A visit to Megalith PrintCare in Patna

A commercial printer who diversified to cartons before the pandemic

Nand Kishor Singh, director at Megalith PrintCare, standing with a 4-color Adast Dominant 745 C offset printing machine. Photo: IPP
Nand Kishor Singh, director at Megalith PrintCare, standing with a 4-color Adast Dominant 745 C offset printing machine. Photo: IPP

Patna-based Megalith PrintCare was started in 1993 by Late Shiv Naryana Singh and is now run by his son Anuj Kumar Singh and his brother Nand Kishor Singh. Megalith PrintCare, said to be one of the most reputed printing presses in the capital of Bihar, provides a full variety of printing and packaging services, including posters, brochures, labels, box making, and monocartons.

In the early 90s, the company was completely a commercial offset printer, providing customers with magazine, poster, and brochure printing and finishing. Around 2000, it diversified the business by adding a packaging segment. Now, it’s working in mainly monocartons for food, medicines, and incense sticks. It handles all the processes from designing to postpress in-house. For the monocartons, it offers UV coatings, lamination, and diecutting.

Boxes made from Adast Dominant offset press
Boxes made from Adast Dominant offset press.       Photo: IPP

Megalith PrintCare functions in a 3,000 square feet of area, and its employees, about 20-25, include a few women. Claiming to be one of the best carton plants in the city, it has 4 Dominant presses – a single color, two 2-color Dominant presses for carton printing and more recently, in 2021, it installed a used 4-color Adast Dominant 745C offset press that it uses mainly for label printing.

Both clients and print businesses affected by the pandemic

Speaking about the pandemic situation of the past two years across the city and businesses in Patna, Nand Kishor Singh, director at Megalith PrintCare, said, “Covid-19 was a bit challenging for the company. Many of our clients died, their businesses were affected, and so we were affected by it. Our customers are mostly in Bihar, so we didn’t face much difficulty during delivery. For now, it’s difficult to comment on anything in this tough period as most of the companies haven’t recovered yet, but we have also realized that moving toward the packaging segment was a good decision as there is lots of scope in the packaging industry.”

“At this moment, when the markets have opened to some extent, we have started making boxes and delivering them to our customers from different regions of the country as we now have customers in Uttar Pradesh. To make boxes, we buy paper and paperboard from local dealers, and for adding gloss, we have UV coatings.”

Nand Kishor Singh (Left) and Anuj Kumar Singh (Right), directors of Megalith PrintCare, at their office. Photo: PSA
Nand Kishor Singh (Left) and Anuj Kumar Singh (Right), directors of Megalith PrintCare, at their office.
Photo: IPP

“Our main aim is to provide our customers with high-quality services, and we are completely devoted to our work. My message for the people who have suffered during the pandemic and haven’t recovered yet is to try your best and never give up. The industry has started growing now, we just need to be focused and have a positive approach towards our plans.”

Anuj Kumar Singh, the director of the company, adds that he plans to set up new offices in some other cities so that the company can build communication with its customers. He also has some plans or intentions to invest in the gravure segment for flexible packaging.

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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