Manroland Sheetfed India – Deepak Walia takes over as managing director

Manroland Sheetfed India's orderly change in leadership

Deepak Walia has joined as new managing director of Manroland Sheetfed India. Photo: Manroland Sheetfed India
Deepak Walia has joined as new managing director of Manroland Sheetfed India. Photo: Manroland Sheetfed India

As of 1 September 2022, Deepak Walia joins Manroland Sheetfed India as its new managing director based in the New Delhi. Manroland Sheetfed India is the wholly owned subsidiary of Manroland Sheetfed, the German manufacturer of offset presses based in Offenbach Germany and owned by the UK based Langley Holdings.

According to a press release, Deepak Walia takes over from “Neeraj Dargan who is moving on to his next chapter with sincere thanks and best wishes from the Manroland family.” Dargan established the India subsidiary in 2014 to start Manroland’s own operations in the territory. Manroland Sheetfed India recently announced the sales of two highly configured multicolor sheetfed packaging to Sain Packaging and Galaxy Offset.

Deepak Walia holds various printing qualifications with a management education behind him for the role, having spent more than 24 years in the field of sales, marketing, technical and operations in capital goods and consumables for the print and graphic arts sector for Heidelberg India. He is expected to continue to strengthen Manroland Sheetfed sales efforts in the fast-growing printing market. Walia said, “I am excited to be heading the Manroland Sheetfed subsidiary to expand the company’s operations. My local-market experience will enable us to better serve the group’s existing client base, and with the objective of year-on-year growth in India’s printing industry, I am looking forward to drive sheetfed machines and consumables market in the fast lane for Manroland with new ideas.”

Manroland Sheetfed is one of the three German producers of sheetfed offset printing presses. Founded in 1871, the company is one of the oldest producers of printing presses in the world. After the insolvency of the Manroland group and its split into web offset and sheetfed offset press manufacturing companies, the sheetfed operation was acquired by the Langley Holdings group, while the web operations were acquired by a German group. Today the company has its own subsidiaries in over 40 countries.

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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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