Bhargav Mistry – The Managing Director of Grafica Flextronica, a leading manufacturer and exporter of screen printing machines and allied products in India. He is also the Director of Dhirubhai Mistry Institute (DMI) for Print Education, Research & Training, which achieved double hat rick in international awards in FESPA and ASPT competitions). DMI offers short term courses to print technology students and practical workshops on advanced screenprinting for printing professionals from all over the world.
As a guest lecturer, he has made presentation on basic and advanced screenprinting at Government Institute of Printing Technology (GIPT), Mumbai, Pune Vidyarthigraha, Institute of Printing Technology, Pune, MIT, Manipal, SIES Graduate School of Technology/Packaging, Mumbai. Recently he had also made presentation at South India Printers’ Summit on the sidelines of Print Expo 2011, Chennai. He is also an educator and was one of the five global screen masters who made presentations at FESPA AMERICAS 2011 in USA. He had also conducted sessions at FESPA, Munich in 2010.
Bhargav’s video film ‘Screen on Screen’ was screened in over 15 cities and towns all over India thus bringing the screenprinting education to the door steps of over 2,500 screenprinters in remote areas. He followed it up with yet another unique idea of imparting education in the form of an educational campaign, covering ten cities and towns which involved carrying the whole range of screenmaking and screen printing machinery/equipment to show live demos of modern screenprinting technology. This educational campaign covered over 2,000 printing professionals from all printing processes.
All of these educational activities were/are being conducted by Bhargav free of cost at a time when ‘nothing is free’ in this world. He spends plenty of time in research and development because screenprinting is his passion. Today, DMI has become synonymous with the Indian screen printing industry. He has inspired hundreds of screenprinters to inculcate standardization in screen printing process with better technology and use of materials.
Currently he is spearheading the movement called ‘automation’ in screenprinting in India after the introduction of high quality Nano Series screenprinting machines and equipment, which is offered at an affordable cost. Today the Nano-series machines, Nano-Print, Nano-Print plus, Nano-Screen Maker 5-in-1, Nano UV, Nano-Sharpener, have created a big storm in the Indian screenprinting industry, which has also created some interest in Middle East, USA, Europe, simply because these machines are first of its kind in the world with unique and ergonomic design and user friendly features.
Mistry is a 2009 inductee into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASPT). Established in 1973 by the Board of Directors of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, the Academy of Screen Printing Technology recognizes individuals who have contributed to the technical growth and/or advancement of the screen printing industry. The ASPT is an international body of experts which honors qualified individuals through election to membership for their distinguished, long-term contributions to, and application and promotion of, screen and digital printing and associated imaging technologies for graphic, textile, industrial and electronic printing applications. Academy members regularly submit, review, recognize and recommend technical papers for publications under the auspices of the Academy. ASPT members are also active in providing technical education, consultation, adjudication of printing image quality, and promotion of the technical and commercial development of the industry.
Associations and Organizations
Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASPT)
Past-President of Screen Printers’ Association of India (SPAI)
Member of Federation of European Screen Printing Assoication (FESPA)
Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)
Bombay Master Printers’ Association (BMPA)