Coating specialist Schmid Rhyner may look at manufacturing in India

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Karin Paldanius, area sales manager of Schmid Rhyner at Printpack

Swiss coating solutions provider Schmid Rhyner could start manufacturing in India in the near future as the country’s packaging expands, Karin Paldanius, area sales manager of Schmid Rhyner said during Printpack 2019.

“The Indian packaging market is growing at a fast pace and has a lot of big packaging companies. Yes, we are definitely thinking about starting manufacturing locally,” Paldanius says.

Schmid Rhyner has been serving the Indian market for a long time. In India, the company’s products are being distributed by Delhi-based UV Graphics and Mumbai-based San Printech.

Echoing satisfaction with the company’s progress in India, Paldanius says, “We have seen very good growth in India. It is a challenging market but at the same time a very interesting one.

Talking about new offering in the coming year, she says that the next big announcement and launch will happen during drupa 2020. “It is in Germany, during drupa 2020, that we will announce a big development. I cannot talk more about it here, but I can tell you that we will show something new at the show next year,” Paldanius concludes.

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.

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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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