Line O Matic at PrintPack India – Hall 9B Stand F25-26

Stationery industry to recover by financial year-end


Line O Matic is one of the leading global manufacturers of notebook-making machines and in recent years it has begun making converting machines primarily for A4 consumer or B2C markets and packaging machines so that these can efficiently reach the customer in ream packs. Unlike previous shows The company is highlighting its paper stationery, converting, and packaging machines at its stand F25-26 in Hall 9B Printpack India. A catalog of its range of products from simple to the fully automated line that includes shrink-wrapping of wire-bound notebooks and at this time likely to see mainly export demand is available at the stand as are the technical team for discussions. One of these automated lines has already been sold to a European customer.

Dilip Golani, senior manager of Marketing at Line O Matic said, “On the first day at PrintPack India, the footfall was less, and we also got a few inquiries. However, on the second day, the footfall is high and we are getting good numbers of visitors at our stand.”

After the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns when the schools and colleges were completely closed there was a deep contraction of the stationary industry. Line O Matic continued to help its existing customers even though some of the maintenance was offered remotely through online tools and to some extent exports continued. However, some of the newcomers to the industry even sold their stationary manufacturing lines in distress with the shrinkage in demand. 

Now that schools and colleges have reopened the demand for stationery has come back but is being met largely by the stocks that remained with suppliers and distribution channels in February and March of 2020. The supply of fresh notebooks and stationery is expected to resume in another six months and so is the demand for new notebook manufacturing machines from Line O Matic. Line O Matic sustained itself in the past two years with its diversification to converting and packaging machines well as its exports to 75 countries. While some customers have been discouraged by the recent volatility in paper prices and supplies, the company expects to make up most of its lost ground by the end of the financial year in March 2023.

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

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