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    Today, Monolith GmbH, Europe’s leading supplier of business luggage announced the signing of an agreement to distribute Solo New York products across Europe. Solo New York bring to market extensive ranges of stylish & fashionable bags, backpacks & cases.

    Tim Bonnett, VP European Sales at Monolith, commented: “This exciting partnership with SOLO gives our customers a perfectly complementary extension to our already established Monolith range. It brings us major investment in trend analysis, new product development and additional products that lead the market”

    Nick Byrne, VP Sales at Solo, added: “We knew Monolith was the right partner right away - they already have a depth of understanding of the category and countries, we trust their experience and expertise - so we are very excited to get started!”

    Customers will be able to see the new Solo and Monolith product ranges at Paperworld in Frankfurt later this month.

    Monolith will be exhibiting in Paperworld Frankfurt - Hall 3.0 Stand A40

    Wed, 23/01/2019
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    PSS Magazine wishes you a healthy, peaceful and prosperous HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019.

    Thanks to all of you for supporting us in the wonderful journey of 60 glorious years of incredible success and we hope PSS Magazine reaches to new heights in the coming days. 

    With immense pleasure we inform you that this i.e. 2019 Paper and Stationery Samachar Magazine (PSS) completes 60 glorious years of its remarkable journey since its Inception in 1959, Late T. N. Tuli, founder of PSS had to develop the magazine as a mouthpiece Stationery, Paper and Office Supplies.            

    And for sure! PSS Magazine has devotedly worked towards the development of these sectors of Indian industry. Pardon us for indulging in self praise but the fact is PSS is the only one of its kind and the most successful, longest running, most renowned and most read monthly trade magazine of the industry sectors in India.

    PSS magazine is also a member of the most prestigious and influential Press Association of this Industry in the world having member magazines each representing its respective country. PSS was chosen to represent Indian Stationery and Office supplies industry In International Stationery Press Association (ISPA). Today, PSS Magazine enjoys extensive domestic readership In this industry and is freely distributed in almost all the major exhibitions around the world. Indeed we have been told time and again by our clients that we brought considerable results for their business but we feel our clients and associates have equally rewarded us by reinstating their confidence in our capabilities year after year.

    At this Instance all of us at PSS Magazine use this opportunity to convey our heartfelt gratitude to our national and international clients and readers, our printers, trade associations, federations, suppliers, news agencies and government institutes for their interminable faith in our services and dedication for the industry. Also we seek their opinion, feedback and guidance to embark on yet another phase of our journey beyond this milestone.

    We have always kept customers satisfaction as our priority and have never resorted to any wrong means for any work. Not only do we provide a learning platform but also offer a growing career curve. When PSS Magazine began its business there was very healthy competition in the market but PSS with its diligence faced it and has built an eminent position in the market as a Monthly Trade Magazine.

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    Tue, 01/01/2019

Special Feature

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    Line O Matic Graphic Industries, India is participating in Printpack India 2019 Exhibition (01 - 06 FEB. 19) Noida with 588 sq. meters to showcase its latest range of machines for exercise notebook industry. 

    Line O Matic is launching -

    1.  New variant in Bolt RB Series i.e. Bolt RB104 MAX  –  Fully Automatic Exercise Book Machine, having speed of 500 meters per minute and converting stroke of 80 cycles per minute. It is most advanced machine with cutting edge technology.
    2. SWM 100 – Automatic Continuous motion Shrink Wrapping Machine. New entrant in Line O Matic Product  basket for wrapping of notebooks. It is sturdy, fast, safe and easy to operate.

    !!! Line O Matic will uncover most sophisticated technological advancement of Bolt RB104 MAX & SWM 100 in Printpack India 2019 at Hall # 09, Stand # E43 !!! 

    Line O Matic also displaying existing range of machines:-

    SHS 104S - Super High Speed Ruling/Flexo Printing Machine & Uno B104 - Exercise Book Binding Machine. Both are offline machines to make soft cover staple pin type exercise notebooks.
    This is an excellent opportunity for companies or entrepreneur who wants to enter into exercise notebook manufacturing segment or want to diversify business… to see our Fully Automatic and Semi-Automatic machines on single platform and to avail special offers and discounts…

     

             Never Seen Before…
    Kindly refer: www.lineomatic.com for more details. 

    Tue, 29/01/2019
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    Avantha Group is set to sell its agro chemicals unit, Solaris ChemTechNSE 0.00 %, to Agrocel Industries for about Rs. 800 crore as the Gautam Thapar-controlled firm is selling its non-core businesses to repay some outstanding debt. 

    Agrocel, part of the Shroff Group of Companies which includes Excel Industries, is expected to sign definitive agreement in the coming week and an announcement is due before year-end, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told. 
    The transaction is expected to bring some relief to Avantha Group, which has total debt of more than Rs 12,500 crore. Lenders have already dragged one of the group companies, Bilt Graphic Papers, which borrowed close to Rs. 7,000 crore, to NCLT to initiate bankruptcy proceedings against the company. “The group has been desperately trying to sell this asset for a long time. They did try a deal with a strategic US investor, but it couldn’t complete it. However, this time, they struck a deal with Agrocel and a definitive agreement will be signed within a week,” said one of the sources mentioned above. 
    Avantha group did not respond to emailed queries until press timeW. Avantha sold part of Solaris to the Aditya Birla Group in May 2013. After that deal, which included the chlor-alkali and phosphoric acid divisions, Solaris is left with bromine manufacturing and distribution. The group had signed a deal to sell the remaining company to USbased Chemtura Corporation, but the transaction was not completed. 

     

    Tue, 15/01/2019

Industry People

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    Recently, PSS got the opportunity to speak with Mr. Ashish Jain, Maxton Global Ltd. We asked him about upcoming show " School & Office Expo Vietnam (9-11 Jan., 2019)”. Here are the few excerpts of the Interview.

    Q. What areas (regions/countries) does the expo primarily cover?

    Mr. Ashish Jain: Scope of the show is east Asia where we expect visitors from Vietnam & neighbouring countries like  Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong etc. Hosted buyers are from -  Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Czech etc. We may host more distributors also as still talking to buyers. Registered exhibitors are from Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam & India etc.

    Q. How would you describe the current state of the school and office supplies/stationery industry in these markets?

    Mr. A.J.: Vietnam stationery industry has witnessed foreign investments in stationery industry with several Japanese & Chinese companies setting up plants in Vietnam. Some prominent companies are Tombow Pencil, LIHIT LAB & Plus Corporation of Japan who have setup manufacturing plants in Vietnam.

    Q. Is this a growing market and if so, why?

    Mr. A.J.:Yes, there has been consistent growth in both manufacturing & imports because of overall growth & development in the economy over the last few years. With greater emphasis on education and vocational training, demand for stationery and related products has also witnessed a substantial rise. There has also been an increase in the number of commercial organisations & multi-national companies setting up offices in the region.

    Q. What are the key opportunities for players in the Vietnamese school and office supplies/stationery sector?

    Mr. A.J.: Ho Chi Minh City is the leading distribution centre for Vietnam. Other countries that are significant importers of stationery include Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines. Vietnam services not only domestic requirement but also distributes to Laos & Cambodia.

    Q. Why did you decide to launch a B2B stationery show in Vietnam? Have there been any previous events of this nature?

    Mr. A.J.: Based on the estimates the current population of Vietnam is over 94 Million. It’s a reasonably big population & a growing economy certainly present opportunities not only in stationery but other industries as well. There have never been any stationery, school & office supply focused events in Vietnam.

    Q. What other international events – if any – are you competing with?

    Mr. A.J.: We don’t feel we are competing with any other events in Vietnam for stationery sector. There have never been any stationery shows in Vietnam before and it was time to organise one.

    Q. How are you attracting both trade visitors and exhibitors?

    Mr. A.J.: We did extensive email campaigns, direct marketing & advertisements. We expect buyers not only from Vietnam but also from neighbouring countries like Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines etc. We will also be hosting important importers from the region during the show. This should ensure that our exhibitors get to meet quality buyers from the region.

     

    Fri, 21/12/2018
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    Tejura Overseas Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. (TOEPL) is a Mumbai based company. TOEPL is involved in the business of imports & distribution of fine writing instruments, stationery products for more than 3 decades. Our portfolio includes a range of luxury & fine writing instruments, technical drawing instruments and high quality school & office stationery.

    Recently, PSS got the opportunity to speak with Mr.  Sagar Tejura, MD, Tejura Overseas Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. Here are the few excerpts of the discussion.

    PSS:  Please tell us something about your journey in this industry. Did you inherit this business or build it on your own?

    Sagar Tejura: We Started off in 1983 and the journey still continues…. The only thing is that I was always blessed with a very dedicated and loyal team in all disciplines of the business and if we have reached somewhere, then its only because of the team.

    PSS: How is the distribution of Imported goods different from distribution of indigenous products? One aspect that seems evident is that – it must be complex to manage than the distribution of native products. So what are the incentives or profits that guide you to go for a tougher process?

    S.T.:  We have always been in the niche segments of the categories we deal in and such products are produced globally by a handful of manufacturers.          We also distribute some indigenous products but restricted to Maharashtra State not Pan India.

                Imported brands have their own charm and following in the Indian market because of its very high quality and exclusivity and hence distribution is more controlled and limited to a few outlets in each city. Business is more personalised in terms of service and not only price and discount driven.

    PSS: Your product portfolio is extensive and wide-ranging. How do you decide on these? Do some of them exist just to complement the rest and fill the gap or each one has its own place in your marketing efforts? How has been the response of the Indian market towards these premium quality products?

    S.T.: Most of the products what we do our complimentary in nature. E.g. in Fine Writing Instruments as a category we have Otto Hutt, Germany which produces high quality products mainly crafted out of German Silver, Cleo Skribent-Germany, a brand which caters to producing in brass - resin, Scrikks - Turkey gives us a bandwidth to cater to a wider segment because of the wide range the brand offers at various price points etc.

    Eagle and Jovi brands are both catering to the Stationery segment. So we are not haphazard in our selection. The brands are new so it’s a challenge to shake the mindset of the retailer because they want to stock only those items which a consumer comes asking for. But we are getting there since the products are top class and ably supported by our service. The process is slow but rewarding.

    PSS: Apparently such a wide assortment of product portfolio requires an equally well-planned distribution channel and strategy. Would you like to tell us what are the pointers that help you decide on type of strategy or channel?

    S.T.:  There is no rocket science in this. To cover Pan India, we rely on our time tested Distributors and ably support them with various tools needed to execute their sales.

                    Exhibitions and in store promotion is our key area to educate the consumer. E.g. one of our retailers in Mumbai, developed an idea to have a Fountain Pen Festival in his store and we said brilliant. All collaterals, manpower etc. would be handled by us.

    PSS: Which category faces stiff competition from Indian brands and which is your highest grosser?

    S.T.:  Fortunately we don’t have any competition with any Indian Brand since our categories are different and there is no Indian Player in these segments.

    PSS: What has been role of Govt. policies like – “Customs” and “Taxation” in your import business? Over the years Constructive or hard to handle? What is the current scenario? (please do include your thoughts about GST)

    S.T.:  I think it’s a myth that Customs and Taxation is a very complicated issue. If you are straight forward in your dealings and all documents are in order, nothing can be more simpler than importing goods. Specially in our categories, it’s a cakewalk and under the GST regime, still better. I am all for GST and the Govt. is gradually making amendments wherever necessary – rates and implementation, I am very optimistic that GST is a big boon and a must for Indian business. Again, businesses which are straightforward and well organised, GST can only do good.

    PSS: Please share some interesting anecdotes about your journey. Some ups and downs or some challenges that tested your courage and mettle as a businessman. Also if you’d like to name a few people, may be family or friends in your life –

    S.T.: Personal or Business Associates and Friends; that have been part of these struggles and stories. I don’t know, but I have never seen any downs in my journey, only ups. If we have lost somewhere, then maybe it was the best thing to happen then and we have moved on.

                    Oh yes, we are challenged everyday because of the portfolio we carry, but again here our team is so very positive and proactive, that we don’t feel the resistance or any obstacles which can make us feel defeated.

                    Family and Friends of course, but here I wish to thank all our distributors and key retailers who stood by us, believed in us and supported us unconditionally. Here the list is too long and I am indebted to them. They have made us what we are today.

    PSS:  At last but not the least - Future plans of TEJURA OVERSEAS?

    S.T.:  Along with the brick and mortar sales distribution, we are gearing up to be a recognised player on the E-Commerce platform. We would be having our own E-Commerce portal to sell our brands and also as a marketplace seller on various platforms.

     

    Wed, 05/09/2018

New Products & Trends

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    Pelikan pen company is on target, introducing its Special Edition series 600 Vibrant Orange pen collection in perfect synchronicity with the season.

    Orange is the color of fall, from pumpkins to turning leaves, from lengthening russet shadows to the glow of a Harvest Moon. And the Germany-based Pelikan pen company is on target, introducing its Special Edition series 600 Vibrant Orange pen collection in perfect synchronicity with the season.

    Pelikan, of course, is not the only brand to offer an orange fountain pen. The Italy-based Delta pen company, as an example, created the Dolcevita collection a number of years ago, and it was one of the first contemporary luxury pen companies to do so. The vivid color was suggestive of the sunny disposition its name conjured (the translation of dolce vita is “sweet life”) and the bright orange and black pens always brought a smile to my face.

    Other luxury brands, too, have offered—and continue to offer—orange writing instruments. Caran d’Ache’s Leman collection includes a lovely Saffron pen whose barrel is a spicy shade of orange paired with a silver cap. On the opposite end of the price spectrum is Retro 51’s super-affordable Tornado collection, with its Classic Lacquers series including an orange-colored rollerball or ballpoint. As a timely aside, Pantone, in its Fall 2018 Color Trend Report, named Russet Orange as the new bold hue, noting, “This forest floor orange speaks to earthen warmth.” Pumpkin spice latte, anyone?

    This Souverän® 600 is crafted from a bright orange acrylic, and it apparently took several tries to achieve the perfect hue of bright fall leaves. Just like those leaves, the color is highly nuanced. 

     

    Sat, 17/11/2018
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    Scriba is a Bluetooth stylus that features a capacitive tip and works in conjunction with sensors.

    If you are presently scratching your head and thinking what this alien-looking handheld device is, then you would be surprised that it is a capacitive Bluetooth stylus with an ergonomic design. Yes, it is conventional capacitive stylus with a twist. It works together with Bluetooth and a couple of sensors to give your artistic hand a freedom of speech.

    Confusing right? Actually, you have to see and use it to believe it.

    The Scriba is a new-age digital stylus. Researched and developed by a Dublin-based architect, David Craig. Craig was responsible for a number of high profile projects, including the competition winning design for the U2 Tower. Following the slowdown in construction, he looked for a new challenge.  A regular user of digital tools in design, he observed that the traditional styli were little more than digitised versions of pens and pencils. He then saw an opportunity for a new type of tool and built a new type of digital stylus that is designed around the user. Scriba is proclaimed as the world’s most innovative digital stylus and has won many design and innovation awards.

    David got in touch with us and wanted us to have a glimpse of the product that he thinks could see a new place in a market like India. After using it for a few days, we were impressed. However, we did feel the product does have a few more iterations to consider.

    Tue, 28/08/2018

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