Heidelberg India – no impact on Gallus Indian customers

Letter from Heidelberg India president Samir Patkar

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Letter from Heidelberg India president Samir Patkar
Letter from Heidelberg India president Samir Patkar

Heidelberg India’s president Samir Patkar has sent a letter to media partners and we presume one to Gallus customers in the country as well. The letter essentially says that in the pursuance of its systematic realignment to its core business, Heidelberg has sold the Gallus Group to Swiss company benpac.

As mentioned in the original release published by us on early morning 23 July 2020, the two parties have agreed that Heidelberg will continue to manage sales and service of Gallus products. “benpac and Heidelberg have agreed that Heidelberg will continue to manage the sales and service of the Gallus portfolio in close cooperation after the takeover. Therefore, Gallus customers will continue to benefit from the proven quality and reliability of the world’s largest service network in the print media industry.”

Patkar’s letter basically confirms that nothing much will change for Gallus Group customers in India and that spare parts and service will continue to come the Heidelberg India organization. Similarly his letter says that operations at the Avery Dennision Innovation and Knowledge Centre that contains a highly configured Gallus Labelmaster 440 for training and demonstrations purposes will continue as before.

In a comment to our web posting on 23 July, our European Correspondent Ron Augustin added, “benpac holding ag, based in Switzerland, is active in filling, capping, injection molding, labeling, and labeling paper-based packaging machinery systems. Last year, the group took over one of Müller-Martini’s operations in Stans and since uses this centrally located site as a base for some of its activities in Switzerland. At the same time, the group, with some 3150 employees in Europe and the Americas, took over Packsys Global Thailand, renamed benpac packaging, specialized in high-speed aerosol tube production and filling lines.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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