Restoring Expert, Paper and Prints

The tasks a Restorer, Paper and Prints is expected to perform include:

Cleaning, preserving, restoring, and repairing books, documents, maps, prints, photographs, and other paper objects of historic or artistic significance

Examining or testing objects to determine physical condition and chemical structure of paper, ink, paint, or other coating, in order to identify problem and plan safest and most effective method of treating material

Cleaning objects by methods such as sprinkling crumbled art gum or draft powder over surface and rotating soft cloth over cleaning agent to absorb soil (dry cleaning)

Proficient in immersing objects in circulating bath of water or mild chemical solution (wet cleaning)

Adept at applying solvent to remove rust, fly specks, mildew, or other stains, basing choice of method on knowledge of physical and chemical structure of objects and effects of various kinds of treatment

Well-versed in preserving or directing preservation of objects by such methods as immersing paper in deacidification baths to remove acidity from papers and ink to prevent deterioration

Proficient in sealing documents or other papers in cellulose cases and passing sealed objects through heated rollers to laminate them

Adept at spraying objects, storage containers, or areas with fungicides, insecticides, or pesticides, and controlling temperature, humidity, and exposure to natural or artificial light in areas where objects are displayed or stored

Knowledge of restoring objects to original appearance by methods such as immersing papers in mild bleach solution to brighten faded backgrounds, removing old varnish from such art works as engravings and mezzotints, or strengthening papers by resizing in bath of gelatin solution

Well-versed in repairing objects by methods such as mending tears with adhesive and tissue, patching and filling worm holes, torn corners, or large tears by chamfering, inserting, affixing, etc.

Knowledge of staining paper of similar weight and weave to simulate original appearance, or retouching stained, faded, or blurred water colours, prints, or documents, using colours and strokes to reproduce those of original artist or writer

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Good practical skills

Good communication skills

Ability to follow instructions

Team-working skills

Good concentration levels

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards may include exposure to engine exhaust, terpene and other wood extracts, bleaching chemicals, dust, paper additives, heat, noise, etc.

Occupational hazards may include slips, falls, hearing problems, dust allergy, etc.

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Overview of Paper Industry in India

Indian Paper Industry accounts for about 1.6% of the world's production of paper and paperboard. The estimated turnover of the industry is 25,000 crore (USD 5.95 billion) and its contribution to the exchequer is around 2,918 crore. The industry was delicensed effective from July 1997 by the Government of India & foreign participation is permissible. Most of the paper mills are in existence for a long time and hence present technologies fall in a wide spectrum ranging from oldest to the most modern. Paper in India is made from 40% of hardwood and bamboo fibre, 30% from agro waste and 30 % from recycled fibre. Newsprint and publication paper consumption account for 2 million tonnes, of which 1.2 million tonnes of newsprint paper is manufactured in India and the remaining 0.8 million tonnes is imported.

The Indian Paper Industry has the top 15 global players with an output of more than 6 million tonnes annually with an estimated turnover of 150,000 million. Indian Paper Industry is riding on a strong demand and on an expanding mood to meet the projected demand of 8 million tonnes by 2010 & 13 million tonnes by 2020.

Demand of Paper has been around 8% and during the years 2002-07 while newsprint registered a growth of 13% and Writing & Printing, Containerboard, Cartonboard and others registered growth of 5%, 11%, 9% and 1% respectively. So far, the growth in paper industry has mirrored the growth in GDP and has grown on an average 6-7 % over the last few years. India is the fastest growing market for paper globally and it presents an exciting scenario and paper consumption is poised for a big leap forward in sync with the economic growth and is estimated to touch 13.95 million tons by 2015-16.

The industry provides employment to more than 0.12 million people directly and 0.34 million people indirectly. Some of the paper products are sheet paper, paper boxes, tissues, paper bags, stationery, envelopes, and printed-paper products such as books, periodicals, and newspapers. Specialty papers like sandpaper, blueprint paper, carbon paper are not a part of paper products industry. Stationery includes greeting cards, printing and writing papers, school and office papers, etc. The toiletry products include paper towels, tissue paper, and bath tissue.

Paper manufacturing companies across India

Towns and cities across India