Line O Matic at Paperex 2017

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Line O Matic at Paperex 2017
Dilip Golani and Nirav Parikh

Line O Matic is a pioneer in manufacturing exercise notebook machinery and paper converting machinery. The company has supplied more than 3000 machines across the globe. With an enviable presence in more than 61 countries, which includes India, Line O Matic is a respectable name in the production of paper converting machines.

The company recently launched a ream wrapping machine, which is an essential unit of cut size sheeters. The machine is being supplied to customers along with cut size sheeters. They also supply ream wrapping machines to customers as a single unit.

At Paperex 2017, Line O Matic received a good footfall with several queries for a number of machines. Multiple machines were booked by customers at the event. Any event or trade show, big or small, has a huge effect on the annual turnover of a company. Realizing the potential of the event, Nirav Parikh, general manager (marketing) quoted, “It is a very important event for everyone from the paper industry. We always manage to grab customers’ attention at such events. This edition of Paperex has been a good one for us as we secured some new customers while our existing client base got familiar with the new products that have been launched by us in recent times. This is a very important platform for knowledge exchange and networking.”

The Far East countries are posing a tough challenge for Indian paper converting machinery manufacturers. These countries manufacture machines for Indian customers which are more or less basic in nature but cater to the demands of cheap and affordable rates. The main challenge for the Indian companies has been to raise their standards and provide the machines at a fairly cheaper rate. Nevertheless, Indian manufacturers have done good so far by restricting the foreign players from participating in the Indian market actively. Lately, Line O Matic has also started educating the Chinese on machines manufactured and supplied by them.

“Though it is difficult to judge the growth rate in percentage but I’m certain that there has been an astounding growth in the Indian market,” Parikh concluded.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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