Om Vir Print O Pack’s post-press machinery at PrintPack

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Om Vir Print O Pack’s post-press machinery at PrintPack
Viren Shah, managing director of Om Vir Print O Pack displays post-press machinery at their stand in PrintPack India 2022.

Om Vir Print O pack is showing its complete range of post-press machines, including collator, binder,  gluing and thermal lamination equipment at PrintPack India 2022 in hall 9C stand G22. Established in 1999, Mumbai-based Om Vir Print O Pack manufactures, imports and exports and imports post-press machines. The company is also into the trading business of these machines. It imports machines from China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Korea.

“The company’s products are well priced in the market as we give service, installation, spare parts and guarantees on our machines. There is a shift in trends even in packaging, and businesses are now gravitating toward rigid boxes, screen printing, and gluing machines,” says Viren Shah, managing director, Om Vir Print O Pack.  

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Printpack has brought significant business visitors and the exhibitors are confident that they will be able to show their equipment and close deals at the event. Om Vir Print O Pack said that the first two days had fewer inquiries, while the third day saw a spike. Shah expressed his delight at the large turnout at the expo, and noted that every member of his staff was actively interacting with visitors and potential clients during the entire day.

“There are several opportunities in the printing sector as India is a large nation with many possibilities. I think there’s a lot of potential here, and we’re feeling very good right now. Moreover, based on our inquiries at Printpack, we believe demand is still alive and well,” concludes Shah.

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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