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PPGI: A guiding force for Indonesian Offset Print Industry

Mr. Ahmad Mughira Nurhani, President of PPGI, shares the organisation’s role in development of print business in Indonesia.

Persatuan Perusahaan Grafika Indonesia or Indonesia Print Media Association (PPGI) represents the Offset printers’ fraternity in Indonessia. The members are chiefly those engaged in all kind of publications printed on paper – be it books, magazines or other kind of Offset printed products. The association works along with the country’s government, especially with the ministry of Industry. It represents printers’ problems and acts as a link between government and industry by educating members about government regulations and address current industry concerns. “PPGI aims to develop harmony between all the printers; promotes healthy competition in the industry; and ensures government regulations serve the best interests of the members and industry,” says Mr. Ahmad Mughira Nurhani, President, PPGI.

The members of PPGI are printer companies with license and machinery for Offset Printing. The members join the association by applying at one of the Regional Offices of PPGI and paying membership fee. “The members benefit by always getting the first information regarding government policies concerning Printing industry. They also get assistance and guidance in important matters regarding current regulations,” informs Nurhani.

As global Print Industry is getting competitive with the Digital Printing challenge, the market for Offset printing especially in books and magazines is declining. “Every country has different challenge and all have one common problem, which is the declining market for Offset printing for books and magazines. The different challenges range from paper supplies up to distributions chain,” says Nurhani.

With the increasing demand for packaging, many printers are converting their business into packaging printing. Most industries need packaging for their products. Nurhani believes printers today see new opportunities in packaging. However, PPGI doesn’t have packaging printers under its fold.

PPGI is the only organisation for Offset printing recognised by the Government of Indonesia. On one hand the association enjoys an advantageous position to provide industry inputs to the government, while on the other, the association with government helps PPGI to represent the country’s industry globally. “In Global environment, as the member of Asia Print and as well as ASEAN Printer Association, we are able to communicate and participate in several printing events and exhibitions overseas,” adds Nurhani.

Many key industry events are supported by the association in the country and outside. In Indonesia it supports ptkrista media in 3 kinds of show events: World Digital Printing Expo, Surabaya Printing Expo and All Print in Jakarta. In overseas, it supports Drupa, IGAS, and all exhibitions held by ASIAN Print Member.

“Our Organisation is open to all business opportunities, since in Indonesia there are no Printing and Bindery Equipment Manufacturers. We are aware for all new technology in printing and present interests of the Indonesian market,” says Nurhani.

Most of the printers in Indonesia are small and medium size companies – those employing anything from 10 to 80 workers. There are just about 60 companies that employ more than 100 workers.

In the present global environment, an industry organization’s first job is to secure the interest of its members in development and growth of the local industry, says Nurhani. He believes that alliance among various associations especially internationally can go a long way in pushing the interest of the members globally. “It can be especially beneficial in order to create understanding about new markets abroad and helping members sell their products and solutions in a wider market,” he concludes.



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