In conversation: Datta Deshpande
Pratham focusing on Africa and Brazil
Shardul Sharma: When did Pratham start and how has the progress been over the years?
Datta Deshpande: Our company started in 1988 and we began by manufacturing letter opening machines. In 1992, we started making paper folding machines and mainly concentrated on the market in Mumbai in order to focus on the servicing as the city was close to Pune. A major turning point for Pratham came when we visited IPEX 2002 in Birmingham. The visit transformed our company as we were exposed to new ideas which helped us in completely changing our manufacturing process, product designs, training systems, etc and made us what we are today.
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