T.Con acquires Pacific Textiles to expand market in China

Supplying paper industry expertise in Asia

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T.Con acquires Pacific Textiles, a Chinese textile manufacturer, as a new implementation partner.
T.Con acquires Pacific Textiles, a Chinese textile manufacturer, as a new implementation partner.

T.Con has acquired Pacific Textiles, a Chinese textile manufacturer, as a new implementation partner for its products like Trim Suite, a full-scale optimization tool. Businesses in the region generate considerable demand for specialized industry expertise for their SAP projects.

Hong Kong-based Pacific Textiles, a textile manufacturer with 6,500 employees, is a longstanding SAP customer with extensive SAP expertise. Employees of the internal SAP team are working under the direction of Hubert Tsang, chief information officer, in a newly founded subsidiary which will act as an implementation partner for other businesses in the region. The company’s collaboration with T.Con provides it with access to comprehensive industry expertise; for example, implementation projects in the paper industry. At the same time, the SAP subsidiary of Pacific Textiles is adding T.Con’sTrim Suite to its portfolio.

During a joint presentation at the Fastmarkets RISI Asian Conference in Shanghai, Hubert Tsang and Bradley Robb, T.Con’s International Business Development manager, introduced the partnership to the circle of Asian participants. They explained the background and potentials of the collaboration to a professional audience representing some of the most influential paper producers in Asia and the world. Together, they demonstrated how T.Con’s Trim Suite can generate and optimize slitting patterns for the pulp and paper industry. This enables them to support customers worldwide with innovative SAP native solutions from custom tailored to the mill industry.

SAP is used for many scenarios in China. However, not all implementation partners in Asia are able to supply the industry expertise that is often needed for the projects,” said Gerhard Göbel, senior consultant SCM at T.Con. “Our implementation partner knows the market and opens doors for us. We make our software products and internationally unique industry expertise available to them.” The partnership is an important milestone for T.Con’s internationalization strategy. Through excellent, highly scalable products and a strong partner who is thoroughly familiar with the regional situation, T.Con intends to open up markets in China and the neighboring countries.

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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