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Karnal packaging hub grows despite challenges

 
The packaging and printing industry in Karnal, Haryana, has been growing despite the manufacturers facing several challenges.

This is an old industry,  which has steadily been gaining popularity  across the country. The manufacturers have been striving  for the growth of the  industry.

There are over 500 units in the industry,  which manufacture  wedding cards, visiting cards, corrugated boxes, calendars, magazines, papers and cartons, among other products. It employs over 3,000 people, and earns a collective annual turnover of nearly Rs. 500 crore. The industry  exports  its products to almost all  parts of the country,  but  is yet to enter the international market.

“We have been doing everything on our own, and have never received any help from the state government.  About a decade ago, the condition of the industry was not so good.  All of us have worked hard to grow in this business,” says  Randhir Saini, owner of Mukta Paper Works.

“Even the younger  generation has  started joining  us,  to help us bring  changes in the working style of the industry. We now have more designs and are more creative  in our work, as we have started using  high-tech machinery,” he says.

“ We do face several problems, such as irregular supply of  electricity,  lack of proper financial support from  state government  agencies to  micro and small units, and lack of linkages with  clients,” says  Parmod Juneja, owner of Reet Publishing House.

“The state government should set up testing laboratories in the area to ensure better quality of products,,” he says.