The toppers


22 Nov 2012 | By Gokul Krishnamurthy



Why Sizeable market share of the greeting cards segment, remarkable nation-wide recall and a tie-up with global greeting card manufacturer, American Greetings.
Print power 20,000 greeting cards design. Plus personalised gifts and branding for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Teacher’s Day, Rakhi and Diwali. 
Our view Tremendous outreach with a nation-wide chain of more than 500 Archies Galleries.
By the way Chairman and MD of Archies, Anil Moolchandani goes to bed at 9:30 pm, wherever he may be.

Classic Stripes Why  Earned itself a tag of being a global leader in screen printing by becoming the largest manufacturer of automotive graphics in the world.
Print power Has a production capacity to produce 13 million automotive graphic sets per annum at units in Haridwar and Uttaranchal. Our view The company sets high international standards for producing quality jobs at its two doming plants with robotics. It can produce 2,00,000 doming labels in a single eight-hour shift. By the way Featured in the list of Top 25 best workplace environment in India survey conducted by the Business World and Economic Times.  

Gita Press
Why World’s largest publishers of Hindu religious texts, including the Bhagwad Gita.  Print power More than 400 million copies of religious publications in more than 15 regional languages. Our view It has subsidised the legacy publications. Everyone can afford its books. By the way Gita Press art gallery in Gorakhpur has 684 paintings – and 700 verses affixed to the walls of the Gita Press building.

International Print-O-Pac
Why The PrintWeek India Company of the Year 2010 – and growing since then. Adding print muscle to its sprawling plant in Noida. Does one need to say more?
Print power Mono, corrugated and carton packaging, books, magazines, stationery.
Our view Rs 250 crore, 900 employees, 30% growth. 
By the way The Singhvis (in the picture) are very passionate about their home-made vegetarian food. And Rishabh Singhvi enjoys a rigorous conversation about ERP systems.

ITC Limited (Packaging & Printing Division) 
Why The big daddies of packaging solutions for food, beverage, personal products, cigarettes, liquor and IT industries. Converts 40,000 tonnes per annum of paperboard.Print power The Tiruvottiyur unit near Chennai and the Haridwar unit have been extended by almost 150% – and an investment of Rs 100 crore in the last few years.Our view Whenever you call the top management, they are busy in a strategic meeting. In spite of which there’s no hitch in production.By the way ITC is the supplier of value-added packaging for Nokia.

Kala jyothi
Why Kala Jyothi can print almost anything in a day’s time at Hyderabad, Navi Mumbai and Noida. Print power A family of technocrats who delve into the nitty-gritty of print production.Our view We vouch for them because PrintWeek India and our sister magazine AutoCar has a hassle-free production at their unit. By the way Besides cars and bikes, the Alapatis own a golf course.

Manipal Technologies
Why The PrintWeek India Company of the Year 2009 is multi-locational, based in Manipal, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.
Print power The largest user of HP Indigo presses and prints a variety of products in the commercial, security, business forms and digital categories.Our view A gargantuan team of engineers and technicians.By the way Gautham Pai, managing director of Manipal Press has mustered some serious alliances and tie ups.

Navneet Publishing
Why Market domination in education publishing in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Overall paper consumption is 27,000 tonnes.
Print power Five manufacturing units in India. The auto-stacker has a capacity to store 5,000 tonnes of converted books. 
Our view Cost conscious; its purchase department has some of the toughest bargainers in the business.
By the way You can spot peacocks at the wind energy-powered, Dantali unit.  

Parksons PackagingWhy The PrintWeek India Printing Company of the Year 2011. Impressive expansion of Daman unit in 2001. Followed by a much more impressive expansion at Chakan in 2007; and Rudrapur in 2010. Print power All three units can convert huge amount of paperboard per month.Our view Parksons hired a consulting agency which interviewed Fortune 100 companies on trends in the Indian packaging market – and then formulated a customer strategy.
By the way Visitors to Chakan swear by the Parksons’ chef who conjures exotic cuisines which Ramesh Kejriwal (holding the trophy) loves.

Pragati Offset
Why Pragati Offset bagged a hat trick – when they were awarded the Sappi International Printer in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Pragati has won more Sappi awards than any printer in India. Print power The real worth is the print cells – and value addition that is provided by Team Pragati. Our view Group is expanding with an 80,000 sq/ft unit for commerical print – plus two lakh sq/ft unit for a packaging and flexo unit. By the way If you have a tech-query, send an email to Narendra Paruchuri, and you should get a reply, pretty soon.

Rajhans Enterprises
Why Rajhans has three hubs in Bengaluru and 400 employees. It has a niche in packaging printing – the mainstay is commercial printing and it is reportedly producing two million impressions everyday.  Print power Rajhans has an army of web offset machines like Komoris and Mitsubishis for printing newspapers and magazines. Our view Rajhans prints a slew of newspapers and undertakes production for multinational companies and agarbatti industries.  By the way K Balachandra at Rajhans is the brain behind the Toptec training centre in Bengaluru.

Repro India
Why Massive operation in Navi Mumbai. This has been bolstered by a Rs 50-crore investment in Surat, which is capable of producing 100 million books and despatching 1,200 containers per annum. Print power Pretty astounding numbers. The number of printed books are in crores. This excludes  printed material (including magazines and annual reports) – and exports. Our view Expected to record 30% growth in net profits thanks to its global footprint. By the way Perhaps the best cricket team in the printing industry.

Srinivas Fine Arts
Why Rs 300-crore Sivakasi-based company. Nightingale brand name. 50% exports. Major dealer for paper and inks. Print power Srinivas Fine Arts was the first to install a brand new Kolbus hard-cover line in India to produce premium stationery and variety of diaries. Our view The new automated bookline on a 65-acre plot is going to be the biggest unit in this part of the world. By the way The founder, R Chockalingam was an assistant manager in Hind Matches in 1955, after which he worked in Bell Pins (India’s largest producer of wire-based stationery goods).

TCPL Packaging 
Why TCPL dominates the folding carton segment for cigarette and liquor with multiple locations in Silvassa and Haridwar.
Print power A combination of Komori Chambon gravure presses, Manrolands and Mitsubishis, most of them being six-colour plus coater presses. Our view The Haridwar unit has been designed by a Swiss firm of industrial architects, and is a must-see for its quality parameters. By the way The CEO, Saket Kanoria (to the right)was an avid squash player, but is much more into badminton these days. He is personally involved in training students at the ITI centre in Dharampur, Gujarat.

Thomson Press
Why Thanks to a professional multi-location set-up, Thomson can print everything. Well, almost everything.
Print power Thomson is for the professionals, by the professionals. Adheres to Kaizen’s 5S and regularly conducts print audits.
Our view Its units are perhaps the best managed press we’ve visited in and around Delhi. The plant has an inspection policy which does a QA before dispatch in order to detect defects. By the way Thomson is headed by Arun Purie, who also owns Living Media and TV Today.