Monday, June 17, 2024

UV printing’s radiant future – Toyo Ink Arets India MD Prashant Atre’s Pamex 2024 discourse

Prashant Atre, managing director of Toyo Ink Arets India, during his presentation at The Innovation Pavilion. Photo: The Packman

Prashant Atre, a seasoned first-batch print engineer from PVG’s College of Engineering and Technology, took center stage at The Innovation Pavilion, which ran concurrently with Pamex 2024, to offer insights into the trajectory of the printing industry and its future prospects. Currently serving as the managing director of Toyo Ink Arets India, Atre’s presentation delved into the evolution of printing technology and the challenges and opportunities it presents in today’s digital age. He emphasized the need for stakeholders to embrace innovation, adapt to shifting consumer preferences, and chart a course towards sustainable growth and prosperity in today’s digital age.

Atre began his address by reflecting on the historical journey of the printing industry, tracing its roots from the early days of Gutenberg’s printing press to the state-of-the-art technologies prevalent today. He emphasized the significant disruptions that have reshaped the industry over the years, notably the advent of television, computers, and mobile technology.

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He noted how the printing industry has continually adapted to technological advancements, transitioning from traditional print media to digital platforms. Atre highlighted the shift from black and white to color printing, alongside the gradual obsolescence of physical mediums such as newspapers, diaries and calendars in favor of digital alternatives.

The proliferation of mobile technology emerged as a pivotal point in Atre’s analysis, signaling a paradigm shift in consumer behavior and communication channels. He highlighted the omnipresence of mobile devices and their impact on various sectors, including printing, where traditional methods are increasingly being supplanted by digital alternatives.

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Atre acknowledged the existential challenges facing the printing industry in the wake of digitization, citing the decline of traditional mediums and the rise of online platforms. However, he remained optimistic about the industry’s resilience, citing opportunities for innovation and adaptation.

The emergence of UV printing emerged as a focal point in Atre’s discussion on technological innovation. He elucidated the benefits of UV printing, highlighting its versatility, substrate independence, and environmental sustainability. Atre emphasized UV printing’s role in enhancing packaging solutions, aligning product aesthetics with consumer expectations, and minimizing environmental impact.

Atre said, “As consumer dynamics evolve, the emphasis shifts from traditional neighborhood shops to experiential markets. Here, the trinity of consumer, brand owner, and functionality converge. Consumers seek usability, affordability, and sensory engagement, challenging brand owners to deliver both protection and allure. In this landscape, innovation becomes paramount. UV printing epitomizes such innovation, divorcing itself from substrate constraints through its curing process. UV’s independence from substrate type heralds a new era of printing possibilities, prompting us to ponder: do we wait for evolution or drive innovation ourselves?”

Addressing concerns regarding sustainability, Atre stressed the importance of adopting eco-friendly practices and leveraging safer materials in the printing process. He emphasized the industry’s commitment to reducing toxicity and mitigating environmental harm through responsible manufacturing practices.

In assessing the future prospects of the printing industry, Atre emphasized the importance of innovation, adaptability, and market diversification. He encouraged stakeholders to embrace change, explore new avenues for growth, and leverage emerging technologies to stay competitive in a dynamic marketplace.

Atre concluded his presentation with a call to action, urging industry professionals to embrace the complexities of modern technology, navigate market dynamics, and prioritize customer-centric solutions. He reinforced the pivotal role of service excellence, technological sophistication and product differentiation in sustaining the printing industry’s relevance in the digital age.

He said, “Exploring growth prospects in the Indian market unveils staggering opportunities, especially in tier 2 and tier 3 cities and rural hinterlands where per capita consumption of print and packaging remains modest. Rigid, metals, printed cartons, glass, labels, and flexible materials constitute the gamut of possibilities. Who shapes this future? It’s you and me – the torchbearers of progress. Thus, I contend, the growth of the industry hinges not on worry but on our collective initiative. As I conclude, I reiterate: in a world where service is paramount, technologies intricate, and variety confounding, our presence finds purpose.”

Mahan Hazarika
Mahan Hazarika
Mahan Hazarika has been serving as the Editor of The Packman since 2017, demonstrating an impressive decade-long expertise in the field of writing about the printing and packaging industry. In his leisure time, he indulges in his passions for music, travel, and watching movies.

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