Multitec unveils S1 full servo narrow web flexo

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Multitec unveils S1 full servo narrow web flexo
Amit Ahuja, chief executive officer, Multitec showcases S1 full servo narrow web flexo press at PrintPak India 2022.

Multitec displays its S1 full servo (twin servo) 8-color narrow web flexo press for printing flexible packaging and self-adhesive labels E3 machine at PrintPack India 2022. The S1 servo on the stand with a width of 450 mm, has a special gold foil unit for foil-saving both laterally and circumferentially. The machine runs at a speed of 200 meters a minute, and is able to print on 12-micron polyester film for short-run flexible packaging.

“More and more short runs, embellishment, colors, and effects are being introduced in the market. It becomes quite difficult for printers as print turnaround times are short, but the quality expectations are much higher,” said Amit Ahuja, chief executive officer at Multitec.

He added, “Multitec dominates not only the Indian market for domestically manufactured presses, but also exports to 35 countries. Almost 50% of our production is exported, following the trend to make India an international manufacturing base.”

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The company imports many components and parts from various countries to assemble the machine in its plant in North India. During Covid-19, there were major supply chain issues in semi-conductors and motors, but the company endured due to its strategy of back to back orders with suppliers.

In India, the company has more than 400 installations to date (of all types of equipment), and managed to maintain the production flow even during the pandemic crisis by selling 23 machines. “In PrintPack India 2022, we have received orders for many of our machines and are looking forward to selling several more,” said Ahuja.

He enthusiastically concludes, “The 15th Printpack is going very well. We initially thought there might be lower footfalls because of Covid-19, but the quality of the crowd and the transactional discussions have well surpassed our expectations.”

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 Girish has been working and editorially contributing to both Indian Printer and Publisher and Packaging South Asia since 2021, covering the western regions of India. He has extensively covered a variety of verticals in both the printing and packaging industries. Skilled in taking Interviews and Story Writeup, Communication, Writing, and Research. Strong education professional with a Master of Arts - MA (MASS COMM.) focused in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

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