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    A state of the art manufacturing plant of Pidilite Lanka (Private) Limited was formally commissioned at Polgahawela in Sri Lanka’s North Western Province on July 10.

    This opening was attended by his Taranjit Singh Sandhu – India’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Bharat Puri – Managing Director of Pidilite Industries, Rohan De Silva – Chairman of McLarens Group, and many other dignitaries.

    Commenting on the opening of this new plant, Mr. Bharat Puri, Managing Director of Pidilite Industries said, “Pidilite’s exciting journey in Sri Lanka began 11 years ago. This investment is a testament to our commitment to the Sri Lanka market. Located on an expanse of four acres, this zero-discharge plant will initially manufacture adhesives, under the household brand Fevicol® and enhance availability of our range across industries.

    Director of Pidilite Lanka, Mrs. Ramani Ponnambalam added, “This plant will contribute significantly to import substitution and also provide employment opportunities in this region.


    Pidilite’s well-known brands in Sri Lanka include FEVICOL, the high-performance range of adhesives and Dr. FIXIT, an advanced range of waterproofing solution for healthy homes.

    In 2015, Pidilite Lanka acquired Chemifix, Sri Lanka’s leading white adhesive brand in wood working, stationery and industrial segments.

    These brands reflect the company’s objective to become an even more customer-centric and performance oriented organisation in Sri Lanka.

    Pidilite Lanka (Private) Limited is a joint venture established in 2015 between Pidilite Industries Limited, one of Asia’s leading adhesive and construction chemical companies, and Macbertan Holdings, a strategic alliance of Macbertan Pvt Ltd., McLarens Holdings Limited and Alliance Finance Company Ltd. Macbertan had been Pidilite’s exclusive distributor in Sri Lanka since 2007 until Pidilite Lanka (Private) Limited was formed in 2015.


    Fri, 17/08/2018
  • 200

    It has been sometime we’ve not talked about our industry Tuli Paper Mill. The mill has been defunct for some years now, and I feel that we, as citizens of Nagaland have a right, as well as a duty to know the status about it. The Government of India has time and again been trying to revive the Mill in words and deeds. As per the new DPR the Government of India has approved to sanction amount of Rs. 679 Cr. out of which an amount of Rs.100 Crore has already been released for its speedy revival on 19.09.2013. 


    The Nagaland Pulp & Paper Company Limited (NPPCL) reportedly has received only Rs. 33 Crore from the above amount and though with limited fund, the NPPCL has been trying to uplift the mill by machinery maintenance, renovation of the building and so on. The old rusted machines are being sold out on scraps to release them with new ones. The rehabilitation works is being suspended since 2015. It is pertinent to state here that the salary of its employees are still pending, forget about other service benefits. In such a scenario, I feel that we have a right to know when the funds are being released and to whom the funds are being pumped in.


    Fri, 17/08/2018
  • 194

    In a first of its kind venture, a city-based startup is making pencils with waste paper instead of using wood. The box used for the pencils is also made of non-plastic paper packaging.

    Lavinesh Dayalani, who is born and raised in Aurangabad, gave shape to his idea in March when he launched his Bhoomi Eco. He says, "A global study has revealed that every year 82,000 trees are cut down to produce more than 14 billion pencils in the world. Another industrial survey done at national level states that India has 1.5 million schools and students above 315 million. Indian schools have made the use of pencils compulsory till 4th standard. Therefore, the writing instrument industry in India is estimated at a whopping Rs. 2600 crore."

    The statistics led the commerce graduate to usher into the eco-friendly pencil industry. Bhoomi Eco, which has its manufacturing facility at Chennai, has women from self-help groups working for it. The women are engaged in rolling the paper around the graphite lead. We use paper rolling method with toxin-free glue. "This process keeps lead at centre and provides good grip and prevents from breaking," Lavinesh says.


    Fri, 17/08/2018
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    Allied Instruments Private Limited was established in 1964 at Mumbai. They are among the leading manufacturers & exporters of Office, School & Engineering Student Stationery from India. The company owes its leading position at home and worldwide to its constant conviction in achieving excellence through innovate designs and technology, its extensive product range for many diverse target groups and its well-known brand name OMEGA. The company firmly blends its core values of customer delight, commitment, innovation, teamwork and responsibility in all its functions and services.

    We at PAPER AND STATIONERY SAMACHAR recently had an opportunity of one on one chat with the dynamic Managing Director of the company- Mr. Pradeep Singh Marwaha.




    PSS: Could you please elaborate on the various businesses that the company is involved in?

    Pradeep ji: The company is mainly involved in 5 vertical businesses-

    • School and office stationery

    • Educational toys catering to global market.

    • Parts of home appliances for industries like Kenstar, Maharaja, Bajaj, Crompton Greaves etc. AND

    • Pens, which we have recently launched Our core business is to design and manufacture Moulds. Both for pan India market and for exporting to countries like Taiwan, Germany andthe US. This is a separate profit making enterprise.

    PSS: What I hear is that usually Korea is the “The Destination” for businesses - both Indian and Foreign for outsourcing their Dies and Moulds especially for stationery and office supplies Industry. It is so good to know that your company offers Premium and Export Quality Tools and Moulds with Make in India Factor. Can you please brief us about the machinery, technology and infrastructure that enables you to develop and maintain such a wide variety of SKUs and offer customized Tools for OEMs?

    Pradeep ji: We have hi-tech manufacturing units in Daman and Baddi. They are equipped with sophisticated, computerized machines, state-of-theart dies & moulds. All our products are designed and developed in-house. This enables us to respond quickly to the market changes. There is a dedicated tool room at Kandivali, Mumbai for the production of dies and moulds. We also specialize in developing CUSTOM MADE products as per customer’s requirements in terms of design, size and brand name etc. Using the latest in high speed robotic technology, shorter cycle time can be achieved with optimum productivity at very competitive prices to our customers. We continuously strive to improve our products & re-engineer our processes and services to increase efficiency & effectiveness to achieve excellence internally & externally.

    PSS: To which countries are your products exported? What is the export percentage?

    Pradeep ji: We have a global network encompassing 32 countries in Middle East, Asia, Africa, Far East, Europe and Pacific. The educational toys are marketed with our brand name and as OEM’s brands. Export percentage is between 30-35%.

    PSS: Owing to your extensive experience, what difference have you observed in Indian market and foreign markets in terms of quantity and quality requirements of the customers?

    Pradeep ji: There is a considerable difference between the two in terms of the quantity ordered. Unlike in India, the products are ordered in bulk in the foreign countries. We ensure that only the best raw materials are used in all our manufacturing processes. Every batch of raw material is sampled and analyzed by QC department. Our products are independently tested and meet International Safety Standards. 60% of our products are marketed at home and abroad without making any change. However, 40% products that are marketed internationally are not for Indian market. They are CUSTOM MADE products as per customer’s requirements in terms of design, size and brand name etc.

    PSS: How is the distributorship of you company managed? How do you keep them motivated?

    Pradeep ji: (laughs….) Well, I would not like to elaborate a lot on this as its meant to be a secret amongst the corporate. Nevertheless, all efforts are made by the dedicated team who looks after the distribution process to ensure that our products are marketed in every nook and corner of the country. We strive to keep our distributors happy by introducing various promotional schemes and benefits.

    PSS: What about the Corporate Buyers or Government tenders or orders. Do you have separate team for such a network?

    Pradeep ji: We do not go in for orders from the government sector. However, we do have corporate clients through our dealers only. There is no separate department for this.

    PSS: There is a spurt in online trade in our country. Is your company also involved in online trade? If yes, then what is the percentage of it?

    Pradeep ji: Hmmm…Though almost all our products are available online, we are not directly involved in online trade. But yes! our products are available online through our dealers and distributors. Online trade is quite complex and cumbersome. We would rather invest our time in bringing high quality products that increase customer value through innovation, technology and responsible manufacturing practices. For online sales, we do encourage our dealers and distributors to use the platforms efficiently to exceed their targets.

    PSS: Has Make in INDIA push, promoted by the PM Modi generated any additional benefits?

    Pradeep ji: Well! There is no visible change as such in our industry, as of now but I agree it is a good initiative. If efficient policies are made and effectively implemented for the manufacturing sector, then I believe there is no dearth of entrepreneurial spirit and innovative streak in the Indian businessmen.

    PSS: What is the role of GST in the domestic trade whether it is same on the raw as well as finished products or different?

    Pradeep ji: The GST is same on both i.e. the raw materials and finished products. It is 18% and hurting the industries. When the recent approach of the government is to make educational product affordable and easily accessible , this increased GST hampers the smooth trade. Earlier when there was no GST, the Sale-Tax was much lower, and there was no Excise tax on the products. Now under the new GST Tax has made the product more expensive. For example in the case of pen earlier the Sales Tax was 4% but now it is 12% so that has become more costlier.

    Despite the role back by the government from 18% to 12% it is still too high for the stationery industry. Another example to substantiate this high taxation can be cited is that of a File. A Plastic File can be used both in the Corporate Sector as well as Education. There are many such stationery products that cannot be categorised. The GST Rate on stationery products should be such that these products become affordable and at the same time prevent the illegal trade in this industry. Such a high GST Rate does not make a level playing field for all and the sincere manufacturers and traders lose business. Local industries and those relying on illegal means do better in this situation.

    PSS: China has large number of innovative products besides it also produces for European market. How has it affected you?

    Pradeep ji: We are not affected by the presence of Chinese products in the international market.We have a highly qualified and experienced R&Dteam and well equipped infrastructure to develop new products in short span of time. Also we have integrated advanced automation in the production line to meet not only high quantity requirements of our clients as well as small batches for initial product launches.

    PSS: Do you have any suggestion for future entrepreneurs?

    Pradeep ji: Today the market is changing rapidly. One needs to have a range of innovative products and a zest to compete in a price sensitive and competitive market. Also one needs to understand the huge complexities of distribution channels that arise out of the diversity of culture in India as you move from one state to the other. (Smilingly, he further adds) I’d like to say that it is a fun industry. Your customers will keep you guessing and your competitors will always keep you on your toes. So everybody is welcome but better do your homework first and come prepared.

    Fri, 17/08/2018
  • 202

    Epson, a leader in digital imaging and printing solutions, has launched the new SureColor F2130 Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printer. 

    Designed exclusively for direct-to-garment printing, the Epson SureColor F2130 offers a purpose-built system for high-quality prints at production speeds. Users can print and dispatch completed garments in as fast as 27 seconds. Developed using the latest advancements in performance imaging, including Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead and Epson UltraChrome DG garment ink technology, the Epson SureColor F2130 achieves up to twice the speeds of previous generation DTG printers. 

    The SC-F2130 is suited for small to medium businesses who want to add direct-to-garment printing to their services, such as production t-shirt printers, online t-shirt retailers, high and low-volume print companies, as well as corporates who want to produce their own branded workwear or promotional items. The new SureColor F2130 DTG printer has an enhanced design and improved usability, enabling faster turnaround time for print jobs and better productivity for the business. 


    Fri, 17/08/2018
  • 199

    On the exports front, TNPL said it shipped 80,784 metric tonnes of printing and writing paper in 2017-18 to 37 countries.

    The board of State government owned-Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd (TNPL) has given its approval for taking up mill expansion plan at Tiruchirapalli unit at a total investment of Rs. 25.2 billion.

    “The Board has accorded approval for the implementation of its Mill Expansion Plan at Unit II in a phased manner with pulp mill capacity of 400 TPD and 1,65,000 MT of printing and writing paper with a total capital outlay of Rs 25.2 billion,” the company said in a regulatory filing.

    For the year 2017, the total paper production was 353,000 tonnes, board production was at 141,000 tonnes, the company said in its policy note tabled recently.



    Sun, 12/08/2018
  • 201

    Printing on the go from whatever device one carries or wherever they are is likely to become a reality with HP Inc planning to launch its ‘HP Roam’ offerings in India sometime next year. HP Roam, a cloud-based, cross-platform, locale- and device-agnostic solution, has the potential to replace dedicated PC print drivers that need to be installed and maintained on users’ PCs and network print servers. 


    Users select the HP Roam option rather than a specific printer; and the job gets uploaded on the cloud, sources say. The US-based tech major has already introduced HP Roam in select geographies.

    According to Subin Joseph, Vice-President, A3 & Office Printing Solutions, Asia Pacific and Japan, the idea is to enable and offer “print on demand solutions” . “The product will be launched in the Asia Pacific region and Japan region shortly; and in India it will be a 2019 launch,” he told during an interview. Price and other details are yet to be announced.

    Sun, 05/08/2018
  • 208

    3M reports that sales in its Consumer division were up 4.6 percent in the second quarter. Sales grew in home improvement, stationery and office, and home care. Sales increased in the U.S., Latin America/Canada, and Asia Pacific.

    However, sales in EMEA declined. “3M had a strong quarter, including organic growth of 6 percent that was broad-based across all business groups and geographic areas,” said Mike Roman, 3M chief executive officer. “Our team delivered record sales and a double-digit increase in earnings per share, while keeping our commitment to investing in our business and returning cash to shareholders.”


    Fri, 03/08/2018
  • 197

    JK Paper has set its sight to capture the premium packaging board, also known as virgin fibre based board, market that is set to grow at 12.9% in 2021. This comes on the heels of JK Paper approving in May 2018 the setting up of an additional capacity up to two lakh tpa of packaging board, pulping facilities up to 1.60 lakh tpa and utilities at Central Pulp Mills (CPM) in Songadh, Gujarat. The entire cost of the project is approximately considered to be Rs 1,450-cr.

    Indian consumer packaging market in 2017 was valued at 12.0 billion USD and is expected to grow at 11-12% in the next five years. Currently, the total premium packaging board domestic annual consumption is at 7.5 lakh tonnes.

    The company’s manufacturing capacity of packaging board stands at 90,000 tpa from its overall capacity of 4,55,000 tpa that also consists of manufacturing of uncoated paper, coated paper and saleable pulp. It has a market share of 12% in packaging board. 


    Sun, 22/07/2018
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    Student volunteers from 25 schools take part in Mission Ball Pen


    Used ball pens weighing more than a tonne were collected from all over the district as part of Mission Ball Pen, an initiative of Swasthy Foundation in Kozhikode, in an effort to reduce plastic waste and highlight the need to recycle it. Student volunteers from 25 schools collected used ball pens from their neighbourhood and handed them over to the Swasthy team. The closing ceremony of the campaign for the year 2017-18 was held at Malabar Christian College Higher Secondary School, where the schools handed over the pens collected over the year. The collected pens that weighed 106 kilograms were exhibited at the venue.

    Environmentalist T.V. Rajan was the guest of honour at the event, in which AUP School, Kottur and NGO Quarters Higher Secondary School that performed well in the initiative were honoured.

    Sun, 22/07/2018