Industry pays tribute to Kamal Vyas

As soon as we published our obituary story, Kamal Vyas: The death of an old-world salesman, we have been continuously receiving tributes for the industry stalwart.

20 Jul 2020 | By PrintWeek Team

Kamal Vyas: 1960-2020

In remembrance of Kamal Vyas...

Neeraj Dargan, managing director of Manroland Sheetfed India

The printing industry has lost an avid livewire personality​


I had the privilege of knowing him from the end 1990s, working together for Indo European Machinery. Thereafter, he moved to Proteck but always remained involved with sheetfed offset machines, followed by working for Manroland Sheetfed in the last three years, always fighting in the marketplace.

I had known him to be a highly religious, cheerful person, teetotaller and a vegetarian, away from all vices, leading a healthy active life till his end. The printing industry has lost an avid livewire personality. I feel privileged to have known him and to have shared a part of his life. He will be sadly missed. I shall keep him in honourable remembrance with much warmth. I wish to express my sincerest condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace.

Sadique Lakdawala, Comart Lithographers

The industry has lost a stalwart​


It was shocking to hear about the demise of legendary Kamal Vyas. The industry has lost a stalwart. He was a thorough professional who understood the growth potential of the printing industry. His tireless service to our industry with a smiling face will never be forgotten. May he be rewarded for all his best deeds and may his soul rest in peace.

Sunil Unni, Kamal Vyas’ professor at IEM

I have lost my brightest student​

I’m shocked as I have lost my brightest student. I mentored and introduced him to the printing industry while I was the executive director at IEM, Mumbai, in 1990. I was a little upset when I didn’t receive his greetings this Guru Purnima. He never failed to wish me. His last message to me was “Happy Holi,” which I warmly reciprocated.

My heart goes out to his wife Sangeeta and daughter. I pray for his Atma Shanti. In grief, yours truly.

Vinay Kaushal, director, Provin Technos

His USP was to learn and update your knowledge all the time

Kamal Vyas whom I called Kamal Bhai or Bade Bhai was a close friend, mentor and elder brother, all built-in one. He was a great human being, always smiling and always available for a conversation. My association with him began in 2005 and since then, it was a wonderful journey with him. Even though we were colleagues for a long time, the relationship with him was more on a personal front than official.

Kamal Bhai was married to Sangeeta Bhabhi and they have one daughter Vijayshree who is married. He used to relish his time with his granddaughter. He was very keen to move to Jodhpur. Even though he was a 24/7 salesperson, his passion was "teaching". He came from a family of educationists.

For all our domestic and international travels, he was my roommate as we got along so well. He would get up early by 5.30 am and would be ready by 6 am so that I can get ready without any interference. He was a very sensitive person with an understanding of others. He always thought about others first. He was fun to travel with on overseas trips, he always tried to ensure that we explore the cities. Even though he was a teetotaller, he will be the first to take me to duty-free shops as he knew I had purchases to make. 

Similarly, he would accompany us even during our evening drinking/ dinner sessions. In spite of the fact that he was a pure vegetarian and mostly consumed homemade food. He had simple gastronomic tastes. As far as I remember, his dinner would be aloo jeera and a dal (with no onion and no garlic). 

During the long flights, he maintained a steady banter, so that we both didn't get bored. There were many aspects of life we would discuss on and on. Both of us relished these guftagus. For an overseas trip, we always took a flight together either from Delhi or Mumbai so that we could travel together. Even though it meant a bit extra travel time (mostly for him).

Kamal Bhai's USP was "to learn and update your knowledge all the time". All of us know about him as a printing expert but he was not a trained print technologist. He applied himself and reached the position.

Whenever he inked a deal, he would share the details, first thing in the morning. And there were many achievements. The most recent one was the deal with Jay Packaging in Vadodara for a Manroland eight-colour press.

The news of his demise has come as a big shock to me. I will be missing him for his ever-smiling and candid personality. 

Rest in peace brother ...

Yash Seth, director at SK Enterprise

He has encouraged us to follow his footsteps

I did not know much about Kamal Vyas before I read PrintWeek’s article. I can imagine what an exemplary person he must have been! It invokes vibes of enthusiasm and positive energy in my body to know about this person’s love for print. It encourages us to follow his footsteps.