Acme Rolltech, a rapidly growing Indian manufacturer of ceramic anilox rolls and sleeves, made a significant impact at drupa 2024 with its debut participation at the show. The company showcased a wide range of applications in the narrow web, wide web CI and stack flexo press segments – and in offset, specialty and film coatings, corrugation, paperbag making, and technical textile applications. In just five years, Acme Rolltech has expanded its reach to over 900 customers in India and approximately 25 countries worldwide.

The Acme team highlighted the latest advance channel engravings (ACE) technology, featuring ACE-HEX and ACE-EL. These advancements in channel engravings promise enhanced printing capabilities. Additionally, Acme Rolltech presented its specialty aniloxes, such as AHDW and ATAC 2.0, showcasing innovation and precision in anilox technology.

During an interaction with Packaging South Asia’s Naresh Khanna in a video interview, Parag Patel, co-founder and director of Acme Rolltech, discussed the complexities involved in manufacturing ceramic anilox rollers and sleeves. “Ceramic anilox rollers and sleeves are difficult to manufacture as they involve three different technologies — mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, and engraving and printing engineering. All these technologies combined give rise to the roller. Being a difficult product to manufacture, it was not made in India, which allowed us to tap into a product that was not made here,” he said. The company, now a global player, aims to extend the export of its Made-in-India anilox rollers and sleeves across all formats to various continents.

According to Sandeep Sharma, director of Acme Rolltech, drupa came at the right time for the team, providing an opportunity to expand its brand visibility and gain global market acceptance. The exhibition allowed Acme Rolltech to solidify its presence in the international market.

Currently, the Middle East and Latin America are the biggest markets for Acme Rolltech. However, the team is looking to expand further in the North American and European countries. Its ambition is to establish a stronger foothold globally, leveraging the momentum gained from drupa 2024. Acme Rolltech will participate in LabelExpo, India in Noida from 14 to November 2024 in Greater Noida in the Delhi-NCR region.

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