Prayer meeting for Mohan Kohli of The Printers House

Last rites at Lodhi Road cremation ground at noon on 27 June 2022

Mohan Kohli, The Printers House 1939 – 2022
Mohan Kohli, The Printers House 1939 – 2022

Mohan Kohli who grew The Printers House into one of the leading web offset press manufacturers in the world, passed away on 26 June 2022  in New Delhi. The Chautha is scheduled at 4 pm on 30 June 2022 at the Chinmaya Mission, Lodhi Estate.

The Printers House was founded by the Kohli-Sahni families that spawned any number of other web offset manufacturers in Faridabad where its factory was based and in the Delhi NCR of which Faridabad is one of the first industrial townships.

Born in 1939, Mohan Kohli had been ill for the past several years and he leaves behind his wife Natasha and son Rishab. In the past more than two years his son Rishab Kohli has been managing the company. As its director, he has provided leadership to a company with customers in more than 60 countries around the world.

One knew Mohan Kohli as an engineer trained in Switzerland and remembers him showing the Swiss measuring instruments in his factory, talking about automation in manufacturing, and his drive for standardized serial manufacturing. He was known as a keen supporter of IPAMA – unruffled by the ups and downs of the industry.

As one of his IPAMA colleagues has said on hearing the news of his passing, “Mohan Kohli was respected globally – a gentleman giant of the Indian printing equipment manufacturing industry.” As the industry faces the current challenges and opportunities, it takes a deep breath and pauses to mourn one of its builders. May he rest in peace.

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.

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