Line O Matic celebrates silver jubilee

Event attended by attended by clients and associates

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In India, 25 states and five union territories have Line O Matic machines.

Line O Matic, a well-known brand in paper stationery machinery, paper converting machinery, and packaging machinery, celebrated its 25th silver jubilee with a grand celebration in Ahmedabad attended by clients, associates, vendors, employees, and their family members. 

The event started off with a welcome address by Uday Patel, founder-owner. He mentioned how the company has advanced through the years, trying to create an impact in the education sector as well as contributing to the economy. He promised to expand their stronghold through consistent and quality effort.

Swapnil Patel, executive management, shared his experience. “When we look back, it seems like 25 years have been a long time, but somewhere, it is a little difficult to believe that 25 years have already passed. Today, we have successfully carved a place in the paper industry and it’s all thanks to everyone who has given their 100% to the company. We proudly say that more than 3,000 machines have been installed and working successfully around the world. In India, 25 states and five union territories have Line O Matic machines. With this customer-centric approach, our presence now reaches more than 80 countries.” 

Nirav Parikh, general manager, launched an online shopping portal for their export division. 

Chief minister of Gujarat Bhupendra Patel said he was happy to see the growth of Line O Matic. He spoke about the education sector and how Line O Matic has played an important role in contributing through their machinery and services.

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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