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    Mysuru state will soon start to manufacture raw paper from elephant poo.

    If you come across an eco-friendly brown sheet with a thick layer, don’t pooh-pooh it. It could be made of processed elephant dung. The state will soon start to manufacture raw paper from elephant poo.

    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Wildlife, Jayaram told media persons that a private company from the state, involved in the making of papers using elephant dung, has been permitted to lift the dung produced at Dubare elephant camp. Following the agreement, the company will be collecting the dung as and when the sufficient quantity of the same is made available at the camp in the coming days. They will be paying a nominal amount in return to the department.

    Wed, 24/10/2018
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    The primary aim was to promote use of recycled paper in a substantial manner as a pan organisational practice and as part of day-to-day business operations. 

    Airports Authority of India (AAI) believes in the philosophy which aims at ‘giving back to the community where we live and work’. Inspired by this sublime thought, and driven by the concept of promoting better practices for environment conservation, Kalyanmayee – the Women Welfare Association of AAI took up the initiative of establishment of the Paper Recycling Unit (PRU) in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. 

    The primary aim was to promote use of recycled paper in a substantial manner as a pan organisational practice and as part of day-to-day business operations. The unit is a one of its kind model in India encouraging the use of recycled paper, saving energy, saving water, saving cost, creating jobs and reducing negative impact on the environment.

    AAI’s Paper Recycling Unit (PRU) is one of the prime Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of AAI and is an admirable instance amongst PSUs on integrating business practices and CSR. The PRU works on the grounds of viable waste-to-energy systems. 

     

    Wed, 24/10/2018

Special Feature

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    Mr. Prakash Soni, Chairman, Soni Polymers Pvt. Ltd., Nagpur received “Life Time Achievement Award”. 

    Soni Polymers Pvt. Ltd., Nagpur  Mr. Prakash Soni received “Life Time Achievement Award” from Pen & Stationery Association of India for the year 2018.  The function was held at Mumbai on 6th of October 2018.  Mr. Khubilal Rathod, chairman of Flair Pens was present at the function.  

    The “Life Time Achievement Award” was given to Mr. Prakash Soni for his contribution to stationery industry during last 40 years.  While receiving the award Mr. Prakash Soni said “Our company has  3 principles on which the business philosophy is based Zero Defect, 100% Customer satisfaction & Make in India.”

    This has helped the company to grow exponentially during last 40years. Under the brand name of “SONI OFFICEMATE”  their products are sold all over India and exported to more than 50 countries covering all the continents in the world.  

    About Soni Polymers Pvt.Ltd the flagship of Soni Group - commenced operations in 1981.

    SoniOfficemate Products have gained acceptance in India, Asia, Africa, Middle East & Europe, USA etc. Domestic and international demand for SoniOfficemate Products is rising rapidly and our 5 modern units fulfill it capably. Besides being an ISO9001 Organization, we are OEM suppliers to some of the World-renowned organizations. Many fresh proposals are already nearing fruition and we are setting up 5th new unit exclusively for Exports.

    Thanks to the concentrated efforts of 300+ TEAM SONI, now we are a leading stationery manufacturer and Exporter in India. TEAM SONI has decided to make SoniOfficemate a house hold name the world over and we trust them to deliver once they decide. For we believe that ,”People make an Organization”. And fortunately, we have such people who make it happen.

    For over 37 years, Soni Polymers Pvt. Ltd. has been at the forefront of innovating & producing some of the best stationery items in the world. More than just ordinary office tools, they are a symbol of the ever increasing demand for quality products. This has led Soni Polymers to dream a possible dream, which is `` To achieve iconic status by making Officemate a household name, sitting proudly amongst some of the reputed & most admired stationery products of the modern era.``

    The pursuit of innovation is basic to Soni Polymers culture. It shapes the strategy, defines the purpose, & governs every facet of the operations-from research & development (R& D) that leads to newer innovative products, aesthetic appeal & affordability, to the production capabities & the response to the ever changing market needs.

    Sat, 17/11/2018
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    JK Paper Mills, Jaykaypur, Rayagada has owned the prestigious NATIONAL SAFETY AWARD for the outstanding Safety performance and achieving “Accident Free Year 2016” in a glittering award distributing ceremony organized by the DGFASLI (Director General, Factory Advice and Labour Institute), GOI held at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi.

    JK Paper Mills, Jaykaypur, Rayagada has owned the prestigious NATIONAL SAFETY AWARD for the outstanding Safety performance and achieving “Accident Free Year 2016” in a glittering award distributing ceremony organized by the DGFASLI (Director General, Factory Advice and Labour Institute), GOI held at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi.

    The award has been received by Sri P.K.Suri, Executive Vice President , JK Paper Mills, Jaykaypur from Sri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of State (independent charge) for Labour & Employment, Govt. of India.

    In the past JKPM also bagged state safety award from Sri Prafulla Kumar Mallik, the then Honourable Minister (Ind. Charge), Steel & Mines and Labour & ESI, Govt. of Odisha in the presence of Sri G Srinivas, IAS, Principal Secretary, Labour & ESI and P C Das, Director of Factory & Boiler in a pompous function held at Hotel New Marrion, Bhubaneswar.

    On the above achievement all employees of JKPM conveyed their gratitude to Mr. Suri, who also very recently was bestowed with Global Mills Manager Award. The denizens of Rayagada have applauded the diligence of employees under the leadership of Suri in maintaining optimum safety in the mills and its periphery.

     

    Sat, 17/11/2018

Industry People

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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
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    On the 28th of April’2018, Mr. S. K. Thirani, Chairman, Kores India Ltd.,one of the brightest and colossal lights of the stationery industry diminished, leaving behind a trail of memories which will be remembered in time to come.  Born in 1930 in a Rajasthani family, Mr. Thirani, joined his father’s business at the young age of 17. He took over as Chairman and Managing Director of Kores India Ltd. at the age of 35, following his father’s demise in 1966.

    At the time, Kores was a distinguished brand in the stationery industry and had stamped its authority as the pioneer and leader. When people spoke of quality stationery, the first name to come to mind was Kores.  Mr. S. K. Thirani, with his passion for work and vision was determined to make Kores a brand to reckon with. Such was his passion and determination that very recently; he set up his dream project – a pencil plant equipped with the state of the art technology to manufacture massive quantities of pencils. His objective behind setting up this plant was to reach out to the younger generations who are the future of India through a range of ‘Back To School’ products.

    VISIONARY AND A MAN OF MANY IDEAS

    Being a visionary, he decided to expand Kores into businesses beyond stationery. Under his dynamic leadership, Kores diversified into multifarious activities such as Office Automation, Banking Office Automation, Foundry, Textiles, Engineering, Real Estate, Specialty Chemicals, Art Materials, WritingInstruments, International Business, etc. He worked hard to create an independent identity for each of these business verticals, making each a success in its respective field.

    Mr. S. K. Thirani believed innovation and new ideas were the drivers of new business growth. He constantly proposed and executed new projects, with an objective to make them the best in the market scenario. For his work force of around 2500 employees, he was an inspiration and a role model, who fondly referred to him as Babuji. Under his leadership, Kores acquired the seal of excellence and reliability and, above all, the trust of customers as well as its employees.

    UNIQUE MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY

    In a world where most corporates believe that they can buy anything with money, Mr. Thirani walked a different path when it came to dealing with his people. According to him, as a company, you could buy a man’s time, his physical presence at a given place, but you could never buy enthusiasm, his initiative, his loyalty, devotion of heart, mind and soul. These things have to be earned. Loyalty is not for sale. Led by this belief, he reached out to his employees in the smallest possible way and yes, he truly earned their loyalty and devotion.

    PERSONAL PASSIONS: SPORTS, GARDENING, READING & MORE

    Besides leading Kores to great heights, Mr. Thirani was a keen Golfer from his young age, and also an accomplished badminton player. His keen passion for the game of golf led him to host the presitigious Kores Golf Championship 32 times at the Bombay PresidencyGolf Club, Chembur, Mumbai.

    This man of action had a softer, gentler side to him as well. He loved gardening and growing different types of fruits and flowers, which he proudly showcased at his orchard. The orchard boasts of apples, pears,  peaches, kiwis, strawberries, etc. This is a testimony of his love for gardening where beautiful flowers abound in the garden. One of the things that set this highly respected man in league with some of the finest corporate leaders of our times was his constant desire to learn and grow. Well read from his early days, he continued to have a collection of books in his library at the office as well as at home.

    The subjects of his interest ranged from topics as varied as Business & Management, Technology to Philosophy, Geography, History, Health, Cookery, Golf, Travel, Gardening, Religion and other novels.

    A FINAL FAREWELL

    For a man so determined to touch new horizons, so focused on always raising the bar ever higher, our words fall short as we seek to share our memories of him. As we bid our dear Babuji farewell, we pray that his soul may rest in peace, and may his memories and his enduring vision guide us at all times as we forge ahead into a future he had dreamt for us.

    Tue, 28/08/2018

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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    The Choose Water bottle, developed by a British scientist James Longcroft, aims to replace plastic bottles and help save the world’s oceans from plastic waste.

    The outer case is made from 100% recycled sustainably sourced paper pulp, while the waterproof inner lining is made from fully biodegradable and sustainable materials – the exact details of the composition is a closely guarded secret whilst patents are still pending. The company claims the inner lining is actually beneficial to the environment, neutralising soil acidity and providing nutrients to aquatic environments.

    All elements of the bottle will fully biodegrade within ‘a few months’, whether they end up in the ocean or landfill. They don’t leave behind toxic micro-particles, or leach heavy metals into the environment

    The steel cap on the bottle will also rust and fully decompose within a year whereas, plastic usually takes hundreds of years to break down.

    Longcroft, who lives in Scotland, is finalising patents and started crowdfunding in order for the bottles to be mass produced and stocked in supermarket shelves. He has raised just over £35,000 and expects the water bottle to be launched in September 2018.

    Tue, 28/08/2018

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