Wan-Ifra’s tribute to Indian printing veteran

Roy Alex, newspaper printing and publishing industry veteran passed away in Mumbai

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Roy Alex with one of his sons. Photo Newstech India website

Roy Alex, the newspaper printing and publishing industry veteran for nearly four decades, passed away in Mumbai, India, on 26 January 2022, after a brief illness. He was 67.

Alex was the owner and managing director of Newstech India, based in Mumbai and a provider of technology solutions to newspaper printing and publishing companies. Alex’s company represented several international suppliers including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (printing machine), IST Metz, Betz, DSC Chemicals, Protecmedia and others.

Alex was well-known in the industry, especially for his well-mannered attitude and friendly disposition. The news of his passing came as a shock to several of his friends and the numerous colleagues who knew him well.

An astute, first-generation businessman, he had historical ties with IDAB Wamac for manufacturing mailroom systems and with Betz for manufacturing ink pumping systems. Today his company in Mumbai continues to manufacture these products. He studied printing technology at the Government Institute of Printing Technology in Mumbai. After completing his studies, he worked for Technova for a few years and in the year 1982, sensing the demand for sophisticated printing solutions, he founded Newstech India, dealing with imported printing technology solutions.

A regular participant of Wan-Ifra conferences in India, Alex had participated in all the Wan-Ifra events in India up to the year 2020, a rare feat for a supplier company. Newstech India has been a loyal member of Wan-Ifra during most of that time. Several industry friends recalled how he was able to convince his newspaper customers to buy his product and services and his closeness to the inner circle of Indian newspaper managers.

Thomas Jacob, chief operating officer of Wan-Ifra and a friend of  Alex for more than three decades, said “Alex was a towering personality and well-respected by the newspaper community in India. His entrepreneurial skills and marketing savvy were legendary. He was a great supporter of Wan-Ifra, being the first technology company in India to join the organization, way back in 1997. With his death, his friends and family have lost a great human being, full of energy and optimism.”

Alex lived a full life and was always with zest. We have lost a good friend of Wan-Ifra and of the industry. He could not participate in the last Wan-Ifra Indian Printing Summit in 2021 and said to me that “I will be back next year’. That’s not to be now. He will be sorely missed.

Alex is survived by his wife and two sons. Both his sons were abroad and expected to carry forward the dad’s business.

 

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

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