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Screen Print India, Goa – Exhibition & Awards

July 21, 2014 2 comments

Dear Friends & Proud Screen Printers,

Whenever there is print exhibition abroad, I always wish to visit mainly for two reasons:
1) To know what’s new in print technology
2) What’s going on around in the world of printing.

Besides this, I have also one strong personal reason to visit such exhibitions, that is, to take some break from my routine work schedules by visiting some places of great interest.

Many of my industry friends who travel abroad for the trade shows have the same opinion that they also try to combine business travel with leisure. They spend lot of time in exhibition stalls, talk to exhibitors, see samples and live demo, and then at the end of the day visit some places of interest with their friends and family.

Mega international exhibitions such as SGIA, FESPA, IPEX, DRUPA, etc attract progressive minded visitors from across the globe which is the reason why such exhibitions also attract lot of exhibitors.

In India, print exhibitions are now-a-days becoming monotonous, more and more regional and many big ones organise them in crowded metro cities. Even in some places, I have noticed that printers from the same region where the shows are being organised, do not often visit. That may be because of too many trade shows are being held nationally and regionally within a gap of few months and apart from exhibition, especially in metro cities you do not get proper time to relax have fun around.

In abroad, the purpose of visiting any trade show is not just business but also enjoy leisure, and that’s exactly why this year Screen Print India exhibition is being organised in Goa, a perfect tourist destination of India – Pure business / Sure leisure!

So take a break from your hectic schedule because now you have got the chance to enjoy at the same time see hundreds of world class screen printed samples of various applications plus update your technical knowledge and meet many renowned industry experts and speakers during this four day Screen Print India 2014 Exhibition at GOA starting from 18 to 21 September 2014!


You will also get a chance to see many creative screen printed samples of special effect at our stall…

Here is the video of those amazing and outstanding screen printed sample gallery which were printed in my institute DMI during several workshops.



Start preparing for your visit to Screen Print India Exhibition at Goa and book your flight/train tickets now to Goa. Visitor who lives nearby can also drive all the way to GOA which is also more fun. Don’t forget to make your hotel booking online at one of the finest beach resorts in Goa.

As we all know Goa is famous for beaches and water sports, so have fun and enjoy the weekend with your friends and family during your stay.

You must be aware that there are many FREE technical seminars by renowned international speakers during the show, all four days; seize these great opportunities to upgrade your knowledge.

Meanwhile, I am sure, you are also preparing to send your ENTRY with best samples to Screen Print India Award – I was told that the last date is 26th August 2014. You can download the award entry form and get to know more about Screen Print India Goa at:  DOWNLOAD SCREEN PRINT INDIA 2014 AWARDS APPLICATION FORM

It’s going to be a unique experience – a business & leisure trip to Goa with pleasure. Don’t miss it!

Eagerly waiting to meet you in September at Goa, right at Grafica’s stall…

Until then enjoy the monsoon.

Bhargav Mistry

Meet the five global gurus at Screen Masters Workshop at FESPA AMERICAS, Orlando

February 7, 2011 16 comments

When I received an email from Frazer Chesterman, Managing Director of FESPA:

“Hi Bhargav, I am running a Workshop in America at our new show – FESPA Americas. It will be an on the floor event for US students of Screen.

I am interested in you being part of the Screen Masters concept.

It would be Michel Caza master for Graphics

Charlie Taulieb and Scott Fresener for T-shirts and Textile

Ad Versteeg for Art

And you for special effects”

I was thrilled, excited and my immediate response to his email was ‘yes’ with lot of enthusiasm to join the four global gurus and expert in their respective field. Now I will be the fifth global guru to demonstrate my expertise in special effect screen printing jointly with Michel Caza in graphics process color screen printing.

I, Scott, Charlie, Ad and Michel were very excited to be the part of Screen Master Workshop organized in this giant show FESPA AMERICAS in Orlando, USA.

Below is what Michel Caza commented to Frazer when he heard about this unique concept for the first time.

Dear Frazer,

“I love the idea of workshop. We could manage something both for screen high tech in graphic screen (very fine line halftone screen printing), share between Bhargav who is the best teacher in the world (see the giant success of DMI in India) and me. We are used to work together.

In textile, may be my new technology in water based UV printing on garment combined with Charlie’s special effects.”

With Michel Caza this would be my second workshop experience after the FESPA 2010 Munich show.

So, I was invited by FESPA as one of the FIVE Global Screen Masters to conduct live workshops on advanced screen printing process and special effect in print finishing at their forthcoming FESPA AMERICAS Workshop.

The other four “Screen Masters” or the international screen printing experts are:

SGIA Parmele Award winners, Michel Caza, France and Scott Fresener, USA.

Charlie Taublieb, Taublieb Consulting USA.

Ad Versteeg, Secretary of Het Zeefdruk Instituut, Netherlands.

FESPA AMERICAS is an international exhibition-cum-conference to be held from February 24-26, 2011 at Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, USA. This is FESPA’s first ever Screen Masters Workshop.

Hosted daily by five screen industry gurus, participants will benefit from our collective expertise. Michel Caza and I would reveal the Secrets of Great Graphics Printing and special effects, print finishing for value addition. A large number of visitors are expected to gain lot of tips and innovative ideas from all of us.

Joining the elite club of Global Screen Printers at FESPA AMERICAS is not only a great honor to me, my company Grafica and my institute DMI but also to my beloved country.

When it comes to the scope and opportunities in screen printing many experts from all over world generally speak about Industrial screen printing, textile, graphics, decals etc. but screen printing has huge demand in print finishing for value addition not only in offset prints and packaging products but also in many other segments. I was told that printers in USA have not identified the power and secrets of screen printing in print finishing the way I am exploring and promoting it in India through my institute DMI.

In a way, FESPA AMERICAS workshop is a pioneering step intended to provide the passionate community of screen printers with an exclusive opportunity to gain practical tips and expert advice on how to achieve phenomenal print results from the five global Screen Masters.

The Five Global Screen Masters are being invited to deliver a blend of hands-on training and technical presentations, focused around garment decoration, fine arts, signs and graphics, print finishing and special effect.

To make this concept a success I will be leaving next week to Orlando for FESPA AMERICAS show along with my team and Grafica’s NANO PREMIER LEAGUE package to run live workshop.

I will be also displaying a wide variety of print finishing samples and process color screen printing samples to teach special effect in screen printing to US screen printers and graphic students.

Especially for this show I have designed a poster which I will be screen printed live on NANO-PRINT. Since Michel was expert in screen printing 150 to 300 LPI he wanted me to print minimum 100 LPI on NANO-PRINT to demonstrate his expertise. So with all his online help and support my students did the proofing on NANO-PRINT to make sure everything is set right for the workshop.

My students worked very hard to with me continuously day and night for one week to linearize the whole process to successfully screen print 100 LPI on NANO-PRINT. In fact I was stunned to see such a fantastic result of four color graphics screen printed on NANO-PRINT with 100 LPI.

In fact I created an ICC profile on NANO-PRINT using my Profile Maker before my students screen printed the final proof. We did lot of intense trials and proofing and I think my experiment will be a guiding light to many of my customers who want to successfully print process color screen printing on Grafica’s NANO-PRINT.

Here is the photo of the final proof shot from my iPhone screen printed with 100 LPI on NANO-PRINT.

To print this specially designed FESPA AMERICAS poster, we lined up four NANO PRINTS with four NANO-UV inline. This was our first experiment of printing CMYK at one go on NANO-PRINT just like a multi color screen printing lines. This concept will be a new trend setter in future because its the best time saving system.

This concept was really helpful to me when I printed this proof because I got clear idea how the image will finally look after all four colors are printed. This also saved my time to make proper decisions.

The best part of this concept is you can re-correct or tweak the setting of machines without wasting time to set proper densities as per profile to achieve correct  grey balanced image or else you have to wait for the result of your image after the final (fourth) color is screen printed.

Once the video of four NANO-PRINT with four inline NANO-UV is ready I will send you the link to know how four NANO-PRINT works together with inline NANO-UV to print CMYK on after another.

But time being checkout this short video which I have uploaded on YouTube again taken from my iPhone.

My plan in FESPA AMERICAS is to show practical part of print finishing with Michel Caza. In the print finishing segment I am going to demonstrate The Cake Basket which has several special effects. Since there is a time limit for everyones presentation, so I have printed some of the effects at DMI and only six effects will be printed live at the workshop.

The FESPA AMERICAS is expected to provide the US, Central and South American region with a completely different show case of wide format digital, screen and textile printing innovations.

The event is supposed to give lot of insights to participants who can witness the complete screen printing process and have the exclusive opportunity to absorb passion of ‘FIVE’ Screen Masters.

Founded in 1962, FESPA is a not-for-profit federation of trade associations and an organizer of exhibitions and conferences for the screen and digital printing industries and I have been associated with FESPA since last six years.

I have done lot of road shows and workshops in India but FESPA AMERICA would be my first landmark experience as I would be conducting live workshop for the first time overseas. I am sure the workshop of five Global Screen Masters will create a great impact in the US screen printing market.

If you get chance to visit FESPA AMERICAS, Orlando do register your seats for “Screen Masters Workshop” and learn great new techniques in screen printing from the five global gurus.

Hope to see you soon…



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,



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.

Grafica’s successful NPL Road Show in Ludhiana

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

I feel NPL road shows have become a part of my life. Every month Grafica’s has two or more NPL road shows in line. This time it was in Ludhiana, Punjab.

The famous GOLDEN TEMPLE in Amritsar, Punjab, India

The famous GOLDEN TEMPLE in Amritsar, Punjab, India

A conductive atmosphere for the growth of industry is apparently visible now. Lot of investment is coming up in industrial ventures may be from Punjab or from outside Punjab. A large number of units have come up both in small scale as well as in large & medium scale sector.

A range of items such as cycle and cycle parts, sewing machines and components, automobiles parts and accessories hosiery and knitwear goods, industrial fasteners, machine tools and components rubber goods, woolen garments, electronic goods etc. are being produced in the small-scale sector.

The industry in large and Medium sector is producing items as bicycles, hosiery goods, vanaspati, tyre, tubes, electronic goods, steel and alloy steel castings, beer, sugar, flour rice/rice bran oil and cattle feed etc.

I like Punjab especially Chandigarh, its a planned city with wide and clean roads.
I reached Chandigarh Airport around 11 am from New Delhi and took a taxi toward Ludhiana which takes around 2 to 2 hrs 30 mins. Since I was suppose to reach by Lunch time I preferred to eat in a local Dhaba on the highway instead to eat in a restaurant.

So on the way to Ludhiana my taxi driver took me to one interesting Dhaba called “Mitran Da Dhaba” where I had delicious punjabi food and a glass of lassi yup. One thing really surprised me that instead of Water, Chaas (i.e. Curd Milk) was served free to everyone.

While having lunch in their Air Conditioned dinning hall they had kept many photos of their favorite GURU’s, actors and VIP’s who must have visited their Dhaba. Actually it was a good marketing and brand building of their Dhaba. Great work and delicious food by “Mitran Da Dhaba”

There after on the way around 2.30 pm all of a sudden the weather unexpectedly changed and soon it started raining heavily with small ice cubes making huge noise on the roof of our car. At 2.30 pm it was like 7.30 pm, so dark but in few hours all went to normal but climate was so chilled that I could not stand outside for few mins.

I was all set by 7 pm to start my presentation but due to many printer were still expected I began at 7.30 pm. Slowly by 8 pm we had to organize some more chairs than planned. Finally my people counted more than 110 participants. The overall event was excellent and the response from the participants was superb.

During my presentation few of Grafica’s customer honestly spoke about our machines and its performance which they have experienced so far.

I thank to all my customers and participants to make this evening a memorable event.

Since Grafica was one of the exhibitors in an exhibition “PrintArt 2010” in Ludhiana, organized by OPA (Offset Printers Association) of Punjab very next day so we did not keep any machines live this time in our NPL road show as we usually do. Because it was more convenient for participants to see our machines performing live throughout the day in any three days. The venue of this exhibition was just walking distance from our Hotel Majestic Plaza where we had organized our road show.

Grafica got tremendous response from this road show and also from the exhibition PrintArt 2010. We managed to book more than 15 NANO-PREMIER LEAGUE (NPL) and many single NANO-PRINT machines.


My FESPA 2010 Munich experience

July 5, 2010 4 comments

Hi Folks,

Landing moment at Munich:

The team included many stalwarts from Indian screen printing industry including my good friends and valued customers. Our flight Lufthansa took off from Mumbai airport at 00.50 hrs IST, Arrived in Munich at 6 hrs EST, landed one hour before schedule.

Just before we arrived at Munich I heard it was quite raining but from the day we arrived I felt it wasn’t true looking by the situation, but yes indeed it was raining.

Munich Airport

Munich Airport

Hotel Novotel

Hotel Novotel

It was  a short journey from Airport to Hotel 10~15 min. After fresh-n-up, we did not require any rest and got out of the hotel for a city ride immediately after break fast, since on arrival day we had nothing to do much. We also experienced a nice train journey. We saw some monuments, visited huge shopping malls. Even in Europe we could taste some best Indian food in a restaurant.

One of the most exiting place we visited was BMW museum which was just opposite to BMW main manufacturing plant. BMW and SIEMENS generate major revenue for Munich city and also among the few prides of Munich. (Photos of BMW Museum).

Just after I returned to Hotel I met the newly elected President of FESPA, Gyorgy Kovacs from Hungary who was also staying in our hotel. I met Gyorgy first time at Michel Caza’s residence in 2002 at Paris when I was undergoing my training at Graficaza. We both were invited by Michel to have dinner together. I cannot forget those memorable days with Michel and my training in his printing press.

Gyorgy Kovacs, President, FESPA (Newly Elected)

Gyorgy Kovacs, President, FESPA (Newly Elected)


22-June 2010 at FESPA,

Five halls – two for screen and three halls reserved for digital.

The show was inaugurated by the outgoing PRESIDENT of FESPA, Anders Nilsson.

Inauguration Speech by Anders Nilsson President, FESPA

Inauguration Speech by Anders Nilsson President, FESPA

Frazer Chesterman, Managing Director, FESPA Exhibitions

Frazer Chesterman, Managing Director, FESPA Exhibitions

FESPA 2010 Inauguration by Anders Nilsson, President, FESPA

FESPA 2010 Inauguration by Anders Nilsson, President, FESPA

After the inauguration ceremony, I made it a point to meet all colleagues of FESPA and ASPT but more importantly I was eager to meet my guru Michel Caza after his recent cancer operation.

My Guru Michel Caza

My Guru Michel Caza

I inquired about his well being and with God’s grace he is feeling better now and more energetic as he used to be always. It was inspiring to hear from him that before every FESPA event his health shows sign of improvement. He was enthusiastic about this year’s FESPA show.

I met one of the highest award winners in FESPA competition this time, Artem owner of MIDI, Russia. He is a very innovative and aggressive screen printer and no wonder he always won maximum awards in FESPA competition. I had a photo session with him along with my guru after about 10 min chat.

Artem of MIDI PRINTS, Russia with Michel Caza

Artem of MIDI PRINTS, Russia with Michel Caza

Then there was a surprise for me. Direk Chowdhary from USA who had attended my workshop at DMI few months ago met me at the entrance. He could not forget his DMI memories and expressed his due respect in Indian style even though he lives in USA.

Direk Chowdhary

Direk Chowdhary

Once the entry began, I straight rushed to the award gallery where all competition entries were under display.

I first searched for DMI students’ competition result and what a great surprise! DMI WON SILVER (II Prize) this year. HIP HIP HURRAY… GOLD was received by a PORTUGUESE school. They printed on ceramic transfer, may be they won considering the criticality of the job.

DMI’s job was printed on laminated silver foil with 14 special effects with micro embossing including the image printed with CMYK process color inks.

This is 3rd consecutive award for DMI in FESPA show.

Also Maharashtra Institute of Printing Technology, Pune won Bronze. So this time two Indian institutes made us proud. So HIP HIP HURRAY once again to India.

Congrats to Indian printers:

One more surprise this time. In the first place, 33 Indian screen printers and 2 Institutes sent in a whopping 195 entries to the Awards competition, which is almost 50% of the entries that were received, from 38 countries all over the world, at the competition.

One of the judges also informed me that the level of quality produced by Indian printers were really amazing and stunning. So it clearly indicated that India’s quality and standards have drastically improved. I am proud all the Indian printers who have sent their entries and salute to all those who won awards. My guru Michel said that he was very happy to see the vast change in the Quality & Innovation by the Indian Screen Printers.


Panoramic view of the FESPA show:

More than 35,000 pre registered visitors, 85 events and 700 exhibitors. Good, amazing and it is good sign of printing industry’s growth.

There were two halls for screen and three halls for digital show. I started my first day with visit to Hall A1 & A2 where I found all screen printing stuffs. Following next day in B1, B2 & B3 I saw what’s new in digital technology. I shall brief in details in my next blog what I noticed since that would be too long to conclude in this blog itself.

I just want to share what my guru, Michel said that Graphic and sign are only 20% of screen applications when 35% lies in textile printing and about 45% in industrial applications. Because of industrial production getting shifted to Asian countries, screen printing is also getting more and more attention in this region and that is the advantage for screen printers who are into industrial screen printing such as PCB, membrane switches, etc. And it is going to boom in Asia as viewed by many at FESPA.

Missing link:

One thing that I always find missing in such European exhibition is that they do not display printed samples of the final product eg. I met one ink manufacturer he had many amazing special effects inks but could not give me printed samples of those inks. Also he was not able to display the end product printed with such inks they recent produced. I feel sometimes its more important for printers to teach them about the usage of such inks in the end products and their applications. This helps the industry to grow.

23-June 2010 at FESPA, Munich – DAY 2

It was the most MEMORABLE day of my life presenting a joint seminar with my guru Michel Caza at the show for which I was eagerly waiting since the day Michel informed me about this conference few months ago.

Michel & Bhargav's Joint Conference

Michel & Bhargav's Joint Conference

I was the first Indian who presented a seminar in FESPA Europe Exhibitions. The topic was “The Future of Screen Printing Goes Thru Innovation” A comparison between Western and Asian Countries. The presentation was focused on the how European countries are moving towards screen and how in Indian screen printing is moving with the latest trend. It was a unique experience for me.

Michel & Bhargav's Joint Conference

Michel & Bhargav's Joint Conference

Michel & Bhargav's Joint Conference

Michel & Bhargav's Joint Conference

While Michel presented his exhaustive knowledge in screen printing with regard to the latest trend and future, I enumerated on the developments taking place in India, how DMI is contributing single handedly to bring big revolution especially with the advent of Nano series of machines. Interestingly, some of the European participants even expressed that they would come to DMI to attend my workshop.

Michel & Bhargav's Joint Conference

Michel & Bhargav's Joint Conference

24-June 2010 at FESPA, Munich – DAY 3

Since my inception I wasn’t lucky to meet other board members, friends and colleagues of the “Academy of Screen Printing Technology” (ASPT) in the General Assembly meeting at New Orleans, US last year. In fact I had book my tickets but had to cancel at the last moment due to some work pressure.  Many of the ASPT members were present and it was good to meet them for the time as ASPT member.

So, this time when Michel & Alex the president of ASPT who announced to meet up for the luncheon meeting at Munich during the show at FESPA. I did not missed this chance again and immediately registered my name.

First all the board members of ASPT met at the FESPA booth and proceeded towards the restaurant for lunch above Hall B1 first floor.

There I met many interesting members, later Alex; President of ASPT introduced me to all board members since I met them for the first time. Even there were two more members who are recently introduced in ASPT and also met others for the first time. One of them was Lorenz Boegli, my friend and a student of Michel Caza. He is creative screen printer, artist and specialized in art (serigraphy) screen printing. He is also one of the highest award winners at all FESPA awards competitions and always rubs his shoulders with Artem of MIDI Print Russia in Fespa Award competition. The second newly elected was Guy Masse a experience chemist of Encres Dubuit.

During this meeting I was asked to introduce my activities and myself. Everyone was quite attentively listening about DMI’s contribution in India and they were excited to know about the progress of Indian screen printing industry. I invited them to be part of DMI for imparting knowledge and experience by conducting workshops and seminars in India.

ASPT Board Members Meeting

ASPT Board Members Meeting

Sky was not the limit for Indian snacks!. On 24th June, Anil Brahmabhatt of Sky Screen had hosted a cocktail with Indian snacks at ULANO booth wherein he had invited many Indian visitors have a delicious moment. I was thrilled the way my friend Anil organized some nice Indian snacks, including hot samosas and beer. And not only Indian delegates but many Europeans too enjoyed the hot and spicy snacks.

Indian snack & beer party by Sky Screen at ULANO stand

Indian snack & beer party by Sky Screen at ULANO stand

Since we had already completed our FESPA visit, I spent some time in yet another round of city tour and sight seeing along with my industry friends who were part of SPAI team from India. We had a group tour and had nice party and fun and shopping.

Special mention: We had a tour of a large beer factory where over 10000 people can have bear (and we did too!).


Tailpiece: The next FESPA 2013 will held in London! So if you wish to join me and have fun in London let me know in advance.

Have a fascinating weekend.

4.30 am, 5-July-2010

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