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Gautham Pai of Manipal Technologies, GlobaLocal podcast. Photo GBO

German Book Office New Delhi has been working closely with the publishing and creative industries of India and its neighbouring countries. The goal is to grow literary and rights exchange, facilitate business and of course to showcase India and South Asia at the publishing and creative industry’s largest trade event worldwide.


Globalocal Talks: A Podcast Series, features entrepreneurs, authors and leaders making an impact on the publishing industry and the creative sectors internationally. We dive into what it takes to succeed, especially, in tough conditions. We seek out lessons from publishing experts to content creating entrepreneurs.

We are happy to announce that GBO New Delhi has launched Season 2 of Globalocal Talks: A Podcast Series and the new episode is out now. This episode of Globalocal Talks features Gautham Pai, managing director, Manipal Technologies. Pai shares the journey of the company that started as a small printing press and has now grown into one of the largest end-to-end secure print service providers with offices spread across 4 continents.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

It is the right time to support our high-impact reporting and authoritative and technical information with some of the best correspondents in the industry. Readers can power Indian Printer and Publisher’s balanced industry journalism and help sustain us by subscribing.

– Naresh Khanna

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