Friday, 1 June, 2012

Anti-dumping on offset plates – final findings delayed?

Like many concerned industry watchers we were expecting the final findings of the anti-dumping commission of the commerce ministry to arrive last week. See our earlier edit-blogs at Apparently the visits by commission members to the relevant factories of the Chinese and Japanese manufacturers took place in May. Subsequent to the open hearing in which lawyers from TechNova, Kodak, Fuji, Lucky Huaguang Graphics and the Kerala Master Printers Association spoke, written submissions were made by them and other concerned parties. Printers of varying sizes from all over India have written to the commission and met its members to express their objections to the anti-dumping duty on digital offset plates.

While it is too early to say what the final findings will be, one cannot deny that the delay has given hope to many of the printers who have dared to speak out against TechNova’s claim of injury. These include Thomson Press, Pragati Offset, Adarsh Offset, the members of the Kerala Master Printers Association, and several others. As we wrote earlier, the fragmented printing industry mostly consisting of small and medium players is maturing and finally some of the medium and bigger players are finding their voice and speaking out on record. Anti-dumping duty apart, this is the biggest change in the Indian print industry – that they can with some concerted efforts act individually and together (as in the case of the Kerala Master Printers Association) for some worthwhile business objectives beyond their own individual and personal benefit.

The issue of anti-dumping duty on offset plates is important and printers and their state associations, and in deed, the newspaper, magazine and book publishing associations must also look at the issues, enter the discussion and give their views to the anti-dumping commission of the commerce Ministry. They must also communicate to the Finance Ministry that the interim findings not be not be notified until all the questions raised by the concerned parties are answered and taken into account in the final findings.
          — Naresh Khanna

An example of the communication sent to the Anti-dumping Commission of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi by Ashish Rajoria of Adarsh Printers in Bhopal, that was shared with us.

Dear Mr. Satish Kumar,

We are Offset printers based out of Bhopal and we wish to register a strong objection to the proposed anti dumping duty on offset plates.
In our views Technova is trying to further strengthen its monopoly in the market. You must be aware that Technova has already either bought or forced the competition to close shop (example Stovec and Neeraj).
There are many small printers who have paid a higher price for a CtCP machine, based on the fact that their variable cost will be lower as they can use conventional offset plates.
We are reminded of the days when automobile industry was averse to the opening of the market to the international players (example Bajaj etc were against opening of the market to international players). It is worth mentioning that even after the opening of the economy, Bajaj has grown and is a market leader. So why does Technova want to have anti dumping duty, they should be satisfied with being a market leader and let fair competition prevail.
It is also note worthy that there are various printers who are exporting print, any such duty will only add to their production cost. Fact remains that Indian printers are barely able to compete with Chinese printers, why should Govt. of India make it impossible to printers to get any export orders at all.
We hope we are heard and justice is done by not imposing anti dumping duty on offset plates.

Thanks and kind regards,
Ashish Rajoria, Director, Aadarsh Pvt. Ltd.
Shikhar Varta, 4, Press Complex, Zone 1, M.P. Nagar
Bhopal 462011 (M.P.), INDIA
Cell.: +91 9893062555, Fax: +91-755-2555449

Anti-dumping Commission: Satish Kumar, Director, telephone number 011- 2306 3642; ; or, . You can also download the preliminary findings from

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