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India and its Printing Industry – An Emerging Market

India and its Printing Industry – An Emerging Market


Geography :
Location: Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan
Climate: varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north
Natural resources: coal (fourth-largest reserves in the world), iron ore, manganese, mica, bauxite, titanium ore, chromite, natural gas, diamonds, petroleum, limestone, arable land

Country name: Republic of India
Government type: Federal Republic
Capital: New Delhi
Administrative divisions: 28 states and 7 union territories
Legal system: based on English common law; limited judicial review of legislative acts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations
Economic Overview :
Currency: Indian rupee (INR)

Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March
Population : 1,065,070,607
India has consolidated its position as the world’s fourth largest economy, behind the United States, China and Japan, in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), according to the latest World Development Indicators and has the third largest GDP in the entire continent of Asia. It is also the second largest among emerging nations. (These indicators are based on purchasing power parity.) India is also one of the few markets in the world which offers high prospects for growth and earning potential in practically all areas of business. When the Economic Reforms were introduced in 1991, India chose to shift gear from a closed, license- driven Economy to one, which embarked on globalization and economic liberalization.
Printing Industry :
Over the years, the printing industry has grown in all parts of the globe. The advent of TV and Internet has not affected the growth of and requirement for printing professionals. The industry has made giant strides in recent times in improving its machinery in terms of the scope, technology and speed. Computers and electronics have invaded all the departments of printing, improving quality and speed of the jobs executed with the consequent enhancement of costs enormously. In fact, the arrival of computers has complemented the printing business and has played a vital role in increasing its status as a clean profession.
So-Called Hubs for Printing Industry
There is a set of industry players which are growing systematically and regularly. These kinds of set-ups do not belong to any specific region of India but are scattered all over the country. The so-called clusters of printing Industry are present in North: (Amritsar, Delhi, Faridabad) - West: (Ahmedabad, Bombay, ) – South: ( Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madras).
The publishing firms in the private sector is also quite large in number and these are scattered throughout the country. But majority of these are very small in operation and each one of these may not be producing more than a dozen titles in a year. These are also confined to producing titles in Indian regional languages and catering to the needs of the local markets. Only a few (about 10%) of the publishing concerns in India are reasonably large producing more than 50 titles annually and are equipped with proper infrastructures such as printing presses and distribution networks. In totality, today Indian publishing is one of the greatest in the world and the country is counted among the top seven publishing nations.
Increasing number of printers are adopting newer and modern technologies. The growth of such organisations indicate that recession is nothing but a changing trend towards adoption of new style of working. The modern style of business is completely in favour of the consumers. It ensures that they get optimum quality products at bare minimum price . Probably in all areas of life the consumers are getting products at most competitive prices, which is definitely lower than yesterday’s prices and printing industry is no exception. To meet this challenge, people in the printing industry have to find the solutions and not fret on decline in prices. Some printers with a vision have already taken a step towards it and are able to produce printed products at much lower unit price by adopting new technologies.
Facts about Indian Printing Industry :
- More than 1,30,000 all types of printing presses in India
- More than 10 Million family involved in the Industry
- 20 Billion + Turnover
- Per capita consumption of Paper & boards - 4.5 KGs
- Machinery New and Second Hand, used is predominately from China, England, France. Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherland, Switzerland, Spain, Taiwan, USA.
Employment created by Printing Industry Total No. of Printing Presses Turnover
Directly 7,00,000 1,30,000 20 Billion +
Indirectly 4,50,000 60,000( offset, sheetfed - webfed)

Few Printers & Presses of repute in India :
1) Thomson Press :
Thomson Press Printing Division comprises of one PrePress and two Printing units in Delhi, one printing unit in Chennai and one printing & Book Bindery unit in Delhi exclusively for exports.


SBP is one of the leading and experienced Paper Trading Company in South India and was established in 1942. SBP is also a wholesale dealers for various paper Mills in India for variety of Printing Paper, Kraft Paper, Creamwove Paper, Duplex Board. Maplitho, Xerox Copier and Bond Paper We have entered manufacturing activity recently and now manufacture various paper stationery items as listed herebelow. Various Indian GOD Pictures of Artistic , Thematic and Religious Values, Various Stationery Items, Notebooks Memo Pads Writing pads Diaries in attractive designs and colors.

3) Pragathi Offset Pvt. Ltd.

POP is a forty year old company catering to the high-quality printing requirements of customers worldwide. We are a one-stop service provider with prepress, printing and finishing/bindery under a single roof. With 6 presses capable of 4-6 colour printing at speeds of upto 15,000 impressions per hour and sizes of upto 28.5” x 40”, we have the capacity and the redundancy built into the system to handle your largest jobs with the quickest turn-around time

5) Anderson Printing House

ANDERSON Printing House Pvt Ltd has entered country's elite printing club with its recent installation of computer-to-plate technology system from Heidelberg India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heidelberger AG of Germany.

6) Conway Printers, Mumbai.

There are so many Printing Associations in India, but are region-wise.

Below are a few Printing Industry magazines in India. Out of these only a handful relate to International Standard. Others are regional.

Coramandal Printer, Chennai
Delhi Printer
Indian Printer & Publisher, Delhi.
KOPA News, Bangalore.
Master Carton, Kerala
Paper-in-Pack, Mumbai.
Paper Mart, Delhi
Print Forum, Chennai.
Press Ideas, Chandigarh.
Print & Publishing, Delhi
Print Bulletin, Mumbai
Print Com, Mumbai
Print Focus, Sivakasi
Printers’ Voice, Calcutta
Print Miracle, Kochi
Printing Review, Delhi
Printing Times, Delhi
Print Vision, Mumbai
Punjab Print, Ludhiana
Rind Survey, Chennai
Screen Print India, Mumbai
Student Technologist, Chennai
The Indian Print Industry has undergone a revolutionary change in the last 15 years. In 1990, India initiated a process of reforms aimed at shedding protectionism and embracing liberalization of the economy. Privatization was initiated with the aim of integrating the Indian economy with the world economy. This change opened the doors for the Indian Print Industry to modernize, by investing in the latest of technology and machinery. The average compound annual growth rate has been higher than 12% over the last 15 years. Our packaging industry is currently growing at a rate of more than 16% a year. Prior to 1990, most printers found it easy to invest in East German and Czechoslovakian machines. Post 1990, the trend has been to acquire the latest and the best equipment & machines. The progressive printers of today are equipped with the latest computer controlled printing machines and flow lines for binding, while state of the art digital technologies are being used in pre-press. Leading print companies have optimized the use of information technology in each and every area of their business. These printers are today equipped at par with the best print production facilities in the world.
Today, India is fast becoming one of the major print producer & manufacture of printed paper products for the world markets. The quality standards have improved dramatically and immense production capacities have been created. Some printers have won recognition by winning prizes at international competition for excellence in printing. The current annual turnover of all the components in the Indian printing industry are more than Rs.50,000 crores. That is in the region of USD 11 Billion.
Indian books, journals and printing jobs, etc. are being exported to over 120 countries of the world both developed and developing. Indian exports of books, printed pamphlets, newspapers & periodicals, job printing and printed materials during 2004-05 was estimated to the tune of USD 550 million.