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PRINT Business Outlook Conference

February 02, 2019

India Expo Centre

Greater Noida, NCR Delhi


Print Business Outlook Conference "PRINT: The Future Is NOW"


Join us February 2, 2019 for this significant print and packaging industries event. You will participate in interactive discussions on today’s challenges, opportunities, new hot trends, and collaborations between India and other global markets, as well as listen to industry professionals discussing leading-edge technologies that can help your business’ competitive edge!

This conference is a must-attend event focused on a full day of education and networking for developing invaluable partnerships. This year we will raise and debate critical issues facing our industry, including the growth of digital printing and packaging, pharma technical and regulatory issues, and new technolgoies.

The conference, organized by the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) and the Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers Association (IPAMA), will be held on February 2, 2019 in conjunction with the PrintPack India show.

For more information, contact:
Vinod Vittoba or Gagan Arora
Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech), India Office
PH: +91 9818278460
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Venue: India Exposition Centre, Greater Noida, India


9:30 am - 9:45 am  Registration and Networking Chai Time
9:45 am - 10:00 am

Lighting of the Lamp Ceremony

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Welcoming Remarks

Ken Garner, VP, Business Development and Industry Relations (Association for PRINT Technologies - APTech, formerly NPES)

Darrel Ching, Principal Commercial Officer (U.S. Commercial Service, New Delhi)

10:15 am - 10:45 am

"Trends of Change for the Print Industry" -  Bill Gardner, President & Founder (Gardner Design and

10:45 am - 11:10 am "Sustainable Business Success Depends on Radical Innovation" - Ken Garner, VP, Business Development and Industry Relations (Association for PRINT Technologies - APTech, formerly NPES)
11:10 am - 11:30 am "Future of India's Paper Business" - SN Venkataraman, Divisional Head Marketing, Paperboard and Specialty Paper Division (ITC PSPD)
11:30 am - 12:00 pm "Digital Printing: The Future is NOW" - Manish Gupta,  DGM  (Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt. Ltd)
12:00 pm - 12:20 pm "Innovative Digital Printing Technologies for Packaging" - A. Appadurai, Country Manager, Indigo Graphic Solutions Business India (HP Inc.)
12:20 pm - 1:15 pm LUNCH
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Newspaper Session: "Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2019"
Nandagopal Rajan, Editor - New Media (IE Online Media Services (P) Ltd)
Snehasis Roy, Director - Technical (Times of India)
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm "Digital Print and Quality Control Trends in Security Printing" - Erwin Wagner, Business Development Manager for Security Print (Baldwin Vision Systems)
2:20 pm - 2:40 pm "Indian Typefaces" - Sarang Kulkarni, Type Designer/Co-Founder (Ek Type)
2:40 pm - 3:00 pm "Trends in UV Printing" - Maniraju Bora, Sales & Technical Director, SW Asia (Trelleborg Coated Systems)
3:00 pm - 3:20 pm "AI & Experiences for Next-Gen Printing" - Harshit Desai, Director, Customer & User Experience (KPMG)
3:20 pm - 3:40 pm "Understanding the Indian Book Market" - Vikrant Mathur, Director (Nielsen Book India)
3:40 pm - 4:00 pm

"Augmented Reality and Packaging" - Mukundan Govindaraj, Director - Creative Technologies (InGage)

 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Ask the Experts - A live and interactive Q&A


Bill Gardner

Owner & President

Gardner Design

Bill has produced effective and award-winning results for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to one-person shops. Bill understands the nuances of brand practicalities better than almost anyone in the business and leads his team to first consider the business that the design is supporting.

Bill is the founder of, an international, searchable compendium of logos. Bill authored the affiliated bestselling LogoLounge book series, volumes 1-10, and is the author of the annual LogoLounge Logo Trend Report.

Bill is an AIGA Fellow Award recipient for his contributions to the local, national and international creative community. Bill judges design competitions and speaks about identity trends and logo development around the world.

Ken Garner

VP, Business Development and Industry Relations

Association for PRINT Technologies

Ken’s career in the graphic communications industry spans more than four decades. For over thirty years he led the growth and development of a prominent publication printing company, before moving to the world of association management in 2008 as President & CEO of the Mailing & Fulfillment Service Association.

Ken is an active public speaker presenting at numerous conferences and trade shows. He has participated on a number of industry boards including serving as chairman of NAPL and the Graphic Arts Education Foundation.  He was awarded the prestigious Soderstrom Award in 2004.

Manish Gupta

Deputy General Manager for PP & IP Marketing

Konica Minolta Business Solutions

Manish is the Deputy General Manager for PP & IP Marketing at Konica Minolta India and has earned recognition for his impressive marketing contributions during his 20+ years in the Indian printing industry.

At Konica Minolta Manish has made significant contributions to the growth of the Konica Minolta brand in India and has taken the company to a leadership position in the Digital Production Printing Segment in India. He has been credited with strengthening Konica Minolta products in the photo industry as well.

Prior to joining Konica Minolta, Manish worked as a Business Consultant where he was helped customers by helping them assess their needs and provided them with solution planning

A. Appadurai

Country Manager - Indigo & Inkjet Business Solutions


Appadurai is responsible for end-to-end GTM activities as well as the strategic planning and execution of sales growth and business excellence initiatives that includes both pre-and post-sales for India and Sri Lanka.

In his current role, Appadurai has grown the HP Indigo business in India and Sri Lanka into a mature and profitable business that is also one of the fastest-growing within HP.

Appadurai has successfully led his team of product managers in driving the success of the business to new heights by introducing relevant products and solutions to the marketplace and closing high-value deals and developing strategic alliances with partners.

Appadurai has nearly 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and business management. Ten of those years have been in the digital print industry. Appadurai holds an MBA, as well as a diploma in printing and a computer science degree.

SN Venkataraman

Divisional Head Marketing

Paperboard and Specialty Paper Division, ITC PSPD

Venkataraman (Venky) has dedicated over 25 years to ITC's Paperboards & Specialty Papers Division (PSPD) in Sales and Marketing. He has worked in field sales, key account management, international sales and as the head of domestic sales. During this period, ITC PSPD has steadily expanded its business and is today, a dominant player in packaging and graphic paperboards, communication papers and in specialty boards and papers. It is also a leader in the virgin boards and recycled boards segments.

Venky initiated the membership of ITC in WWF-GFTN India, which brings together companies and stakeholders interested in sustainable forestry development. He and his team have worked with FMCG, pharmaceutical, food and other packaged goods companies in meeting brand packaging requirements by bringing world-class products to the Indian market and propelling ITC PSPD to a leadership position. He is active on the CII Telangana panel and IIP, Hyderabad advisory committee.

Nandagopal Rajan

Editor - New Media

IE Online Media Services Ltd

Nandagopal is the editor for New Media at, one of the largest English news websites in India. He started his career with the Hindustan Times and has also worked with the India Today group. At Express, he looks at how the sensibilities and sensitivity of print journalism can be harnessed for the quick-paced, eyeball-driven pressures of online journalism.

Nandagopal writes extensively on technology and has covered everything from pen drives to big data. Over the past year, he has driven the launch of three new regional websites in Malayalam, Tamil and Bengali.

Sarang Kulkarni


WhiteCrow Designs and Co-Founder, Ek Type

Sarang is a calligrapher and type designer based in Mumbai who focuses on letterform design in Indian scripts. He founded WhiteCrow, a design studio and custom type foundry in 2005. Working with several advertising and design agencies, WhiteCrow has steadily found its niche in calligraphy, custom logotype design, bespoke typefaces and multilingual branding.

In 2013, Sarang co-founded Ek Type, an award-winning type foundry that develops fonts across 11 Indian scripts and serves as a platform to collaborate, create and commercialize fonts. His work has won several awards including the D&AD and the Black and Blue Elephants at Kyoorius.

Clients include Google, Vodafone India, Virgin mobile India, Coca-Cola South Asia, and many more brand names as well as The Government of India’s Finance ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Vikrant Mathur

Director, India and Asia-Pacific

Nielsen Book

Vikrant and his team are responsible for the development and sales of Nielsen Book’s Book Scan services in the Asia-Pacific region. Vikrant was instrumental in the introduction of Nielsen’s consumer book purchasing research program to India in 2010. In this role, he worked closely with his team to educate the book industry in India and beyond about the importance of metadata to both publishers and booksellers in gaining valuable insight into consumer purchasing behavior for print and digital books.

With 17 years of experience in the market research industry, Vikrant has worked across multiple industry verticals, providing strategies for local and global clients to stay ahead in a competitive market.

Harshit Desai

Director, Management Consulting

KPMG India

Harshit’s mission is to enhance the user's experience of everyday digital devices. Harshit is a proven thought leader in 'Experience Consulting' and has implemented numerous strategic and tactical initiatives for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of FMCG, Telecom, Entertainment, Media, IT and Product Development.

He has worked on large-scale disruptive projects for large online presences such as Yahoo & eBay, his award-winning international work has been in Banking and Financial Services, where he has worked with the likes of Citibank, HSBC, Standard-Chartered and Merrill Lynch.

Mukundun Govindaraj

Director, Creative Technologies


Govindaraj is experienced in immersive technologies (augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality) and new markets that are steadily changing the world around us. He has a foundation in Unity game engine, web & mobile technologies and Computer-generated imagery (CGI) pipeline.

He has built and led 400+ cutting-edge interactive experiences; changing the face of education, healthcare, industrial, law enforcement, media and the retail sector with AR based assembly line explorations, diagnostic and rehabilitation VR systems for low vision syndrome, R&D in MR assisted liver surgery, crime scene investigation in VR, holographic projection, spherical dome projection and multitouch interactive solutions.

Maniraju Bora

Sales & Technical Director, SW Asia

Trelleborg Coated Systems

Maniraju has been in the print industry for over 25 years with more than a decade in the field of blankets. He has an extensive knowledge of press and prepress, which allows him to provide customers with the proper tools to suit their needs. He is passionate about keeping Trelleborg's market in India up to date with the latest products and technology.

Maniraju graduated from the Printing college in Chennai. He has worked with companies including Stovec - Polychrome, Agfa and TechNova.

Snehasis Roy

Director - Technical

Times of India

Snehasis is a publishing professional with a BS from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from NMIMS, University of Mumbai. Over the past 25 years in various capacities, he has acquired skills working with Time Magazine (USA), Cunard Lines (UK), DB Corp., Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. and ABP Pvt. Ltd.

Snehasis has accredited academic and professional exposure to the entire publishing industry value chain and has project implementation experience in the technology revolution in print publishing. He is a regular contributor to trade journals and other such publications and and a frequent speaker at industry seminars.


Erwin Wagner

Security Printing Business Development Manager, Vision Systems

Baldwin Vision Systems

Erwin Wagner is educated in both Europe and the USA and has worked as an Electronic Engineer in Germany developing software for automatic production lines, robots and robotic vision systems. Returning to the US in 1991, Erwin began his career in Security Print as a Support and Development Engineer for Camera Based Quality Control Systems. His most notable achievement was the design and development of the world’s fastest Document Imaging Scanner in 1999. After a management buyout of the Inspection Systems manufacturing division by Erwin and two British colleagues, Erwin worked with Verification Systems Limited (west of London, UK) as an owner and Sales Director for over ten years. Verification Systems Limited specialized in Variable Data Inspection for the Security Print Industry and merged with PC Industries, specializing in Print Quality Inspection. The two companies, combined the two technologies, each leading in their specific field, with the goal to develop the best and most versatile Inspection Technology worldwide. PC Industries was then acquired by Baldwin Technology Company, together with QuadTech and Web Printing Controls, to form Baldwin Vision Systems.

Business Management

Sustainable Business Success Depends on Radical Innovation

Ken Garner, VP, APTech welcomes attendees to the PRINT Business Outlook Conference 2019 and introduces his presentation at the conference. Innovation is not just found in new technologies. New and innovative approaches to business management are critically important ingredients in sustained business success. Incremental continuous improvement alone won’t cut it. If your business strategy doesn’t include some healthy measure of disruptive innovation, your enterprise will be doomed to become one of the many chasing, but never becoming, the market leader.

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Branding & Design Trends

Trends of Change for the Print Industry

There is room for a new generation to fall in love with the print industry again. Join LogoLounge Founder and President Bill Gardner, the author of highly anticipated annual trend reports on branding and design, as he shares the shifts in culture and technology that have captured the imagination of an audience conflicted between digital and analog. Look at what is occurring worldwide from a print perspective that gives new hope to the industry that invented mass communication.

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