Uday Patel of Line O Matic to receive MMS Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

Pioneering the exercise book making segment

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Mumbai Mudrak Sangh (MMS) has announced that its Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 will be awarded to Uday Patel, the founder of Ahmedabad-based Lino O Matic Graphic Industries.

Lino O Matic is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fully automatic exercise bookmaking machine, automatic exercise book binding machine, automatic central sewn book binding machine, automatic exercise book machine from reel to pile delivery station, automatic book cutting machine, automatic counting and folding machine, cut size sheeter, among others. The company has customers in almost all the states of India. It also has more than 3,000 installations in various countries across the globe such as the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America.

Patel is a true visionary who has made the entire country proud by being the pioneer in exercise book making machinery and paper converting segment, MMS said.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on 2 March 2019 at a function to be held at the Sahara Star Hotel in Mumbai. The keynote speaker at the event will be renowned academic Padma Shree Deepak Bhaskar, Phatak. Shriniwas and Yashwant Joshi, partner, CVK and Associates will speak on Indian and world economy while Chandrashekhar Narayan Vaze will speak on the topic of management principles from Ramayana.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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.

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