A visit to Megalith PrintCare in Patna

A commercial printer who diversified to cartons before the pandemic

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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.

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