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    Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. has announced its entry into a strategic alliance with Gifts & Accessories, the exhibition division of Netlink Solutions (India) Ltd.

    Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. marking its 20th anniversary in India this year, now holds 22 trade fairs and 35 conferences in its portfolio.

    The Stationery & Write Show is regarded as India's largest exhibition for stationery and writing instruments. With the two companies coming together for a strategic alliance, the 4th edition of this fair will now be named Stationery & Write Show presented by Paperworld.

    The concurrent Corporate Gifts Show will add to the innovative showcase corporate and promotional gifting as well as merchandising.

    "We are excited to join hands with Messe Frankfurt, a partner with a wealth of experience, credibility, strategic planning and global reach that complements our approach. We are confident of taking the Stationery & Write Show presented by Paperworld to its next stage of development and deliver a quality platform for business and networking," said Director Netlink Solutions (India) Ltd., Minesh Modi.

    Wed, 03/10/2018
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    Gujarat Chief Minister, Shri Vijaybhai Rupani inaugurated a manufacturing unit of Flair Writing Industries Ltd.. The Chief Minister visited the plant. Speaking about the industrial development in the State, the Chief Minister said that his government will in upcoming days announced a policy for apparel garments. Newell Brand’s global CEO for writing division Mr. Laurel Hurd express confidence in partnership with Flair for Reynolds.

    Chairman of Flair, Mr. KJ Rathod said, the unit once fully operational will produce daily 50 lakh pens. The unit will employ 5,000 workers. The Reynold pens will come out with Made in India mark through this unit.He said the unit will have 70% women employees. It should be mentioned here that Reynolds last year announced tie up with pen manufacturer and distributor Flair to re-launch eight products and increase its footprint across India.

     

    Mon, 17/09/2018

Latest News

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    With the money raised at this year’s World Kids Colouring Day, STAEDTLER presented a cheque of £19,252 to Plan International on 13th August. 

    STAEDTLER supports the aid organisation, Plan International’s project ‘school education for kids in Malawi’ and this year has seen the tenth anniversary of the World Kids Colouring Day. 

    The aim is to promote kids being creative together and at the same time to support children in need. Over a period of two months, children from all over the world sent in their artistic masterpieces around the theme ‘quite typical.’ 

    For each drawing 1 Euro was given to the school project in Malawi. STAEDTLER matched the number of submissions, presenting 21,450 Euros to Plan International. 

    The call for participation in the World Kids Colouring Day reached kids, school classes and organisations all over the world. In total, STAEDTLER received 21,450 submissions from more than 14 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. Kids between 3-11 years could participate individually or in groups. 

    With the theme ‘quite typical,’ this year’s World Kids Colouring Day focused on cultural characteristics that children come across in their everyday lives and that decisively shape them. The kids decided what they considered quite typical. 

     

    Tue, 11/09/2018
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    The tried-and-tested Metris OPP system (OPP: Optimization of Process Performance) from ANDRITZ, which has been used successfully in reference plants all around the world, will be used here.

    The tried-and-tested Metris OPP system (OPP: Optimization of Process Performance) from ANDRITZ, which has been used successfully in reference plants all around the world, will be used here. Metris OPP is an IIoT system developed by ANDRITZ and comprises a range of digitally supported tools based on big data analysis to improve industrial processes. The system has been modernized continuously in recent years, and new tools such as artificial intelligence, apps, and so on, have been added.

    More than 50 international groups are already working with Metris OPP successfully, many of which only began using it in the past two years. The overall net benefit generated by these companies so far with Metris OPP amounts to over 150 million euros. The OPP system, which is used above all in pulp and paper production, detects anomalies and deviations at an early stage by analyzing production data. As a result, countermeasures can be implemented in good time, guaranteeing reliable production and also optimizing operations, including the use of resources.          

    Tue, 28/08/2018

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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    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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    HP has launched four new Ink Tank Printers in India for Home and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) users. The wireless HP Ink Tank 415 and 419 printers are aimed at MSMEs as they are said to print thousands of pages at "ultra-low" cost-per-page. There are also the HP Ink Tank 315 and 319 printers, which are priced at Rs 11,845 and Rs 12,513 respectively. 

    The Key features include:

    Mobility Optimized with Wi-Fi Direct

    Driving Businesses with High-Quality Ink

    Smooth Operations with a Spill-Free Refill System

     

    Product Pricing and Availability in India

    The new HP Ink Tank Printer series, which also includes the HP Ink Tank 315 Printer and HP Ink Tank 319 Printer, are now available in India through qualified channel partners or directly through HP.

    • The HP Ink Tank Wireless 415 Printer at INR 14,812
    • The HP Ink Tank 315 Printer at INR 11,845
    • The HP Ink Tank 419 Wireless Printer at INR 15,493
    • The HP Ink Tank 319 Printer at INR 12,513
    Tue, 28/08/2018

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