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    ITC’s papers division seeks raw material sources

    AUGUST-2012 – The paperboards and specialty papers division of ITC Ltd. is scouting for raw material sources and a scalable supply of it would determine expansion of recycled paper board manufacturing capacity, the company said. ITC has to arrange adequate raw material supply if it has to look at investment in the size of around Rs. 1,000 crore. According to Pradeep Dhobale, executive director, ITC Ltd., “Our requirements of waste paper for paper board manufacturing is around 10,000 tonnes a month, of which 4,000 tonnes are sourced from a few cities in South India and we expect this to be scalable around 10,000 tonnes a month, over the next two years,” he said. The waste paper collection is for company’s paperboard manufacturing. Adding up of 100,000 tonne paperboard capacity would require huge investments, of about Rs. 1,000 crore. We cannot invest so much in expansion without ensuring enough supply of raw materials,” said Dhobale. It initiated Wealth out of Waste (WoW) programme, in 2007, focusing on spreading awareness through schools in a few cities in South India. It expects scalable collection of waste paper from the South Indian cities, doubling the annual collection from the present nearly 48,000 tonne, to around 120,000 tonnes, in the next two years. According to company officials, collecting raw material for recycling within India could help save $2 billion of foreign exchange by way of reduced imports of wastepaper since the imports could be reduced. Presently, India imports around 4 million tonnes of waste paper from abroad, including the US and Europe, to recycle into paper boards. This is at a time when the country uses around 12 million tonne of paper and almost seven to eight million tonne of paper and paper board ends up in dumps every year, and in landfills. “We can reduce reliance on imported raw materials for paperboard manufacturing if we increase recycling. We are planning to cover all major South Indian cities under the initiative in the next couple of years,” said Dhobale recently, when the company launched its WoW initiative in Chennai. WoW programme, started with 100 tonnes of waste paper collection, is presently operational in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Coimbatore, Trichy, Erode and Madurai, and has the support of 3 million citizens, 500,000 school children, 350 corporates, over 1,000 commercial establishments and around 200 industries. It has a tie-up with Hyderabad-based Ramky Group for collection, segregation and logistics of wastepaper, including door to door collection. ITC’s paperboards division would commission one more paperboard machine in its Bhadrachalam plant by October, this year. The machine, with a capacity of 1,00,000 tonne per annum capacity, would initially have 40 per cent increase in production of recycled paper board. The company at present has a total capacity of around 300,000 tonne of paperboard per annum, of which almost 175,000 tonnes are manufactured using paperboard while the rest is with materials like pulp. Of the total capacity for recycled paper board manufacturing, 100,000 tonne capacity is in ITC’s manufacturing facility near Mettupalayam, in Coimbatore, said Jogarao Bhamidipati, senior vice president (commercial), Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division, ITC Ltd.

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    Indian paper mills to benefit from Islamabad freeing imports

    Indian paper mills are set to benefit from Pakistan freeing imports from India. Following the recent permission to allow import of newsprint from India, the neighbouring country is likely to free import of other varieties of paper by the year end. According to representatives of the All Pakistan Paper Merchants Association, which met with the Indian Paper Manufacturers Association, the trade there is hopeful that the Government will allow imports of a wider variety of paper by the year end. Pakistan needs about 4 lakh tonnes of paper, annually, but the domestic production, mostly from recycled paper, meets just about half the requirement. The balance is imported from Europe and elsewhere, according to the Association’s president, Khamis Saeed Butt. Cheaper from India Speaking over the telephone following the meeting with IPMA representatives in Delhi, the Merchants Association’s chief said Pakistan and India could benefit by the trade. Imports for Pakistan would be at least 20 per cent cheaper from India than from Europe and the waiting time for consignments would be reduced to days instead of weeks and months. The industry there is pushing for getting paper out of the negative list. Newsprint is outside the negative list, and extending that benefit to printing paper will help even more. Pakistan is focussing on the education sector and good quality printing and writing paper is an essential need. Madhukar Mishra, President of the Manufacturers Association, which represents the large paper mills, said India exports about 3.5 lakh tonnes of paper annually. The port route Even a portion of the potential 2 lakh tonne market in Pakistan will represent a significant benefit for large paper mills particularly in the North. Paper could be supplied by the land route within a week as compared with a month or more needed to import from Sweden or Pakistan. Sohail Lashari of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who led the delegation, said domestic demand is growing by about 7 per cent annually but production does not match demand. Imports are inevitable, and India and Pakistan could both benefit from this trade partnership. An industry expert said at least one-fourth of Pakistan’s imports could be met from India. Apart from the land route, port-based exports can reach the hinterland more effectively, and this presents a widespread opportunity for the Indian industry.

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    ITC Paper unit expansion awaits land allotment

    The Paperboards and Speciality Papers Division of ITC Ltd. is awaiting land allotment for its Rs. 3,500-crore brownfield expansion project adjacent to its existing plant at Badrachalam in Andhra Pradesh. “The matter of land allotment is now part of the mega projects awaiting nods. This expansion project is part of projects under consideration by the Prime Minister’s Office, which is looking into various issues relating to implementation hurdles,” Sanjay K. Singh, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC Ltd. PSPD, said. Sanjay Singh told Business Line that the company requires about 1,000 acres for expansion which will enable them to double its manufacturing capacity from the existing 5,00,000-tonnes-a-year capacity. The location is ideal but involves forest land allocation. The norms for allotment of forest land are stringent. The company has to undertake afforestation to compensate for the land allotted. A site in Ananthapur has been considered for development of forest tract, he said. The project has been under consideration for nearly two years and has the support of the State Government. But the issue of land allotment adjacent to the exiting site has held up the project’s expansion. “We expect the process to take six months. Only after allotment, we can take up public hearing and seek other clearances. The site is ideally suited as it has access to the Godavari river and a large plantation,” he said. SOCIAL FORESTRY The company has taken up social forestry in a big way, engaging local farmers. It covers 1,35,000 hectares and every year about 15,000 acres get added to the existing plantations. These provide raw material and again get replenished, benefitting the farmers. The raw material and other input costs for manufacture have gone up and paper prices have firmed up by 20-25 per cent, quoting at Rs 3,000 a tonne, he said.

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    HP retains leadership position in printer market

    NOV-2013 – Hewlett-Packard Co retained its leadership position in Indian printer and copier market in the second quarter of 2013. The combined serial inkjet and page printer, copier and multifunction product market in India totalled 6,81,584 units during the reporting quarter. This is a 4.7 per cent fall from the second quarter of 2012, according to a study by research and analysis firm Gartner. The total end user spending in the second quarter totalled $235.4 million, a 13 per cent decline from the same period last year. The monochrome market declined 1.5 per cent, while the colour market remained flat, it added. HP remained the market leader with 52 per cent market share, followed by Canon with 24 per cent share. Epson accounted for 9 per cent, while Samsung 8 per cent in the second quarter. The page A4 MFP segment continued to grow in the second quarter of 2013 and posted a 12 per cent rise. With a growth rate of 37.4 per cent, HP garnered a 59 per cent market share, followed by Samsung 20.3 per cent and Canon 12.1 per cent.

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    New digital horizons – Digit interviews Seiko Epson’s President, Minoru Usui

    OCT-2012 -Epson’s a household name in the printers and projectors category. We sat down with the company’s president, Mr. Minoru Usui, on his recent India visit to get a sense of where the industry’s heading in the near future. Excerpts from our interview: Digit: Is India an important player, as far as Epson’s global markets go? Usui: Yes of course, India is a very important market for Epson now, and it will continue to grow in importance. It’s essential for Epson to listen carefully to the requirements of Indian customers, and to develop products that meet these needs. Part of my reason for visiting India this month and in the past has to speak to our local staff, visit customers and therefore directly obtain information about the Indian market and customers. Digit: Traditional print industries are declining in growth, digital publishing is steadily increasing. As a printer manufacturer, how is this trend affecting you and the industry? Usui: The volume of output from commercial digital printing will grow by 400% from 2010 to 2015. Epson’s Micro Piezo technology provides high speed, high reliability, and is kind to the environment. We have already started to leverage these advantages by creating printers for applications such as outdoor signage, commercial photo printing and packaging labels. We therefore believe we are well placed to take advantage of the shift to digital printing. Printers using Micro Piezo technology are ideal for on-demand – printing exactly the right amount at the right time – printing, which we believe will continue to expand. Digit: Is there an increased pressure demanding printer manufacturers to produce greener printers with minimal environmental impact? How are they different from a normal printer? Usui: Yes, over the years we have taken a variety of measures to make our products greener including removing potentially harmful substances, making them easier to recycle and reducing their energy use. In recent years environmental concerns have become especially become important in the office, and we have launched a range of business inkjet printers that have considerable environmental advantages over laser printers, including using around 90% less electricity. In commerce too, for example, our SureLab product is aimed at high street commercial photo shops. This product eliminates the harmful chemicals used in conventional analogue photo printing processes. Digit: How do you manage to come out with interesting printer technologies, such as water-proof and smudge-proof Durabrite ink? Could you tell us something about the kind of research that goes behind selecting the right kind of ink for a particular category of printers? Usui: The start point always has to be the market. There’s no point in making great products and technologies that nobody wants. It’s essential that we research carefully what our customers want, and create a product that meets – or hopefully exceeds – their expectations. One of Epson’s advantages is its ability to create new products and technologies from the ground up. Once we have determined what the market needs it is up to our engineers and scientists to create it. Digit: How will the printer industry shape up in the next decade? Any forecasts or predictions? Usui: First, I believe we will see the steady expansion of inkjet printing in the office. Inkjet offers advantages over lasers in terms of running costs, first print out speed, and energy consumption, and it is Epson’s task to make customers aware of the fantastic business inkjet printers we offer. Second, as on-demand printing expands, we will see an acceleration of the shift to digital printing in commerce and industry. As mentioned above, Epson will step up its efforts to provide products that address actual needs in these areas. Digit: What is your view on 3D Printing? When will we see a consumer-grade affordable 3D printer in the market? Usui: Epson is looking closely at the possibilities for 3D printing. Our original Micro Piezo inkjet technology is extremely versatile and certainly has potential for 3D and a wide range of other printing applications. It’s difficult to say exactly when such a printer will become readily available, but we will continue to review the market carefully and work hard to create products that meet the needs of our customers. Digit: Some of your 3D projectors are priced at similar price points as 3D Smart TVs. Is it fair to compare projectors with HDTVs? Which one is the better option for users and why? Usui: It’s not a straight comparison because projectors and TVs have different roles in home entertainment. Large screen TVs may not be practical for some customers who have smaller living rooms, and are not cost effective at 80 inches and above. Certainly projectors are the better option when people want to enjoy entertainment at 100 inches and above. Projectors are easy to set up and use and can readily bring big screen entertainment to customers wanting to enjoy movies, sports and games. Digit: Are projector sales according to your expectations? Usui: While I am pleased with how customers have accepted our innovative projectors, I am never fully satisfied. We are always looking to improve sales by providing products with functions and features that address specific customer needs. Epson has been the world leading projector manufacturer for 11 years, and we are looking to build on the expertise and advantages we have gained to strengthen this position. Digit: How do you plan to educate the Indian buyer, who views a projector as just a device which is used in corporate offices and not as a home entertainment gadget? Usui: According to a recent industry report, India is on its way to becoming the second largest market to spend on lifestyle products & high tech gadgets. Urban Indian middle class families are exploring new options for comfortable living as also for entertainment. Against this backdrop we find the adoption of projectors for use as a home theatre beginning to increase rapidly in India. Our objective is to continuously introduce products to excite and entice this consumer. We’ve recently introduced a fantastic 3D HD ready home theatre projectors, an Apple docking projector and an All in One Projector (Projector, Speakers, DVD Player). Our objective is also to continuously make these products more accessible to consumers. This means more affordable pricing and better availability. And finally our objective is also to constantly demonstrate in reality the incredible experience of viewing entertainment on a home theatre projector. Ultimately the viewing experience is what wins the day and drives consumers to invest in our projectors for use at home. Digit: What are your specific plans for India in the next 5 years? Usui: Epson has been growing in stature and presence in India over the years. Today Epson enjoys strong equity and is the No. 1 or 2 brand in almost every category it operates in. A lot of hard work has gone into building the brand to the position in which it is today. A strong dealer network with loyal partners, products that are industry benchmarks in most categories, a service network that rates above the competition on all parameters and innovative marketing activities have all helped to build the brand to its current position. With an increased focus from Epson Japan on developing products that are specially created for the Indian consumer we will continue to launch new products specifically for the Indian market. In India we are aiming to touch Rs. 750 crores in turnover this year and be the market leader in all the categories we operate in. By 2014 we hope to be a Rs. 1200 crore company. Apart from printers and projectors we also plan to enter new segments with new products. Portable label printing, robotics and factory automation, wearable imaging devices, short run label printing and textile printing are just some of the exciting areas we will be getting into. Our aim is to become a company that is indispensable for its customers. We want to deliver products and services that are useful and add value to our customers and society. In short, we want to fulfil the promise contained in our “Exceed Your Vision” global tagline. Digit: We seldom see tech brands sponsoring football teams. Why then did you decide to partner with Manchester United? Usui: We want to raise our brand profile through an association with another like-minded global brand and bring ourselves closer to customers in our core markets. We believe we have much in common with the club. As global brands, we both share a vision to excite and inspire fans and customers, dedicated to seeking success and to exceeding expectations. We both believe in giving something back to society and have a strong sense of community and social conscience. We are also both global brands that transcend national and linguistic boundaries, and want to bring people together.

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    G.M. Pens to expand plant capacity

    JULY-2016 – G.M. Pens International Pvt. Ltd. is increasing its production capacity by 10 lakh to 38 lakh pens a day at an investment of Rs.57 crore. Besides, the company is also in talks with Chinese firms to get into the stationery business, which will likely materialise by end-2017. Last year, the company clocked sales turnover of Rs.440 crore and it hopes to touch Rs.500 crore in the current fiscal. “We are expanding the production capacity of four of the nine plants in Puducherry in another 12-18 months time. By March 2017, we will have a total capacity to produce 33 lakh pens a day and by end of 2017, it will reach 38 lakh pens a day,” Indrakumar Mahendran, Joint Managing Director, G.M. Pens, told. Our core strengths commences with our dedicated and experienced team in each functional group Innovative R&D: With 20 plus years of developing products to the most diverse country like India, with many languages consisting of different scripts, writing habits and catering to one of the highest writing user base, has provided GM Pens International the largest knowledge base when it comes to writing instruments compared to any other countries in the world. Our R&D is world class and well recognized…