DGM shows Technocut die cutter, Smartfold folder gluer at Printpack

Cut & Paste Smartly, says DGM India

Puneet Agarwal of DGM India with their Smartfold 1100SL folder gluer at Printpack India

At the 15th Printpack India, DGM India is demonstrating its smart cutter and gluer technologies. showcasing the  fully-automatic Technocut die cutter and a fully-loaded Smartfold 1100SL folder gluer, Puneet Agarwal of DGM India says, “The Smartfold can do straight line, lock bottom, double wall, four and six corners and three-ply cartons.” 

Agarwal is also very optimistic about the return of the physical Printpack exhibition and expects DGM India to display its full technological potential and show the company’s strength to existing and new customers in India. “I can see a lot of excitement among visitors and exhibitors. We have been getting a lot of calls from our customers who want to know what we are displaying or when they can come for a meeting.”

Aiming to fully ‘Make in India’ 

Agarwal took charge of DGM India in late 2018 and ever since, the company has seen robust growth, and the number of employees has also grown despite three years of economic downturn. Not only is this a pleasant surprise, he says, “the company is now aiming to fully manufacture its products in India in next three to five years.” 

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At present, DGM India imports part-assembled machines, which are then fully assembled at its plant in India. “When I got associated with DGM India in 2018, I was the only one looking after its operations in India. Since then, we have grown and now we have 17 employees, 12 of them only for after-sales services. The company has installed 70 machines in the last three years. We are now aiming to completely indigenize in this country,” he says.

Agarwal says the indigenization of manufacturing will happen in two stages. “In the first stage, we plan to fully assemble the machines here. And in the second stage we will look to manufacture all parts in India,” he says, enthusiastically looking at the future.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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