Esko Kongsberg celebrates 50 years of innovation

Customer-driven product design

The Esko Kongsberg V-series of tables are for entry-level sign and sample making

Engineering solutions with Korean and European technologyParle Global Technology displays Leepack machinesSince the last 27 years Parle Global Technology has been providing engineering solutions for healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Apart from the pharmaceutical industry, Parle Group has been attending to the food, beverages and the consumer healthcare industries since 2006 and are now planning to launch it in a big way. The Group comprises divisions with manufacturing and exporting of tablet presses, tablet tooling, tablet printing, counting and filling lines, tube filling and cartoning machines.The Parle Global Technology stand at PackPlus South 2015. Photo PSAIt was Parle Global’s first exhibition in Bengaluru. Jaynish Shah, deputy manager-product, Parle Global Technologies, said, “It is a very good touch base, a platform to meet our customers here and build our relationship with them. Our perspective clients have developed and with coverage of market and as per our reach we will be able to achieve certain good figures particularly with the help of this exhibition. In Bengaluru and South India, MTR, Mayur foods, Gold winner and Archies are already our customers.”

“We have divided our products into three segments – processing, primary packaging, and secondary packaging. Besides packaging, we provide Individual Quick Freezing – a latest technology available in freezing to preserve and store raw fruit, vegetables in the same farm-fresh condition for more than a year along with sterilization, a manufacturing line from Italy, and packaging line from Korea. We also provide secondary packaging line from Korean and Japanese companies. Our clients are always niche clients and have supplied around 54 machines in India. All our customers are repeat customers, they have been loyal to us. For customization, we have a team of 59 people dedicated to the particular engineering division of food and beverage,” said Shah.

Parle Global has customized support in India there are certain companies we are planning to enter into joint ventures with for technology transfer. “We have about 13 to 14 principles and have new products in India which can be seen in Leepack. With further plans of expansion, we have taken a huge land at Sanand in Gujarat for four factories. Currently our company turnover is around `250 crore with 770 employees. But sooner or later, we will go into the food segment. Hopefully, in a couple of years we will be seen as a very big division for food and beverages. We provide complete solutions in packaging pouch fill seal, retorts, and sachets. RTE foods, MTR, diary, sea food, and marine foods are our major clients,” Shah said.

“Our products are not from the local market as we import goods and come with Korean and European technology. We are trying to penetrate the Indian market and are coming up slowly but surely for our quality conscious clients,” Shah added.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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