Esko’s Kongsberg XP and ArtiosCAD installed at Pyramid Packaging

Robust short-run production and samplemaking

L - R: Shashank, operator and designer; Sagar, production manager; Bipin, AGM; and Ganesh, plant in-charge and GM of Pyramid Packaging along with the robust Esko Kongsberg XP24 cutting and creasing table installed at Pyramid Packaging which is designed for cutting extremely strong corrugated boards

Open House at Kohli IndustriesKohli, Uteco show new E-Press-400 gravure machineThe newly launched E-Press has a printing speed of 400 metres a minute. Some of the key features of the machine are unwind and rewind turrets with auto splicing at full production speed which eliminates the need to reduce machine speed during splicing. It has special low friction dancer roll assemblies at unwind, infeed, outfeed and rewind for precise control of web tension. The press has a auto-register control system from Eltromat.The newly launched E-Press-400 gravure press which has a printing speed of 400 metres a minute comes with an auto-register control system from EltromatSome other features include ELS software from Uteco, precisely synchronized with Eltromat for minimum wastage during speed change, splice and machine stop, and a drying and heating system with LEL control. The machine has been manufactured according to the safety requirements for CE and EU directives compliance.

The Kohli and Uteco partnership is now almost five years old. The two parties met at drupa 2008 and the partnership with Uteco began in 2009 when Kohli started looking at a long-term strategy where the company thought it was essential for it to join hands with a leading European company to combine their technological know-how and Kohli’s manufacturing capabilities.

“The partnership with Uteco has been a win-win situation for both parties. This main idea behind this Open House was to tell Indian customers that a machine of such specification can be successfully made in India”, says Kaku Kohli, director of Kohli Industries. “The thinking among Indian customers who are looking for machines of such specification is that it can only be made in Europe. Through this Open House we wanted to make a dent into that kind of mindset. We wanted to tell gravure printers and converters that the machine manufactured in Ambernath is as good as the machines made in Europe. I am happy to tell you that the response from customers has been amazing.”

Esko’s Kongsberg XP and ArtiosCAD installed at Pyramid Packaging 6
Sachin Modi, director, Horizon Packs Group

Currently, majority of the presses made under the Kohli-Uteco partnership are being exported to printers in the Middle East and even Europe. According to Kohli, the V-Press-300 was installed at companies in Bulgaria as well as Italy in the past year. “Going by the kind of response we have got from global customers for the earlier V-Press-300, we are sure to get a similar response for the latest model, the E-Press 400, as well. Due to the response we got from European customers, we see the world as a potential market,” Kohli concludes.

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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