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Industry People

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    Diversified ITC Group announced the elevation of its MD Sanjiv Puri as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company. The announcement was made as the company revealed its Q4 result for FY19. Puri has been elevated after industry leader and former Chairman YC Deveshwar passed away on May 11 after a brief illness.

    Diversified ITC Group announced the elevation of its MD Sanjiv Puri as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company. The announcement was made as the company revealed its Q4 result for FY19. Puri has been elevated after industry leader and former Chairman YC Deveshwar passed away on May 11 after a brief illness. YC Deveshwar (72) had stepped down from executive role in 2017 but remained as a chairman in non-executive capacity. “The Board of Directors of the company at the meeting held today appointed Sanjiv Puri, Managing Director, also as the Chairman of the Company with effect from May 13, 2019. Consequently, Puri’s new designation is Chairman and Managing Director of the company,” ITC said in a regulatory filing.

    In 2017, ITC had split the role of the Executive Chairman between Chairman and Chief Executive Officer as part of succession planning in the company. Deveshwar had played the role of mentor to the executive management led by Sanjiv Puri. The latter is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Wharton School of Business. He has been associated with ITC for a long time now. He joined ITC in 1986.

    He was appointed as a Director on the Board of ITC with effect from December 6, 2015 and Chief Executive Officer from February 5, 2017 taking independent charge of the executive leadership of the Company. He is also the Chairman of the Corporate Management Committee. On My 16, 2018, Puri was appointed as the Managing Director of the company. 
    Prior to his appointment as a Director on the Board of ITC, Puri was President, FMCG Businesses - Cigarettes, Foods, Personal Care, Education & Stationery Products, Matches and Agarbattis, since December 2014.

     

    Mon, 03/06/2019
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    The capacity of Sirpur Paper Mills is being refurbished and we expect that it will be used for production purposes by October 2019, said AS Mehta, President, JK Paper, during a candid chat.

    The fourth quarter numbers are better than what we achieved in last three quarters because it was achieved despite a 9-day long shutdown, says AS Mehta, President, JK Paper. Mehta said the capacity of the Sirpur Paper Mills is being refurbished and we expect that it will be used for production purposes by October 2019.

     

    Q: How do you see your Q4 results in terms of revenue, EBITDA and margin?

     

    A: I consider the numbers of the fourth quarter, Revenue, EBITDA, PBDT, PBT and net profit, as better than the numbers that we achieved in the last three quarters. This quarter is better for us because it was a quarter we were able to produce beyond targets and improved on the profit as well as margin percentage despite a 9-9.5 day long shutdown.

     

    Q: What is your expectation for volume growth in the next 2 quarters?

     

    A:  We always believe that the Indian paper market will grow at the rate of 6-7 per cent and that is why we have always said that our growth rate should be better than the rate at which industry will grow. 

     

    Q: How much margins do you intend to maintain for the next few coming quarters, considering it increased well in the previous few quarters? 

     

    A: Right now, I can just say that we will try to bring at least a fraction of improvement on the margin percentage that was achieved this fiscal.

    But, I would like to say that every industry or sector has a pick margin level, a maintainable level and sustainable level.

    2018-19 fiscal has been a good fiscal for the industry and it will be good for the industry if we are able to maintain or better on the number.

     

     

    Fri, 31/05/2019
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    ITC chairman YC Deveshwar died on May 11 in a Gurugram hospital. He was 72, and was ITC’s longest serving corporate head. He transformed the cigarette major into a diversified player with interests in FMCG, hospitality, IT and other sectors and boosted the power of “packaging”.

    Conferred the Padma Bhushan for his service to the nation, Deveshwar championed the cause for sustainable and inclusive growth and the transformative role businesses could play in creating larger societal value. This vision drove ITC to pursue business models that today supports over six million livelihoods, many amongst the weakest in society.

    Sanjiv Puri, the Managing Director of ITC Ltd. said in an official statement, “We deeply mourn the passing away of YC Deveshwar, chairman ITC. In this hour of profound grief and sorrow, we recall with respect and pride the legendary stewardship he provided to ITC over two decades as its chairman. Inspired by patriotic fervour, manifest in his clarion call of ‘Lets Put India First’, he led ITC’s strategic thrust to create an exemplary Indian enterprise dedicated to  serving national priorities.”

    Sat, 11/05/2019
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    Michael Reichhold, Director Paperworld, reports on how the planning is progressing and what changes can be expected in the coming year.

    You are already in the planning phase for 2020. What is the current registration status?

    The number of registrations is very positive and more than 900 manufacturers have already announced their participation in Paperworld 2020. We have moved the registration date forward this year to provide early planning security for us and the exhibitors. The manufacturers reacted positively and secured their participation immediately.

    Can you already reveal which important exhibitors have registered so far?

    In the office area in Hall 3.0, Durable, Exacompta-Clairefontaine, Herma, HSM and Tesa have announced their participation. For writing instruments in Hall 4.0, Adel, Erich Krause, Kum, Möbius + Ruppert, Scrikss and Standardgraph are all on the list. In the Remanexpo section, Armor, Imcopex, Ninestar, THS and Winterholde & Hering have submitted their registration forms.

    A comprehensive range of products is represented in the Stationery area in Hall 3.1 by Hallmark, Kaweco H & M Gutberlet, Leuchtturm Albenverlag, Paper + Design, Perleberg and Zöllner-Wiethoff.

    And in the school area in Hall 4.0, Creationes Pandora, LycSac and Sportandem have all announced their attendance.

    Is there a new hall allocation plan for 2020? Will anything change compared to Paperworld 2019?

    The new product mix in the Stationery segment was highly praised at Paperworld 2019, both by exhibitors and visitors. For this reason, Hall 3.1 is also scheduled for stationery suppliers in 2020. Only the Remanexpo area will move from Hall 5.1 to the newly renovated Hall 6.1 in 2020, as we have to make way for construction work. The hall is right next door on the Via Mobile level and is very similar in size and structure. 

    For more detailed information subscribe to PSS Monthly Magazine

     

    Tue, 30/04/2019
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    Recently, PSS got the opportunity to speak with Mr. Ashish Jain, Maxton Global Ltd. We asked him about upcoming show " School & Office Expo Vietnam (9-11 Jan., 2019)”. Here are the few excerpts of the Interview.

    Q. What areas (regions/countries) does the expo primarily cover?

    Mr. Ashish Jain: Scope of the show is east Asia where we expect visitors from Vietnam & neighbouring countries like  Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong etc. Hosted buyers are from -  Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Czech etc. We may host more distributors also as still talking to buyers. Registered exhibitors are from Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam & India etc.

    Q. How would you describe the current state of the school and office supplies/stationery industry in these markets?

    Mr. A.J.: Vietnam stationery industry has witnessed foreign investments in stationery industry with several Japanese & Chinese companies setting up plants in Vietnam. Some prominent companies are Tombow Pencil, LIHIT LAB & Plus Corporation of Japan who have setup manufacturing plants in Vietnam.

    Q. Is this a growing market and if so, why?

    Mr. A.J.:Yes, there has been consistent growth in both manufacturing & imports because of overall growth & development in the economy over the last few years. With greater emphasis on education and vocational training, demand for stationery and related products has also witnessed a substantial rise. There has also been an increase in the number of commercial organisations & multi-national companies setting up offices in the region.

    Q. What are the key opportunities for players in the Vietnamese school and office supplies/stationery sector?

    Mr. A.J.: Ho Chi Minh City is the leading distribution centre for Vietnam. Other countries that are significant importers of stationery include Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines. Vietnam services not only domestic requirement but also distributes to Laos & Cambodia.

    Q. Why did you decide to launch a B2B stationery show in Vietnam? Have there been any previous events of this nature?

    Mr. A.J.: Based on the estimates the current population of Vietnam is over 94 Million. It’s a reasonably big population & a growing economy certainly present opportunities not only in stationery but other industries as well. There have never been any stationery, school & office supply focused events in Vietnam.

    Q. What other international events – if any – are you competing with?

    Mr. A.J.: We don’t feel we are competing with any other events in Vietnam for stationery sector. There have never been any stationery shows in Vietnam before and it was time to organise one.

    Q. How are you attracting both trade visitors and exhibitors?

    Mr. A.J.: We did extensive email campaigns, direct marketing & advertisements. We expect buyers not only from Vietnam but also from neighbouring countries like Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines etc. We will also be hosting important importers from the region during the show. This should ensure that our exhibitors get to meet quality buyers from the region.

     

    Fri, 21/12/2018
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    Tejura Overseas Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. (TOEPL) is a Mumbai based company. TOEPL is involved in the business of imports & distribution of fine writing instruments, stationery products for more than 3 decades. Our portfolio includes a range of luxury & fine writing instruments, technical drawing instruments and high quality school & office stationery.

    Recently, PSS got the opportunity to speak with Mr.  Sagar Tejura, MD, Tejura Overseas Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. Here are the few excerpts of the discussion.

    PSS:  Please tell us something about your journey in this industry. Did you inherit this business or build it on your own?

    Sagar Tejura: We Started off in 1983 and the journey still continues…. The only thing is that I was always blessed with a very dedicated and loyal team in all disciplines of the business and if we have reached somewhere, then its only because of the team.

    PSS: How is the distribution of Imported goods different from distribution of indigenous products? One aspect that seems evident is that – it must be complex to manage than the distribution of native products. So what are the incentives or profits that guide you to go for a tougher process?

    S.T.:  We have always been in the niche segments of the categories we deal in and such products are produced globally by a handful of manufacturers.          We also distribute some indigenous products but restricted to Maharashtra State not Pan India.

                Imported brands have their own charm and following in the Indian market because of its very high quality and exclusivity and hence distribution is more controlled and limited to a few outlets in each city. Business is more personalised in terms of service and not only price and discount driven.

    PSS: Your product portfolio is extensive and wide-ranging. How do you decide on these? Do some of them exist just to complement the rest and fill the gap or each one has its own place in your marketing efforts? How has been the response of the Indian market towards these premium quality products?

    S.T.: Most of the products what we do our complimentary in nature. E.g. in Fine Writing Instruments as a category we have Otto Hutt, Germany which produces high quality products mainly crafted out of German Silver, Cleo Skribent-Germany, a brand which caters to producing in brass - resin, Scrikks - Turkey gives us a bandwidth to cater to a wider segment because of the wide range the brand offers at various price points etc.

    Eagle and Jovi brands are both catering to the Stationery segment. So we are not haphazard in our selection. The brands are new so it’s a challenge to shake the mindset of the retailer because they want to stock only those items which a consumer comes asking for. But we are getting there since the products are top class and ably supported by our service. The process is slow but rewarding.

    PSS: Apparently such a wide assortment of product portfolio requires an equally well-planned distribution channel and strategy. Would you like to tell us what are the pointers that help you decide on type of strategy or channel?

    S.T.:  There is no rocket science in this. To cover Pan India, we rely on our time tested Distributors and ably support them with various tools needed to execute their sales.

                    Exhibitions and in store promotion is our key area to educate the consumer. E.g. one of our retailers in Mumbai, developed an idea to have a Fountain Pen Festival in his store and we said brilliant. All collaterals, manpower etc. would be handled by us.

    PSS: Which category faces stiff competition from Indian brands and which is your highest grosser?

    S.T.:  Fortunately we don’t have any competition with any Indian Brand since our categories are different and there is no Indian Player in these segments.

    PSS: What has been role of Govt. policies like – “Customs” and “Taxation” in your import business? Over the years Constructive or hard to handle? What is the current scenario? (please do include your thoughts about GST)

    S.T.:  I think it’s a myth that Customs and Taxation is a very complicated issue. If you are straight forward in your dealings and all documents are in order, nothing can be more simpler than importing goods. Specially in our categories, it’s a cakewalk and under the GST regime, still better. I am all for GST and the Govt. is gradually making amendments wherever necessary – rates and implementation, I am very optimistic that GST is a big boon and a must for Indian business. Again, businesses which are straightforward and well organised, GST can only do good.

    PSS: Please share some interesting anecdotes about your journey. Some ups and downs or some challenges that tested your courage and mettle as a businessman. Also if you’d like to name a few people, may be family or friends in your life –

    S.T.: Personal or Business Associates and Friends; that have been part of these struggles and stories. I don’t know, but I have never seen any downs in my journey, only ups. If we have lost somewhere, then maybe it was the best thing to happen then and we have moved on.

                    Oh yes, we are challenged everyday because of the portfolio we carry, but again here our team is so very positive and proactive, that we don’t feel the resistance or any obstacles which can make us feel defeated.

                    Family and Friends of course, but here I wish to thank all our distributors and key retailers who stood by us, believed in us and supported us unconditionally. Here the list is too long and I am indebted to them. They have made us what we are today.

    PSS:  At last but not the least - Future plans of TEJURA OVERSEAS?

    S.T.:  Along with the brick and mortar sales distribution, we are gearing up to be a recognised player on the E-Commerce platform. We would be having our own E-Commerce portal to sell our brands and also as a marketplace seller on various platforms.

     

    Wed, 05/09/2018
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    On the 28th of April’2018, Mr. S. K. Thirani, Chairman, Kores India Ltd.,one of the brightest and colossal lights of the stationery industry diminished, leaving behind a trail of memories which will be remembered in time to come.  Born in 1930 in a Rajasthani family, Mr. Thirani, joined his father’s business at the young age of 17. He took over as Chairman and Managing Director of Kores India Ltd. at the age of 35, following his father’s demise in 1966.

    At the time, Kores was a distinguished brand in the stationery industry and had stamped its authority as the pioneer and leader. When people spoke of quality stationery, the first name to come to mind was Kores.  Mr. S. K. Thirani, with his passion for work and vision was determined to make Kores a brand to reckon with. Such was his passion and determination that very recently; he set up his dream project – a pencil plant equipped with the state of the art technology to manufacture massive quantities of pencils. His objective behind setting up this plant was to reach out to the younger generations who are the future of India through a range of ‘Back To School’ products.

    VISIONARY AND A MAN OF MANY IDEAS

    Being a visionary, he decided to expand Kores into businesses beyond stationery. Under his dynamic leadership, Kores diversified into multifarious activities such as Office Automation, Banking Office Automation, Foundry, Textiles, Engineering, Real Estate, Specialty Chemicals, Art Materials, WritingInstruments, International Business, etc. He worked hard to create an independent identity for each of these business verticals, making each a success in its respective field.

    Mr. S. K. Thirani believed innovation and new ideas were the drivers of new business growth. He constantly proposed and executed new projects, with an objective to make them the best in the market scenario. For his work force of around 2500 employees, he was an inspiration and a role model, who fondly referred to him as Babuji. Under his leadership, Kores acquired the seal of excellence and reliability and, above all, the trust of customers as well as its employees.

    UNIQUE MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY

    In a world where most corporates believe that they can buy anything with money, Mr. Thirani walked a different path when it came to dealing with his people. According to him, as a company, you could buy a man’s time, his physical presence at a given place, but you could never buy enthusiasm, his initiative, his loyalty, devotion of heart, mind and soul. These things have to be earned. Loyalty is not for sale. Led by this belief, he reached out to his employees in the smallest possible way and yes, he truly earned their loyalty and devotion.

    PERSONAL PASSIONS: SPORTS, GARDENING, READING & MORE

    Besides leading Kores to great heights, Mr. Thirani was a keen Golfer from his young age, and also an accomplished badminton player. His keen passion for the game of golf led him to host the presitigious Kores Golf Championship 32 times at the Bombay PresidencyGolf Club, Chembur, Mumbai.

    This man of action had a softer, gentler side to him as well. He loved gardening and growing different types of fruits and flowers, which he proudly showcased at his orchard. The orchard boasts of apples, pears,  peaches, kiwis, strawberries, etc. This is a testimony of his love for gardening where beautiful flowers abound in the garden. One of the things that set this highly respected man in league with some of the finest corporate leaders of our times was his constant desire to learn and grow. Well read from his early days, he continued to have a collection of books in his library at the office as well as at home.

    The subjects of his interest ranged from topics as varied as Business & Management, Technology to Philosophy, Geography, History, Health, Cookery, Golf, Travel, Gardening, Religion and other novels.

    A FINAL FAREWELL

    For a man so determined to touch new horizons, so focused on always raising the bar ever higher, our words fall short as we seek to share our memories of him. As we bid our dear Babuji farewell, we pray that his soul may rest in peace, and may his memories and his enduring vision guide us at all times as we forge ahead into a future he had dreamt for us.

    Tue, 28/08/2018
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    Online is an important channel for us to reach out to the customers beyond III and IV cities - Nikhil Ranjan, Founder & MD, William Penn

    In the spree of riding high on retail expansion with associating with global and Indian brands, Banglore based William Penn, multi brand retailer offering writing instruments, premium stationary and accessories, is planning to launch three more stores this year to take the tally of stores to 34.

    The company is largely focusing on major metros along with eyeing to tap the potential of tier I and II markets. Furthermore it is planning to strengthen its online footprints to reach out to the consumers residing beyond tier III and IV towns.

    Thus, talking about the brands exclusive association with German fine writing instrument maker Faber- Castell, future retail plan, investment,  evolving consumer behavior and growing trend of using pen and paper Nikhil Ranjan, Founder & MD, William Penn spoke to Indianretailer. com on the sideline of announcing its association with Faber-Castell in Mumbai.

    WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO ASSOCIATE WITH FABER-CASTELL?

    William Penn has the tradition of bringing best of the brands from across the world to India and Faber Castell is operating since 260 years.  Based in Germany Faber-Castell has a rich history and legacy.  It has been producing fine writing instruments since many years now. It’s a German engineering with Bow House design and not very ornate with unnecessary embellishments. We are the exclusive partner of Faber-Castell.

    SO FAR HOW MANY BRANDS YOU HAVE PARTNERED WITH?

    We offer writing instruments, premium stationary and accessories.  We are a destination store for all the brands. Overall we have 20 brands of writing instruments and accessories. It includes German, Swiss, Indian and our own in-house brand called Pennline. These are luxury to massbrands but finally this is the customer who decides what he wants.

     

    Fri, 24/08/2018
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    Pen & Stationery association of India organized a glittering function to celebrate its 50th Foundation Day on 22nd June, 2018 to launch the Golden Jubilee year. Honorary Secretary, Shri Sunil Ghelani welcomed the Members & Guests. He appreciated the efforts to produce 3000 million Ball Pens during last year and congratulated them for the achievement.

    President, Shri Rajesh Bohra in his address informed the Members that a humble beginning in 1949 making few thousand Pens has now grown to produce 3000 million Ball Pens per year. India is now one of the largest producers of Pens and Ball Pens and it is an achievement worth appreciating. There is a great opportunity in India for the production of Pens & stationery product for the domestic and International market.

     

    During the function 20 Members were felicitated for becoming the Golden Members of the Association. All the Golden Members were presented Appreciation Memento.

    All the Past office bearers of the Association were honoured with the Award of Appreciations. Mr. Snehal Kamdar, well known Chartered Accountant presented his views and suggestions on the matter of Insolvency & Bankruptcy and its effect on MSME. He warned that the Creditors will be the last one after Banks, Govt. Dues, to receive their dues from the funds generated from the disposal of the Assets of the Insolvent or Bankrupt entity.

    The presentation of the upcoming Plastiworld by Shri Haren Sanghavi Co-Chairman Plastiworld 2019 impressed the Members and the Guests. The Members and Association assured their full support after watching the presentation.

    The Chief Guest of the Function Shri Lalit Kanodia, President IMC chamber of commerce & Industry in his address emphasized the importance of innovation to fight the growing competition in the manufacturing sector.

    The Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour congratulated the Association on the 50th Foundation Day and appreciated the efforts of the Association for assisting the Members to resolve their issues pertaining to Taxes, Lack of Government funding. They expressed their confidence in the Association to bring forth the knowledge of the latest innovations & trends in the Market and look forward to take the Industry to the next Level.

    The Past President Mr. M.B. Desai proposed the Vote of thanks and the function concluded with Dinner and Cocktails.

    Shri Lalit kanodia, Preisident IMC chamber of commerce & industry was chief guest of the function & following were the guest of honour of the function.

    Shri Arvind Mehta    -   Chairman, Governing Council, AIPMA     
    Shri Chandrakant Turakhia    -   Vice President, AIPMA West Zone       
    Shri M.B. Desai    -   Past president of Association        
    Shri Paras Shah    -   President, Federation of Maharashtra Stationery Mfrs & Trader Association             
    Shri Prakash Soni    -   Chairman, Soni Polymers Pvt. Ltd.
    Shri Santosh Reveshia    -   Chairman, Doms Industries Pvt. Ltd

    Sat, 18/08/2018
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    "Children may need certain books and stationery items, and young people are usually undeterred by the time and weather when they really want to do something. We are organizing certain other activities to add to the excitement of the fair, and are hoping that the fair takes on the look and feel of a lively and entertaining event." said Mr. D.K Jain, General Manager, ITPO.

    Recently, PSS got the opportunity to speak with Mr. D.K Jain, General Manager, ITPO. He is incharge of the very popular and upcoming show DBF 2018 and SF 2018. Here are the few excerpts of the interview.

    Q. As an avid reader, and customer, we have been visiting the Delhi Book Fair regularly and have thoroughly enjoyed it. We hope to see even more participation of renowned publishers and Stationery and Office Supplies companies as there seemed to have been some decline in the quality and participation, over a couple of years in the past. What are your thoughts?

    Mr. D.K. Jain: The World Book Fair having a larger canvas and international participation has a better appeal for the major publishers.  Delhi Book Fair is organised on much smaller size and scale.  Nevertheless, Delhi Book Fair because of its better organisational features and timing coinciding with academic session has become very popular and is also attracting major publishers.  Initially, World Book Fair was held very alternate year leaving sufficient space and gap for Delhi Book Fair.  Now, since World Book Fair has become an annual affair there is some impact on the participation because of this reason.  However, as Delhi Book Fair which is a B to C event, is dedicated to publishers mostly from Delhi and NCR and has other events like Stationery Fair, Office Automation Fair and Corporate Gifts Fair concurrently has proved highly successful in drawing crowds from Delhi and NCR region. 

                    The World Book Fair, which is B to B and B to C event is organised in the beginning of the year, which is not very suitable for procurement of books and stationery by the end users i.e. students, academicians, etc.  The Delhi Book Fair has been conceptualised as a focused event which provides much needed platform for Delhi and NCR based audiences.

                    Over the years, the sales for these publishers has been on the decline given the fact that people are losing the reading habit or moving to the digital platforms to read books.  All these factors have had an adverse effect and have become a problem. The other major problem is the lack of funds from the government for the Delhi Book Fair. We are sure that this time round you will find a marked improved in the standards given that we have received a good response from the publishers, and the stationery and office supplies firms.

     

    Q. As a consumer, I believe that the organization of the fair and quality of the books are the main criteria to attract crowds. What are your thoughts?

    Mr. D.K. Jain:  While we do not have control over the content of the books - what we can do is provide a good location and area for the exhibition and the publishing industry, which we have been doing year on year.  We are also in discussions with the Federation to bring good publishers, however, if good publishers do not take part, then the fair is affected and then visitors are disappointed – I agree.

                    We have asked FIP to contact all their publishers to attend and make the fair a resounding success. I am certain that you will see the difference in the Fair this time round, since we have also invited major Stationery and Office Supplies Vendors.

                                   

    Q. What are the dates for the Delhi Book Fair? Do you think the weather will have any role to play in the attendance of visitors to the fair?

    Mr. D.K. Jain: The Fair this year is being held from August 25 to September 2 from 10am to 7.30pm. The publishing industry feels this is the best time for the fair.  We believe that the weather would not play a role since avid readers and youngsters are undeterred by these factors. In any case, a large number of visitors use the Metro, which provides great connectivity throughout Delhi and from Gurgaon.

                    In addition, there are now air-conditioned buses and pool cabs too. The attendance from schools and colleges is expected to be high, and they usually use their own conveyance to ferry students to the venue.

     

    Q. Would it would be better to hold the fair during school and college breaks – your thoughts please.

    Mr. D.K. Jain: Organizing the Delhi Book Fair in December, would not be feasible since it would be too close to the World Book Fair event. We want a safe gap since we are partnering even with the World Book Fair we want people to visit both fairs. 

                    Additionally, since the new academic session for schools and colleges would have started, children may need certain books and stationery items, and young people are usually undeterred by the time and weather when they really want to do something.

                    We are organizing certain other activities to add to the excitement of the fair, and are hoping that the fair takes on the look and feel of a lively and entertaining event.

     

    Q. What other events will be coinciding with the Delhi Book Fair?

    Mr. D.K. Jain: There will be events within the fair including stationery, office automation – children will be able to buy some excellent stationery and other items – all things that are connected with books and studying in some way. There will also be a section of corporate gifting, within the stationery and office supplies fair, which would be of interest to the organizations visiting the fair.

                    The trend may have declined over the past some years, but such fairs are here to stay. We are certain that the relevance and charm of physical books, and bright colorful stationery is unlikely to fade.

                    The reading habit is returning and we are happy to change with the times and incorporate technology to attract more visitors and top quality publishers and stationers. Amazon visited the fair last year, and may come again this year, as would other major publishers.

     

    Q. What about Entry Fee and which Gates would people be able to access the Fair?

    Mr. D.K. Jain: Entry is now FREE to encourage more people to visit. We want people to interact with authors – although it is a bit premature to say which authors would be visiting. Things are shaping well for this year’s fair, and with the space being sold out we can say that the demand for such events is still quite high. Publishers will be visiting, which means that they too are hopeful of getting reasonable business. Entry Gates will be From 1, 8 and the Metro Gate to Gate 10. There will be a shuttle service too – from the entry gates to the main venues.

     

    Q. What other facilities can visitors expect?

    Mr. D.K. Jain: There will be water, security, food as always. There is a separate space for cultural activities and we have contacted colleges to organize certain activities, and we too will organize author of the day, best publishers, and more, with whom visitors would be able to interact. The Stationery and Office Supplies and Automation Fair too, is sure to grab attention and draw in the crowds.

     

    Q. How will you ensure that schools and colleges will attend?

    Mr. D.K. Jain: We have sent them mailers, and are waiting for the response and are expecting a good response.

     

    Q. Large scale renovation and construction is on – please share the efforts that you have made to ensure that visitors do not face any inconvenience.

    Mr. D.K. Jain: To start with there is no dust pollution since the digging of the foundation is completed, and with the rain all the debris and mud has settled down. We are making every effort to keep noise and inconvenience to the visitors to a minimum by ensuring that access points are away from the major construction. The shuttle service would take visitors directly to Exhibition Halls.

     

    Q. What is the aim of the ongoing redevelopment – what will you be adding/ upgrading?

    Mr. D.K. Jain: New buildings, new infrastructure, underground parking for 5000 cars, skywalk straight from metro station, beautiful surroundings, more greenery, better food. The new complex will have a state-of-the-art Convention Centre with a seating capacity of about 7000 persons, and the exhibition space will be increased to 1.19sqmtrs (from the current 65,000sqmtrs).  A Grade Separator is also under construction at the Mathura Road and Bhairon Road junction, to ease traffic congestion and keep a smooth flow. There will also be direct connectivity from the subway from Mathura Road to Ring Road across to Pragati Maidan. These changes are being orchestrated with our own resources, and no grant from the government. The renovation should be completed by November 2019.

    Fri, 17/08/2018

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