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.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

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