Arun Gandhi of Capital Graphic Supplies and AS Print Aids dies at 56

The firm of Gandhi and Gandhi will never be the same again


Respect. The printers of Delhi and the equipment and consumable suppliers turned out in full force for the cremation of Arun Gandhi one of two partners of the two firms that I collectively describe as Gandhi and Gandhi. Arun Gandhi passed away in his office on 12 May perhaps another victim of the torrid summer heat that is upon us. What we saw was respect in each other’s faces for a brother and colleague and a healthy respect for the fate that awaits each of us. We honour our own so that others will honour us too.

Needless to say, I knew Arun Gandhi as the quieter part of the firm. But he was ever alert to every part of every triangular conversation or larger discussion we were in, quick to correct and clarify at the slightest provocation. Known for their tireless advocacy of high quality consumables in diecutting and their work in selling very specialized products for which the market took years to incubate, the firm will never be the same. One was honored to spend time with Arun Gandhi at the Hunkeler Innovation days, at seminars and fairs and airports. One treasures the moments of sharing the odd personal detail in both directions, the success of each other’s children and the tougher times that we have lived through. The sixty year old firm will continue but in some ways will never be the same again.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.


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