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DMI is truly an International Screen Printing Institute!

July 23, 2017 2 comments

Hi Friends,

My recent houseful workshop had 19 overseas participants (South Africa – 10, Egypt – 5, Japan – 1, Nepal – 2 and Sri Lanka – 1). In all there were 59 participants.

DMI is now truly an international screen printing institute!


There is a saying that sometimes photo speaks more than words. So let me share with you photos of my recent textile workshop.


Have a nice & lazy Sunday…

Bhargav Mistry

Inspire your team by winning FESPA 2015 Awards

Dear Friends,

When its about winning an International Awards, whether its SGIA or FESPA Indian screen and digital printers have always marked their strong presence and achieved many International awards year after year.

Once again this year FESPA has announced their upcoming prestigious awards competition “FESPA Awards 2015 in Cologne”.

Why to enter into awards competition, here are many good reasons…

  1. To WOW prospective customers than to welcome them into your business where your FESPA Award is displayed alongside your best work?
  2. To reassure them of your technical skill than showing off an award that has been judged by senior and influential figures in the industry, experts in your field and most importantly, your customers.
  3. Inspire your team! Winning an award not only raises the profile of your business and attracts new customers, but also raises the spirits of the team involved in producing the winning work.
  4. Being shortlisted against hundreds of competitors from across the globe is an honour in itself, but to make it through to the very top, winning in a category – can and does transform businesses and change lives.
  5. In addition to global publicity for winners, all entries will also be put forward for the opportunity to win the People’s Choice Award and the FESPA Hall of Fame which opens up the voting to the whole imaging community. The marketing possibilities if you win are endless!

To encourage all printers who are hesitant to step into the International Awards scenario for the first time, SPAI introduces the SPAI–FESPA Indian National Awards from 2015, to participate very comfortably. Also steps have been taken to have Regional Associates to introduce the same to printers in various locations.


15th April 2015:   Closing date for entries (sending completed forms with payment to SPAI)

25th April 2015:   Last day to reach the physical entries with DVD/Pendrives to SPAI, Mumbai

27th April 2015:   Judging for SPAI Indian Awards

28th April 2015:   Shortlisted entries showcased on and public voting on entries for ‘The People’s Choice Award’

7th May 2015:   SPAI Will reach Entries to arrive at Cologne

18th-22nd May 2015:   All entries displayed at FESPA 2015, Cologne

19th May 2015:   Winners announced and celebrated at Gala Dinner during FESPA 2015

June 2015:   SPAI Indian Awards & FESPA 2015 Awards winners felicitated and celebrated at Gala Dinner. (Date & Venue to be communicated later).

Inspire your team, involve them and win one of the prestigious FESPA 2015 Awards.

So don’t delay, enter today.

Remember 15th April 2015 Closing Date!

For immediate assistance call Mr. Mohan Kaikini, COO-SPAI on +91 9820287300


Wishing all the Best to those printers who have not participated earlier.

Bhargav Mistry

Participate in FESPA 2013 Premier Awards Competition

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment
FESPA 2013 Awards Competition

FESPA 2013 Awards Competition

My Dear Grafica Customers & DMI Participants,

I am pleased inform you that FESPA has recently announced it’s most prestigious “FESPA 2013 Premier Awards Competition” which is now open for all Screen & Digital Printers across the globe.

In India this competition is supported by SPAI (Screen Printer’s Association of India) to support all screen & digital printers.

Winning this prestigious award will change the image of your organisation in the global market.

So rush your best screen printed entries to SPAI office in Mumbai and on your behalf SPAI will send your entries to FESPA LONDON for competition. You will have to pay very nominal fees to SPAI for sending your entries from Mumbai to London…

I have listed few products that are eligible for competition for your ready reference:

1. Advertising (POP’s POS, Graphic Posters)

2. Screen Printed T-shirts & Garments

3. Wedding Cards or any invitation/greeting cards

4. Commercial screen printed products

5. Screen printed Electronic & Industrial products

6. Glass & Ceramic Tiles and Transfers

7. Textile Heat Transfer Stickers

8. All types of screen printed stickers and labels

9. UV special effects

10. Automotive dials and decals

11. Screen printed Cd’s & plastics components

12. Screen printed Foot wear

And any other products that are either screen or digitally printed can be sent for competition.

Last date to receive the registrations: 25th March 2013

Last date to receive the entries: 25th April 2013

For more information about FESPA 2013, LONDON show, FESPA Premier Awards kindly visit

Grab this opportunity and take active part in the FESPA 2013 Premier Awards Competition.

Hurry up and send your entries to SPAI office in Mumbai.

For any quick assistance please contact SPAI office (+91 22 66939747) or email your queries to

My best wishes are always with you…

Bhargav Mistry


Important Note: If you are a screen or a digital printer outside of India still you can participate in this competition but in that case you need to contact directly and I am sure they will guide you how to participate in this competition…

Thanks BMPA for recognising DMI’s efforts and success in screen printing education

October 7, 2011 3 comments

Thank you BMPA for recognising DMI’s “efforts” and “success” in screen printing education

At the recent High Point 2011, an annual function of Bombay Master Printers’ Association (BMPA) held on September 30, 2011, I was taken by surprise when I was called on the stage to receive a trophy on behalf of DMI for its “efforts and success” in screen printing education and training.

As the invite sent to me had clearly stated that at this function BMPA would felicitate my friend Dr. Rajendrakumar Anayath, for being honored with this year’s ‘Education Award of Excellence’ from Printing Industries of America (PIA). By receiving this honor in US he has not only made India proud but proved that nothing is impossible if you have the will and courage. This man is not only dedicated and devoted but also gifted to our printing industry. If you ever get chance to listen to his lectures or talks do not miss I am sure you will be highly inspired by him…

I felt greatly honored when this award was presented to me from this legend (Dr. Rajendrakumar Anayath) who is not only my close friend but also a well wisher of DMI.

I remember well that day when I called him up with the request to inaugurate DMI in 2006, he willingly accepted my invitation without any excuses. Since then I have been more closely associated with him and on several occasions we shared same stage at various industry forums.

When he was at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), as head of the Printing Technology Department, he had invited me to make presentation on advanced screen printing technology which was great honor and I willing accepted and we had a great time in Manipal together for couple of days.

Whenever he visits any printing exhibition he makes it a point to visit my stall and he always spends time to see DMI’s creative print finishing samples. That’s because he is an intelligent academician who knows the importance of each and every printing process. I very well remember what he said after visiting our stall at Print Pack 2011 in New Delhi: “Bhargav, screen printing today is not what it was 6-7 years ago. With the kind of experiments that you are making at your DMI, it appears to me that it has emerged as a printing process to be reckoned with.”

I think this award is also a tribute to my father, late Shri Dhirubhai Mistry, the founder of Grafica group of companies. As a genius in printing technology, he himself was a student of Sir JJ Schools of Applied Arts, Mumbai. It was his vision to set up an institute like DMI to provide full fledged education and training to students in screen printing and make them finest screen printing technologists rather than machine operators. Grafica took up the initiative to make his dream a reality and I will continue with his mission.

Have a nice weekend…


HURRY UP! Only 5 days left to Get a NANO-PRINT Free

Hi Friends,

I hope you must have just received our e-news via email but I thought to also share this message in case if you have not received by any chance.

In fact by winning this awards additionally you also receive world wide recognition which may help to boost your business.

So guys, HURRY UP! and don’t miss this GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY which has come knocking your door once again.



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Special Issue | May 2011

HURRY UP! Only 5 days left to…

Get a NANO-PRINT Free*

Grafica's NANO-PRINT

By winning a Special Award in Screen Printing Category at:PrintWeek Awards 2011 LogoDon’t miss this Golden OpportunityRush your best entries before:25th June 2011Download PrintWeek 2011 Awards Entry Form


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About PrintWeek 2011 Awards

Grafica Flextronica is pleased to announce it’s involvement once again in the forthcoming PrintWeek 2011 Annual Awards Competition by sponsoring Screen Printer of the Year category. There will be a special award in screen-printing and the winner will receive Grafica’s NANO-PRINT.*Screen Printers, kindly send your best entries to PrintWeek’s Annual Awards competition 2011, under Screen Printing category before 25th June 2011 and reserve your chance to win a NANO-PRINT.*The objective of sponsoring the Upcoming Screen Printer Award is to promote and encourage small and medium size screen printers.

By winning this awards additionally you also receive world wide recognition which may help to boost your business.

5 easy to steps participate:

1. Select your best screen printed jobs for entries

2. Download PrintWeek 2011 Awards Entry Form

3. Fill up your contact details

4. Write short description about each job

5. Send your entries along with payment to PrintWeek

Entry fee:Rs 1,000 per entry (One entry should have four different samples, 100% screen printed).


Single Entry, 4 samples = Rs. 1000/-

Two Entries, 8 samples = Rs. 2000/- and so on…No limit of sending entries.

For details and to download entry form CLICK HERE

So, what are you waiting, rush in your entries before 25th June 2011

For quick information | Call: 9920755561DOWNLOAD PrintWeek 2011 Awards Entry Form

NANO-PRINT plus A show stopper wins Best Product Award at SPI 10 Exhibition

December 16, 2010 5 comments

Mike Young unveil’s Grafica’s NANO-PRINT plus at Screen Print India 2010 Exhibition in presence of Michael Robertson, President & CEO, SGIA, USA.

I and my team are just back in office after 3 hectic days at Screen Print India Exhibition in Mumbai last week end. I will take you through a short tour of this exhibition.

The team Grafica was jubilant since early morning as Grafica’s NANO-PRINT plus, which was under the wrap, was waiting to be unveiled by the honored guests who were present to kick start the Screen Print India Exhibition, held on 8, 9, 10 December 2010 in Mumbai.

It was a prestige moment for me and for my team Grafica as Mike Young, member of SGIA & ASPT and an international screen printing guru along with Michael Robertson, President & CEO of SGIA, USA, pulled the ribbon and cut the cake to mark the launch of Grafica’s NANO-PRINT plus.

I was also delighted to see the large gathering around the NANO-PRINT plus which included delegates many national & international industry associations.

Yes we had quite a large sized cake with NANO-PRINT plus written on it. I ensured that everyone present on the occasion was offered a piece of cake to celebrate the occasion. NANO-PRINT plus hospitality lasted till evening since customers and visitors were continuously thronging to see the live demo of my newly launched screen printing machine.

I was touched when Mike Young and Michael Robertson gave big thumps up for Grafica’s NANO-PRINT plus. Their compliments on my company’s efforts to bring such an innovative and eye catching screen printing machine has inspired my entire team. I was astonished to see when Mike Young, an international screen printing expert, inspected the machine in and out and watched the live demo.

My valued customers and other visitors to our stall gave big thumps up to this ‘first of its kind’ in the world screen printing machine. Some of the comments which I heard was: “marvelous engineering”, “simple to use”, “great machine”, “Well done Grafica”, “Fantastic machine of spot UV jobs”.

Interestingly, Jayesh Prajapati of Santosh Printers, a delighted customer  of Grafica’s NANO-PRINT, came all the way from Rajkot to congratulate me for the launch of NANO-PRINT plus. He was kind enough to present me a sweet box as a token of appreciation (printed on his NANO-PRINT with multiple special effects). It was quite amazing and touching moment to know how much Grafica’s customers in remote places loves their NANO-PRINT and how much change it brought into their business and of course their life.

We showed live demo of two jobs with multiple special effects such as tikki (raised printing), micro embossing effects, etc. There was almost uncontrollable rush in out stall during the live printing demo.

My company had also sponsored Grafica’s NANO-PRINT to be given free to the winner of ‘Emerging Screen Printer’ of the Year award. The award was bagged by Belgaum-based Kalarts & Screens. I was called on the stage to present the award to the winner, Mr. Vilas Savagaonkar.

Despite heavy rush at my stall I made it point to visit the Awards’ gallery and I was glad to see that majority of the award winners were my valued customers.

I am not congratulating them here, one by one, but I am posting individual letters to CONGRATULATE them on their achievement. There was drastic improvement in the quality of their entries.

I also admire some of my customers who were new entrants in the Screen Print India Awards competition and on their debut itself they won recognition for their excellent work.

My company was a Knowledge Partner for Mike Young’s three day seminar held at the exhibition venue.  All three days the seminar was attended by many printers including some of my valued customers. They felt the seminar was informative.

Holding his lens closely, my friend, Mike Young spent plenty of time in evaluating each and every new samples of DMI’s creativity which were on display at the exhibition. He commented that these were world class award winning screen printed jobs and patted on the backs of DMI students.

I am grateful to Mike Young who spent almost an hour with my students explaining them various new technologies and gave them lot of tips on screen printing process. I could see lot of smile on their faces. They felt rich in terms of knowledge after interacting with the expert.

The stall was also visited by 150 students from J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai who got the glimpses of modern screen printing world in action. A team of DMI’s faculties explained them the concepts of value addition and special effects printing through screen printing process.

Just little background about my new machine: NANO-PRINT plus is an ergonomically designed low cost high quality screen printing machine with an unusual look.

Grafica’s NANO-PRINT plus was really a show stopper and bagged “THE BEST PRODUCT Award”. When I was called on the stage to receive the award the whole gathering cheered and my entire team rushed to the stage with jubilation to join me while receiving the recognition.

Grafica’s NANO-PRINT plus is available in max 18” x 24” print area (also available in 22” x 28” print area as optional).

NANO-PRINT plus does not require expensive air compressor to operate, its single phase easy to operate.

Besides incorporating all the salient features of Grafica’s NANO-PRINT, launched a year ago, NANO-PRINT plus has adjustable screen frame holder, variable printing stroke length, single/double stroke selection, digital stroke  counter, parallel screen frame  movement which is convenient for spot UV varnish and low viscosity inks  to  avoid ink overflow and spillage.

Optionally there are two other features available, peel off mechanism to achieve fine reproduction of halftone dots and avoid smudging, bleeding and smearing; and vacuum by foot to register on curly and unstable paper/substrates accurately and easily.

Based on my success of launching NANO-PRINT a year ago and customers’ feedback, Grafica’s design team had closely evaluated the market needs and NANO-PRINT plus was the offspring of their innovative thinking and R&D. I feel that my ergonomically designed Grafica’s NANO-PRINT plus will drive away all the work hazards of manual screen printing in India.

To my surprise NANO-PRINT plus also received two export orders immediately after its unveiling. I feel my NANO-PRINT plus made a positive beginning and will create a big bang in the screen printing industry.

I had launched NANO-PRINT a year ago and now over 300 such machines are working in full swing all over India and abroad.

Following this success six months ago, I had launched two another innovative product Grafica’s NANO-SCREEN MAKER 5-in-1 & NANO-SHARPENER. This product has become a talk of the screen printing industry because it is the world’s first 5-in-1 screen making setup.

As per my knowledge goes, perhaps my company is the only screen printing machine manufacturer in the world to launch three innovative products within one year that too targeted to common screen printers.

Further by combining NANO-PRINT, NANO-SCREEN MAKER, NANO-UV and NANO-SHARPENER, my company introduced NANO-PREMIER LEAGUE, a complete innovative screen printing solution aimed at bringing complete freedom to screen printers.

For me and my company, the exhibition was a mile stone exhibition in the screen printing industry because so far the company has been displaying high end screen printing machines and now onwards my company will be in touch with every screen printers to make their dream a reality with these two wonderful low cost yet high quality attractive screen printing machine package.

Screen Print India 2010 exhibition brought a resounding success to my company with huge order bookings not only Nano-Print series of machines but we also booked many orders of Cam-Shell, Cylinder Press & UV-Jet Air Dryers and other range of products.

To sum up the 3-day expo was most refreshing and exciting moment for me and my team. This indicates that Screen Printing Industry is growing in India with urge to go towards automation.

How can I just wind  up this blog without greatly thanking my friend Mike Young and Michael Robertson, who had whole heartedly accepted my invitation to do the honors by cutting ribbon and cake to mark the launch of NANO-PRINT plus.

The organizer of Screen Print India and a board member of ASPT Devang Sheth was kind hearted to honor me for all the support my company Grafica extended towards the success of his exhibition and also sponsoring, Mike Young Seminar & NANO-PRINT to the winner of upcoming screen printer of the year.

I also admire and thank all my valued customers from all over India who visited my stall and witnessed live demo of NANO-PRINT plus, other machines and DMI’s creative sample gallery.

As a goodwill gesture, Noel D’Cunha, News Editor of Print Week India Magazine presented the photo frame of my article (To the guru of screen print with love – my tribute to Michel Caza) published by them recently. It’s was really a touching moment because Grafica is not here to sell its machines, it building relationship and goodwill across the entire printing industry. I sincerely thank Ramu, Editor, Print Week India Magazine & his team.

I am now preparing ground for yet another mega event PRINT PACK INDIA 2011 expo in New Delhi to be held from 16 to 21 January 2011.

If you have missed Screen Print India 2010 exhibition this is another chance to see all our new innovative screen printing machines live in action.

So let’s meet at Print Pack.

Wishing you in advance Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011.

See you soon,



DMI students made India proud by winning international awards year after year

November 29, 2010 26 comments

Ever since its inception in 2006, my institute, DMI is continuing its saga of winning awards in national and international students’ competitions. This year my institute has set a world record by clinching two hatricks in two major international awards competitions and made me and my country proud.

As many of  you would recollect, by winning Silver at FESPA 2010 Munich, DMI became the first screen printing institute in the world to win in FESPA’s Youth competitions for three years’ in succession.

And in this ASPT students’ competition 2010, my students sealed yet another hatricks by cornering awards for 4 consecutive years.

DMI's "BEST OF SHOW" Entry - The Munich River

DMI's "BEST OF SHOW" Entry - The Munich River

This year DMI won 3 Gold Awards, 3 Honorable Mention and 1 Best of Show Honor in ASPT’s Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition 2010. This means out of its 8 entries, it cornered 7 awards.

I am very proud of all my students who really worked hard with perfection and won 7 international awards for DMI.

Here, I would like to specially mention two names “Shailesh Yeole” and “Firoz Chippa”, who played a leading role in the entire awards entry process. Both of them really hard with passion and dedication and the awards are the reflection of their efforts. Their entry not only won GOLD but was also judged as “BEST OF SHOW” in this competition.

Student of my 6th batch printing samples for ASPT Students Competition at DMI.

Some of the entries submitted to ASPT students competition by DMI:

DMI's Award Winning Entries at ASPT Student's Competition

DMI's Award Winning Entries at ASPT Student's Competition

List of DMI Student who won the awards at ASPT Student’s Competition

I was told that there were 61 entries from six institutes in the Post Secondary section out of which 17 entries were bestowed with awards. I was also informed that DMI was the only entity from India in this section which had submitted 8 samples out of which 7 were bestowed with awards.

The ASPT students’ competition though relatively new, the quality from the participants are improving year after year as noted by the observers. There has been also a growing interest among the visitors to see the students’ award gallery. But visitors usually tend to feel that students are not competing in the same manner as professional printers.  But this year their belief was wrong.

Many of the visitors could not really believe the standard of quality of entries submitted by DMI students this year, especially the DMI’s winning samples on display.

Mike Young, during his visit to DMI

Mike Young, during his visit to DMI

My friend, Mike Young, a leading consultant (Imagetek Consulting International), USA, had sent me an email about this good news and here are his words.

“Dear Bhargav,

“Yeole Shilesh did a great job. He won gold for the Butterfly Bag, an honorary mention for the A4 Catalog and gold for the FESPA Munich River which also took deservedly the “Best In Show” Award.

Rishi/Sunil won honorary for the Chocolate Box, as did Albert Baby Chand for the Guitar print.  However, Rishi won gold for his Teddy Bear entry.

This year, the competition was tough from several really good entries from US students – effectively setting up a challenged to the Indian ‘block’.

Please give your students a resounding thanks and appreciation in all their efforts and endeavors and not forgetting their instructor of course.


Mike Young”

About Mike Young.
He has been a specialist in high-definition graphic and high-performance industrial screen printing close to 40 years.  A regular visitor to India, he is an honorary judge for the SGIA Golden Imaging Awards, legal expert witness and a frequent seminar speaker in all aspects of sophisticated and high-definition industrial printing.  He is a SGIA Fellows, a member of the Academy of Screen Printing Technology and recipient of the prestigious Swormstedt Award for technical writing.

DMI’s Past Achievements – A FLASH BACK:

My students will be happy to read your inspirational comments on this post for their continued achievements.



One more chance to WIN – Grafica’s NANO-PRINT

November 17, 2010 2 comments
Grafica's NANO-PRINT - A Dream Machine For Every Screen Printer

Grafica's NANO-PRINT - A Dream Machine For Every Screen Printer

Nano-Print has brought a revolutionary change in the screen printing industry and that is reflected in daily inquiries and order bookings for this low cost high quality screen printing machine in my company.

Today, I am proud that NANO-PRINT is rocking. The sales of NANO-PRINT has crossed more than 300 machines in just 9 months with frequent repeat orders.

This change brings joy and contentment in me as an innovative company manufacturing high quality screen printing machines and allied products.

The users positive feedback which I am receiving almost everyday is an indication of the desire to change from manual to automation… They were just waiting for such innovative machine which is not only low cost but very high quality and productive.

One of my NANO-PRINT customers had recently called out of enthusiasm to convey his success story, that he has recovered his investment within a week. That really brings satisfaction to me.

Secondly, one more success story which I am going to post soon on our companies website and I am sure if you are subscribed to our Grafica News you shall get our newsletter by email soon. It’s about how NANO-PRINT brought joy and enthusiasm in an all women printing house manufacturing non-woven bags. There are many such interesting success stories which we keep posting on my companies website

So, now let’s catch up with the main topic ‘NANO-SCREEN PRINTER OF THE YEAR AWARD’. The spirit of a healthy competition…

My company has been an active exhibitor at Screen Print India’s exhibitions for many years and this year too we are participating in the Screen Print India 2010 exhibition with a big bang. The exhibition will be held in Mumbai on 8, 9 and 10th December 2010.

Exhibitions are meant to showcase new technologies, innovative products and new applications. At Grafica we strive hard to always make sure to introduce new machines, latest technology with advance features and attractive offers in order to make our customers visit fruitful.

So, this time, as a part of Screen Print India Awards 2010, my company is sponsoring the newly instituted ‘Upcoming Screen Printer Award’. The winner of this award, to be selected out of the hundreds of entries received for the Screen Print India Awards 2010 under different categories will get Grafica’s NANO-PRINT FREE as ‘NANO-PRINTER OF THE YEAR’.

This is for the second time my company is sponsoring such an award, after the recent PrintWeek India Award 2010.

The recent PrintWeek India’s special screen printer award was won by Nikhil Ahuja (Inset) of NBA Studio, Pune. I presented the award to him at the PrintWeek’s awards event in mumbai.

So, I requests all screen printers to rush your entry soon and reserve your chance to grab this GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY once again as the deadline is nearing.

If you have missed or have not yet submitted your entries than is your reminder from me personally.


I wish good luck to all the participants in the Screen Print India 2010 Awards Competition.


A tribute to my guru Michel Caza

November 10, 2010 7 comments

“Big News”

This article is a tribute to my guru, MICHEL CAZA who recently conferred with the prestigious Howard A. Parmele Award, By SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association), USA, for his “extensive contribution to the screen printing industry”

When I first received an email from my friend and colleague at ASPT, Mike Young that my guru “Michel Caza was presented with the Howard A. Parmele Award during the SGIA Expo in Las Vegas” I was really thrilled and excited to congratulate him on the phone first rather than congratulating through email. So, I called him immediately on his mobile phone when he was in Vegas. While talking to him I noticed that he was very contented because after a long wait his hard work was well recognized by this industry.

I salute my GURU (and a great legend) for his achievement and his commitment, dedicated towards this industry. His passion and hard work in screen-printing research & development will definitely benefit many screen printers and his pupils in this world immensely.

To honor my great guru Michel Caza a thought immediately flashed in my mind to write this memoir as a fitting tribute to him. In fact it was a long due.

I want to recount how Michel and I met, how from an ardent ‘screen printing disciple’ finally I became his spiritual ‘son’. (In fact I am still his ‘pupil’ and ‘son’ as he often addresses in his all communications). As you walk down my memory lane sketched here, you will realize that I had just a professional connection with him initially.

Once I happened to read some spiritual thought which said: “Everyone should adopt a GURU in their life. Your GURU will guide you and help you develop your skills.”

On that day I vowed to follow these ‘words of wisdom’ throughout my life because I strongly believe in it. First of all, my great guru and guide was none other than my father late Dhirubhai Mistry, from whom I have learnt the best values of my life and still following it. Whatever I am today is because of my father’s sheer strength, hard work and dedication … and of course my parents blessings.

My father used to read a lot daily. He had an enormous library adorned with many useful technical books and magazines. Even today I have screen printing magazines and books dating back to 1960’s (courtesy my father). My father had an eagle eye for good articles. He used to make a copy of them and file separately so that he could have an easy access to refer them whenever needed. I remember, he always made it a point to discuss good technical articles with me and share few tips on what he read.

As a new-comer, I used to pay heed to his advice or sometimes just pretended that I understood. After my father’s death I started realizing the value of such technical information. Thereafter, I developed more appetite for updating my technical knowledge by reading various books, articles and magazines.

The more I read the more interest I developed in reading. It dragged me towards the screen printing process more deeply. Now it has become a part of my life or I say passion.

As many in the printing industry know about us, I mean Grafica & DMI, we were originally into screen printing business before we entered into machinery manufacturing in 1989.

So screen printing process was not new to us. May be one of the reasons, why my company is today able to manufacture good machines was because we know what screen printers really need to deliver high quality prints.

In the year 2000 there was a sudden boom in advertising business, generating huge demand for graphics screen printing and digital was just getting popular in those segments.

Since I had very good expertise in industrial screen printing (especially Printed Circuit Boards-PCB’s), process color (CMYK) graphics screen printing was like a rocket science to me but not for my father because since 1960’s he had mastery in producing billboards through screen printing process. But ever since I joined my father’s company in 1987, process color screen printing and graphics was totally replaced with printed circuit boards (PCB) since early 80’s. So my expertise was mainly in PCB’s and I had no idea how to even carry out the basic CMYK separation.

Soon our machinery business started growing in these segments there were plenty of crazy questions from customers; there were frequent problems ‘delivered’ by my engineers and customers and I was supposed to give them appropriate solutions.

In the absence of complete knowledge in process color screen printing, myself and my engineers used to blindly arrive at a conclusion that e.g. the problem of dot gain was due to screen printing machine. This is one of the examples like that there were many other teething problems that we had to solve daily.

However, once I started reading SGIA’s Technical Guide Books, we realized that ‘dot gain’ problem was not due to machine there were some other reasons related to the technicality of process color screen printing. That is said: half knowledge is dangerous.

(Those days SGIA used to send Technical Guide Books to all its members. Later, they started sending them in PDF format on CDs. Now we can access everything online. Days have changed … but I still like the printed version.)

Those days I read many remarkable articles, some of my favorites were: “Screen Printing Criteria in Halftone Printing” by Hans Gerd Scheer and “Screen Printing of Fine Line Halftones by Michel Caza and his several other articles. I am mentioning his full name here because at that time he was not my ‘guru’ but story is taking you there, step by step.

I was quite fascinated by Michel’s in depth knowledge and command over the subject. I found his articles very easy to understand, crystal clear and absolutely practical. His articles became my daily ‘food for thought’ and a ‘dose of medicine’ to cure many routine problems.

As I gained knowledge from his articles, I started hunting for more information about him and his technical articles. Later, I found that Michel had published a Technical Guide Book, Titled “THE TECHNIQUES OF SCREEN PRINTING” compiled in a PDF format on a CD, comprising around 1400 pages with 17 videos explains the details of screen printing techniques for industrial, graphics, textile and art (serigraphy). Within no time I ordered my copy.

It’s an amazing tool of technical information in one CD. The CD emphasizes UV technology, four-color process, fine line halftones with 120 parameters to control, stochastic halftones, analog and digital pre-press, stencils, substrates, inks and more…

This is the newest, most comprehensive source of technical information on screen printing to be found anywhere. It is in a PDF format easy with great search features.

This is all about my CMYK connection with Michel. Now, over to UV curing technology:

UV Curing technology was not new to me because my father had adopted UV in PCBs since 1986. So naturally, from the day I joined my family business, I was exposed to UV inks only. But I never knew that UV is so popular in western countries for graphics four-color process until I read all of Michel Caza’s articles on UV Technology.

Except my father-mentor, I rarely came across any screen printers who had such in depth technical knowledge in UV technology, UV Curing Inks and related chemicals. After reading his series of articles on UV, I yelled: “Here’s a screen printer who knows his subject very well. Hat’s off to you Michel.”

From this moment I considered Michel Caza as my ‘remote’ guru yet to be embraced fully. I was eager and kept a high hope to meet him one day and shake hands with him. But I never realized that this ‘golden’ hand will one day become an ever helping hand in my profession… why in my profession, but the entire screen printing industry in India.

In 2002, I joined the managing committee of Screen Printers’ Association of India (SPAI) and we had organized a group tour for our members to visit FESPA 2002 in Madrid, Spain. The committee had a great plan to handover mementos at FESPA’s both to the incoming President (at that time) Ricardo Delgado and the outgoing President… it was Michel Caza! Now I was 100% sure that I would get a chance to shake hand with Michel, a long pending ‘project’ ever since I started reading his technical articles. Why just hand shake, I was now confident that I would also get some time to sit with him and discuss my problems related to screen printing. But on that D-day unfortunately he was busy with his board meetings and I could not meet him on the scheduled day.

But I was fortunate to catch hold of him the very next day at FESPA Stand and requested him to spend his valuable time with me. He was kind-hearted to concede my request and spent time with me sharing many insights about screen printing.

Finally, I was back in India, Mumbai precisely with good memories of meeting a ‘screen printing guru’ but with half satisfaction.

Soon after the FESPA Madrid show, there was an exhibition – ‘Screen Print India’ expo at Nehru Centre in Worli, Mumbai where the organizers had invited him as a chief guest for the opening ceremony which was later followed by his full day technical seminar in fine lines and halftones screen printing.

Regardless of being an exhibitor in that show, I attended his seminar with full excitement and attention. With the request of the organizers, my company also gathered a large number of printers to attend his seminar. That was for the first time in the history of Indian screen printing industry I witnessed more than 155 screen printers attending such a long technical seminar even though the seminar fee was Rs. 2500.00 per person!

During the seminar Michel displayed many of his creative and magical screen printed jobs using 150 LPI and above. Frankly till that time I had only read from his articles that he used to screen print 150 LPI and above but when I saw his actual prints I was really stunned. That’s why I call his prints magical!

After the seminar I requested Michel to allow me to see those prints closely and he was delighted to show and explain me the tricks. But for me those simple tips and tricks were not simple. It was not all that easy to understand because I didn’t even know e.g. ‘what is dot gain and what is gray balance’ in graphics process color screen printing.

After attending his seminar I could not focus fully on the remaining days of that show because since then I had sleepless nights as to how and where I could learn these great “Michel Caza Techniques” of screen printing fine lines and moiré free halftones. But I was determined to learn these techniques.

Since this show, I was restless because at that time I could not find anyone in India like him who was a master in screen printing. So, few weeks later after I dared to write an email to Michel requesting him whether he could teach all those techniques which he explained during his seminar in India. Unbelievable! He replied back in just few hours saying: “You can pack your bag anytime and come to France to learn these techniques practically in my company Graficaza and stay till you are completely satisfied.” I was thrilled like a child… because at first instance I never expected this positive reply and I just tried my luck by shooting him an email request with remote hope.

Also, he had made it clear to me that during the training period, I could learn as much as I wanted and surprisingly he was kind enough to offer me a free training as he mentioned in his email that “I do not teach for money”. Later I found that there were many lucky pupils like me to whom he had devoted his time, energy and superb technical knowledge.

In today’s professional world, who would impart such high knowledge free of cost? But Michel is unique and special. In fact this is called passion towards the industry. In fact the knowledge, which he openly shared with me is now benefitted by thousands of screen printers in India through my institute “Dhirubhai Mistry Institute For Print Technology Research & Training (DMI).

And this was the first LESSON I learnt from Michel even before becoming his PUPIL… And I vowed not to take any fees from students if I were to set up an institute in India to teach screen printing, and in fact my beloved father late Dhirubhai Mistry too had the same vision when he had great plans to set up a screen printing institute.

Without wasting much time, I planned all my immediate work schedules in my company to accomplish urgent tasks and meanwhile I also booked my ticket to France or I say for a ‘screen printing educational tour’.

I just opened my memory-diary and I recollected that on 28-April-2003, Monday afternoon I reached France. There after from the airport I reached Novotel Hotel by taxi. Immediately I informed Michel about my safe arrival and he was very happy and excited as well. He told me to get ready within one hour as he would arrange my pickup to have dinner at his home with his good friend and a board member of FESPA, Gyorgy Kovacs, a Hungarian screen printing professional, who is currently the President of FESPA.

Michel lived in an interesting country side village where the total population he mentioned was not more than 200 people. His house was surrounded by serene and beautiful environment. He lived in an enormous huge house flank by a big garden on the rear side. And that was the first time I met Michel’s better half Therese and Gyorgy Kovacs.

Since I am a pure vegetarian, usually whenever I travel abroad with lengthy tour, I carry home-made Indian food and some dry-fruits since I do not find much of veg-stuffs, suiting my tastes. But that day Therese surprised me by serving me with Indian curry with rice. Obviously I could not expect the Indian taste with many spices. But because of her excitement behind cooking and serving the Indian food to me with love, the dinner became extra delicious.

Anyway, after the dinner Michel accompanied me all the way back to the hotel and alerted me to get ready by 6.45 am in the morning so that we could reach his factory Graficaza by 7 am. The working hour was very interesting to me – 7.00 am to 3.30/4 pm. ‘Early to bed early to rise’ principle was possible there, considering this timings!

For few days, out of my excitement, I clicked as many pictures as I could, to make sure that I take good memories back home.

Since my training at Graficaza was planned for three weeks minimum with the possibility of extending it to one full month, I wanted to stay in a comfortable hotel that too somewhere nearby to avoid waste of time in travelling. To start with as I mentioned earlier I was put up in Hotel Novotel. But few days later I was contemplating to shift to another better hotel nearby Graficaza or near to Michel’s home to avoid long distance traveling. But I could not find any similar quality hotel nearby. So the next day I approached Michel to help me in this matter but he was also unable to find a better hotel near to his home or factory.

After few days, he told me to checkout from Novotel as he was planning to find some solution. I checked out of my hotel and kept the luggage in his car and he straight drove to his factory. Till afternoon he kept me under suspense not knowing about his plan.

In the mind I had full trust with him that he must have made some arrangement for me. But in the afternoon he called me to say: “Look, if you are comfortable in staying in our house for the duration of your training, I and Therese have no problem. In that case we want you to stay in our house but ….“You can stay as our Guest and not as a paying guest!”

Vow! That was really a memorable moment in my life! I felt greatly honored especially when I was not so closely known to him except that I was a keen knowledge seeker. I only knew at that time Michel always used to be eager to openly share knowledge with serious knowledge seekers like me. On the other hand I was also thrilled to live with his family because I felt this opportunity would take me more closer to his heart and I could also see the life style of my ‘guru in the making’.

Slowly and steadily my relation with Michel & Therese turned out to be so spiritual that I could really feel the warmth of their love and affection. My mom died when I was very young and Therese filled that vacuum and gave me those wonderful feelings back for few days.

Today, Michel Caza is not only my guru but more than what a guru can offer to his pupil. Those feelings, moment, love and affection, which they both showered on me, are deeply engraved in my heart which can never ever fade away.

After my training was completed, yes I had to really say a hard pressed goodbye with tight emotions. As I was leaving, Therese could not stop her emotions and she was in tears with motherly love.

Frankly this was my most memorable moment in my life because I entered in France as a knowledge seeker and was leaving my Guru’s home as their adopted son. Even today Michel always greets me in all his communications mentioning “My Dear Son or Hi Son.”

In today’s materialistic world, it is difficult to receive true and selfless love. I think there is something called past life relationship which must have got me reunited with Michel’s family in 2003.

Since my training with my guru, I have been closely associated with him in various FESPA and SPAI related trade events in India.

Even my guru had conducted a 3-day workshop on art-reproduction through screen printing at DMI. He was kind-hearted in permitting to publish his technical articles in my Grafica News and my companies website.

Michel is one of the key and important person towards the success of my institute DMI. Today on his achievement I would like to pass on all the credits for what my institute and I have received so far. Click here to read his message to DMI

Finally, I would like to congratulate my guru “Michel Caza” once again for being honored with “Howard A. Parmele Award” a long due and well deserved.

I also repeat my thanks to Therese & Michel Caza for being highly supportive, lovable and a source of my inspiration in my life.

PrintWeek Awards 2010 – Photo Gallery

August 31, 2010 2 comments

Hi friends,

Its good that Print Week have uploaded their 2010 Awards photo gallery so that I can share with you, so heres the link to follow:

There are two photos you will see where I am handing over awards to Amit Shah & Anil Shah of Spectrum Scan Pvt. Ltd. for the Best Screen Printer of the Year and one to Nikhil Ahuja of NBA Studio in Pune for Special Award in Screen Printing. Nikhil is the lucky winner who received Grafica’s NANO-PRINT for his outstanding creativity in wedding cards and special effects screen printing.

Below are few photos taken from my camera.

Print Week 2010 Awards

Print Week 2010 Awards

Print Week 2010 Awards

Print Week 2010 Awards

Print Week 2010 Awards

Print Week 2010 Awards

Wishing lots of fun and luck…


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