Acme Rolltech presents anilox rollers at IndiaCorr Expo

Indian anilox manufacturer successfully comes to market in the pandemic

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Acme Rolltech presents anilox rollers at IndiaCorr Expo
Parag Patel (Left) and Parag Koradia (Right), both the directors from Acme Rolltech showing their availability at IndiaCorr Expo 2021 Photo: PSA

Acme Rolltech, says it is the first Indian company to manufacture new ceramic anilox rolls and sleeves, to refurbish old rolls, and offer cleaning solutions and roll auditing services. It has been providing these roll services to the narrow web and wide web flexo printing, corrugated, and offset printing industry. Acme is one of the excellent choices for Indian printers and packaging converters for anilox rollers as its rollers are good for metering and coating solutions.

IndiaCorr Expo, was the first physical exhibition for the company, and it displayed a ceramic anilox roller based on three different parameters at Corr Expo. The Packaging South Asia team also joined the trade show and tried to connect with the exhibitors and visitors to collect information for the readers who were not able to visit or those who want to know more about the event taking place  after a gap of  two years.

Acme Rolltech presenting the anilox rollers at stand A4

On the  first day of the event, we  visited Acme Rolltech’s stand and were able to speak to Parag Patel and Parag Koradia, the company’s directors. Both the directors were pleased to have Packaging South Asia at their stand and took out the time for our team.

Parag Koradia explained, “We are manufacturing ceramic anilox rolls, and we have displayed a roller that is engraved keeping three different parameters engraved in mind.  In the flexo industry, the customer has to define LPI and BCM values as per the printing requirements,  which they are changing from job to job. They are changing the anilox rolls as per the graphic design. For the solid patches, LPI is on the coarser side, and they need higher volume for good printing result whereas, for graphics, they need finer LPI and lower BCM values for getting the finer (sharper) printing result.”

Acme Rolltech displaying its ceramic anilox rollers, Acme clean paste and clean brush for the rollers at IndiaCorr Expo 2021
Acme Rolltech displaying its ceramic anilox rollers, Acme clean paste and clean brush for the rollers at IndiaCorr Expo 2021      Photo: PSA

He also explained the cleaning solutions – Acme clean paste and clean brush for the anilox rollers, which makes it fairly easy and simple for customers to clean the rollers. The Acme cleaning paste is a handy solution, and it’s also universal as it can be used with water, solvent, or UV-based inks. Customers can easily clean the machine itself without exposing the rollers to ultrasonic or laser cleaning systems.

When we asked Parag Patel about the company’s achievements in the last two years as it started its production in 2019, he said, “Acme has always been active in interacting with its customers and wants to be in a loop with them. We carry one of the most advanced infrastructures in India, and the products are of good quality, and we provide these at a reasonable price. We are now in a good position and looking forward to more expansion and also introducing our second machinery in January.”

Lastly, Koradia concluded our conversation by telling us about their struggle in the Covid-19 period and how they coped up with the pandemic in a very short span of time. He said, “As the Covid came into India and we were not allowed to move anywhere, it was a tough time for us. However, the market opened up gradually and  we received a positive response from the Indian as well as the overseas markets. In the Covid period, transportation was very challenging, we mainly reached our local suppliers and supplied them with our products and slowly grew stronger in that situation. Now, we are able to export our products and have also received great responses from the customers in African countries, the Middle East, and South American countries.”

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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Correspondent- Delhi NCR, Pallavi Choudhary has been part of Packaging South Asia since March 2021. She has supported the editorial team by covering stories from various regions of India, mainly the Northern region. She has also been attending exhibitions being held in the Delhi NCR region. She has been in a writing field since 2018 and is eager to learn and know more about the printing and packaging industries. She loves listening to music, meeting people, and traveling and exploring new places in her spare time.

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