At Nutech Packagings’ 1,200,000 square-foot green plant in Greater Noida, the Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102-7+LX carbon neutral combi press comes in line with Jatinder Shroff’s dream of having a green plant. Configuration options, automation add-ons and energy efficient UV and IR dryers give the new press both efficiency and flexibility.
Nutech’s new environmentally friendly plant in Greater Noida is expected to be fully operational by August 2016. “Apart from the new Heidelberg 7-color and its accompanying converting equipment that are already in place, we have already started shifting our equipment from the Sector 7 Noida plant to the new plant and in future only the new plant will exist,” says Shroff.
The impressive green building will be certified by the UK-based Leeds and has a lot of initiatives in terms of lighting, power management, design and structure. “The Leeds certification will come this year,” Shroff says. Key highlights of the green plant are the use of special fly-ash concrete cavity bricks, polarized glass for natural illumination with built-in heat barrier and water treatment and recycling equipment including effluent and sewage treatment plants. “We are trying to buy equipment which is carbon neutral such as the Heidelberg CD 102 that we have installed.”
“As a company, we are quite conscious about environmental issues and green technology. We have a consultant who visits the plant every month to guide us in our green endeavour. We have been promoting a clean and green environment for a long time in whatever small way we can,” says Shroff. The company has spent at least 15 to 20% extra in building a green plant. “But I feel, in the longterm it will pay off.”
About the capacity increase, Shroff says, “The Heidelberg CD 102 will help us increase our capacity by 35 to 50%. There will be a significant increase in throughput, productivity and turnover. In fact, the Heidelberg is the engine for the new building. But of course to drive that machine and line balancing we will need some ancillary equipment as well.” Nutech will also add a host of other equipment to the new plant to meet the growing requirements of their esteemed customers.
Nutech produces printed cartons, corrugated boxes and other packaging materials for various leading multinational and Indian companies. The current offset printing facility is complemented by an HC Moog sheetfed gravure press. Its Esko software and workflow drives proofers, a thermal CtP and a Kongsberg samplemaking table. Its comprehensive postpress operations include a great deal of specialized equipment and the company’s commitment to quality is visible in its several quality labs for inputs, in-process materials and testing equipment for converted end-products.
Nutech is GMI certified and when we ask why many printing and packaging companies shy away from following best practices and color standardization, Shroff says, “It is difficult to answer why many printing and packaging companies hesitate to follow best practices and color standardization. Some people don’t have the right equipment and many times they don’t have the right kind of people to do it. I think, more than equipment, people also have to understand how it works and what should be done. But sooner or later everyone has to do it if they have to survive.”
KL Shroff Centre of Excellence
Jatinder Shroff is also planning to build the KL Shroff Centre of Excellence in the memory of his father at the new plant in Greater Noida. The centre will have a library of printing
and packaging books and conduct monthly training programmes in cooperation with vendors and industry experts. Shroff has a small library behind his desk and he
shows us a recent acquisition, Packaging Sustainability: Tools, Systems and Strategies for Innovative Package Design by Wendy Jedlicka. Jatinder’s son Aman is also ecologically inclined and conducts awareness programmes on subjects such as electronic waste management in association with the NGO Chintan.