Palm Printz to install new Rapida 75 4-color

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Palm Printz, located in Bengaluru, is a specialized high quality printer who supplies tag and packaging material mainly to the garment industry, using all technologies such as silk screen, digital and offset presses. Silk screen printing is done with semi-automatic Grafica and other machines while variable data printing and short-run labels and tags are printed on several Xerox digital presses.

Palm also has an in-house micro-fluting unit for litho-laminated cartons for the garment and liquor industry. In addition, it produces luxury packaging hard boxes for accessories such as wallets and belts. The company’s clients include major garment manufactures such as Allen Solly, Van Heusen and Louis Philippe.

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Palm Printz already has a well-equipped small format Komori 4-color offset press and a double color RMGT (Ryobi) press. While both of these presses were purchased second-hand, the company is now at a stage of growth where a brand new larger format press, with the capability of printing efficiently on board, was required. Thus, the recent purchase of a KBA Rapida 75 color is seen by Palm Printz’s owner N Murlidharan as a first major modernization step in a plan that sees him moving to a larger plant in the future. The 4-color Rapida 75 ordered by him features an IR dryer for hot air curing and is planned to be installed in Q1 of FY 18-19 – most likely in end-April or mid-May.

Murlidharan says that he evaluated all the multicolor offset presses available but was convinced by what he describes as, “KBA’s leadership in the board packaging market both in India and globally.” He was also largely motivated to buy a new KBA press because of its reliability and the structured and professional company-driven service backup that he feels is necessary for his continued growth and success in supplying to major global garment brand owners.

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