The tasks a Pressman is expected to perform include:

Setting and operating Flat-bed letter press (printing machine in which separate sheets of paper are pressed by means of cylinder or plate (platen) on inked rollers and oiling machine

Filling ink fountain and regulating flow of ink on inking rollers

Locking type in position on bed of press by means of wedges

Placing wooden block over type and tapping it with mallet to level printing surface

Packing surface of cylinder, or platening with tissue paper

Starting press and pulling proof sheets

Examining proof sheets to ensure legibility and uniformity of printing

Adjusting press controls, inking fountains and automatic feeders

Repacking cylinder or plate with overlay to equalize off-level areas as required

Pulling out several proof sheets and making necessary adjustments until evenly printed proof is obtained

Setting and adjusting paper guides and feeding mechanism

Starting press and ensuring that printing proceeds correctly

Stopping press when printing is completed

Knowledge of printing

Knowledge of operating flatbed letter press

Proficient in filling inking fountains

Well-versed in printing tools like cylinder, inking fountains, etc.

Knowledge of mixing inks to match colours, feeding paper sheets into machine by hand or directing helpers to do so, making up pages of type

Knowledge of doing minor repairs

Diligent and hardworking


Ability to follow instructions

Good hand eye co-ordination

Accuracy in work

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 8/10 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards include exposure to printing inks, noise, etc.

Occupational hazards include skin allergy, musculoskeletal disorders, irritation in eyes, etc.

Will be updated

Current and Future Market Trend of Printing Sector in India

The Indian Printing Industry, growing at a rate of 12% per annum, comprises more than 250,000 big, small and medium printers. The current annual turnover of the industry is more than 50,000 crores (USD 11 Billion).

The industry has undergone a revolutionary change in the last 15 years. In 1990, India initiated a process of reforms aimed at shedding protectionism and embracing liberalization of the economy. Privatization was initiated with the aim of integrating the Indian economy with the world economy. This change opened the doors for the Indian Print Industry to modernize, by investing in the latest of technology and machinery.

In recent years, the printing industry in India has seen record levels of growth, owing to liberalized regimes, globalization and progress in automation. The industry has grown leaps and bounds due to the latest technology and machinery, quality standards and production capacities.

The printing industry in India is slowly progressing from the heavy machinery using industry to a more software-centric business. The Indian printers are today equipped with the latest computer controlled printing machines and flow lines for binding, while state-of-the-art digital technologies are used in pre-press. UV digital printing and inkjet technology are also on the rise in India. The advent of global brands, rising consumerism and growth of the pharmaceutical industry have seen an increase in the scope for package printing. Giving an optimistic outlook of the industry, the package printing sector is growing at the annual rate of 17 percent, commercial printing at a rate of 10-12 percent and digital printing at robust 30 percent.

The digital printing industry is seeing significant transformations with new technologies & applications providing cost-effective and customized solutions. For the foreseeable future, offset and digital will not only co-exist, but will also complement each other- with offset taking the medium-to-longer jobs and digital performing on short-to-medium run lengths.

The booming Indian economy, increasing consumerism, entry of global brands in the country and opening of the sector to foreign investors are bound to offer growth opportunities to the industry.

Printing companies across India

Local printers across India

Towns and cities across India