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.

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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