Hyderabad-based Pragati Offset Pvt. Ltd., (Narendra Paruchuri CEO) India's leading printer, has earned the distinction of being honoured as world's number one printer for the second time when the company was conferred the prestigious "SAPPI International Printer of the Year 2008" award.
It was in 2006 that Pragati created history by being the first printing company from India as well as from the entire Asian, Australian and South/Central American region to ever win this award, which had so far gone only to printers from North America, Europe and South Africa.
At a function held recently in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Narendra Paruchuri, CEO of Pragati Offset received the award for Pragati's own 2008 calendar. The calendar was printed on SAPPI Magno paper, with multiple 3-dimensional embossing, foiling with overprinting, gloss, textured and glitter UV varnishes and new technologies such as holographic UV coatings.
The jury's comments in judging the calendar were "A great balance between print techniques and design. Excellent use of colour, Perfect even on overlays. A perfect example of what a Printer's own Promotion piece should be."
SAPPI - South African Pulp and Paper Inc., is the largest producer of Art paper in the world with mills in Europe, US and Africa. A global company with production facilities in 9 countries, SAPPI has over 15000 employees world over. The International competition encompassing all five continents was started in 2001.
Pragati has won 10 Golds, 20 Silvers and 6 Bronzes at the SAPPI competition in the past eight years, a feat unsurpassed by any printer in the world. Pragati also won numerous national awards including Best Printer in India and SAARC regions. Mr. Narendra Paruchuri said "Thanks to our efficient and motivated workforce who is proficient to handle the latest technologies, Pragati has achieved such unique distinctions, which restate the fact that we have taken the Indian printing quality to world-class level"