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Indian printing companies once again demonstrate their strength in SGIA 2011 Golden Image Award Competitions October 25, 2011

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Award winning entry of Tarun Print Tech

Award winning entry of Tarun Print Tech

Indian printing houses once again cornered as many as 44 awards in SGIA 2011 Golden Image Award Competition. CONGRATULATIONS you guys! It only shows the growing might of Indian printing industry, yes with special mention to Screen Printing process.

Award winning entry of Tarun Print TechAward winning entry of Tarun Print Tech

Indian India’s mighty multi faceted printing house – Spectrum Scan (7 titles), textile printing specialists Tarun Print Tech (15 titles) and Varsha Transprint (9 titles), India’s top automobile decal makers Classic Stripes (6 titles) and PRS Permacel (3 titles) – all from Mumbai; Industrial labels and membrane switch makers Pune based Unique Labels (2 titles) and Keetronics (1 title), in all cornered as many as 44 awards (mostly gold) out of 50 main categories in the just concluded SGIA 2011 (USA) Golden Image Award Competitions, which only speaks about the growing power of screen (graphics, textile, industrial printing) and digital printing in India. In some categories Indian companies such as Spectrascan, cornered all three awards – Gold, silver, bronze.

(Errors and omissions in the above awards summary, if any is regretted)

Interestingly, these companies have been winning awards at SGIA for the last several years, even if it mattered rubbing shoulders (in the market as well as in the Awards competitions) each other with their own competitors from India.

Surprisingly Indian companies topped in the BEST AWARDS category which is overall recognition. These include:

-Best in Digital Creativity: “Angels Pillow Cover,” Varsha Transprint
(Mumbai, India)

-Best of Show Digital: “LOreal NutriShine Decal,” Spectrum Scan Pvt Ltd
(Mumbai, India)

-ASPT Best of Show Garments: “MAN VIEW CHANGE,” Tarun Print Tech
( Mumbai, India)

According SGIA entries were evaluated and judged during the Expo and top winners were honored during the Night Awards Party at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans on 20th October 2011.

I just sorted out the winners and their winning entries from the SGIA list released recently: Here is the link:

http://www.sgia.org/events/current_expo/sgia11/recap/gi_winners.cfm

Happiest Diwali ever before but look forward keenly to hear, read, write about your award winning performances next year. Good Luck.

Shripad

Kaizen movement revisited! July 20, 2011

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“We keep on looking for ‘Kaizens’ which means keep on doing small improvements in your own system and at the end of year you have much better system than the beginning of the year. Kaizen is a system of improving better and better which will keep you going. Believe me in business how much revenue you have generated is immaterial, but it is the Kaizen which will give you greater satisfaction; it has a greatest advantage; you will never retire from this good practice which will enrich your life till your last breadth. We as printers need to imbibe and practice Kaizen,” this is a para from the speech of Mr.Narendra P. – Pragati Press delivered at an industry event in Hyderabad.

Editor’s comment:

I was really impressed with Kaizen because he reminded me of my involvement in Kaizen when I was working L&T’s Corporate Communication Dept in 1990s. Sorry to hear some, printers usually grumble about profitability, competition,etc. But the movement of Kaizen (which big corporates used practice) with small small improvements daily can lead to big savings, reduction in wastage. Imagine the amount of wastage/rejection in Printing presses as I have personally see in many printing units?

Every time I hear from Bhargav at DMI workshop on how a standard practice if followed (as taught/demonstrated at DMI) can bring some percentage of savings, wastage reduction. E.g. solvent vs. UV ink, or manual vs. automation, …..etc. Even he demonstrates how by using right mesh printers can save ink, how there is a difference in yellow and white mesh, nylon vs polyester mesh and why polyester yellow mesh better choice to improve quality, etc.

Of course Kaizen is not necessarily a cost cutting drive in production process, but small improvements certainly can lead to finally some great improvements.

If any screen printers all over the world are following Kaizen or make on their own small small improvements with definite results, please share your thoughts.

Thanks

Shripad

PASSIONED TO PRINT MINIATURE BOOKS THROUGH SCREEN PRINTING PROCESS March 20, 2011

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No.125 Alwarpet Street in Chennai south India is a busy place where India’s miniature book printer lives and thinks day night, one book after another. Meet K. Eswar Kumar who owns a screen printing unit for commercial printing Eswara Screen engaged in designing and screen printing.

PRIZE MINIATURE BOOKS ON DISPLAY AT SCREEN PRINT INDIA IN MUMBAI

His maiden book was THIRUKKURAL – collection of 1330 verses of famous Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar in English and Tamil languages.
1.ENGLISH version
Dimension: 18 mm width, 14mm height, 15 mm thickness
No. of pages           : 271.
Weight                   : 3.5 gms.
2.Tamil version
Dimesion: 19 mm width, 15mm height, 15 mm thickness
No. of pages     : 271.
Weight         : 3.9 gms.
He says these books took 14 months to complete in 2001, printed with 2 pt font on 18.6 gsm maplitho paper. It Secured a place in Limca Book of Records in 2002 itself.
3.His smallest 16-page book printed on 18.6 gsm paper, was on animals and birds produced in 2005 which compared to a RICE GRAIN.
(Dimension: width 1 mm; height 1 mm and thickness 1 mm). He took 3 months to complete this book which has 0.8 mm size animals and birds visuals and he secured a place in 2006 Limca Book of Records.
4)  LIFE HISTORY OF MAHATMA GANDHI – Book 1 (2002) which secured place in Limca Book of Records in 2003.
Dimension             : 10 mm width, 10 mm height, 5 mm thickness
No. of pages           : 85.
Weight                   : 0.85 gms.
5)  LIFE HISTORY OF MAHATMA GANDHI – Book no.2 (2002)
No. of pages           : 144.
Dimension                      : 5 mm width, 5 mm height, 9 mm thickness
Weight                   : 0.25 gms.
(He took 9 months to complete these two books).
6.  The book of Adolf Hitler life history has taken 2 months of period to complete.
The 182 pages book with golden lining on edge of paper has the dimension of 9mm width, 11 mm height, 12 mm thickness.
7. Last year he had produced one more 124-page book on Mahatma Gandhi with a dimension of 9 mm width, 11 mm height 10 mm thickness.
Eswara received a “CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION” from Madras Coin Society for exhibiting Miniature Book on Mahatma Gandhi, during the Society’s “Spirit of Gandhi” exposition conducted from 30-01-2003 to 02-02-2003 by V Kalyanam (Former Personal Secretary to Mahatma Gandhi) and Mr. D.H.Rao (President of Madras Coin Society)
In the past he had also exhibited the Miniature Books of Mahatma Gandhi & Thirukurral at Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Eswara says: “I have been recognised and secured place in Limca Book of Records 2002, 2003, 2004 (INDIA) for 3 years for these Smallest Screen Printed books”
“I got greatly inspired after seeing the documentary on father of printing Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg…. and I wanted to be in screen printing for ever but intended to produce unique work. He was inspired to produce book on Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler because both were leaders of their time but Gandhi was known for his peaceful leadership where as Hitler was known for his leadership with aggressive traits.
What are the Challenges?
“It is a big challenge to make a tiny achievement. Layout those tiny pages and fitting the text systematically in 2 fonts is most difficult and next comes the cutting the visiting card size paper on which I print the text through screen printing process using 120 threat mesh. Then book is bound and glued in a normal procedure. But I do it single handed which takes long time including some sleepless nights since I have to run my regular screen printing business to make a living as a businessman.”

SGIA PRESIDENT Michael Robertson, presenting award to Eswara (flanked by his wife Jyothi) at Screen Print India 2010 Mumbai

Tell us something more about your family:
“My parents encourage (My father: K Poorna Chander Rao) me a lot. They never said I am wasting my time. We hail from Tenali, a historical town in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, South India. (The place is known after Tenali Rama a court-poet of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 16th century.) But we settled in Chennai in Tamil Nadu state since my childhood. I could not do higher education due to personal reasons and and got into screen printing as a business in 1992 after working for 2 years in a printing unit in Chennai. My parents say with me. But I am not fully supporting my better half Jyothi to complete her MBA since I could not go for higher education.”
“Apart from routine commercial screen printing and miniature book printing, I also collect old antiques which are very rare to find out now; I also have few collections with me like cameras, telescopes, palm scripts, very old books. I also collect old coins and currency notes of various countries including India. I am also fond of philately which is study of postal stamps and other related items.”
“It is my passion. Screen printing is a process which can be done by hand (although automatic machines are available).” So he wanted to spend some time in high level of creativity. His set his big eyes on Guinness Book of World Records by improving his works further and beat the world recorder in his area of creativity.
WHAT NEXT?
“I am already working on my next project. This would be a set of 12 Miniature books of 12 great personalities from different walks of life. The size of these would be so small that I intended to fit them in normal match box sized shelf,” reveals Eswara by giving the list of books to be screen printed in the days to come.
Mahatma Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948): Father of Indian Nation, the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement;
Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945): most remembered for his central leadership role in the rise of fascism in Europe, World War II and the Holocaust;
Mother Theresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997),: a Catholic nun of Albanian ethnicity and Indian citizenship,[4] who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.
Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931), an American inventor, scientist, who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.
Johannes Gutenberg :(c. 1398 – February 3, 1468) Father of Modern Printing, Gutenberg was the first European to use movable type printing, in around 1439, and the global inventor of the printing press.
Wright Brothers: Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.
Sir Don Brodman: 27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001), often referred to as The Don, was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time.
Charlie Chaplin: (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977), was an English comic actor, film director and composer of the silent film era.
Bruce Lee: (27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973) was a Chinese American and Hong Kong actor, martial arts instructor,[4] philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and founder of the Jeet Kune Do martial arts movement.
Emperor Ashoka: ca. 304–232 BC), popularly known as Ashoka the Great, was an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from ca. 269 BC to 232 BC. His name “aśoka” means “painless, without sorrow” in Sanskrit. The emblem of the modern Republic of India is an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka.
William Shakespeare: (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616), was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist
12th BOOK undecided (to be finalised soon).


Why in India some printers are revisiting screen printing process to produce indoor/outdoor advertising materials? March 7, 2011

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Why in India some printers are revisiting screen printing process with a big bang to produce indoor/outdoor advertising materials?

Interesting! Here is a case of a printing house which discontinued digital printing and strategically re-ventured into advanced screen printing with a big bang to offer high quality indoor/outdoor advertising materials.

Jayanto Ghosh, Director of Studio Digital Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, who was once fond of digital printing, had a good 2-hour long chat with me.  He now finds big moolah in advanced screen printing. He has recently installed yet another Camshell from Grafica after tasting success from the first machine installed in June 2010 along with complete screen making set up and UV dryer. This is a clear reflection of his faith in the power of screen printing process.

Why did he deploy second Camshell while there is a mad rush to deploy digital presses? His decision to shift from digital to screen is paying him back as revealed by him during a chat with me. “We are now getting more business. Customers now prefer superior quality screen printed stuffs than the digital prints.”

Studio Digital caters to telecom, tobacco, liquor, banking and insurance – all are lucrative service sectors – for their indoor/outdoor advertising requirements such as POP/POS, 100% screen printed mostly on acrylic and vinyl substrates.

The company was originally founded 50 years ago by Jayanto Ghosh’s father late J.K. Ghosh, under the name Studio Printall in Kolkata to print a wide range of commercial jobs and at that time they had manual screen printing set up. His dad shifted their base to New Delhi in 1972.

Studio Digital’s re-entry into screen printing makes an inspirational case study and an eye opener for all those who are engaged in indoor/outdoor advertising services and printing.

Jayanto got associated with his family business during his studies when his dad was unwell. After the completing his education, he took over the reins of his family business as his dad almost stopped coming to the factory. Jayanto later ventured into offset business and by 2003 they had 1 single and 2 four colour offset presses including one computerised press.

His company Studio Digital was pursuing screen printing aggressively; at one point of time they had six semiautomatic and one fully automatic screen printing machines. But Jayanto was tempted to digital printing in 2003 and gradually he discarded screen printing. He continued with digital for 3-4 years until he saw himself caught in the web of severe competition with prices crashing down drastically, but he immediately realised a dry future in digital printing.

Jayanto says he gradually discontinued digital printing in 2008 and continued with offset business. During an interview with Grafica News, he even disclosed that his worth Rs.2 crore (Indian rupees 200 million) digital presses are now lying idle and may have to be sent to scrap-yard as there is no takers for these ‘obsolete’ machines.

This printing professional with immense experience in printing did not take everything into his heart of head. He developed a strong urge to embrace the powerful ‘screen printing’ process.

Quality issues

“Now the trend is changing, clients want more sharpness with more durability of advertising materials printed on vinyl and acrylic. We found that screen printing with UV is the best option to meet such quality demand of print buyers. Digital printing is good for distant viewing stuffs. But we produce only close view advertising materials for indoor and outdoor applications,” he told me during the interview.

“Screen printing is here to stay”:

That his confidence. “It is my experience that although digital can on many substrates, it cannot beat screen printing in terms of cost, production and quality. Digital has its own role in wide format for large hoardings and signage. For short run surely digital is viable. But for mass production like what we do, screen printing is cheaper, that’s because of automation and UV.”

Screen vs digital:

According to him screen printing requires less investment and with UV system it requires less space also. “You can reap reasonable profit. In digital you have to recover investment quickly as advanced technology flood the market. But a good screen printing machine has a high re-saleable value and at any point of time you want dispose off, you can get recover nearly 70-80% of your investment provided you keep the machine in good condition it happened in my case. When I discontinued my previous screen printing business I could recover near about 70% of the purchase cost when disposed off the machine.”

UV vs solvent ink:

Screen printing with UV is a profitable and economical business. Because of instant drying system it requires less space and manpower, faster and higher production besides more depth in print. In the case of solvent it is just the reverse. And in type of set up we can utilise the extra manpower and space for other productive purposes.

Manual and automation:

The Studio Digital top-brass is well conversant with both manual and automation in screen printing. “For all reasons automation is the best. Productivity-wise, one semi automatic screen printing machine is far better than 4-5 manual tables each requiring 3-4 labour. In automation we get equal registration accuracy from first print to last print with even ink deposition; productivity is higher and faster.”

ANYWAY, each printing process has its own  advantages and disadvantages. As screen  printing guru, Michel Caza used to always say it is upto the printing entrepreneur to use one or more of processes to suit their customers’ requirements.

DISCLAIMER: This blog is not intended to hurt the feeling of any printers. But just the result of a thought process of the interviewee and the writer and the contents of this blog should not be taken as a thumb rule for making any investment decision.

Screen printing in India has come a long way November 21, 2010

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International screen printing expert and guru of screen printing Michel Caza, past president of FESPA and ASPT, had recently stated at FESPA Munich seminar that Graphic and sign are only 20% of screen applications when 35% lies in textile printing and about 45% in industrial applications. That ‘s because of industrial production getting shifted to Asian countries, screen printing is also getting more and more attention in this region.

In the last decade, Screen printing in India has come a long way. From a predominantly manual printing process there has been a big shift to semi-automatic and automatic printing process. There are more numbers of screen printing machines sold today than it was five to ten years ago. This has definitely improved the quality and productivity of print-shops.

The capabilities of screen printing on a wide range of substrates and light fastness properties make it a versatile process. Today due to fully automatic, printing machines now easily available in the market with affordable price, production capacity has also increased.

With the fast drying technology, better screen making, improved color management systems, printers are able to achieve high volume, high quality with low price which the print buyer demands today.

Screen Printing application encompasses a wide gamut of applications that include signs, POP displays, vehicle graphics, helmet graphics, speedometers, graphic overlays, credit cards, optical discs, garments and container decoration … the list will be too long but most important part of screen printing is that is not just a printing process for many industry but one of the necessary production processes and some areas have the compulsion of many years of outdoor life and meet other production requirements (e.g. vehicular designer decals require minimum 5 year outdoor life, a heat sensitive labels is supposed to withstand heat in a machine or equipment for certain temperature and after which it is supposed to ‘concede defeat’).

Screen Printing application is such that often we cannot consider those companies who have adopted screen printing process as ‘screen printers’ because for them screen printing process is one of those many activities which go into manufacturing of a product. For e.g. Ceramics, crockery and Tiles, PCB, speedometers, dials, textiles and garments, membrane switches, etc. In some cases screen printing is a decorating tool and in some cases it is a must without which not a single product can move out of the factory, e.g. metal labels, heat sensitive labels, QC labels – just a few to mention. It is an amazing world of Screen Printing!

I strongly believe that many of the exhibitions in the recent past have contributed partly for the growth of our screen printing industry that’s because printers are able to see new technology, under newer applications, new inks, etc.

Kudos to the guru of modern screen printing November 15, 2010

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I have already personally congratulated Michel Caza on his being conferred with the prestigious Howard Parmele Award by SGIA. But after reading Bhargav Mistry’s blog at http://www.graficaindia.com, I also want to say that it was just not long due but long long due considering his significant contribution to screen printing world and screen printing industry in India.

I remember when I met him first at DMI’s inauguration. When Bhargav Mistry introduced me after the function, I felt Iike knowing him for several years, that’s because his attitude he is very receptive and close to the heart even if you are meeting him first time.

Later, I met him at FESPA 2007 and thereafter I was in touch with him regularly for GraficaNews and SPAI-FESPA magazine’s contents. Even otherwise whenever I had some queries he would reply on the same day like the instant UV drying. His knowledge sharing attitude was such that on many occasions I used ask for say 500-800 words article on a particular technical subject say UV curing or colour management or screen printing vs. digital…But he would say: “Shripad, if you ask me to write on such big yet crucial subjects within limited words I would not be doing justice to the subject” so saying he would always send some 1500-2000 words article or more.. or even send a whole set of thoughtprovoking technical article to choose what ever I wanted to write.

At any short notice he used to send appealing visuals and well structured articles…the moment I used to shoot questions he used to open the gate valve of his thought and then there was river of knowledge freely flowing thru his email (or a power point or word file or pdf file!).

At one stage I had sent an email questionnaire for an interview..one question was: Despite 75 year old, how do you manage your life moving around the world to share knowledge”. The answer came: What old age? There is no such word called old in my dictionary and I am as fit as a young….” this is a message to people who think too much about their retired life after 60+ ….old-age is an illusion of  the mind though it is a fact that you cannot work as hard as you were to be during  adulthood or youth. The message is that he is full of “will power” even today.

I was quite surprised to read Bhargav exhaustive blog on Michel Caza .. his achievements, contributions and his passion for screen printing industry, love towards screen printing professionals (which I have seen during his interaction with printers in Mumbai and Delhi during FESPA events, DMI workshops.)

I was quite astonished to learn that (during my discussion) that he is very keen in Indian true spirituality, (I is fond of Lord Ganesha).

Once again join me in congratulating the screen printing guru, let me wish him longer life , healthy life and ever happy life..

Michel here’s a great TRIBUTE and salute to you!

Shripad

Week No.36, 2010 September 12, 2010

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Screen-Offset: What a lovely marriage of convenience!
We have had a long week end in India with one festival holiday followed by a Sunday (today) hence my posting for the last week end was spilled over to this week… but never say too late.
For the last six months I have been moving around the country to meet enterprising printing professionals who have embraced screen printing gracefully.
The Lovely Offset in Sivakasi, efex colour  screens in Chennai, Gautam Paper Udyog in Surat, National Printing Press, King of Kings Printers and Pinnacle Prints, Perfect Packaging in Mumbai, Saraswati Printing Press and Rakesh Press in New Delhi, Print Pack (India) in Noida, Jaipur Printers in Jaipur, Suvidha Graphics in Aurangabad, Nirmal Offset in Nashik … all of them have one thing in common. These are the printing houses providing offset printing service/packaging printing solutions to their customers for the last several years….but now all of them have embraced screen printing by deploying screen printing machines from Grafica to offer value addition.
During my interaction with them they admitted that with screen printing process, they see ways to generate new ideas and explore their creativity. They see business potential in Screen Printing which is the perfect complement to offset printing for offering value addition.
Embracing screen printing means … either outsourcing screen printing service for spot UV and print finishing or setting up inhouse screen printing unit. I know two major customers of Grafica who have Grafica’s Cylinder press and other semi automatic screen printing machines which are mainly used to to undertake job work for big offset printers in and around Mumbai (Ace Printers in Mumbai and Star Labels in Navi Mumbai). These printers high class spot UV and specialty screen printing services and I had seen their presses are fully occupied almost all the days of the year except on holidays. You would imagine how much offset printed jobs are being treated/coated with special effects.
My friend in the screen printing industry, Mr. Mustafa Kapdia also tells me the growing demand for special effect inks, that means demand is growing for value addition.
To my surprise, recently the leading packaging magazine: Modern Packaging & Design, published to Infomedia 18/Network 18 Group has carried an article on advanced screen  printing, authored by Mr. Bhargav Mistry, MD of Grafica. On their own their editorial had approached him to write this and more articles in future. They  had also published a round table article on offset/screen combination in which the offset printing solution providers have agreed that it is all upto print solution provider to which printing process to use for a particular job but surely screen printing has an upper hand in terms of costly effectively adding to offset printed jobs and packaging.
Recently, PrintWeek India has also dedicated 8 pages for FESPA/SPAI to give comprehensive coverage on wide format and screen  printing. They  also publish BEST OF BHARGAV, a column on special effect printing demonstrated at DMI.
All these developments clearly point out that there is no infighting between the two or more printing processes. As our screen printing guru Michel Caza has been repeatedly telling me in his email messages that screen printing is a printing process which can play an important complementary role to offset and or digital.. Recently my one year old friend Shabbir Kachwalla, label printing expert and proprietor of Modern Enterprises shared with me that there is also a possibility of incorporating special effects (value addition) even on labels. Even another print solution provider in Bangalore successfully experimented special effects on liquor bottle labels which was liked very much by his customers although it found to be unviable since their  requirement was in millions.
Now the trend is that more and more offset print service providers setting up inhouse screen printing units for print finishing jobs instead of outsourcing for logistic and other reasons.
Surely, Offset printing, with the help of screen printing set up, helps printers offer value added service to customers. I have been hearing from different corners of the printing industry (read in some magazines)  that offset can’t flourish anymore on its own without the print finish support from screen printing process.
However, to play a greater role, screen printing has to be a technology driven (not the manual method which discourages many print buyers or printers). Although there are now advanced screen printing machines available, who will provide the advanced knowledge in screen printing?
I only hope, more and more DMI like institutes take birth in India to offer advanced screen printing knowledge and make the entire printing industry grow with passion for creativity.

Week No.35, 2010 August 31, 2010

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Charity for Cancer patients begins not at Home but in Hotels.. so can it also  start at printing Houses?

… because  consider all those wastages .. ink, paper, reprints, etc.

I  clicked this during my visit to Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu in south India. In a hotel near the cash counter this box was kept silently inspiring customers to donate money in aid of cancer patients. Even in Mumbai we can see such donation box are being kept in aid of cancer patients at cash counters, shopping malls also. Such boxes are kept by respective charity organisations such as one in Mumbai . Cancer Patients Aid Association, quite touching indeed.

The reason I  am writing this blog is to stir the like minded printing houses to do something to help cancer patients especially the poor ones who not only needs compassion but money as well. Please take care of atleast one cancer patient in your know by giving little help.

I have every reason to write this blog..my mom died of galbladder cancer in 1983 at 53 and my oldaged dad died of prostate cancer and  last year no pity because  he was 92. I know how intl. cricketer Imran Khan dedicated a hospital if I am not wrong in his mom’s name after she died  of cancer.

Here is a one year old story: I had hired  an electrician to do some finishing job in my new house near Mumbai. I  was knew to that person as he was having a suspecious cough I just enquired him for many years he has been smoking beedi (the cheaper option to cigars in India) . He  said for the last 25 years. Then I had a suspicion that he might have a chest TB . I gave him Rs.500 and asked him to go for a medical check up. to my surprise next day he calls me up from a govt hospital to say that he is suffering from lung cancer. I told him to do further check up to confirm. He called me up from Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital and confirmed me that he is having severe lung cancer.. after that news his mobile was coming switch off.. after 15 days I called up but his wife picked up the phone to say: Sir my hubby is no more… I said with a unbelievable shock….what  what what…..she said  they had gone to the hospital several times but they did not had money and his hubby died for want of money to forget to cure, treat but to do certain tests. He left behind his wife and  a small kid…that was the end of the story…..it looked like he died in my arms… in my lap…i could not save him because he did not reveal that he did not had money when asked me for Rs.500.. but I thanked god that he left but i could help him at his last days.. he was just 48…..I know how poor cancer patients suffer from financial pain than the physical pain.. when I sued to work in a charity run hospital I used to encounter daily at least one cancer patients whom we used to send charity organisations for aid…..but…i feel sorry  for the costly treatment of cancer the painful disease than the deadly disease.

In another heartening incidence, in 1988 when I was travelling in a local train at night  11.00 pm we all came across a man holding a kid in his lap whose head was full of bandage .. upon enquiring he revealed that he was returning from the hospital  as he could not bear the cost of surgeries and medicines of his son’s brain cancer..we were all tears immediately about 25 passengers just collected whatever money we had and give to him and told him to go back  to the hospital.. the gesture at that time provided even in night in a local train …bombay citizens care….there are many coporates  where their employees engage in such activities.

So, can our printing community care for cancer patients? After

Charity can also begin at Printing Houses in aid of cancer patients

Charity can also begin at Printing Houses in aid of cancer patients

all charity for cancer patients need not begin at Home, Hotels but even can begin at Printing Houses.

A filmy tale of a young screen printing entrepreneur August 28, 2010

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Week No.34, 2010

For the last few months I have been moving around the country to view the glimpses of screen printing industry (or say screen printing practice in action) in India especially in this age of automation.
The experience was quite fascinating, because of filmy tales of some of the screen printers … the twist in their life before entering the screen printing industry.

Here’s one filmy story.
A new kid on the block had burn his hands in an ‘aeronautic engineering’ institute as he was aspiring to fly on the ground or sky level one day but the institute turned out to be bogus and he had come back where he was. He then pursued a normal graduation but left it midway to take up graphic designing career. Yes he did it successfully but nobody would offer him a job until he landed in a printing press where he worked for a brief period and finally ventured into screen printing. Since he had no ready2invest money in his pocket he dad (who is working in a firm even today) almost refused to pump his hard earned money. So, this lad had no other option but to start his petty screen printing unit with manual operations in his own house despite some opposition. Gradually instead of making profit he incurred heavy losses. He did not give up … he decided to go for automation and decided to buy a rented space to run his ambitious screen printing unit… but he got the space first then struggled to get finance from the banks as they found him under-aged though he was above 18. He did not give up.

Today successfully runs his screen printing unit (no manual practise please) and offers fantastic screen printing solutions to a wide range of customers. What is interesting the very offset printing unit which turned him away from its doorstep when he went for an interview there, is giving him lot of Spot UV and print finishing jobs and he is commanding respect too for his quality jobs! While ending his story he could not control himself and thanked Grafica for the fantastic technology and DMI for the powerful knowledge which are guiding force in his endeavour.

A big salute for the daring of this young never say die spirited entrepreneur and surprisingly his mom also helps him at the screen printing unit in whatever possible while his dad still works in a factory. But the new kid on the block has big ticket plans too. Hats off to him.
(The name of the printer is withheld for some reasons).

IS PRINTING INDUSTRY IN “LABOUR TROUBLE”? March 8, 2010

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Hi

During my interaction with so many printers in India I hear one big cry – there is a shortage of skilled manpower… due to migration of manpower from one company to another like birds and short supply of passed out students from educational institutes. Recently I heard this cry in Ahmedabad and Surat market where poaching is rampant or often staff with entrepreneur skills start their own printing unit….not bad at all.

Somewhere printing industry is bigger than IT industry (yes why not..but it must be in terms of employment opportunities but not in terms of remuneration, so naturally slowly only few will take up printing industry as career when there are so many other greener pastures like IT).

How does a printing firm retain its precious man power resource who under go lot of training and nurturing in your company? How do you keep  them motivated and loyal?

Last year when I contacted more than a dozen institutes and colleges where print education courses are offered, I was told that the students (60 each) are already got absorbed in the printing industry. (I had approached these institutes somewhere in Sept, an odd time to find freshly passed out students for a training in screen printing).

I was told that there are atleast 3-4 institutes in a state min. offering print education like GIPTs, Engg colleges, polytechnics. Despite this, our industry is facing not facing manpower, but SKILLED and creative manpower. But amazing, still our printing industry is doing well, winning awards in national and international competitions.

Another reason for shortage of manpower, I was told, is that there is a growing ( mushrooming ) number of presses dot lining big and small cities. So when there is already a shortage of manpower, the only way to get manpower is within the industry (not outside) and poach hands from one another. Else, down the shutter or stop taking further orders and manage within the manpower.

The only way try to motive to the fullest possible and keep them tied to your shopfloors morally and emotionally. I do not think mere pay will pay to your efforts of keeping manpower at bay. We need to find out what makes them leave, is it just pay or there is something deeper. You cannot if your staff leaves for monetary gains. But other aspect, softer side, can certainly be taken care of.

Think it over because I am not a management expert to guide you how to retain manpower. By the way I can only suggest you that this is the time for campus interview. If you search in google you will find number of educational institutes where print education is offered where you will find some manpower for the next financial year.

Until then keep going. Meanwhile you may use the comment section to share your views on the above thoughts. Tell me how you retain manpower in your company? is there shortage of staff in your company? How do you solve this issue?

Shripad