Manipal Technologies weaves a bit of Harry Potter magic

Manipal Technologies, the PrintWeek India Company of the Year in 2015 is savouring the success of being the only one print firm in Asia to print Harry Potter and The Cursed Child which was released worldwide on 31 July. As reported two days ago by PrintWeek India, this book too was printed under high security and complete secrecy. Every bit of information about the book was closely guarded

03 Aug 2016 | By Priya Raju

Shashi Ranjan, vice president and business head, commercial printing division at Manipal Technologies said, “Harry Potter is a phenomenon and we are delighted and privileged to have been involved in the production and successful delivery of the book; especially when the focus of 'make in India' is on!” 

Ranjan had the responsibility to ensure top-level security at the book factory in Manipal which is spread over 3,00,000 sq/ft. and maintain a constant and unrelenting vigil at the production floor and subsequently at the warehousing stage. This involved 24x7 access control, electronic and physical surveillance with a complete ban on the use of electronic devices and mobile phones on the premises to ensure embargo compliant environment.


Meanwhile Abhay Gupte, CEO, Manipal Technologies commented, “As the country’s largest secure printing solutions organisation, systems and processes are built to execute such Harry Potter-esque security. Even in 2012, our team had successfully produced The Casual Vacancy which was JK Rowling’s first post-Potter novel; and subsequently had also produced India's record setting hardback Sachin Tendulkar's Playing It My Way.

Expected to be the biggest selling book of 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child witnessed the highest ever consumer pre-orders for a hardback in Indian history; and day one saw trade sales topping 160,000 copies.