10 defining moments of Pratham’s journey
Revenue, profit margin and scale of operation are some of the measures of success for an organization. But it is the proverbial journey that makes a success story worth telling. At Pratham Technologies, we celebrate trailblazing moments and evaluate their setbacks. We learn from our record setting achievements and technical failures alike. Here’s our wall of fame – an account of our victories through 32 years that we think makes Pratham Technologies the brand that it is.
Datta Deshpande and Sanjay Dandekar, batch mates from College of Engineering, Pune (class of ’85) set foot in the industry as Pacific Technologies with one product – a table top letter opener.
A year into production, Pacific Technologies bagged the Hari Malini Joshi Award, which recognises entrepreneurs for developing new products and designs. After this boost from the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture, sky was the limit for the Pune-based manufacturer.
Pacific was growing. Its product portfolio now included a table top letter folding machine for large offices and a table top folding machine for pharmaceutical leaflets. Manufactured at its 500 sq. ft. facility, the equipment delivers precision and top end results.
The company branched out into the packaging segment, only this time as a trader. From shrink wrapping to other packaging machines, Pacific Technologies had a solution to the requirements of the people in the region.
At the turn of the millennium, the organisation was rechristened as Pratham Technologies Private Limited. The folding machine manufacturer in Pune had now become a name to reckon with.
Perseverance, high standards of quality and technical expertise allowed Pratham to streamline its product line and offer a dedicated range of folding machines. Flaunting the ISO 9001:2000 Certification for implementing and maintaining a quality management system, Pratham participated in Drupa with its range of insert folding machines.
Larger scale of operations. Check. A wider product base. Check. A bigger manufacturing facility. Double Check. With expanding capacities and increasing clientele, Pratham moved its operations to a sprawling 1,000 sq. m. facility and continues to cater to the industry’s folding machine requirement from there.
As a folding machine manufacturer, Pratham Technologies’ aims to address the needs of the post-print and packaging sectors. Its innovative product line-up helps reduce human intervention, assures precision and facilitates adaptability. In addition to its first outserts folding machine, Pratham added a German-make proof checking software for leaflets and cartons.
For Pratham Technologies, the vision of becoming a folding machine specialist was reaching fruition one innovation at a time. The brand’s credibility as an economic folding machine manufacturer echoed on various shopfloors in India, setting the stage for a global launch. The company launched its outserts accessories in the USA. From thereon, there was no looking back. Pratham’s reputation as a world-class folding machine manufacturer reached far and wide.
We all wish 2020 was a year that wouldn’t have been. But here we are, grappling with and coming to terms with everything that the year has brought with it so far. It has thrown a lot of us off our goal charts, taken us off guard but yet we row the boat and sail away in search of a shore.
This year, Pratham Technologies had planned to shift to a larger manufacturing plant with a state-of-the-art tool room facility. Though the timeline of this pipe dream has been tweaked, they are looking forward to bid adieu to the year from their new facility.
As they say, the determination to win is the better part of winning.