Samir Patkar to take over as managing director of Heidelberg India

Change of guard at Heidelberg India

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Heidelberg Asia Pacific has announced the appointment of Samir Patkar as the new managing director of Heidelberg India, effective 16 October 2018. Patkar replaces Klaus Nielsen who headed Heidelberg India for the past 11 years. Amongst his other achievements over the years, Heidelberg India under Nielsen was able to place the first press based on the company’s new leasing model in Asia, at an Indian printer earlier this year.

Patkar, who has led the Gallus narrow web flexo press business in India for the past decade, has been a part of the Gallus and Heidelberg group for over 17 years. In the past two years he was in a leadership position for the Gallus business in most of Asia Pacific as well as India. Patkar will operate from the Heidelberg India Mumbai office.

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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