India Binding House installs 4-color Ryobi 920 press

Printer sets eye on children book publishing

Pawan Goyal of India Binding House with the new Ryobi 920 press. Photo IPP

Noida-based India Binding House recently installed a brand new 4-color Ryobi 920 press. This is the first new press ever installed by the company established in 1960 by late AK Goyal. The company started off as as a binding house in Old Delhi till it installed its first single color press in 1998. In 1983, the company expanded to another plant in West Delhi. However, in 2005 the company shifted to Noida. A few years after that, the company set up its second plant in Noida. The main business of the company is textbook printing although it prints catalogs, posters, leaflets too. “The new Ryobi 920 has helped us deliver our commitments to our customers without fail. There has been no significant breakdown of the press since it was installed in October 2015,” says Pawan Goyal of India Binding House. “Our pre-owned presses used to pose many difficulties and because we are quite serious about quality and deadlines, we decided to go for the new press.”

The company also has two web offset presses – 76 mm and 89 mm – which are installed at the newer plant in Noida. Both the plants have their own in-house binding divisions. “Apart from the two web offset and the new Ryobi 920 presses, our production floor is also equipped with three single color presses, two 2-color presses and one 5-color Heidelberg press,” says Goyal. “The binding divisions deliver 20 lakh books every month for final dispatch. We have six folding machines, seven sewing machines, two 3-knife cutters, two flow lines and several other products.” According to Goyal, the company posted 20% growth in the FY 2015-16. The combined monthly conversion of the two plants of the company is 60 metric tonnes.

Books for children 

Goyal also shared his interests in book publishing and the increased demand for children’s books. “Under our new endeavour, Saar Books Publications, we are already publishing children’s books for standard 1 to 5 students. We are visiting different book fairs around the world for buying rights of books of our interest. Our aim is to provide Indian children with world-classtitles at a lower price. We are also associated with an Indian premedia company which helps us publish our own books under Saar Books Publications. The children book industry has a positive potential,” says Goyal. “Today parents are very conscious about providing better upbringing to their kids, and colorful and informative books are a great beginning to the world of great upbringing.”

Challenges in textbook publishing 

Speaking about the challenges in book publishing, Goyal says, “The main challenge in textbook publishing is irregular payments. Moreover, making things worse are the mushrooming new publishers – it’s just very difficult to decide with whom to associate with and with whom not to.” Goyal says that irregularities in payments will always be there as publishers alone are not responsible for the payments in a system or loop where other intermediate parties are equally responsible for making the payments at their end.

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