Manroland Sheetfed India brings in Peter Rego & Rahul Chitkara

Manroland Sheetfed India gears up for the new year

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L-R Rahul Chitkara CFO, Neeraj Dargan managing director and Peter Rego director Business Development Manroland Sheetfed India Photo Manroland Sheetfed India
L-R Rahul Chitkara CFO, Neeraj Dargan managing director and Peter Rego director Business Development Manroland Sheetfed India Photo Manroland Sheetfed India

The Manroland Sheetfed India team has added Peter Rego as director of Business Development and Rahul Chitkara as its new CFO. Manroland Sheetfed headquartered in New Delhi has been run for the last several years in the country by its managing director Neeraj Dargan. As the company observes the bouyant growth of the Indian carton packaging industry, it is gearing up for the anticipated upsurge in the purchase of new multicolor sheetfed offset presses configured for packaging and also commercial printing in the coming year.

Speaking of the addition of Peter Rego who recently retired from Heidelberg India, after putting in 25 years there as its main offset press sales person, Dargan said, “With his vast experience and knowledge of the sheetfed print Industry spanning more than two decades and a total work experience in capital goods and services of more than four decades, we are confident that Peter Rego will do a great job for Manroland Sheetfed India.”

Rego himself is confident that the revival in the economy and the packaging and even the commercial print industry are just round the corner. He will continue to work from Mumbai and says the market will bounce back in the coming months. He says, “Packaging will once again see an exponential growth. Also along with packaging which is the flavor of the season, with the education system slowly coming back to normalcy and students returning to the classroom, commercial printing and book publishing will see better days within the next few months as well.”

Rahul Chitkara who becomes Manroland Sheetfed’s new chief financial officer is a qualified management graduate with more than a decade’s experience with international business and Manroland Sheetfed India’s operations. Dargan notes that, “With his diversified knowledge Rahul adds immense value to support the company and its customer base.”

Manroland Sheetfed has been growing steadily and has shown good results in the past few years and its new state-of-the-art R700 Evolution press already rolled out globally. Simultaneously, Manroland Sheetfed India is raising its visibility and customer centric operations with better and more efficient after sales service. The company is gearing up to to again spread its wings in the Indian market where it has traditionally enjoyed a strong footprint especially in the packaging market and the first brand new VLF presses sold into the country.

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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