that name,” said Anil Arora, president, Next Events (P) Ltd.


Daily Thanthi trusts in MWM solutions
for tracking press and mailroom activities

MWM has installed its production tracking system at Daily Thanthi, one of the leading Tamil language newspapers with multiple printing sites in south India, marking the company’s first sale in the sub-continent. The pilot scheme sees the Scandinavian-developed CopyTrack system installed at one of Daily Thanthi’s largest print sites, following the order supported by MWM’s agent Cadgraf Digitals in India.

MWM CopyTrack 5 is a production management and real-time data collection system for the news media industry which enables total control over production in the press and bindery or mailroom.

Copytrack functionality can be broken down to the categories: Enqueuing Jobs/Planning; Real-time Press Tracking; Real-time Mailroom Tracking; and Reporting and Analytics. The system registers all waste in press and mailroom and removes the need for over production with features such as auto-shutdown. All operational data such as waste, over production and press/shift efficiency are available through flexible and customisable reporting.

MWM CopyTrack 5 provides overview and control over all current jobs, which significantly improve the efficiency in the printing, inserting, stacking and distribution processes. During production, MWM CopyTrack displays key information such as number of approved copies, gross copies in the mailroom, net copies in the mailroom, waste in various production processes, total waste, etc. Production milestones are also registered, including startup time, make-ready, print start, first approved copy, production end and stoppage times.

As an option, Copytrack is also offered as a service, which means that they’ll take care of the hosting and system lifecycle management for the publisher. Copytrack as a service has a very low investment/operational cost to get started and an immediate ROI. It also help news media houses focus on the core business instead of managing IT-infrastructure.


IPAMA president
Harsh Vardhan Sheth passed away

IPAMA (Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association) is saddened by the recent demise of the association’s beloved president Harsh Vardhan Sheth, popularly known as Harshad Bhai and Sheth Saab in the industry. He passed away on July 27, 2017. Born on February 20, 1942 in Rajkot, Harsh Vardhan Sheth was son of Shantilal Sheth, a scholar of Jainism and Pali texts, and a lifelong Gandhian, who started a printing press at Beawar in Rajasthan under the name Gurukul School—in which he was an administrator—to publish his own literary work.

Harsh Vardhan Sheth was the chairman of Delhi-based Sheth Printograph, also known as Daya Printograph. He was also the president of Asia Print. Way back in 1986, the Indian graphic art industry was in a nebulous state, un-organised and non-existent with no voice to attract worthwhile attention. Harsh Vardhan was one of the founder members who thought about bringing unity among the printing & packaging fraternity. Then in 1986, the idea of forming an association was borne in his mind, which in turn gave birth to IPAMA on August 22, 1988.

As a testament to his organisational skills, Harsh Vardhan Sheth was elected as president of Asia Print Association during China Print 2017 in May this year, marking a milestone in IPAMA’s history to confirm the Indian association’s presence in the international printing fraternity. On behalf of the whole printing and packaging community, IPAMA prays for his soul to rest in eternal peace.


ABC gears up for its 69th Annual
General Meeting on September 14

To ratify its new audit statement Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) has planned to hold its 69th Annual General Meeting on September 14 in New Delhi. According to a source, the audited statement will be accompanied by the report of the auditors and directors. In addition, during the meeting, the bureau will appoint members to the council of management, which consists of representatives from the side of advertisers, advertising agencies and publishers, among others.

As many as seven members of management at the bureau are slated to retire this year. However, these members are eligible for re-election under the Article 28 of the bureau. Among the retiring members are Benoy Roychowdhury, executive director, HT Media; Shashi Sinha, CEO, IPG Mediabrands; Devendra Darda, MD, Lokmat Media, among others.


HT Media elevates Ashu Phakey to COO
Re-energising its English business, HT Media has promoted Ashu Phakey, Delhi business head, to the position of COO–English Print Business. The announcement of Ashu’s elevation to the new position came shortly after the newspaper signed up Sarabjit Singh Khurana as chief revenue officer of the English edition of Hindustan Times. HT Media is gearing up for an overall overhauling of the newspaper’s projection to land on new markets, platforms, and revenue opportunities—all with an intension to boost production and distribution strategy. For this, Ashu is closely engaging with editorial, media marketing, and supply chain teams. He was earlier worked at Dainik Bhaskar in the capacity of COO northern business wherein he managed the P/L of operations in states such as Punjab and Haryana.


Eenadu director I Venkat confirms growth of regional newspapers
There is no doubt about the growth of the growth of Indian newspapers in the regional domains. It has been proven word from I Venkat, director, Eenadu, who said the regional newspapers are now gaining new grounds in terms of circulations and readership. He asserted taking the example of Eenadu, which has escalated circulation in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to become a leading regional newspaper in the region, which prompted them to introduce more editions in the years to come. The supportive fact and figure in this respect is the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s recent report showing printed newspaper recieved growth of 5.13 percent in 2015-16, with 110, 851 registered publications. In this, Hindi newspapers and regional dailies are overtaking the advertising-rich English language papers in terms of readership.


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