At Indiaplast 2019, Manugraph showed live demonstration of its Made in India CI flexo press, Manuflex. The machine has been running at the show since the first day. Engineered with Italian technology from Carraro, the machine has been manufactured in Manugraph’s unit. Before running the machine at the show, the company carried out many trial runs for over three months. The trials were done on all the substrates that are supported in the machine. It took four days for the company to install the machine at the exhibition center.
“Installation of this machine in such a short period of time was possible because of our highly trained staff. Right from the electrical staff to mechanical, each and every person behind the installation of this machine has undergone strict training. As per our standards, we show the machine only when it is perfectly ready. I’m pretty sure that this machine will be a game-changer in the Indian packaging industry. We’ve also started the commercial production of this machine in our factory. Two machines are currently being manufactured and as of now, we plan to sell five Manuflex units by the end of March,” says Hiten Mehta, president of Multigraph.
Manuflex is an 8-color machine with a web width of 1300 mm and speeds of maximum 350 mpm. The machine is also equipped with an automatic unwinder turret system and a rewinder turret system. “This is a very robust machine with technology from Carraro. As far as print quality, I’m sure ours is far better as compared to any others at the show. In fact, we had installed a machine at Osho Flexibles and during the open house at the new Osho factory, we received overwhelming feedback from various visitors who were amazed with the print quality of the machine. Manuflex will become a game changer for the convverting industry,” says Pradeep Shah, managing director of Multigraph.
Manugraph has been exporting its machines to various countries for the last 25 years but it is not yet ready to export Manuflex and is not even looking at exports in the near future. The company believes that it is extremely important to establish a base for this machine in India before thinking of exports.
“I have come across so many serious customers at this show that I think this show will be a huge success in the future. Packaging is an ever-growing market and it will grow regardless of the changes that might happen in due course of time with a change in the consumption behavior of the end-users. Talking about the footfall, with this machine running at the show, we are being able to attract a lot of crowd to our stand,” Mehta concludes.