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The tasks a Book Mender is expected to perform include:
Mending and repairing damaged and worn books, manuscripts, and other records to put them in condition for re -use or resale
Examining the damaged books, manuscripts and recording and assessing extent of damage
Numbering the pages and erasing the disfigurations
Cutting the covers loose from body and body stitching with knife
Cutting or tearing carefully damaged pages or linings
Repairing the damaged pages with transparent tapes
Resewing body firmly and pasting linings in place, reinforcing as necessary with a cloth or paper
Trimming edges of pages with knife or mechanical cutter
Knowledge of mending all kinds of books
Well-versed with recording the number of damaged books
Knowledge of resewing torn books for re-sale
Proficient in using mechanical cutter, etc.
Well-versed with replacing repaired cover or new ones to body
Adept to clamping book in press for specified time to bond
Ability to imprint or emboss lettering on cover
Diligent and hardworking
Focus for long hours
Ability to follow instructions
It needs one to be on their toes
Need not handle a team
Local travelling is not a part of this job
Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities
Work from home option is not available
Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from institution to institution
Shift system maybe available
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL) and Hearing Impaired (HH)
The job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous
Health hazards include exposure to printing inks, cutters, knifes, needles, etc.
Occupational hazards include allergy, repetitious motion of arms, cuts, pricks, etc.
For fresher - INR 6,000 to INR 7,000 per month
For candidates with 2 yearsof experience and above - INR 7,000 to INR 9,000 per month
(These figures are indicative and subject to change)
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 INR 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
Institute Of Printing Technology
Visva Bharti University
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