Present and Future of the Paper Industry and Its Contribution to Exports

The Indian paper industry is the 15th largest producer in the world, with focus on products on various categories like paperboard, newsprint paper, writing and printing paper, carton board and many others. At present, the continuous annual growth rate for the production in various categories is about 5%, which is expected to grow further in the next 2-3 years. In fact, some experts firmly believe that the production may double in the next 8 years.

As far as the export of paper and paper products from India is considered, the industry has been growing slowly. There are many wonderful opportunities that have surfaced recently and that can increase the contribution of these products towards overall exports from the country. The following discussion discusses the present statistics and future possibilities of achieving the target.

The Current Position

At present, the exporters from India export the paper products worth INR 4 billion to the world. It forms just 0.80% of the total exports from the country. The figure is not very impressive when compared with the export values of paper industry from many developed nations. However, the figures have definitely improved, especially after the economic reforms introduced in the country during 1990s. There has been increase in the number of paper mills and the foreign investors too have shown interest in investing in the country’s industry from time to time. From just 17 mills at the time of independence, the number has grown to nearly 600 in the first decade of the 21st century.

The country’s exporters have started focusing on the markets in its neighborhood. The countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal are among the top importers of the paper industry products from India. Tons of products in the categories like woodfree printing papers, paperboards and other grades are exported to these countries. It is considered to be one of the many opportunities that can strengthen the industry’s position.

Potential Opportunities for Future

Setting up of paper mills in rural areas is one important factor that the industry can concentrate on. It is worth mentioning that low capital is required to setup these industrial units. Moreover, the step can increase the employment opportunities in the Indian villages by a significant number.

Another important thing that the paper industry should concentrate is utilizing the raw materials form all possible sources. At present agro-based products like straw and bagasse are among the chief raw materials. There is additional need to understand the importance of paper recycling that can help in preventing the practice of deforestation to obtain wood as raw material for paper manufacturing.

In the past few years, a number of mills in the developed countries of Europe and North America have been shut down. It also provides the right opportunity for the Indian exporters to focus on the markets in these countries. The strict trade regulations faced by the main Asian rival China too increases the chances of the Indian paper industry to increase its export limits.

The Indian manufacturers offer paper products in the categories like barcodes, stickers, envelopes, cards, handmade papers, notebooks, photo frames, albums and so on. The exporters can post the availability of these products at the online B2B marketplaces for better exposure among the buyers and importers.

Changing Your Present (Beliefs)

There is a great focus today on quantum physics and how it applies to our daily lives. The general reason that drives people to read about and apply this field of study is finding ways to change their lives. Many books talk about changing your desires, changing your focus, and changing your ideas all in an effort to change your future. And it’s important to have goals and a philosophy that helps you to move confidently toward the future that you desire. The one problem is that people get hung up on the future of their dreams and they fail to see any benefit to their present. In failing to see changes now, the possibility of their desired future seems quite distant, if unattainable.

Getting to a future of your dreams is very important, but if the present that you are experiencing is weighing you down, you may begin to feel discouraged, you may begin to feel that the manifestation of your dreams is impossible. The present is the result of the past, and it must be accepted as is, as Deepak Chopra said in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.

The question is, how do you manifest a future that you desire, while still making positive changes to your present that will allow you to begin now to see the rewards that you are working toward? The answer to this mystery is an incredibly simple one, but one that must be explored to be understood.

Choices are the Result of Beliefs

Your today is the result of a wide variety of choices that you have made in the past, leading up to now. You see yourself and your environment as reflections of, and results of, those past choices. But what fueled those choices? In a realm of infinite possibilities, why did you make the choices that you made? We all make choices based on our beliefs. We believe that certain outcomes are possible or real for us and we make choices based on those beliefs. Even when a different result, perhaps even a more positive result is made apparent to us, we’ll overwhelmingly make choices based on our beliefs.

Our beliefs run us; they are like a human operating system. They form the script we learned from our parents, our siblings, our teachers, our religious leaders, our friends, and this script is what we use to run our lives, whether we realize it or not. And since our beliefs inform the choices that we made and make each day, our beliefs are the reason we are where we are. My beliefs are the reason I’m a college student, because I believe and I know that it’s possible and I can do this. Beliefs are why some people just know that they can do something well. Beliefs are also the reason why some people never try anything new, or why they fail in every attempt. They believe that they can’t, or that they can’t succeed.

Beliefs Are In Charge

There’s more. Thinking people tend to believe that they are in charge of their own lives. We are taught to take responsibility for our actions, after all. But if you are unconscious of your own beliefs, you are being operated by a script, and chances are very high that you are not the author of that script. And yet, you have to take responsibility for every choice you make based on that script.

So, if your today is shaped by the script of your belief, the in order to make a better today, you must address your beliefs. Now, not all of your beliefs are bad. Some are quite helpful, but you must make an honest assessment of the beliefs that work for you, and those that don’t.

If you have beliefs that not only fight against your dreams, but also make your current reality difficult, then you have to have the courage to look at each of those beliefs and bring their opposite into your awareness.

How about an example? If you tend to run out of money before the end of your pay period, then you probably believe that “there’s too much month at the end of the money” as the song says. Based on this belief, you have a reality that supports it. It probably happened once or twice that you made choices that led you to run out of money, so you thought that this must always be the case, and so it became your belief, and thus your reality.

Beliefs are NOT Facts

You have to realize that beliefs are not true. They aren’t hard facts, they are just mental constructs that inform our realities because we think they are true. After all, if the belief that there’s never enough money to carry you through the pay period were a truth rather than a belief, then everyone would run out of money before the end of their respective pay periods. Since this doesn’t happen to everyone, it simply isn’t true. But it seems to be true for you because you have formed a belief that it is so, and so it’s your reality.

In order to change your reality in this issue, you must first change your belief. Trying to change the money won’t work, because your physical reality is based on your inner beliefs, what you believe to be real. If you got more money, but you still held this belief, you would soon find that in spite of having more money, you would run out of it before the end of the pay period.

Beliefs Can Be Changed

How do you change a belief? You must discover and then affirm it’s opposite. In this case, instead of believing that there isn’t enough money to last through the pay period, you must affirm and believe that there is more than enough money. You can say something like, “I have more than enough money to last through payday,” and “My cash at hand accumulates with each payday.”

Now at first you will feel resistance to these new thoughts. As Joe Vitale says, you have to realize that these resistant thoughts are nothing more than other beliefs, and if your belief about there not being enough money is not a truth, than these other beliefs are not truth either. Recognize these resistant beliefs for what they are and release them. Don’t fight them, just let them go and keep affirming your new beliefs. Over time, your new beliefs will become part of you, and you’ll know that this is so first when you feel no resistance to them, and then when they show up as your reality.

Importance Of Being Present For a Home Inspection

Whether a person is buying or selling a home, the home inspection is an important step that needs to be completed. During the actual inspection visit, it is important to be present. There are a lot of specifics that are covered in the inspection, so a person should be there each step of the way.

Many inspectors will require that at least one representative is there for the visit. If a home is being sold, it might be required for the present homeowner and someone representing the buyer be there. If the home is simply being put on the market, there would obviously not be a buyer present, but a listing agent may be there.

Before scheduling the inspection, it is crucial to ensure that the inspector is reputable, licensed and has a decent track record. Getting customer reviews and testimonials will certainly help with this. A decent inspector should have no problem in providing this type of information is requested. Also, the inspection report should be available in print format as well as electronically. Most modern inspectors will provide a bound book with the findings as well as a computer document or online page displaying the information.

When the inspection is scheduled, it is a good idea to have more than one person there with the inspector. A spouse may have questions that was not thought of and vice-versa. This will eliminate the need for follow up questions down the road.

If there is a particular area that needs to be reviewed, homeowners will be sure that this is addressed in the inspection. If a person is not there with the inspector, an area of concern might be missed.

When an inspection is being done, every inch of the home and the entire property should be reviewed. A reputable inspector will certainly be thorough and usually quite methodical in their work. If they do happen to not go to an area, a person can easily remind them. Not being there for the inspection means some areas could get missed.

Being a responsible home seller or buyer means having a thorough inspection completed. It is always in the best interests to be present when this is being completed. This way, questions can be asked of the inspector and all critical areas of the home will be reviewed. After the inspection, potential buyers are able to be well-informed decisions about the home.

Five Easy Ways to Add Value to Your Presentations

If you’re a trainer or professional speaker, you can create information products and use them to add value to your existing presentations, workshops, coaching sessions or other products. Here are five easy ways to do that. I’ve chosen these five because they add high value to your clients and audiences, and are reasonably easy to create.

1. On-line Courses

An on-line course is a series of “modules” you send by e-mail automatically to your participants. Create an on-line course for a workshop or keynote presentation, so participants get on-going reinforcement and education.

On-line courses are easy to create (because they are just e-mails) and deliver (because the delivery is handled by software). They are a really easy way to extend a one-off event into a longer program.

2. Access to You

Another easy way to add value is to offer clients and audiences individual access to you – for example:

Unlimited e-mail access for 90 days after a workshop.
Unlimited e-mail and phone access between coaching sessions.
Your private mobile phone number for all consulting clients.
Many experts worry about being swamped with questions, but in fact it’s usually the opposite. Usually, very few people take up your offer, and those who do will usually respect your time and really appreciate your advice. In any case, if you’re worried about people abusing this privilege, you can set boundaries (90 days, 15-minute phone calls, etc.).

3. Webinars

Many experts try to make money from public webinars, but that’s a difficult job unless you’ve got a strong database already or you’re an experienced Internet marketer. A far better way to use webinars is to offer a planning webinar some time before a presentation or a support webinar some time after it (or both).

These webinars usually don’t take as much preparation as stand-alone webinars, you’re typically presenting them to a small group, and they are low-stress events because they are just one step in a bigger process.

4. Password-Protected Area

If you want to give your attendees and participants additional resources, put them on a password-protected area of your Web site, and give out the password at your event. You could choose to limit the access to, say, 90 days, or just offer access forever.

Of course, there are other ways to share these resources – such as putting them on a CD, DVD or memory stick. Sometimes those other methods are more appropriate than a password-protected area on your Web site. But don’t overlook the perceived value of providing a password to your attendees.

You might want to create a full-blown membership site. But be careful you don’t bite off more than you can chew! A membership site takes much more work – both now and in the future. Start with a simple password-protected page at first, and graduate to a membership site if you find there’s a demand for it.

5. Membership Site

Yes, membership sites do work! If you really do know there’s a demand for it, you know you can create on-going resources for members, and you have a strong network (of affiliates, suppliers and potential members), by all means go ahead and create a paid membership site.

Members pay a monthly or annual fee to join, but you can provide, say, 3 months free membership for workshop attendees and conference audiences. This is a high-value bonus for them, because you are (presumably) providing valuable resources for your other paying members. It also takes no extra work on your part, because you’re providing these resources anyway, and these extra members just tag along for the ride.