Mumbai-based cartons solutions provider Okay Papers Products has been meeting the demands of a variety of industries—healthcare, pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals and FMCG. It operates from its Vasai plant, which has state-of-the-art infrastructure. To complement its press department, which is equipped with offset presses from Heidelberg, it has been investing in Bobst technologies in the recent past. In 2013, the company bought Ambition 76 A1 folder-gluer and last year it invested in Novacut 106 diecutter. In the postpress department, apart from the Novacut, it has also two retrofitted Heidelberg cylinder diecutters and two Platen die punching machines.
Okay Paper has its sales and marketing unit in Andheri while all administrative and manufacturing activities happen at the 50,000 sq. ft. Vasai plant as the printing and postpress departments are now under one roof. The shift to Vasai happened in 2007 as the Andheri unit was getting old and facing space constraints. Also, the company wanted to have an upgraded infrastructure which was attuned to a sensitive sector like pharmaceutical packaging.
Talking about the two Bobst machines that Okay Paper currently uses, the company’s director Kapil Roongta says these were big investments but given the high degree of reliability and performance associated with Bobst, they made a lot of sense. “Plus, the brand reputation in conjunction with excellent support from Indian subsidiary was a big plus.”
Novacut 106 is capable of processing paper, board and corrugated board. It can process paper with maximum thickness of 0.004 inches, board with maximum thickness of 0.06 inches, and corrugated board of 0.16 inches. The Novacut 106 operates at a maximum speed of up to 8,000 sheets per hour.
“It has helped cut down the throughput time from sheet to carton as well as enhanced quality and helped in creating a pull on press section, which has initiated more sales. We have also reduced the quantum of wastage,” Roongta says in relation to the impact of Novacut on the performance of the company.
Talking about the next phase of investment, Roongta says it is still some time away as the company wants to first consolidate the recent investments. “As we will reach optimum utilization of installed equipment, we shall look out for further investments,” he said.