Grafica News - December 2013
What a way to close the year 2013?
We have had a successful participation at Garknit-X exhibition held on 13-15 December 2013 in Kolkata. The photographs on page 3 say it all.
It is heartening to note that some of the screen printers are now practicing the basic principles of advanced screen printing as taught in DMI's educational workshops. (Read DMI impact stories on page 6 & 7).
As reported in the earlier issues of Grafica News India, there has been a growing trend of digital print solution providers diversifying into screen printing. The latest entrants are Kerala based Apple Sign and Hyderabad based Vijetha Digital – both digital printing service providers. I would only say that both ‘screen printing and digital technology can co-exist under one roof of your printing business.
Let me draw your attention to the forthcoming 'FESPA Awards 2014' competition. As creative screen printers - in industrial, textile and graphics segment - you must have a huge collection of innovative and striking screen printed samples produced during the year 2013. Select the best ones and send it to FESPA'14 Awards competition.
Remember, the last date to reach the entries to FESPA, UK, is on or before 28th February 2014. So, HURRY UP, RUSH YOUR ENTRIES and that should be your first task to be accomplished in the very beginning of 2014. If you are serious about it, then it is better you do it now to avoid last minute deadline pressure. If you are still not sure about it, then Mike Young, my friend, an international screen printing expert in USA, has conveyed an inspirational message in his post-SGIA report published in the November'13 issue of Screen Print India magazine about the very concept of participating in such awards and its immense benefits. He said:
“…. There were a total of 221 awards conferred to 53 winning companies… only six companies from the Indian block submitted entries (same as last year), it signified a winning participation of 11.3% to the rest of the world. Nonetheless, despite India's small contribution they somehow managed to capture over a quarter of all awards by bagging a total of 60 – a whopping 27.1%... Unquote.
He further noted:
“If there is a downside to all this fanfare, the question I have is why was there only six companies from the Indian printing community participating in a prestigious competition when there are so many world class printers within its boundaries? For those who do not think their everyday work is up to international scrutiny, I suggest they simply enter only three samplings of their best work in the appropriate categories and see what happens.”
“If there is a downside to all this fanfare, the question I have is why was there only six companies from the Indian printing community participating in a prestigious competition when there are so many world class printers within its boundaries? For those who do not think their everyday work is up to international scrutiny, I suggest they simply enter only three samplings of their best work in the appropriate categories and see what happens.” I for one urge once again all of you to take part in the forthcoming FESPA Awards 2014, and if you are a first timer then make it a habit of participating in national and international competitions in future, with a true spirit of entrepreneurship and healthy competition. It is surely an opportunity to celebrate excellence in screen printing which is now a most versatile printing process.
However, remember, under the principle of 'healthy competition', participation is primary and winning awards is secondary. As Mike Young said: “One may be merrily surprised and, like they say about playing a lottery – you can't win if you don't' play!”